Alright, listen. If you are a frequenter of my Braves General Store writing, you are probably already pleading for me to not take out my anger on DC again. “Nooooooo… Not again Bennett! Why do you always have to argue?” Well, today is your lucky day. I will try my best to refrain from taking a steaming dump on everything that the current DC is doing to ruin so much of my childhood, and talk about what they are doing to make amends. This is the first installment of a two-part series on the superhero projects that are on the docket for the big screen, tv, and various other ways we consume our lazy media. This series will contain a complete lack of focus, but will touch on all of the projects that I deem somewhat notable for each company.
New Updates for Batman v. Superman
So, I gave you most of the info for this project in my last post, so not much new to report here. However, one very big announcement has dropped in the past week. A picture of the new Batmobile was released, and it is amazing! There have been some mixed reviews about it, so far, but this is one of the few things that Snyder and Co. have teased that I have loved. It is a perfect marriage between the Nolan rendition, and some of the more practical version seen in the comics. I am a huge fan, and apparently so are Detroit locals. The Twitters reported the other day that one of the many Batmobiles being used for stunts on set was stolen by citizens of Detroit (K: Stephen wasn’t to blame. We’re 40% certain.), the filming location of Gotham in the upcoming movie.
Updates on Ongoing TV Projects
Arrow: Season 3
You might not follow the show that has now established itself as a very successful setup for a TV universe. However, the show has made some really concerning moves regarding many of its characters. Basically, they are cherry picking some of the best characters from throughout the DC Universe. They started off in Season 1 featuring some of the smaller names on the DC Roster with the Green Arrow, Deathstroke, the Black Canary, the Huntress, and Deadshot. Don’t recognize most of those? You get the gist of the Green Arrow’s appeal to a mainstream audience now. Season 2 brought a similar list of lesser-knowns introducing Mockingbird, Shrapnel, and Nyssa al Ghul with a Suicide Squad Appearance. However, Season 3 plans on ramping it up a notch by introducing two titans of DC lore, Ra’s al Ghul and Harley Quinn. See the trend? Green Arrow is kinda like a less cool Batman is several different ways. As I am watching it now, they have said Applied Sciences at least three times in this episode, and you can’t do anything but laugh. Stealing the Ghuls and Harley is a bold move that helps bring in a more mainstream audience, but hamstrings some of the other DC projects. Season 3 of the hit CW show kicks off on October 8th at 8pm.
This show is premiering October 7th on CW. It should be interesting , because the Flash is really one of the most complex characters DC has to offer. This is not because I find his character particularly compelling, but because he has existed in tons of different timelines, goes god-mode in certain comics and gives our boy, Supes, a run for his money. CW has confirmed that there will be crossovers between Flash and Arrow, and we will get to see if a legitimate universe can be established via network television. If it works, these could tie in to the Justice League, and DC will accomplish a marriage between the two mediums unlike anything that Marvel has been able to muster.
I am far more excited for this show than the other two. In part, this is because anything even remotely relating to Batman has an unhealthy amount of good source material, but also because we are going to get to see the origin for a critical character that does not get the development of one of the major vigilantes. Taking an interesting look at Pre-Commissioner Jim Gordon, and the origins of countless iconic mask-wearing Gothamites is very exciting. This premieres Septermber 22nd on Fox, so you don’t have much more waiting to do.
This show should be interesting. Its unlike anything else that DC has done yet. Marvel has dipped their toe into the waters of magic, and now DC is going to dive in head first. Constantine is an antihero who used magic, divination, and the works to fight demons, and all other sorts of craziness. Sound vague? That’s about right. I don’t know a whole lot about this show or its respective source material, and it has stayed pretty under the radar. It premieres October 24th. (The rest of us at BGS are hoping beyond hope that Keanu Reeves is involved in this iteration of Constantine, as well. Because that went super well last time.)
Recently Confirmed Reports
This is a very young movie project, and there has been no word on casting for the protagonist, Billy Baston. However, after much anticipation, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson as Black Adam. While Black Adam is Shazam’s arch-nemesis in the comics, Johnson included the hashtag #antihero in the tweet officially confirming the casting. What this means for the movie or the series is yet to be determined, but this is a really cool character, and I am excited to see what they do with it.
This came out of left field for me. I did not think it was on DC’s radar, but putting a live-action face to the crazy successful cartoon and comics is an interesting choice. They are doing a lot of really cool things with this show so far, like having Dick Grayson’s Nightwing leading the team, and just calling the project Titans. This is good, because Teen Titans means one thing. Teens. Kid actors. I hope they steer away from that choice and do early-20s titans, just so we can see some believable portrayals. Still tons of questions to be answered about this project, but it is still very early on, so we will wait to see how it develops.
The superskeleton of this TV show is just beginning to take shape. Literally nothing much to report on this project, but hey–it’s there. This is a notable big step for a genre that has shunned female leads for far too long. Is Supergirl the best choice to break the barrier? Not really, but hey, progress is cool.
One Big Ole’ Speculation
So, this is most certainly not confirmed, but look for Benedict Cumberbatch to make a splash sometime soon. This rumor has been almost entirely fan-fed, and his schedule is crazy busy, so involvement in the DC Cinematic Universe may be impossible. However, the fact that he so quickly fell off the list for the upcoming Marvel Dr. Strange project hints towards possible involvement. The two biggest role possibilities being talked about on the interwebs right now are Martian Manhunter and Braniac. Braniac is what most people are leaning towards just because Benedict Cucumber-patch has played two of the biggest sci-fi villains recently (Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Smaug in the Hobbit Trilogy). There is even some dope fan art of what he could look like as the smartest man in the DC universe. However, nothing is confirmed. I just wanted to leave you on a hopeful note, if you are not excited about DC’s all out assault on network television.
Come back tomorrow to see what Marvel has announced and has in store for its fans. It will be an interesting comparison to see what DC is doing to establish a track-record of on-screen success with Marvel simply doing as much as they can to grow the snowball that it has been rolling since about 2007.