As you may know, I’ve been rooting for DC to get their shit together for a while now. Marvel has done a spectacular job of building a comic book like movie metaverse, and DC hasn’t been able to even keep their huge, world-famous characters in flight for long at all without endless reboots of the same story. But with Man of Steel 2, they’re hoping to finally find a platform to launch from. Superman, Batman and holy fuck finally they’ve found their Wonder Woman with actress Gal Gadot. This also probably means that the Justice League will feature somewhat in BvS, leading into a JL movie, and then DC maybe can gloat a little over Marvel not being able to pull Spider-Man and the X-Men into their movie franchise.
Poor DC… for decades, they’ve been trying and failing to bring back a live action Wonder Woman. Obviously, she’s got to be in their Justice League movie, but one WW rumor after the other has proven to be false. So here’s another. Actress Jamie Alexander, who has played Sif in two Thor movies recently revealed that she’s in serious talks to be in Batman vs Superman, leading many to believe she might make an appearance as Wonder Woman. Even though she has later downplayed the rumors, it didn’t help that she tweeted a fan-made piece of photoshoppery as the woman from Amazon. Please let this one be true. Please.
If DC is serious about a Justice League movie, they’re going to have to move fast. Which is why it’s both kind of surprising and kind of not surprising that a casting call for Batman vs. Superman has people talking about whether Wonder Woman might show up.
When DC announced it was working on a Justice League movie, one of the many questions was whether or not Christopher Nolan’s most recent version of Batman would be in the film or whether it would be a new Batman entirely. Man of Steel writer David Goyer confirmed that Nolan’s Batman is indeed in his own universe and when Justice League happens, it will be an entirely new Bruce Wayne.
In Batgirl #19, DC introduced the character of Alysia Yeoh, a friend of Batgirl’s who is a trans woman. This makes the first time in mainstream comics that there’s been any trans character at all in any capacity and DC doesn’t give a fuck if you don’t like it.
"It’s time for a trans hero in a mainstream comic. … I’m sure it’s controversial on some level to some people, but honest to God, I just could not care less about that. If someone gets upset, so be it; there are a thousand other comics out there for those people."
Next month, DC Comics is bringing back Masters of the Universe as an honest-to-god comic series, bringing in back all your MotU favorites. I’m pretty stoked about the whole thing.
This summer, DC has Man of Steel coming out, produced by Christopher Nolan and directed by Zack Snyder. After that, their next big project will be a Justice League movie… the problem is that unlike Marvel, DC’s movie division doesn’t have a unified vision. But if the rumors are true, it looks like they’re holding on to Chris Nolan to hold on to the DC movie tentpole.
DC is quite a few years late in trying to match Marvel’s giant movie comic book universe, but they’re seem committed to trying, saying that the 2015 Justice League movie will be the tentpole under which all the other DC character films will branch from. But with disappointing box office number for anything that’s not Batman recently, the entire fate of the Justice League film could rest of Man of Steel not tanking.
If all goes according to plan, DC will have a Justice League movie in theaters in the summer of 2015, the same summer as Avengers 2. While details are slowly trickling out of pre-production, it looks like we’ve got a list of main characters that will grace the big screen.