Why The DCEU Is On The Right Track- Takeaways from Comic Con
I went into the Warner Bros.' panel at San Diego Comic-Con with low to moderate expectations.
Just one day prior it was reported that Ben Affleck might be leaving the role of Batman.
The prospect of a world without the Affleck-Matt Reeves noir-driven, detective Batman movie that was promised depressed me enough to put a damper on the whole show.
So I followed the panel expecting a couple trailers and a few announcements. Nothing that surprising.
DC brought with them an avalanche of news.
One day later: Ben Affleck is sticking around, The Flash is now Flashpoint, and of the many films formally announced, noticeably absent from them was David Ayer's Gotham City Sirens. 👍👍👍
Not only will Ben Affleck continue donning the cowl, more than likely, so will Jeffrey Dean Morgan which is just incredible.
We were also treated to an awesome trailer for Justice League accompanied by a sweet Alex Ross inspired poster, as well as a teaser for Aquaman. (that still hasn't been made public, god damn you.)
The nine upcoming films revealed are as follows:
Aquaman, Shazam!, Suicide Squad 2, The Batman, Justice League Dark, Batgirl, Green Lantern Corps, Flashpoint, Wonder Woman 2.
Suffice it to say, I'm pretty happy with the direction the DCEU is taking.
I would also imagine that a Man of Steel sequel announcement is being purposely withheld as to not ruin the """surprise""" of Superman's resurrection for some dim-witted man, woman or child out there.
The highlight announcement there is definitely Flashpoint. That story provides a tremendous opportunity to do a Justice League 1.5 of sorts since it features all of the same characters in an alternate timeline.
They can also ret-con certain aspects of previous movies that they don't like. (Yes, that one. We don't speak of it any more.)
We'll get to see Negan Batman, Aquaman v. Wonder Woman, and the Flash origin story in a very fresh and original way as far as superhero origin films go.
Now the Robert Zemeckis rumors make even more sense than they did before. Lock him up, GJ. Get to it.
I also want to write down some of my takeaways from the Justice League trailer.
- Wonder Woman is displayed front and center. DC is capitalizing on the biggest summer movie of 2017 in their advertising, as they should.
- "No Lanterns." First official confirmation of the Green Lanterns in the DCEU. Good to know they're out there. I'm wondering if this means Abin-Sur has recently died. One of Hal or John are going to be novices when they finally get introduced.
- Steppenwolf sounds as angry as an old man trying to send back soup in a deli.
- "Exploding wind-up penguins." Josh Gad has been mysteriously tweeting pictures of the Penguin and meeting with Geoff Johns recently. I wonder.
- Lack of Lex. He and his bald head are nowhere to be seen in this trailer. Since he is the one who rang the bell, you'd figure he would factor into the movie pretty heavily.
- Is this Danny Elfman's music? Joss Whedon brought him in to replace JunkieXL. Whose work is this?
- There are some gorgeous shots here. Any frame you pause on looks like it belongs in a comic-book panel.
- That is Superman at the end of the trailer. End of subject. I'm not gonna debate you, Jerry. He is mentioned numerous times throughout the trailer in the beginning, middle and end. And you can see what looks to be a red cape in the bottom right of the frame. So just stop it.
- Henry Cavill has to have his mustache digitally removed in editing because of his obligations to Mission Impossible 6 which is just hilarious.