Following the slight disappointment that was Justice League, it’s safe to say that Wonder Woman is still our favourite DC superhero movie of 2017, so of course we’re already trying to piece together details of what to expect from the sequel.
We’ve already heard that Wonder Woman 2 looks like it’s going to be set in the ’80sand follow a Cold War narrative, and that it’s likely to take place in the United States.
But in a new interview on Variety’s Playback podcast, director Patty Jenkins teased some of the finer points of the storyline she’s currently planning – which includes another “great love story”.
“I did very much thematically want to get to love – because that’s what she stands for – and the complexity of what we’re facing,” Jenkins said of the first film, and what she wanted to explore in it.
“These were big themes, like [Wonder Woman] stands for love and truth, which is particularly important right now.”
Patty Jenkins also sketched out the broad thematic themes she’s planning for the new film, and it seems like love is on the cards once again.
“It’s really still going to other values of hers, and a similar formula insofar as making a great, enjoyable fun movie but that ultimately in its third act turns some very big issues, and a very big experience that will aim to have slightly more weight and profundity than it has to have.
Justice League has quickly become one of the most divisive movies of the year, critics having lampooned the blockbuster while certain fans have adamantly defended the team-up.
When the same happened to Batman v Superman, the movie’s actors gave some varying responses when questioned about the negative reviews, spawning the famous Sadfleck meme. Jason Momoa won’t be giving any such reaction.
“I try to stay the f**k away from what people say,” the Aquaman actor told EW. “Some of my friends said, ‘Justice League isn’t doing well’ and it kind of bummed me out. But I didn’t want to look it up. I don’t want to look up the bad and the negativity. I don’t think that’s useful; it doesn’t help.”
Momoa — who plays one of the better-received characters — added how he’s seen Justice League twice and adores the movie.
The DC films created by Warner Bros. (formerly known as the DCEU) have proven divisive since the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While the films have made money at the box office, critically, they have had mixed results. This contradiction has spawned inevitable comparisons to Marvel’s financially and critically successful films. This fact is not lost on the stars of the film, including Superman himself, Henry Cavill. The actor recently explained his nuanced take on why the DC movies have struggled, noting,
Even if Marvel didn’t exist, we’d struggle. There was a style they [DC] were going for, an attempt to be different and look at things from a slightly different perspective, which hasn’t necessarily worked. Yes, it has made money but it has not been a critical success; it hasn’t given everyone that sensation which superheroes should give the viewer.
Henry Cavill’s take here is pretty intriguing. He seems to be judging the DC films on their own merits and not based on how they compare to Marvel’s films. He believes that the tonal and stylistic differences compared to other superhero films may have been admirable in their attempt, but he feels they didn’t necessarily work for the subject matter or what the audience expects. This is an honest and sober analysis that doesn’t defer to the standard refrain of ‘we didn’t make this for the critics’ that so often accompanies blockbusters that fail critically. Despite the struggle thus far, Henry Cavill seems optimistic and positive about the future of the DC films. He also told The Rake (via @sliickslack):
I feel like now the right mistakes have been made and they haven’t been pandered [to], and we can start telling the stories in the way they need to be told. It is even better to come back from a mistake or stylistic error into the correct vein because it will make it seem that much stronger. Wonder Woman was the first step in the right direction.
Wonder Woman could not have come at a better time for Warner Bros. and the DC film universe. The film was a massive critical and commercial success that Henry Cavill sees as the first course correction down a better path for the DC films. In sports, it is often said that you learn more from a loss than you do from a win and that silver lining outlook will hopefully serve the DC films well going forward. The hope would be that fans would give DC’s superhero movies the benefit of the doubt and judge each movie on its own merits. And they will get that chance soon as Henry Cavill will presumably be seen in the upcoming Justice League.
Green Lantern’s role in Justice League may have just been confirmed after footage from the film was shown during a fan event in China. The marketing campaign for Zack Snyder’s epic team-up has focused almost exclusively on the main five of Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, and Cyborg, but there will surely be some surprises in store when the film makes its way into theaters in a few weeks. In addition to Superman’s resurrection following his “death” in last year’s Batman V Superman, viewers are expecting a Green Lantern cameo in some capacity. The Corps. very much exists in the DC Extended Universe, and Justice League would be a great opportunity to bring them to the fold.
Rumors have long persisted multiple Lanterns will pop up in the ensemble piece, helping set the stage for the Green Lantern Corps. film that’s said to be in development. Recently, a promotional contest seemingly revealed Hal Jordan (or John Stewart, or one of the other Lanterns) is part of the group, but now we may have even more concrete evidence a Green Lantern is part of the League.
Twitter user FIONA IS ALL IN! was one of the many who attended a special event that was put together for the Chinese leg of the Justice Leaguepromotional tour. It involved a screening of 30 minutes from the finished movie, and apparently there was a surprise in what was included:
#JustcieLeague #earlierScreening is over……All the ppl in the theater went Crazy“a film you have never see”！&there is a light of green，yes
When asked for further clarification from one of her followers, FIONA IS ALL IN! replied with “Green Lantern confirmed.” Considering this is true, there are some things to keep in mind. It’s entirely possible that any Lantern appearance in Justice League takes place in the opening prologue, which depicts a Lord of the Rings-esque battle for Earth between Parademons, Atlanteans, and Amazons. In the Justice League trailer, Steppenwolf mentions how there are “no Lanterns” anymore, so he’s likely crossed paths with them before. Perhaps one of the earliest members of the Corps. fought in this tremendous conflict, which would be a treat for DC fans to see onscreen. Considering how the studio has avoided even hinting at a modern Lantern joining Bruce Wayne, Diana Prince, and the rest in advertising, it would be odd for Warner Bros. to spoil that reveal with only a couple weeks to go. Giving fans a taste of the opening sequence (and not the climactic battle) seems likely.
Fans of the Green Lantern may be upset their favorite superhero is being saved for a different day, but it’s probably for the best. Justice League has plenty on its plate already, serving as the formal introductions of Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg, while also continuing the stories of DC’s Trinity. With a lean two-hour runtime, adding a seventh hero to the mix would run the risk of having someone draw the short straw and be underdeveloped. It may seem sacrilege for the first Justice League movie to not include one of its most recognizable members, but it looks like that’s what is about to happen. When Green Lantern finally does suit up, it’ll hopefully be worth the wait.
When Justice League baddie Steppenwolf first arrived on Earth in ancient times, he threw down with a heavy hitter: Zeus, king of the Greek gods and Wonder Woman’s father. A new TV spot for Justice League might just show this epic showdown, mixing the past with the present and hinting at just how powerful Steppenwolf really is.
A TV spot for Justice League posted to Fandango’s Twitter account on Wednesday seems to indicate that Diana’s old man is going to make an appearance in the film.
During Steppenwolf’s previous attempt to invade Earth, he came into conflict with human, Amazonian, and Atlantean armies. The brief flashes of this fight shown in the teaser show a character shooting lightning at Darkseid’s uncle Steppenwolf. Barring the wizard Shazam or some other random DC character with magic abilities, this is probably Zeus.
Zeus was introduced into the DC cinematic universe in Wonder Woman, where it was revealed that he suffered mortal wounds protecting humanity from Ares. Luckily, he fathered Diana with Hippolyta before he died.
Because Diana is half god, she’s able to kill other gods. If Zeus was crucial to staving off Steppenwolf the first time, perhaps Wonder Woman will be the one to drive him away in Justice League. Trailers have previously shown her going toe-to-toe with the Apokoliptian villain, and given her character’s prominence, it wouldn’t be beyond the realm of possibility for her to land some kind of killing blow (even if Superman’s return likely factors into this).
In the trailer, the character jumping past to the potential Zeus wields what looks like three-pronged weapon in his hand, which might indicate he’s Poseidon or a former King of Atlantis (both of whom supposedly fought Steppenwolf in the past).
Ultimately, when this particular scene takes place will determine who’s present. If it’s after Ares killed the rest of the Greek gods, then that trident-using character is probably the Atlantean king (or some random warrior with a trident), and the lightning-shooting fella isn’t Zeus, which could be a way of building up to the 2019 Shazam film. If it happens before, then they’re probably Greek gods.
With Justice League almost in theaters, though, fans won’t have to speculate for too much longer about who shows up when in the film.
While we’ve met Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman, a lot of the characters who are going to be popping up in Justice League are pretty new. One of these characters is Aquaman, who will play a key role in Justice League before getting his own solo movie in 2018. However, the actor who plays Aquaman, Jason Momoa, recently revealed some information about his character, noting that fans may not be in love with Justice League‘s version of the character. Here’s why:
Aquaman, he’s not even really Aquaman yet. He’s not the King of the Seven Seas. We don’t really get there until my solo movie, at the end. Really, it’s a huge growth for me. It’s a gigantic arc for Arthur Curry. It may be tough for a lot of fans to watch what they’re gonna see, how I portray him. But you gotta wait until we get to the solo movie to really know. Because he’s not King yet.
From what Jason Momoa had to say to Comic Book Movie, if you are a fan of Aquaman once he is King of the Seven Seas and has more of a grip on his destiny, you may not be a fan of the character in Justice League, or even at the beginning of the Aquaman movie. While we didn’t officially know that Aquaman would become the King of the Seven Seas at the end of his solo movie, it makes total sense. Justice League has already looked like a sort of coming-into-his-own story for Arthur Curry, and since Aquaman will be set after the events in Justice League, the next step in his story should be moving forward with the character. Plus, we previously learned that Orm, Aquaman’s half-brother, might be ruling over Atlantis during the beginning of Aquaman. It wouldn’t be the first example of Aquaman being a little different than his comics counterpart.
Jason Momoa also said that his character will be going through a pretty big journey through his next two movies. When Justice League kicks off, Aquaman really won’t be Aquaman, at all. He also noted,
He doesn’t believe in himself, he doesn’t know what to do with the powers he has. He’s going through tons of loss. He hates Atlanteans. The fact that people are calling him ‘Aquaman’ right now — he couldn’t give two shits about anything Atlantean. So he’s really not quite there yet…
A lot of heroic origin stories feature characters who haven’t quite figured out who they are and what abilities they have, yet. Regardless, what seems to be different about Arthur Curry is his rejection of things that are right in front of him, like his knowledge of Atlanteans and his abilities. In a lot of ways, Justice League should be a movie about getting a team together, but it seems as if Arthur Curry, at least, will have a whole lot of other things going on.
You can find out exactly what that means when Justice League hits theaters on November 17. You can already pre-order tickets for the upcoming DC movie. Aquaman is hitting theaters on on December 21, 2018. Before that movie hits, you can take a look at what we know about Aquaman.
A new trailer for DC’s superhero ensemble movie Justice League has arrived, and it paints a bleak picture for the post-Superman world we were left with after the events of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Superman’s death looms heavy over the trailer. It opens with Lois Lane dreaming about becoming engaged to Clark Kent in Kansas, only to wake up and find him still missing. We then get a glimpse of how the rest of the world is feeling his loss. TV newscasters say that violence, war, and terrorism is on the rise. But there’s darker things on the horizon. Bruce Wayne tells Diana Prince that he’s been dreaming of something dark coming for the world, and they begin to recruit other heroes to unite fend off the coming Parademon invasion. The trailer shows off a bit more of the battles that we’ve seen teased in other trailers. “Divided, we are not enough,” Bruce Wayne tells the other heroes, “the world needs Superman, and I made him a promise, which is why I’ve brought you together.”
Justice League is coming after DC said that it was scaling back its interconnected superhero universe after it has largely underwhelmed audiences and at the box office. The future of the universe will likely follow in the steps of this year’s wildly successful Wonder Woman, with films that only lightly connect to one another, rather than continuing to follow in the same model as that of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
The Justice League is here to save the day, and they’ll do it in style.
Warner Bros. has unveiled five new character posters the upcoming Justice League film, spotlighting each hero (save for Henry Cavill’s Superman) in their own vivid hue. The characters all stand in profile, looking toward the viewers’ left, with their corresponding insignias emblazoned over the Justice League one at the very bottom of the poster.
We see Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry/Aquaman against a bright green background, Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in a punchy yellow-orange shade, Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne/Batman likely showing off his smolder against royal blue (accented from behind by a golden yellow), Ray Fisher’s Victor Stone/Cyborg looking fierce in a purple-gray color, and Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen/The Flash displaying his fittingly flashy side in candy-apple red.
These colors coordinate with the ones seen in batch of previously released character posters that show Aquaman in green, Wonder Woman in orange, Batman in dark blue, Cyborg in graphite gray, and the Flash in bright red. According to ComingSoon.net, more information on these prints will be available next month.
While the DC Extended Universe (the cinematic world’s official name is still pending) has gained a reputation for being dark, gritty, and brooding over the past few years, these Justice League promo images seem to prove that the forthcoming film will take an optimistic spin on the beloved heroes. The movie’s trailer, which was released a few months ago, shows that Justice League will be tonally much lighter than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and these posters serve to bolster that claim.
Joining the fab five (plus Superman) for Justice League Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Billy Crudup as Henry Allen, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Amber Heard as Mera, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West. J.K. Simmons’ Commissioner Gordon and Amy Adams’ Lois Lane round out the cast.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for Justice League: “Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”
2011’s Green Lantern is one of the most notorious superhero flops of the modern era. Originally conceived as Warner Bros.’ equivalent of Iron Man, the movie was intended to launch a DC cinematic universe. Unfortunately, it was rubbish from top to bottom and was hated by critics and shunned by fans.
Nowadays, Warner Bros. would probably prefer you pretend it didn’t happen, which is easy, as it’s a monumentally forgettable movie. Because of this, the studio has been rather coy about the Green Lantern Corps’ place in the DCEU, but now it’s being rumored that Justice League will reintroduce us to the emerald crusaders in style.
This comes courtesy of Heroic Hollywood and The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzales, who said the following (on his Inside Fanboy Periscope):
“In Justice League, there will be not one Green Lantern, but two Green Lanterns. Let’s see if it sticks and they keep them in or if they cut it out.”
Based on what we know of the already announced Green Lantern Corps (scheduled for summer 2020), a pair of Lanterns turning up in Justice League would make a good amount of sense. Word is that we’ll be seeing all the significant Green Lanterns from Earth in Corps, namely Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart and Guy Gardner. Given the central position that they occupy in DC Comics and a number of excellent storylines that revolve around them, it’d seem like a no-brainer for DC to get its wheels spinning early and re-introduce audiences to the idea of the Corps.
At this point, it’s reasonable to think that at least Hal Jordan will appear in Justice League. After all, Geoff Johns is producing the DCEU movies and, as comic fans know all too well, Johns adores Hal Jordan above all other superheroes (for better or worse). But who could the second Lantern be? I’d say it’s a toss-up between Rayner and Stewart – with Stewart probably a smidge more likely.
Chalk that up as speculation for now, but one way or another, all will be revealed when Justice League opens on November 17th.
Justice League will mark Ben Affleck’s second feature film as Batman. Well, technically it’s his third. “Do I get credit for the Suicide Squad gross?” the actor laughs, joking (and underestimating) that he was onscreen for “less than 35 seconds” in last year’s supervillain team-up film. He’ll have a decidedly larger role when DC’s good guys mobilize in the November blockbuster, which unites Affleck’s Dark Knight and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman alongside Ezra Miller’s Flash, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman. (And maybe Henry Cavill’s Superman, if he’s not quite dead.)
That means Batman has to learn to work together with his fellow superheroes. “He’s put in this position of having to reach out, find other people, convincing them to do something,” Affleck explains. “Part of the drama of the movie is the question of whether or not the team is going to come together. It’s very different from the tenor of the last movie.”
And the character is very different, too. “BvS departed a little bit from the traditional Batman,” says Affleck. “He started out with all this rage directed at Superman, because of his coworkers who had died in the fight Superman had with Zod.” For Affleck, most of the hero’s ensuing actions were defined by barely-repressed fury – in contrast to the Batman we meet in Justice League. “He was holding on to a lot of anger, in a little bit of an irrational way,” Affleck says. “Whereas this is a much more traditional Batman. He’s heroic. He does things in his own way, but he wants to save people, help people.”
A clearer look at Mera’s (Amber Heard) iconic Atlantean costume has been revealed thanks to a new merchandise art box for Justice League. With just a little over three months away from it hitting theaters, the DC Extended Universe’s first ensemble blockbuster has started rolling out tied-in promo materials to further hype up fans for the upcoming film. This in turn gives fans new and closer shots of the superheroes appearing in the movie, including Aquaman’s (Jason Momoa) love interest.
Despite being more in focus in the James Wan-directed solo Aquaman film set to see the light of day in December 2018, we’ll first get a snippet of Arthur Curry’s underwater home world in Justice League. While we won’t go in-depth with Atlantis in the movie – but just get our initial introduction to the people closest to him including the queen of the undersea nation herself, Mera – it is a great way to tie in various properties in the DCEU to capitalize on the shared universe concept. Further, with the events of Justice League supposedly having an impact on what will go down in Aquaman, the infusion of Atlantean concept and characters beforehand makes it an easier transition with more cohesive storytelling.
On top of Mera, other recent reveals via a similar situation include Batman’s (Ben Affleck) new cowl and a full profile of the-yet-to-be-seen Superman (Henry Cavill) in any of the trailers for Justice League. It is expected that as the film’s release date nears, more marketing materials will be rolled out for the fans, giving us further information on what we can expect from the much-anticipated blockbuster.
Official narrative news for both Justice League and Aquaman are still rather thin at this point. The ensemble film, which hits theaters in a few months this November, is still busy with ongoing reshoots spearheaded by Batgirl director and writer Joss Whedon following original helmer Zack Snyder’s abrupt departure from the project due to personal tragedy. Latest intel gathered points out to filming supposedly taking place around the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, Momoa’s standalone is still in the thick of principal photography in Australia. Several set pieces have been spotted being erected including the pivotal Amnesty Bay Lighthouse.
There’s one thing we can say about Justice League: no matter how Zack Snyder brings Superman back to life, it’s going to be a scene that’s hard to forget. Not only for the visual spectacle of Superman‘s resurrection, but because to this point, fans of the DCEU haven’t really seen the superhero they were expecting to (but not for the reason some disappointed viewers might think). Henry Cavill has brought the blue-and-red suited Man of Steel to life in two different films, and even teamed up with Batman and Wonder Woman… but that wasn’t Superman. Not yet, anyway. It’s going to take a death and resurrection to make this son of two fathers a superhero to stand on his own.
It may seem like a small distinction, but believe us, the version of the DCEU’s big blue Boy Scout who will play a “big” role in Justice League is almost certainly going to be something new. The conversation of whether he is a savior or a menace is over, having died alongside him in Doomsday’s wake. The Kansas farmboy trying to live up to his father’s hopes can rest easy. The last son of an alien empire trying to fulfill his father’s last wish can enjoy the victory. The world stands ready to embrace a new hero for a new era, and when he steps out of that grave in Smallville, it will be his first step as Superman, in all his glory.
From the looks of Justice League, he may not wait long to make his presence known to villains of the entire DCEU universe. But if you’re a little unconvinced that Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel story has all been leading to this birth of the “true” Superman, allow us to explain.
The story of Jonathan Kent comes to a head in his death, both literally and thematically. The scene begins, fittingly, with Clark complaining that his family’s existence is too “safe,” and that he longs to do something “useful.” Jonathan keeps a cool head as he makes a stand for all of middle America, first with words, and soon with action, as a tornado appears to guarantee “safe” has gone out the window. What does Jonathan do? He commands his son to head for cover, and protect his mother above all else. Clearly valuing his wife and son more than his own life, he heads towards the danger.
Many critical of the film are likely to check out at that point, believing Jonathan should have obviously had his invulnerable son do the rescuing, as he heads for cover with his wife (or that Clark would already be Superman, and leap into action against his father’s wishes).
But that is not Jonathan Kent. That is not the man who raised Clark. And that is the exact kind of human heroism people tend to admire in the hardworking, farming, ‘salt of the earth’ America. When Clark heads back to retrieve the family dog, Jonathan again commands him to seek cover – passing a child into his arms, and demanding that Clark get his mother to the overpass. The audience is supposed to hope Clark will save the day, reveal he is a superhero pretending to be a farmboy, but the words that immediately follow drive home the point of the scene.
That flashback had begun with Clark expressing his desire for some danger, and his belief that simple Americans can’t be of much use to the world. Jonathan shows his son that safety is a gift, and that everyday acts of heroism are as useful as anything. It was the last lesson Jonathan taught his son – a lesson learned, as Clark then explains that “I let my father die… because I trusted him.” Clark put his desire for danger or greatness aside, and trusted his father’s warning. But in Batman V Superman, Jonathan returns to teach his son one more lesson.
After learning just how right his father was about humanity’s fear of someone different, Clark Kent – dubbed “Superman” by the world – sees his own hopes, ambitions, relationships, and even his intentions twisted by fear and suspicion. His emergence into the world has made him not a man, but a figure, a philosophical dilemma, until even the woman he loves doesn’t know if it’s possible to be together. Cue Jonathan Kent, explaining how someone to love can make the world seem a whole lot smaller.
In what appears to be a memory of his father, Clark gets some much needed perspective. Jonathan reminds him that they are simply “men from Kansas,” and that he, too, learned that pride comes at a price. That no matter what good you can do, others will always suffer. That realization haunted him until he met Martha, who convinced him there was goodness to be found in the world. He loved her, and she became his world. She became more valuable to him than his own life, in case any still doubted his reasoning during the tornado scene.
Clark only realizes his father’s meaning moments before his death, but it anchors Clark Kent’s story as that of a man, having integrated the wisdom of his father. Jonathan met Martha, and the world became simple, and good. Clark looks at Lois, and realizes the same. And true to his Kent name, that’s all the goodness Clark needs to put his life in danger to protect her.
Since Jor-El is obliterated along with Krypton when Kal-El is still a baby, he typically plays a minor role in the actual formation of Superman. At least in terms of playing a true “father” role, since Jor-El is not the same kind of hero his son grows up to be… in fact, his defeat, and lack of power to change his world’s fate are what make that chapter of the story such a somber one. And on the surface, that is kept intact in Man of Steel, even if this version of the brilliant scientist Jor-El is a bit more… hands-on. This time around, though, his hopes for the baby Kal-El are a bit more profound.
Jor-El doesn’t intend to send his son to Earth so that he can simply survive, nor ensure Krypton’s own survival, as Zod sought to. When Kal first meets his father’s artificial intelligence aboard the Kryptonian Scout Ship, Jor-El explains the the destruction of Krypton wasn’t a catastrophe. The planet’s unstable core was the cause of the planet’s destruction, but was truly the result of Krypton failing on a species level. And for that reason, neither Jor-El nor his wife would be escaping the planet alongside their child. In this version of the story, Jor-El believed that ” Lara and I were a product of the failures of our world… and tied to its fate.”
A fate that began to form when Krypton turned away from discovery, from creativity, from hope and optimism… and sought control, strength, fear of the unknown, and pride in their strictly structured society. But by being born free from that social system and sent to Earth as a newborn, Jor-El explains…
“You’re as much a child of Earth now as you are of Krypton. You can embody the best of both worlds: the dream your mother and I dedicated our lives to preserve. The people of Earth are different from us, it’s true. But ultimately I believe that’s a good thing. They won’t necessarily make the same mistakes we did. Not if you guide them, Kal. Not if you give them hope.”
That “dream” he refers to is the return of the choice and chance that, he believed, had sparked Krypton’s own greatness. It’s the idea that children could dream of becoming something more, something greater than the role society intended: “You are the embodiment of that belief, Kal.” In no uncertain terms, Kal-El is his father’s dream of a better world made real. His hope that humanity would avoid the same fear, complacency, and resignation that had led to Krypton’s downfall. All his son need do is inspire them, and guide them towards a brighter future filled with possibilities.
Shazam will begin production in early 2018 and may be released in theaters by 2019, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The report pegs David F. Sandberg as the film’s director. The production will begin ahead of Batgirl, Flash, and the sequels to both Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman.
Shazam has been on DC’s film slate for a while, beginning with the 2014 announcement that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will play Shazam’s archrival, Black Adam. The Hollywood Reporter wasn’t able to confirm if Johnson will appear in Shazam or just the Black Adam spinoff film.
Shazam, also known as Captain Marvel, is one of DC’s most popular superheroes, but this will be the first time he’s appeared in a feature-length, big-screen, live-action movie. Shazam is the superhero alter ego of Billy Batson, a boy who, by saying the magical word “shazam,” turns into, well, Shazam. He can fly. He can go fast. And best of all, he has these powers, thanks to a 3,000-year-old wizard. Comic book movies are embracing their inner weirdness!
With Shazam and the batch of other films a couple years away, we’re entering a slower period for the DC cinematic universe. Justice League will be released on November 17th, 2017. It will be followed by Aquaman on December 21th, 2018.
SDCC 2017 is underway, and we already have our first major reveal from the convention floor. Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Mattel debuted the first public look at the new Justice League Batmobile to fans last night, giving us a look at Ben Affleck’s upgraded ride for the highly anticipated DC Extended Universe team-up movie. Two high-resolution images have been provided, so fans at home can pour over every detail to figure out what clues (if any) for the plot of the film may be hidden on the vehicle.
I honestly can’t really tell the difference between this Batmobile and the one seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s very tank-like and battle-ready, complete with those machine guns, so it’ll be interesting to see how the vehicle is used in the context of the film as the heroes square off against the alien threat Steppenwolf and his parademons.
It’ll also be interesting to see how the finished Justice League compares to the one we’ve seen in trailers and will see in toys and long-lead marketing materials. Zack Snyder stepped down as director earlier this year to tend to a personal tragedy, while Joss Whedon is now steering the ship through post-production and reshoots. How much of the film will be retooled? We’ll have to wait and see, but I’m extremely eager to see the new trailer that Warner Bros. will surely drop during the film’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday.
For now, take a look at the Justice League Batmobile images below, Justice League also stars Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, and Ciaran Hinds and opens in theaters on November 17th.
With Wonder Woman reigning supreme at the box office – for the record, Patty Jenkins’ DC origin movie has racked up $709 million worldwide, and is now the third highest-grossing domestic film of 2017 behind Beauty and the Beast and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – the DC Extended Universe has been thrust under the microscope once again, and Reddit has relayed the latest helping of DC-related speculation for us to dissect.
Before we get into things, it’s important to stress that this report ought to be filed firmly in the rumor cabinet for now – remember, Warner Bros. plans to keep a lid on its release plans for the likes of The Batman, The Flash, and Gotham City Sirens until Justice League swoops into theatres in November. Nevertheless, the rumor mill continues to operate at full tilt, and one possible nugget of information concerns the World’s Greatest Detective.
Now, if you’ve been following along on the DCEU Leaks subreddit lately, you’ll know that it’s gone a bit out of control, finding itself populated with fan fiction galore being passed off as real information and valid scoops. As such, it’s starting to become tough to know which threads to trust and which ones to disregard, but this particular leak does seem somewhat credible – at least compared to the others – and as such, we’ve decided it’s worth sharing. After all, Reddit has yielded some accurate information in the past, so it’s important that we don’t ignore everything that comes out of there.
Anyways, what we’re hearing today is that Ben Affleck has signed on for three more appearances as the Caped Crusader. There’s the sequel to The Batman, Justice League 2 and one other project, which is currently unknown. While it may seem unlikely that the actor would commit to several more flicks before JL even hits theatres, the report goes on to state that Matt Reeves’ pitch for the Dark Knight’s solo outing has everyone pretty excited and hyped, which is likely why Ben felt confident enough to sign on for more – assuming this rumor is true, of course.
There’s no further information on what lies beyond those three appearances, but hearing that Ben’s now locked in for the next little while is definitely encouraging. Again, there’s a very good chance that this scoop will turn out to be nothing more than wishful thinking and hold no truth, but you can check out the full Reddit posting via the link down below and decide for yourself whether or not it’s accurate. One thing’s for certain though, and that’s if this does indeed turn out to be on the level, then the DCEU’s future just got even brighter.
Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight will next be featured at the forefront of Zack Snyder’s Justice League on November 17th. This, coupled with the fact that Matt Reeves has his hands full with War For the Planet of the Apes, leads us to believe that The Batman won’t begin filming in earnest until 2018. It may be some time before we get any official updates then, but as always, watch this space for more.
How fitting is it that Warner Bros. and DC plan to unveil the new (and perhaps final?) trailer for Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s Justice League at San Diego Comic-Con next month?
Last year, the studio showcased a special reel of footage to those in attendance at Hall H and now, almost a full year later and with Snyder’s ensemble movie fast approaching the finish line – with the help of Joss Whedon (Batgirl), of course – Warner Bros. is reportedly ready to roll out the second full-length Justice League trailer.
Word comes by way of Twitter, which also unearthed the film’s brand new poster (seen in the gallery below). It retains the same style and color scheme of previous Justice League one-sheets, wherein all DC icons stand shoulder to shoulder, staring off into the distance at some unseen threat. But this time, Superman returns. And not a moment too soon.
Clear your schedule, folks; SDCC is looming on the horizon, and now that the DC Extended Universe has received a welcome shot in the arm thanks to Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. will no doubt hope to strike while the iron is hot to unveil some new footage for Justice League. The bigger question is whether the studio will go one step further to shed light on some of its other in-development blockbusters (Aquaman, perhaps?) when the lights go down in Hall H. Stay tuned for more on that one as the weeks wear on.
Ready to unite the League? Warner Bros. will call upon Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Henry Cavill’s resurrected Man of Steel to defend Earth from otherworldly threats when Justice League bows on November 17th.
Tell us, what are you hoping to see in the new trailer? Take to the comments section and give us your thoughts!
It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen any real footage of a DC hero not named Batman or Wonder Woman, and that will change when Justice League hits theaters in November. Although we’re excited to see how the story continues the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice narrative, we’re also naturally excited to see the actual DAWN of the Justice League, and that means showing us more of characters like Aquaman. Luckily, it seems that new behind the scenes footage from the upcoming DC epic has just surfaced (pun intended) online. Check it out below to see for yourself.
Although that tweet (which originally popped up on Zack Snyder’s Vero account) doesn’t give us much to go by regarding story or narrative material, it’s still a feast for fans of Arthur Curry’s home in Atlantis. The folks behind Justice League have very clearly endeavored to make the undersea realm a genuinely otherworldly environment, and it appears that they have more than succeeded. Atlantis looks beautiful, and the way in which Jason Momoa’s Aquaman glides through the water lends the sense that he really is a man stuck between the surface and the ocean.
One thing that this footage finally provides is context. Over the course of the last year or so we have heard some people close to Justice League and Aquaman talk about the things that set this character apart from other DC adventures. These people have almost universally stated that the depiction of the undersea world is what makes Aquaman’s corner of the DCEU unique, and we now finally have a much more thorough understanding as to what that means. Technology has progressed to a point where filmmakers can finally depict a place like Atlantis with the same fidelity that they would represent a place like Krypton or Themyscira, and that means that this version of Aquaman represents a watershed moment for the superhero genre.