The Making Of DC’s Cinematic Universe
June 30th, 2015 | by Ryan Mayer
The new DC Cinematic universe has begun to take shape over the past few years. The history of DC’s film projects has been hit and miss. Back in the early 2000’s, DC set out to make their own cinematic universe, but that project was mysteriously canceled and forgotten about. A couple of years later, Marvel started their cinematic universe, which gained a lot of praise amongst fans and, crucially, people who had not previously been involved in comics.
On June 14th, 2013, DC released Man of Steel; showing off their new Superman played by Henry Cavill. This film did well in the box office and was both loved and hated by fans. The mixed reaction was due to DC changing some aspects of the iconic character, as they did within their mainstream comics in the New 52 line.
That experiment opened up new possibilities with Superman’s character that hadn’t yet been investigated thoroughly in film. Suddenly, DC’s iconic hero was dealing with being criticized by the people he protects.
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At San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) 2013 many were hearing rumblings that DC was planning to build their own new shared DC cinematic universe (DCCU). This was confirmed when Zac Snyder, director of Man of Steel, walked out onto the stage of a panel at SDCC and announced what many fans had, until then, only dreamed about. Two of the most iconic and loved heroes in all of comics were going to be in a movie together.
Snyder enlisted the help of help of actor Harry Lennix to recite a well known quote.
I want you to remember, Clark… in all the years to come… in your most private moments… I want you to remember…my hand…at your throat…I want…you to remember…the one man who beat you.
Those same words were spoken by none other than the Dark Knight in Dark Knight Returns.
After the quote was read Batman v Superman was announced!
As the months went by, more and more movies were announced, spanning all the way to 2020.
The DCCU was beginning to take shape.
News began to buzz that Wonder Woman and Aquaman would be receiving their own adaptations in the new DCCU, but that each were first going to make cameos in the Batman v Superman film. This lead to both these characters being cast way before their own directors were announced. Gal Gadot will be playing Wonder Woman, while Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa will be playing Aquaman. Most recently it was announced that Wonder Woman will be playing a big role in the Batman v Superman movie; she will be a major theme amongst the merchandising for the film. This new received wide-spread applause after Marvel failed to properly make merchandise for Black Widow.
The Flash, who is played by Ezra Miller will also be making a cameo within Batman v Superman, albeit a short one.
One news flash that sent shockwaves through comics outlets was the announcement of the Suicide Squad movie.
The news caused masses of fans to rejoice due to Suicide Squad’s infamous reputation in DC’s story arches, and the possibilities raised by casting recognizable villains as the heroes within a story. Characters in the film include Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), and The Joker (Jared Leto). Leto being cast as everyone’s favourite villain caused many critics to question if he could live up to what Heath Ledger had produced in “The Dark Knight”.
The last Joker people criticized before he performed was, of course, Ledger himself and now he is considered to be the best Joker to every grace our movie screens.
Other films announced by DC for their DCCU is Shazam, which has cast Dwayne Johnson as the villainous Black Adam.
Cyborg, which continues to be shrouded in mystery; however we do know that the character’s origin story will remain the same.
A solo Batman film has also been announced, with the speculation that Ben Affleck will not only be starring but also directing in it.
It was also announced that Green Lantern would be getting a reboot.
Rumours going around stating that there will be three human Lanterns in the film not just one. The Lanterns rumored are Hal Jordan, John Stewart, and Guy Gardner. Speculation has it that at SDCC 2015 there will be an announcement of who will be playing two of the three Green Lanterns, as well as other characters not yet cast.
Finally, Justice League parts one and two will see the culmination of the “Super Seven” and even a few extra characters.
It will be interesting to see if DC/Warner Bros. decide to follow suit with Marvel and keep their character list short for their first team-up, or go the route of the comics and allow the “Super Seven” to come together in the first part of Justice League, which would allow more characters to join the action in the second act.
If these movies are seen as successes, not only at the box office but also among fans, be prepared to see more of our favourite but lesser-known DC heroes hit the big screen as well .
Ryan Mayer is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow his on Twitter: @RMayer94