Upcoming titles like The Flash and the Aquaman sequel are moving release dates. Is this a bad sign of things to come for the DC movies?
Kodoani.com – The DC Universe seems to have a big problem. While Matt Reeves’ The Batman premiered as a major and important box office success, other DC films (including many of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) films) have some schedule changes that could affect them. to their chances of success.
For example, movies like the Aquaman and Shazam sequels, as well as The Flash and new movies like Black Adam, are all moving release dates. These schedule changes are likely due to a number of factors: COVID-19 pandemic, post-production issues, re-evaluation of some stunts and special effects, cast, and external factors outside the production process.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
It’s been four years since Aquaman was released, grossing over a billion dollars to become the highest-grossing DCEU film. James Wan’s underwater superhero adventure comes to fruition thanks to its engaging performances (including the mighty Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry) and high visual technique (especially the underwater effects). The sequel aims to be bigger and better than the original, most likely focusing on Curry’s reign as King of Atlantis, and having to battle more enemies (including the ongoing feud of him with Black Manta).
There are several questions regarding Amber Heard, who starred in the first film as Mera, a powerful princess and Curry’s lover. Due to Heard’s recent courtroom fight with ex-husband Johnny Depp, her involvement in the sequel is questionable as several people have signed a petition to remove her from the film. upcoming and to be replaced by another actress (many consider Blake Lively a good substitute). The loss of Heard in the film will be a huge loss, but according to DC Films, Heard’s role will remain intact for the sequel.
Considering the amount of special effects involved, including the underwater shot, the visual effects teams also needed extra time to work due to the pandemic delays. Effects will play a big part in the movie as the sequel will focus more on Atlantis and the underwater kingdoms. The second Aquaman movie is scheduled to premiere in March 2023 instead of December 2022, which is understandable given the post-production duties.
This film marks Barry Allen/The Flash’s first solo film after appearing in Batman v Superman and Justice League. It’s going to be one of the DCEU’s most epic films since it focuses on time travel (like X-Men: Days of Future Past and Avengers: Endgame) and includes two versions of Batman (Michael Keaton and Batman). Ben Affleck). This movie will also be essential as it focuses on Barry’s origin story, including his mother’s death, and how he became the Flash.
The film was also delayed a lot due to the pandemic, as some directors dropped the project before Andy Muschietti took over. Ezra Miller star is also in trouble with the law, which has continued with recent allegations of grooming and even appeared to mock law enforcement with their Instagram memes. . This behavior has raised concerns about whether Ezra should continue to play the Flash in the solo film and in any potential future films. Since it was reported that Flash was already in deep development in the solo film, he could be either replaced later or continued in other DCEU films.
Instead of November 2022, The Flash is currently scheduled to hit theaters in June 2023. This could be a long way off given the widespread delay this movie has had, but it won’t be. is a big concern if the characters and story are strong, and the concept of time travel is used effectively like in previous superhero epics. Depending on where the plot is located and how certain superheroes get together, it could very well form the basis for future Flash and DCEU stories.
Shazam !: Fury of the Gods
The first Shazam film became a hit in 2019, with praise for its humor and softer tone compared to Zack Snyder’s darker DCEU films. Zachary Levi’s Shazam role is a welcome addition to the DCEU as he is strong and has a hilariously funny moment, while also having a great team of superheroes alongside him. Originally slated for June 2023, the Shazam sequel is actually moving to December 2022, a great Christmas treat for DC fans who want an action comic book movie. , interesting and warm. Actresses Rachel Zegler (West Side Story), Lucy Liu and Helen Mirren are newcomers to the sequel, bringing female power to the story.
Dwayne Johnson’s upcoming comic book series, Black Adam, is moving from July to October 2022, which is actually a fitting move as the release date of Shazam!: Fury of the Gods is approaching. Black Adam and Shazam are arch-enemies with God-like powers, meaning their stories can collide and set up a potential showdown between both characters. Similar to Levi, Dwayne will bring much-needed energy and humor to his role as Adam and could shake things up in the DCEU.
DC League Of Super-Pets
This new DC movie also stars Dwayne Johnson, as well as his good friend Kevin Hart, and ageless Keanu Reeves. All three will perform the voice work on the animated film, with Johnson voicing Superman’s dog, Hart voicing Batman’s dog, and Reeves as Batman, along with many familiar and interesting DC heroes. their pet. The release date moved from May to July 2022, possibly making it the must-see movie of the summer. This could also be a game changer if it leads the way to more family-friendly animated movies for DC.
Batgirl and other DC series
Michael Keaton’s Batman will also appear in Batgirl, slated for release on HBO Max this year, with Leslie Grace (In the Heights) starring and JK Simmons reprising the role of Commissioner James Gordon. Blue Beetle is another new movie slated for a 2023 release, and like Batgirl, could be an addition to the DCEU, especially since both are affiliated with groups like Justice League, Suicide Squad and/or Birds of Prey.
A third Wonder Woman movie is also in the works, but there are a lot of questions, such as whether Henry Cavill’s Superman will return, or will the character be rebooted? Will there be more movies related to Justice League and Suicide Squad, and what will the DCEU’s path in the future look like? Regardless of the schedule changes regarding these upcoming DC and DCEU features, it makes sense because each of them has to be done with care and not in a chaotic rush (like the 2017 version of Justice). League). With several new movies featuring a mix of old and new characters, DC’s future remains bright and promising.