Hollywood has been catching fire over the past 48 hours between Marvel Studios and Warner Bros over their respective properties (Marvel being Marvel comics which is the Avengers and Warner Bros being DC Comics which is the Justice League). Marvel announced that Robert Downey Jr. would be starring in Captain America 3 (2016) and that the subject matter would be the Civil War storyline in which Iron Man (RDJ) enforces a superhero registration act with the government and Captain America rebels against it with a band of other superheroes. Every comic book fan who knows this storyline had a feeling these movies would lead up to this, so it came to no surprise when I gloated to all seven of my friends that I told them so. Then today, my computer decided to combust (figure of speech) when Warner Bros decided to compare dick sizes with Marvel Studios and announce their cinematic plans for the future. Sorry for the dick joke, I can’t really think of another way to get my point across.
We all know that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) is coming and that it will bring our world’s finest together on the silver screen for the first time. We also know that director Zach Snyder is filming this and Justice League (2017) back to back. While there was speculation of more coming, what with the casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa as Aquaman who will be making cameos in BvS, Warner Bros decided to make everything a little concrete today by not announcing one or two films, but nine! below you will find what exactly those movies will entail and what my take on them is (Because the opinion of a self obsessed 21 year old college student/superhero nerd matters).
o “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
o “Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (2016)
o “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017)
o “Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
o “The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018)
o “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018)
o “Shazam” (2019)
o “Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
o “Cyborg,” starring Ray Fisher (2020)
o “Green Lantern” (2020)
My take on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Not much to say that I haven’t already said on this matter. I’m in full support of Ben Affleck playing the Batman and I think he’s gonna kill it.
I’m not too keen on Jesse Eisenberg playing Lex Luthor and I think it’s a huge gamble shoehorning Wonder Woman and Aquaman into this movie just for the sake of showing that they exist in this universe. It just seems like Warner Bros is doing what Marvel did, but backwards. Instead of establishing these characters in their own movies and then bringing them together, they’re putting them all together first and then giving them their own solo movies. Maybe it will work, maybe it won’t. I will say that Man of Steel (2013) got by by the skin of its teeth and BvS needs to do exceptionally well if they are to continue developing this world. Film is a business and you need money to run it.
On Suicide Squad (2016)
I don’t know a lot abut the Suicide Squad, which makes me nervous that they’re making into a Hollywood blockbuster. What I do know is that it is a group of anti-heroes established by the government as deniable assets. They partake in covert black-ops missions in exchange for shortened prison sentences. One familiar name in the group is the assassin, Deadshot, who has given Batman a great deal of trouble in the past. Of all the movies coming on this list, this one is the one I’m least sure about doing well; but hey, I said that about Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) along with just about everyone.
On Wonder Woman (2017)
I’m very happy this movie is being made. Had I been in charge of the casting, I would have made Cobie Smulders the lead, but that’s for a different blog post to rant about.Marvel has been trying to get a Black Widow film off the ground and make a film with a female protagonist, but they can’t seem to make it work just yet. I’m happy to see that we’re finally going to have a female superhero take the lead in a blockbuster. Again, this is a gamble because if it doesn’t work out, we may only see men as the leads for another ten years before they try this again. Just look at what happened with Supergirl (1984).
On Justice League Part 1 (2017)
Again, not much to say on this. This is the whole point of Warner Bros producing these films – to put them together and match box office wits with Marvel Studios. It’s bold of them to do the same process but backwards. I understand that they don’t want to copy Marvel’s technique; but you gotta admit, it works. I’m very curious to see how all of this works out, and if it does, what else we can expect from Warner Bros.
On The Flash (2018)
Kinda weird that we have a Flash television show on The CW AND we’re getting a movie in four years with the same character but in a different world. Assuming the TV show does well and is around in 2018, it will be in its fourth season by then which means that Grant Gustin, who plays the titular character, will be well establish as him. You may be saying to yourself, “But Reed, they may cast Gustin as The Flash in the movie!” And to that I say no, because if you look above, you’ll see that they already cast Ezra Miller, the actor known for his role in The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) If you ask me, the kid looks like a total squid and not at all what The Flash should look like. Yes, he should be young; but not like a twelve-year-old. Seriously, look at this kid. Can you see this man playing The Flash? The Fastest Man Alive?
on Aquaman (2018)
No disrespect to Jason Momoa, the guy kills it in Game of Thrones (2010-); but it shoulda been Vinny Chase
(If you didn’t want HBO’s Entourage (2004-2011) then you don’t get this joke. Go watch Entourage and re-read this, you’ll piss yourself laughing, TRUST ME.) Anyway, everyone knows that Aquaman kinda sucks. He can talk to fish and he runs Atlantis… Cool. Warner Bros needs to up his powers and basically make him more badass if he’s gonna survive in this serious and gritty world that they seem to be establishing. Which probably means ditch the orange and green costume. I think the casting of Momoa is actually a pretty smart choice. The guy is built and looks pretty hardcore. If you’ve seen Game of Thrones then you also know he’s not afraid to rip a man’s tongue out of his throat… However I doubt that he’ll do that in a movie that kids are in all likelihood going to see.
On Shazam (2019)
Shazam has always been a hero that I both liked and didn’t like at the same time. He’s basically a kid who can change into an adult superhero by shouting, “Shazam!” However he still has the mentality of a kid, so he’s like, “Oh my god, I’m a superhero! I’m like Superman,” and then he seems to just pester Superman and the rest of the Justice League. Dwayne Johnson has been cast as the villain of the film, Black Adam, and that is a very good choice for the role. Black Adam and Shazam are very similar in looks and posture, so it actually could have gone either way with casting Johnson for that one. Now I’m curious who exactly is going to play Shazam, and if he’ll size up to The Rock. Maybe if they bulked up Jon Hamm?
On Justice League Part 2 (2019)
Why Part 2? Is Part 1 going to end on a cliffhanger? Or are they just trying to be “innovative” like they are with the whole “Batman v Superman” as opposed to “Batman vs. Superman” thing? I don’t know, and the problem with all of this stuff being announced today is that I probably won’t find out until the year 2017. For all I know we could have flying cars and hoverboards by then. Maybe Justice League Part 1 will end on a cliffhanger and then Shazam will take place “At the same time” as that. Then He’ll come into play in Part 2 and they’ll all fight Darkseid or Braniac or both! OR maybe they just haven’t thought of a title for it yet and they’re gonna have a subtitle like Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
On Cyborg (2020)
I don’t like Cyborg. I never have. I don’t like him in the comicbooks, I don’t like him when I play as him in the video game, Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013), I hated him in Teen Titans (2003-2006), I just. Don’t. Like him. Ray Fisher, the actor playing him, has literally one other thing on his filmography besides this and his cameo he’ll make in BvS, and it’s a short. I feel like this movie is just too forced and the character is familiar, sure, but that doesn’t mean we should be jumping on the opportunity to put him on screen, let alone in his own movie! Does anyone even read Cyborg comics? Are there even Cyborg comics? Would he be relevant if not for Teen Titans and the two DC animated movies he was in?
Lastly, my take on Green Lantern (2020)
This is Warner Bros’ chance to right the wrong that was the GL movie back in 2011 starring Ryan Reynolds. If I had it my way, I wouldn’t make this GL the traditional Hal Jordan that showed up in the 2011 gravy train. No, I’d make him John Stewart, the African American GL who a lot of people are familiar with from comics and the animated series, Justice League (2001-2004) and Justice League Unlimited (2004-2006). If Warner Bros is smart, they’ll use John Stewart as GL instead of Hal Jordan. John Stewart is not only black, but more familiar to children who are fans of the TV shows and animated movies, who will be adults when this movie comes out, because he’s more defined in there. Not to mention they already did Hal Jordan and that sucked. AND, they could really capitalize on having an african american hero, along with a woman hero in Wonder Woman whereas Marvel can’t seem to not have a white man as the hero. If Warner Bros wants to really one-up Marvel, John Stewart is that direction to go in. Also, Idris Elba would make a perfect John Stewart. He’s not only a great and well known actor; but he is also very handsome and I am comfortable enough with my sexuality to say that (Not that there’s anything wrong with it). Who knows, maybe they’ll just cast a kid like they did with The Flash. Which means Jaden Smith will probably get the part, then I’ll proceed to vomit all over the place.
As I close this rant, I will say that it’s not that I don’t have faith in Warner Bros to do justice to these DC characters. I will say, however, that it looks like with all of these movies being announced at once and with only one movie in this universe out with the next one on the way in a year and a half, it seems, on paper, that they’re biting off more than they can chew. Not to mention on top of all this, Warner Bros has even announced solo Superman and Batman films to come at some point. Marvel has only started announcing future projects since the success of The Avengers (2012). Before then, people weren’t looking forward to beyond 2013. It’s 2014 and Warner Bros has me thinking about six years from now. I’m gonna be 26 years old by then. I don’t even know where I’ll be at that point in my life. I’ll tell you this, if this blog is all I’ve got to answer for by age 26, I need help. Here’s to having a future in the next six years!
PS If Ben Affleck doesn’t direct/star in a solo Batman movie and film it in Boston and surrounding areas, I’ll be beyond pissed at the man.
@Were_Not_Sorry <- COME ON!
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