On August 5th, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros will be hanging their hopes on a group of bad guys to come in and save the day.
If you were one of the millions of comic book/movie geeks around the world who were exposed to one of the worst superhero movies of all time — Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice — you could likely go on and on, as I gladly would, about what the movie lacked, its bad story line and its all out suck-ness. Forget the supposed “more coherent” Ultimate Edition, that flick was a swing and a miss.
But where there’s darkness, there’s soon light to follow, and in the case of the DC Cinematic Universe that light came in the vision of three of the most anticipated movie trailers of the year, all recently unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con and all having made many geek pants tight (or cos-play pants even tighter). In loving memory of Ms. Cleo, let’s take a look into the future of the DC Universe.
August 5th: 2016: Suicide Squad
For over a year now, Suicide Squad has been among the most anticipated comic book movies. For Warner Bros. this is a risky move in expanding the DCCU, handing over a big film budget to a director it hadn’t worked with before (David Ayer) while focusing on a group of DC characters who is neither the son of Krypton or the tortured son of the Waynes.
Now, they hedged their bets in signing three of the top actors in Hollywood to anchor the cast — the beautiful and fiery Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, the over-talented, Oscar-winning risk taker Jared Leto as The Joker and finally the worldwide icon Will Smith as Deadshot.
Checking out all the trailers released so far plus the newest one released at Comic-Con, I’m very optimistic about The Squad. Director Ayer said Smith’s character Deadshot carries the film but the true wildcard in this movie will be Leto’s and his take on The Joker. Don’t expect to see any familiar mixture of Nicholson or Ledger’s Clown Prince of Crime but a straight Grill Goon Gangsta. If Leto can give life to a modern or even post-modern version of The Joker, it will setup a great battle for the future solo Batman movie expected to be helmed by Ben Affleck.
As for the soon-to-be released Squad, their movie looks like it is built to give you drama, comedy and a little humanity from all these bad guys and girls. My butt will firmly be placed in a seat opening day!
June 2nd, 2017: Wonder Woman
As I write this, the United States of America has for the first time ever positioned a woman, Hillary Clinton, officially to run for president in the name of one of the two major political parties. A somewhat lesser, but still significant, feat of girl power could be pulled off next summer — Gal Gadot could be the lead actress in the first blockbuster female-driven comic book movie.
Halle Berry couldn’t pull it off with that dreadful Catwoman movie and Scarlett Johansson hasn’t been given a chance with her Avenger, Black Widow. My prediction based off this well-done trailer is that Wonder Woman is going to a action packed, period piece that …will still fall a little short. First off, I am not a fan of Gal playing Diana Prince. Body shamers, feel free to bash me all you want, but she does not pull off the Wonder Woman look. Gadot is a good enough actress, but for comic book movie fans, the look means a lot.
Second, WW’s role and character development in BvS wasn’t utilized fully so a sour taste is already in the audience’s mouth regarding the iconic character’s return to the screen. The film will have to work to overcome that, it can look action packed in two minutes but it better not slack over a full run time.
Good things going for this movie: DC’s go-to guy Geoff Johns co-wrote the script, well-regarded director Patty Jenkins was in control and the female audience get a dose of man candy with Chris Pine opposite Gadot. The trailer looks bad-ass to the 10th power and Gal looks strong, fierce, and sexy in the classic WW suit, but the movie really has to redeem our introduction to her character. I will still no doubt check out Wonder Woman opening weekend.
November 17th, 2017: Justice League Part One
We started off this post high in Squad heaven, came to a comfortable decline to take in the beauty of Themyscria and its Amazons, and now hold on your seats, because there is no Justice for the nose dive we are about to experience. As I said earlier, if you didn’t see Batman Vs. Superman, you missed out on a major story line that will exist within this ultimate team-up movie.
Next fall’s answer to The Avengers by DC/WB will conclude the introduction to the group of “meta-humans” that will form The Justice League. As it played out in BvS, Wonder Woman steals some computer files from Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) that shows the where-abouts of future JL members Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Eza Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). At the end of the film, Bruce Wayne fears a new threat is coming and believes he must assemble a team that will be tasked to protect everyone from harm.
Based off the footage from Comic-Con, I’m hoping a new/better attempt at the top heroes in their catalog will make me feel better about WBs attempt to save this DC Movie Universe before it’s too late. But at the same time, though more upbeat, this movie looks like it has BvS’s crappy deuce writing all over it.
Since when does Aquaman look like he should be a member of SAMCRO? The Flash has a metal suit? Affleck is Batman again? Zack Synder is directing this one too?! DAMN IT! Redbox, you will get my money on this one.
Well, you have my thoughts on the newly released movie trailers from the DC Universe. My guess is fans will have mixed reviews and feelings when these movies finally hit the big screen. My word of advice is to give all three a good watch and tweet the hell out of Warner Brothers, good or bad. All of these DC characters are beloved by fans around the world and they should be all given the best shot to entertain us on the big screen.
Like with anything in life, a little competition is good and DC needs to pick it up if it ever hopes to make an impact in this unprecedented era of comic book pop culture. If DC & Warner Brothers don’t soon start to rival Disney and Marvel Studios’ success rate you will soon see people more excited about the opening day of Squirrel Girl over Superman.
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