Let’s face it, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was disappointing, maybe even Phantom Menace disappointing. Sure BvS had its awesome moments and you can argue it was much better than its 27% score on Rotten Tomatoes, but overall it wasn’t the epic throw down between the two most popular superheroes of all-time that we were hoping for. You may like Batman v Superman, you may even love it. But there is no doubt that critically and commercially it failed to live up to standards.
Because of this, many people have christened Suicide Squad (August 5th) DC’s cinematic universe’s savior. Reports swirled that after BvS, re-shoots were ordered for Suicide Squad in hopes of adding more levity to the script, something Batman v Superman sorely lacked. Although director David Ayer refuted those claims, it was also reported that several changes were made among DC brass at Warner Bros. All this left us with the impression that DC was in panic mode. However at Comic-Con 2016 DC showed the world that was hardly the case, setting the stage for a memorable 2017 with two huge films.
Official synopsis: (courtesy imdb) An Amazon princess leaves her island home to explore the world, and becomes the greatest of its heroes. The Amazonian princess-warrior Diana left her lush tropical island to dwell in our urban cityscapes of glass and steel. Tutored in the ways of the Greek warriors, and outfitted with incredible gifts the Goddess bestowed upon her people, she becomes Paradise Island’s emissary to civilization. Check out the trailer here!
First we got a look DC’s first big screen adaptation for the queen of superheroes Wonder Woman. Starring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Chris Pine, Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Wonder Woman will be hitting theaters on June 2nd 2017. In addition to releasing the first teaser poster, we got our first full trailer for Wonder Woman, showcasing a prequel of sorts as it takes place during World War 1. This gives us a chance to learn more about the character also know as Diana Prince before the events of Batman v Superman and DC’s other 2017 tent-pole release Justice League, a movie that also unveiled new footage at Comic-Con.
Official synopsis (courtesy IMDb): Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes-Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash-it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. Watch the trailer here!
While the Wonder Woman trailer was amazing, it was our first look at the Justice League that
sent the internet into a frenzy. With more entertainment value, humor and engaging dialogue than most of the Batman v Superman: Extended Edition, this trailer was exactly what DC needed to get the hype train for their cinematic universe back on track. While we don’t get a in depth look into the Cyborg character played by Ray Fisher and no evidence at all of Superman, we do get a great look at Jason Mamoa as Aquaman/Arthur Curry and Ezra Miller as the Flash/Barry Allen. While I wasn’t crazy about BvS, I was very impressed with Ben Affleck as Batman. Not to mention that Affleck’s more violent and aggressive, Frank Miller take on Batman was somethng the fans have been craving. While obviously Batman/Bruce Wayne’s character will be a liitle more witty and humorous than hew was in BvS, I hope they can still maintain a menacing take on the Dark Knight.
Official synopsis (courtsey IMDb): A secret government agency run by Amanda Waller, named A.R.G.U.S creates a task force comprising super villains, the “Suicide Squad”. They are assigned to execute dangerous tasks in exchange for shorter prison sentences. Watch the Suicide Squad Comic-Con 2016 exclusive trailer here!
While 2017 was the main focus of DC’s presence at SDCC 2016, they didn’t forget to show a little love to their last release of this year and hopefully momentum builder Suicide Squad. Above is a Hall H exclusive look at the film due out on August 5th. Starring Margot Robbie, Jared Leto and Will Smith.
That’s it for my DC comics round-up from San Diego Comic-Con. What did you think of the latest footage from the DCU?