DC Cinematic Universe

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On Monday, rumor had it that  Jared Leto would be reprising his role as the Clown Prince of Crime sooner rather than expected, which had many DC fans quite excited. Suicide Squad, which didn’t  feature a whole lot of Jared Leto’s version of The Joker, who has expressed extreme displeasure with the lackluster use of his character for all the time he put in. Those of us who liked his take on the character were looking forward to the possibility of him showing up in future films in the universe. Well, it seems that we now have a possible answer to our desires.

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SUICIDE SQUAD

Although Suicide Squad was not a hit with the critics, the film had an astounding opening weekend. The critically-panned film had a record-setting opening weekend of $132 million. Audience reactions have been somewhat mixed, but with such a strong opening weekend, it’ no surprise that there is already talk of a sequel surrounding the bad guys of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The cast is already signed for multi-film commitments, so who knows what will happen in a potential sequel. Director David Ayer has a few ideas as well.

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DC’s ambition to craft a full-blown cinematic universe immediately after Man of Steel hasn’t exactly been working out for them. Both Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad, two films fans insisted would improve upon Man of Steel, fared even worse with critics and audiences. As of right now, a combination of studio interference and bad creative decisions are causing an unfortunate cycle for the DCEU. (more…)

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The first reviews for Suicide Squad, the much anticipated, David Ayer directed film are starting to come in—and boy, is it a rocky boat we’ve set foot in. Let’s back up for a moment: the film, which is set to release this Friday, has already started going into preview showings (and of course, the premiere in which the aforementioned Ayer said ‘f*ck Marvel‘). The film has been building interest and momentum, with opening weekend predictions setting the sales at around $115 million US. Wow. There is, however, potential that this proclamation of box office gang-busting could be ruined in the following week by bad reviews—something we’ve seen not too long ago. So… just how are the critics sizing up the Squad?  (more…)

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You may recall that an animated Justice League Dark movie is coming out soon, which will star Matt Ryan as John Constantine; quite a bit of buzz about it was stirred after the sneak peak was revealed alongside The Killing Joke. You may also recall that there is rumored to be a live-action affair, with Guillermo Del Toro attached at one point. Now, we get a little taste of ‘what could have been’ in the form of an animation test for the character Swamp Thing, a critical member of the team and to the story.  (more…)

Cavill Trolls

Sometimes the simplest disguises work the best; Henry Cavill has proven this before, and he’s gone and proven it again by taking to the floor at San Diego Comic-con, armed only with V for Vendetta-style Guy Fawkes’ mask (perhaps channeling his inner-anonymous). You think on of the major stars of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Justice League would at least turn a few heads—but nope, not for a moment. Not only did get Cavill get to spend time as a regular fan on the convention floor, he got to prank some of his DC Film Universe co-stars along the way—namely, those of the upcoming Suicide Squad. (more…)

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As we are heading towards the premiere of DC’s Suicide Squad, there have been promotions centering on members of the rag-tag group of super villains who will be a part of a secret government black ops team carrying out dangerous “suicide” missions. Members of the Suicide Squad include Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), and Slipknot (Adam Beach). So who is leading this group?

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Trinity

Let’s just start with the preface that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was not a universally beloved film. This was DC’s second outing in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and with Man of Steel’s lukewarm reception to the destructive third act, this film had a lot riding on it. Unfortunately, Batman vs Superman was not well received by critics. With a 27% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it seemed like this franchise was doomed before it could really start. That doesn’t mean that the film didn’t have its fans. In fact, if you check any internet message board within the geek community, there will be full blown arguments to the films merit and how it was a masterpiece and Zack Snyder was just misunderstood. The film was by no means a failure. It’s hard to say a film “failed” when it grossed more than $872 million.

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Batgirl

While promoting his latest film The Neon Demon, director Nicolas Winding Refn was asked about superhero films. It seems like every director nowadays wants to get involved in the billion-dollar genre. The Drive director previously had expressed interest in making a Wonder Woman movie. Unfortunately, it did not come to fruition for him, but DC will soon be coming out with Wonder Woman next year featuring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins. That doesn’t mean that Refn is done with wanting to make female-centered superhero films.

When talking about superhero films, Refn is still very much interested.

“God, I would love to make one, it would probably be great fun. I just don’t know when it’s going to happen. I very much enjoy my freedom creatively, but I also would love to make one of those big Hollywood films that costs a lot of money and has a lot of people running around with cell phones and all that insanity.”

Knowing that Wonder Woman is off the table, Refn was asked what film he would like to tackle.

“What ones are left? You know the one I want to do? I want to make Batgirl. Let’s get Warner working on it.”

With Batgirl reportedly being in a possible Harley Quinn movie, the possibility for her to have her own film exists. Refn has already made The Neon Demon, which features a film with a strong female protagonist, so making a Batgirl film might be a great look for the filmmaker. His visual style of the film could also be a big selling point as the director has a unique style in films such as The Neon Daemon and Drive.

He put it out there, it’s your call Warner Bros.

Source: Business Insider