Last night’s DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League special hosted by Kevin Smith on the CW had a lot of treats, most of which including the new Suicide Squad trailer and the first footage from Wonder Woman, have already been shared. But there were other insights into other movies that are in development. Other members of the Justice League got a moment to plug their eventual film projects with excerpts of interviews with the actors playing Aquaman, the Flash, and Cyborg. For fans worried about the DC movie guys reinventing the wheel, don’t worry, it doesn’t sound like much reinvention is in the works.
First up is Aquaman, who will appear in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice however briefly. We know he’ll be played by Jason Momoa, and we’ve gotten that singular image of Momoa in costume, and while the special didn’t offer anything new in terms of footage, it did confirm what tack Justice League, and eventually James Wan‘s Aquaman movie, might take with the character.
“His name is Arthur Curry, he’s the son of a lighthouse keeper and the Queen of Atlantis. He starts to develop these powers. He can breathe under water. He can communicate with sea life. He’s very strong.” explained co-host, and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns. “He grows up not really feeling like he belongs in either world. So he’s man trapped between two worlds, but has a responsibility to protect both of them.”
“He’s the only one that both: he’s human and he’s a god,” Momoa added. “I want to see him struggle with how he has these powers and he doesn’t know how to handle them, he hasn’t been trained.”
One character we have yet to hear anything about is The Flash. Even though the character has been, in Smith’s words, “crushing it” on TV, the character is being redone for the big screen starring Ezra Miller and directed by Seth Grahame-Smith. From the sounds of things, they’re not going to be re-inventing the lightening bolt for the big screen Flash either.
“He’s been struck by the lightning, that’s the mythos, but he’s a human,” said Miller. “He can run through walls, he can run across water, he can run so fast that he can move into another plane of frequency where there’s another reality.”
“The thing about The Flash is, the past isn’t just a thing he can think about, it’s an actual place he can visit,” added Johns.
Finally, we got some clues about Cyborg, who will be played by Ray Fisher. Fisher offered some fairly interesting insights into the character. “He is a technopath, which means he can just interface seamlessly with anything technological,” he said. “His greatest weakness is actually trying not to succumb to the technology. Trying to stay human.”
Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters everywhere on March 25 followed by Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 23, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; and Cyborg on April 3, 2020.