Written by: Nick Bessignano
DC has long been viewed as the underdog in the super hero business behind studio giant Marvel. However, with Marvel ending their star studded Avengers streak last April with Endgame, DC and parent company Warner Bros. are now looking to take advantage of the growing superhero market. This past weekend the first ever DC Fandome premiered which featured appearances from the stars and filmmakers of DC’s upcoming film slate. Here’s a look at a few of the projects that were showcased during the Fandome event.
One of the most highly anticipated movies showcased was 2021’s The Batman starring Robert Pattinson as The Caped Crusader and directed by Matt Reeves. The film is reportedly inspired by the Batman comic “Year Two,” meaning that we will be spared from witnessing the killing of Martha and Thomas Wayne which is otherwise known as the genesis of Batman’s origin story. This version will jump ahead a few years in the timeline and showcase Pattinson as “The World’s Greatest Detective ” in a crime noir take on the famed character. The stacked cast will feature Paul Dano as The Riddler, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin. The Batman hits theaters October 1st, 2021.
Another film drawing an immense amount of hype isn’t exactly an original, but is a director’s cut to Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The production of Justice League was notoriously bogged down back in 2017 with reshoots and even brought in Avengers director Joss Whedon to finish up some sequences near the end of the film. This new telling of the movie will be in four, one-hour installments that will flesh out the storyline of Cyborg (played by Ray Fisher) as he will be “the heart of film” according to Snyder. The trailer for The Snyder Cut featured previously unseen footage of villain Darkseid and many more characters within the DC canon. Warner Bros. has not announced an exact date for release but has ensured that it will drop in 2021 on the company’s streaming platform HBO Max.
Another bombshell announcement from the event came from the upcoming movie The Flash which will be the first DC entry to explore the franchise’s multiverse. The movie is loosely based on the comic book storyline of “Flashpoint” that deals with Barry Allen (The Flash) traveling back in time to save his mother from dying. According to filmmaker Andy Mushietti he will team up with not one but two Batman’s throughout his journey! You heard it right, Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck will return and somehow assist Ezra Miller’s Flash in navigating the time space continuum. The Flash will start its run into theaters on June 2nd, 2022.
Will DC comics follow the Marvel blueprint and cross over a new generation of superheroes into a shared universe? Time will tell but for now it looks like we will be getting some very promising content to keep us busy for the next few years.