Lets talk about the DC Cinematic Universe, shall we? I think it’s high time that we take a peek at everything with all of the information coming out.
I’ll be the first to say that I am quite afraid of Batman V Superman flopping, (heck… I’ve reported on it previously) and other writers on the site are definitely in agreement with me. The biggest issue we have is that it appears they are giving away the entire movie in all of their trailers and sneak peeks. Let’s count them shall we?
- Comic Con Trailer – This was the first official piece ,
- Official Trailer #1
- Official Trailer #2
- Official Trailer #3
- Official Trailer #4
- “Exclusive Sneak Peek”
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – TV Spot 1
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – TV Spot 2
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – TV Spot 3
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – TV Spot 4
Ten! Ten different trailers! That is a LOT of content to put out in the world. While I understand that the total content may only total less than 5 minutes of a 2 hour movie, the points that are being covered in the trailers and TV spots are turning people off from the movie instead of drawing them in.
I felt the same way about the mass marketing for the The Force Awakens, I would rather see the same commercial or trailer 20 times than 20 different trailers, and I don’t think that I am alone in this.
The below picture is some concept art that has been making it’s way around the web showing all of the currently announced Justice League members that will be in the movie. I like the concept of this. I hope that they manage it in an organic way, though jamming that many superheroes onto a screen often ends up jumbled.
There have been some other things that have made their way into the light over these last few weeks.
First, before the launch of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, there was some information on the CW in the form of a Q&A with Geoff Johns. Tons of information about the Suicide Squad and BvS, as well as hints about the other Justice Leaguers: Cyborg, Aquaman, Flash, and a first look at the upcoming Wonder Woman movie.
The second video is a clip from the show where they speak about the JL members, as well as finally confirming the Green Lantern CORPS! And I do say corps because they showed clips indicating that both Hal Jordan AND Jon Stewart were being developed. We definitely have a vast amount of DC upcoming on the big screen.
Now I know the Green Lantern movie was complete garbage, and why would I be excited about another potential piece of movie manure. It’s simple really, at heart I am an optimist. Plus, the character has a lot of potential (both Hal and Jon) and I would LOVE to see them flesh out the humanity in them.
Lastly, during this show, they revealed the newest Suicide Squad trailer, and I love it. From the music to the pacing and everything in between, this trailer is DOPE. I hope (raise my hand and speak the words) that they don’t release any more.
Other than my fears about BvS, I am optimistically excited about the direction that DC is headed with their CU. Now, everyone cross their fingers that nothing horrible happens to cause them to pull the plug on the entire thing. #dontmakedavesad
I am not, by any means, a DC fanboy. I will freely admit that outside of Superman, the early Batman feature films, and the Batman Animated series, my DC exposure was quite limited when I was growing up. I spent a lot of time reading up on characters and learning about them in a more logical and less fanatical way. This may be why I can look at a lot of the content (both the upcoming movies and the currently airing TV shows) objectively as DC properties and not say things like “HE WOULDN’T DO THAT!“. Before anyone gets on the whole Superman doesn’t kill people thing.. please just watch this. The is the original, theatrical ending of Superman 2, in which Superman unnecessarily crushes Zod’s hand and then drops him (WITH A SMIRK OF CONTEMPT) into an open pit where he will clearly die. No remorse, no humanity, just drops a completely helpless villian to his doom. Don’t tell me that Superman doesn’t kill when those movies are the shining example of what he can be. At least in MoS he was torn up about doing it.
Now, with that out of the way… I enjoyed the more human and darker approach that Snyder took with Man of Steel and we can tell from the trailers that it is going to continue with BvS and to some extent, Suicide Squad. From the first look at Wonder Woman, I can’t really tell how they are doing it. Speaking of Snyder, he was on the Hall of Justice podcast earlier this week and spoke about the other members of the JL and their roles in BvS, here’s what he had to say:
“As far as the other Justice League characters go, it’s really.. a very small role. It’s really just a… whisper that they exist.”
I am quite glad that they aren’t going to jam them into the movie and have them play a role. I think it (possibly) will be at the end of the film. Batman will be talking to Superman and Wonder Woman about the “other folks” he’s been keeping track of. How do you think they will do it?
David Alberto is a Contributing Editor for AYBOnline.com.