Your Ultimate SDCC 2017 DC Comics Wrap Up
SDCC 2017 is unfortunately over! However, very few comic book fans can say they've left the event without a sense of exhilaration for the future of their favorite franchise. All across the board, fans were treated to trailers, announcements, panels and more about the upcoming projects set to take place. DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment were no exception.
Here is a list of all the major announcements and reveals that happened over the past weekend regarding all things DC!
Justice League Trailer
Probably the biggest thing to come out of SDCC for DC fans was the newest Justice League trailer. In it, fans were able to see some of the same narrative we had seen before (Earth is doomed if the League doesn't unite) but we were also treated to some new reveals and were even left with some new questions. Among them, fans were able to get our first real look at Steppenwolf in the film and his attack on Themyscira (which, I can imagine, is setting itself up to be one of the coolest scenes in the film). His look was actually first revealed through images showing the Collect-and-Connect figure for the DC Multiverse 6-inch Justice League Wave, but we were able to see footage of him (and possibly a voiceover).
Speaking of which, a big name dropped happened in the trailer when (presumably) Steppenwolf says there are no Lanterns or Kryptonians to protect Earth. This reveal lets us know that at least there were, and can be again, Green Lanterns in the Universe (and with Jason Mamoa Instagramming picture of Green Lantern, we can all hope to see them soon!).
Finally, there's the Alfred moment of the trailer. A mysterious figure arrives and Alfred says, "He said you would come. Let's hope you're not too late." All the while, viewers can see hints of red on the characters shoulders. Most fans think its Superman. Others have argued Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, and even one of the Robins. I don't think we're going to get an answer until the movie releases in November.
Ben Affleck is not leaving the Batman Role
Leading up to SDCC, rumors began circulating from some reliable sources that Ben Affleck would leave the role of Batman. What sense that had to anyone is beyond me but thankfully, at least for the sake of continuity, Afleck is staying on board. , "Let me be very clear: I am the luckiest guy in the world,” said Afleck at a panel at the Con. “Batman is the coolest f*cking part in any universe… DC, Marvel. It’s incredible. I’m so thrilled to do it. I know there’s this misconception that because I’m not directing that I’m not enthusiastic about it. It’s f*cking amazing." And we're glad to have you stay Ben!
Movie Lineup Changes
The DCEU is at a high point right now coming off of Wonder Woman. However, it still doesn't seem like it's found its footing because Warner Bros. Pictures keeps changing their minds about what movies they're going to produce and when. Not that anyone is complaining about fnally having a Nightwing movie, but the MCU had a clear plan where they were going. It doesn't seem the DCEU does. Maybe because of that, they announced new films going into production anywhere between now and 2020. The new films are Flashpoint, Suicide Squad 2, The Batman, Aquaman, Justice League Dark, Green Lantern Corps, Shazam, Batgirl. Cyborg and Nightwing. No particular date was set for any of the films and it does seem odd the inclusion of the Flashpoint movie (although I'm praying just to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan play Batman) but it feels we've come across the DCEU somewhere in the middle of its existence as opposed to the beginning. Either way, with the reshoots ordered on the JL movie, perhaps DC is finding its footing, despite the fact that we don't see it yet.
Fans in attendance were able to see some footage of the upcoming Aquaman movie and the general consesus is that it’s going to be a fun film, filled with action and some romance. The footage, which has yet to leak, shows a fisherman who evidently catches something but it's not what he expects. It is an Atlantean ship, followed by people riding sharks with leashes on them. Then Arthur Curry rises from the sea prepared to battle an unseen foe. The director, James Wan, told fans that the film is a fun origin story.
Black Lightning, Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl all received trailers for their upcoming seasons and had panels which talked about the direction the shows are being taken. Most shows are adding to their cast and bringing in big names in each heroes mythos. Black Lightning, a new addition to the CW's lineup, will air midseason while we continue to watch (and hope) that the shows just get better than where they are now.
The most exciting part of the DC TV news was the trailer for Krypton, the SYFY show being released 2018. It is the history of Krypton prior to its destruction and I can't wait to see what they have planned.
Also, another fan favorite show that took a trip to the proverbial Lazarus Pit is Young Justice Outsiders. With more teenage superhero additions to the team, the show is set to be one of the first in the launch of the DC-branded digital service next year, along with the live-action Titans.
What was your favorite announcement concerning DC properties? Leave your comments below!