Tonight, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment gave audiences a first look at their upcoming film projects in the half-hour event “Dawn of the Justice League” on The CW. Hosted by DC Comics Chief Creative Officer and writer extraordinaire Geoff Johns, and jorts-wearing fanboy Kevin Smith (word is that he’s also a director of merit) the special give us brief glimpses at new footage, hidden bits of information, soundbites with the cast and crew of the films, before finishing with the world premiere of the latest Suicide Squad trailer. And we’ve got a breakdown of all the pertinent information right here, along with official footage from Wonder Woman and Suicide Squad.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
There wasn’t much new going on for Batman v Superman, which wasn’t too disappointing given that we’ll all have a chance to see the finished product in a couple short months. Other than a few new shots from scenes we’ve seen in the trailers, and a line from Superman questioning what Superman means to the people, most of the focus was placed on what the movie was building towards. DC is really pushing the mythic aspects of these characters, and Batman v Superman is refereed to as a launching point for this overall mythology many times over, a mythology that doesn’t seem too worried about creating realism or a seamless tone. In that aspect, the DC Films are sticking close to the wild and weird nature of the comics. Regardless of color palates, no one should still fear that the DC films are treading to closely behind Christopher Nolan. As we saw tonight, each DC films has its own unique look and themes that separate them from one another and from the other superhero projects of film and television
Perhaps the most exciting part of special was our first look at Wonder Woman footage from the Patty Jenkins’ film. After confirmation that the film would be a origin story about Diana’s place in the world of men, we got to see a lot of Wonder Woman on horseback, a few shots of Diana Prince in glasses, and a pretty cool fight scene of her taking out about six soldiers. The film is set during WWI and the aesthetic is perhaps the darkest of any DC film thus far. It looks beautifully shot, but it definitely has the look of a period war film. The action clip that we saw was shown in slow-motion, which may have been for the benefit of the special or it may be confirmation that Patty Jenkins picked up a few of Zack Snyder’s old habits. While there was no mention of who Wonder Woman would face off against, the comic art shown during Johns’ discussion of the character did show her facing off against the god of war himself, Ares. While it’s not a confirmation, the decision to go with that art is pretty solid evidence that we’ll see Ares as the film’s big bad.
Johns and Smith never missed a beat in their continual reference to the fact that this all leading to Zack Snyder’s two-part Justice League film. We saw a few concept art drawings of Jason Momoa as Aquaman, which weren’t much different from the official photo that was released last year. We also learned that Aquaman will still be learning about his abilities and his place in two world’s. Again, there was no mention of the film’s villain but the comic art used showed Aquaman facing off against his half-brother, Ocean Master. If Ocean Master is indeed the film’s villain this would fall in line with the rumors that surfaced late last year.
Rounding out the Justice League we also got glimpses of concept art for The Flash and Cyborg with brief interview clips of Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher discussing their characters. Flash’s costume looks to be the armored variation that was seen in the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us and Cyborg looks very accurate to the comics. The special also gave us a look at the damaged Vic Stone before his transformation into Cyborg. While there were no new announcements regarding these properties, the reveal of the impending Green Lantern Corps film was treated as new.
Lastly, we got what most of tuned in to watch: the new Suicide Squad trailer. Set to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, the new trailer opted to show the film’s lighter and more comedic side. Warner Bros. is really working to make sure that their films don’t simply get placed under the label of dark and gritty. The darkness and grittiness are certainly there, but Suicide Squad also has a acid-washed, pop-punk video look that should please most fans. Suicide Squad looks loony and absolutely like the kind of film that isn’t taking itself too seriously as people feared and Leto’s set behavior has led some to believe. Leto, by the way, looks and sounds fantastic. And for all the behind the scenes nonsense about him frightening people, there is something deeply unnerving about his performance. But it’s Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn who seems poised to steal the show with her comedic timing and eccentric behavior.
Justice League may have been where the special’s focus primarily fell, but Suicide Squad may end up surpassing that team in popularity. When it comes to hype, the so-called “worst heroes ever” are looking to give the “characters of modern myth” a run for their money.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be released on March 25th
Suicide Squad will be released August 5th
Wonder Woman will be released June 23rd, 2017
As more news and footage on these upcoming properties surface, we’ll have all of your info right here!
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