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All The DC Comics Movies Scheduled To Be Released In The Next Two Years

DC might be playing second fiddle to Marvel on the feature film side while dominating the TV airwaves, but that does not mean that there is not plenty to be excited about if you are a fan of DC’s live-action or animated movies.

Over the course of the next two calendar years, DC will release not just more TV shows than most fans can even count, but at present, at least four live-action feature films and four animated movies as well.

The DC Universe animated features, which generally come out a few times a year, are only scheduled through 2019, but that is enough to account for four movies…while DC’s live-action offerings will continue to be pretty eccentric on the heels of Aquaman‘s success, with some less-recognizable brands being represented on the big screen…and even the ones who are familiar to casual fans will be spun in a different way.

What’s on the calendar for DC and Warner Bros.? Well, we’ve got you covered…!

Slide 1 of 8Reign of the Supermen
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(Photo: Warner Bros. Animation)

Coming up at the end of the month is Reign of the Supermen, which will be available on VOD platforms, the DC Universe app, DVD, and Blu-ray.

The movie is the second in a two-part animated mega-story which began with last year’s The Death of Superman, and deals with not only the reactions that the world has to the loss of the Man of Steel following his fatal battle with Doomsday but also the arrival of four new “Supermen” who are all vying to take his place.

Based on the best-selling comics story from 1993, Reign of the Supermen will also get a limited theatrical release as well as bicoastal premieres in New York and Los Angeles.

Coming up at the end of the month is Reign of the Supermen, which will be available on VOD platforms, the DC Universe app, DVD, and Blu-ray.

The movie is the second in a two-part animated mega-story which began with last year’s The Death of Superman, and deals with not only the reactions that the world has to the loss of the Man of Steel following his fatal battle with Doomsday but also the arrival of four new “Supermen” who are all vying to take his place.

Based on the best-selling comics story from 1993, Reign of the Supermen will also get a limited theatrical release as well as bicoastal premieres in New York and Los Angeles.

Slide 2 of 8Shazam!
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(Photo: Warner Brothers)

Shazam! is directed by David F. Sandberg and stars Zachary Levi (Shazam), Mark Strong (Dr. Thaddeus Sivana), Djimon Hounsou (The Wizard), Jack Dylan Grazer (Freddy Freeman), Asher Angel (Billy Batson), Grace Fulton (Mary Bromfield), Ross Butler, Adam Brody, and Michelle Borth.

You can view the official synopsis for Shazam! below.

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).”

Shazam! will be released on April 5th, 2019.

Shazam! is directed by David F. Sandberg and stars Zachary Levi (Shazam), Mark Strong (Dr. Thaddeus Sivana), Djimon Hounsou (The Wizard), Jack Dylan Grazer (Freddy Freeman), Asher Angel (Billy Batson), Grace Fulton (Mary Bromfield), Ross Butler, Adam Brody, and Michelle Borth.

You can view the official synopsis for Shazam! below.

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).”

Shazam! will be released on April 5th, 2019.

Slide 3 of 8Justice League vs. the Fatal Five
Justice League vs Fatal Five

The Justice League will face a group of supervillains with the power to rival even the world’s greatest superheroes in Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, a DC Universe Original Movie releasing in the spring of 2019.

Announced during San Diego Comic-Con, the animated movie will pit the Justice League again the Fatal Five, a group of villains more closely associated with the Legion of Super-Heroes.

The Fatal Five have appeared in episodes of Justice League Unlimited and the Legion of Superheroes animated series, but with the Legion missing from DC Comics’ publishing line, the villainous fivesome haven’t been seen in some time, with the exception of Emerald Empress, who was featured in the recent Justice League vs. Suicide Squad event series.

The Fatal Five were created by Jim Shooter in 1967 and first appeared in Adventure Comics #352. The original members are:

  • Tharok, a small-time crook turned super-genius thanks to cybernetic implants installed after a robbery job literally blows up in his face.
  • The Emerald Empress, who wields the immense power of the Emerald Eye of Ekron.
  • Validus, the child of two founding members of the Legion of Super-Heroes, Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl, whom Darkseid kidnapped, sent backward in time and transformed into a monstrous being with a mind simply enough to be easily controlled by Emerald Empress mind-influencing abilities.
  • Mano, who has an anti-matter touch and is considered one of the greatest murderers in the galaxy.
  • The Persuader, who wields an atomic ax capable of cutting through anything.

DC Comics fans will likely wonder of Justice League vs. The Fatal Five could stealthily introduce the Legion of Super-Heroes into the continuity of the DC Universe Original Movies. The team was not mentioned in the announcement, so fans will just have to wait and see for now.

Justice League vs. The Fatal Five is one of four new DC Universe Original Movies scheduled for release in 2019, beginning with Reign of the Supermen. Each of the movies will simultaneously be released on the DC Universe app.

The Justice League will face a group of supervillains with the power to rival even the world’s greatest superheroes in Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, a DC Universe Original Movie releasing in the spring of 2019.

Announced during San Diego Comic-Con, the animated movie will pit the Justice League again the Fatal Five, a group of villains more closely associated with the Legion of Super-Heroes.

The Fatal Five have appeared in episodes of Justice League Unlimited and the Legion of Superheroes animated series, but with the Legion missing from DC Comics’ publishing line, the villainous fivesome haven’t been seen in some time, with the exception of Emerald Empress, who was featured in the recent Justice League vs. Suicide Squad event series.

The Fatal Five were created by Jim Shooter in 1967 and first appeared in Adventure Comics #352. The original members are:

DC Comics fans will likely wonder of Justice League vs. The Fatal Five could stealthily introduce the Legion of Super-Heroes into the continuity of the DC Universe Original Movies. The team was not mentioned in the announcement, so fans will just have to wait and see for now.

Justice League vs. The Fatal Five is one of four new DC Universe Original Movies scheduled for release in 2019, beginning with Reign of the Supermen. Each of the movies will simultaneously be released on the DC Universe app.

Slide 4 of 8Batman: Hush
Batman Hush

If the release pattern for DC Universe original animated movies holds, Batman: Hush will likely be out in either July or August, although the film is technically not dated at this stage.

While a lot of feature films are “undated” only because they are nowhere near completion yet, and therefore don’t make this list even if they were originally supposed to come in the next couple of years, the DC Universe animated films are a bit of a different animal: they have been produced with such consistency that there is no reason to believe they will miss their target dates, and their dates are routinely kept under wraps until the last minute.

Batman: Hush will adapt the fan-favorite storyline by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee, about one of Bruce Wayne’s childhood friends who becomes a supervillain obsessed with him.

Here’s the official synopsis for DC’s collected edition of the comics, which has become one of their most evergreen sellers in recent years:

The epic crime thriller that rejuvenated The Caped Crusader is now available in one place as a trade paperback! In this story of murder, mystery and romance, Batman sets out on a simple mission to discover the identity of the mysterious villain wreaking havoc in his life known as Hush. But Batman ends up facing possibly the most intense case of his life as secrets from his past flood into the present, and the most notorious villains to ever haunt Gotham City’s street attack simultaneously! Guest-starring The Dark Knight’s greatest allies and enemies, this collection features BATMAN #608-619 as well as the 6-page segment from Wizard #0 and a 2-page origin story that originally appeared at dccomics.com. From best-selling writer Jeph Loeb (SUPERMAN/BATMAN, TV’s Heroes) and superstar artist Jim Lee (SUPERMAN, X-Men) comes the long-awaited collection!

If the release pattern for DC Universe original animated movies holds, Batman: Hush will likely be out in either July or August, although the film is technically not dated at this stage.

While a lot of feature films are “undated” only because they are nowhere near completion yet, and therefore don’t make this list even if they were originally supposed to come in the next couple of years, the DC Universe animated films are a bit of a different animal: they have been produced with such consistency that there is no reason to believe they will miss their target dates, and their dates are routinely kept under wraps until the last minute.

Batman: Hush will adapt the fan-favorite storyline by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee, about one of Bruce Wayne’s childhood friends who becomes a supervillain obsessed with him.

Here’s the official synopsis for DC’s collected edition of the comics, which has become one of their most evergreen sellers in recent years:

The epic crime thriller that rejuvenated The Caped Crusader is now available in one place as a trade paperback! In this story of murder, mystery and romance, Batman sets out on a simple mission to discover the identity of the mysterious villain wreaking havoc in his life known as Hush. But Batman ends up facing possibly the most intense case of his life as secrets from his past flood into the present, and the most notorious villains to ever haunt Gotham City’s street attack simultaneously! Guest-starring The Dark Knight’s greatest allies and enemies, this collection features BATMAN #608-619 as well as the 6-page segment from Wizard #0 and a 2-page origin story that originally appeared at dccomics.com. From best-selling writer Jeph Loeb (SUPERMAN/BATMAN, TV’s Heroes) and superstar artist Jim Lee (SUPERMAN, X-Men) comes the long-awaited collection!

Slide 5 of 8Joker
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(Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)

With Wonder Woman moved to 2020, the next big theatrical release for DC following Aquaman and Shazam! will be Joker, a movie about the roots of Batman’s arch-nemesis. 

The movie, made inexpensively under the lens of director Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and featuring Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, is a grimy, ’80s-set origin story that has drawn comparisons to Taxi Driver, a movie directed by Joker producer Martin Scorcese.

While some people are quick to call Joker a superhero film, Phoenix stressed caution and said it’s anything but.

“I wouldn’t quite classify this as like any genre,” Phoenix said in a recent interview with Collider. “I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … It feels unique, and I think more then anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that’s exciting. I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles. And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn’t, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied. And so I think that’s what Todd sees appealing about this idea.”

Some people have questioned the need for a Joker spinoff movie, or even why Phoenix would agree to fulfill such a role. But the actor is simply following in the footsteps of legends such as Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Hamill.

“I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what I’m gonna work on, always.” Phoenix added. “So, in some ways, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker and then continuing to have meetings and discussions with Todd [Phillips]. I think he’s very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say. And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the f-cking sh-t out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most.”

Joker premieres in theaters on October 4, 2019.

With Wonder Woman moved to 2020, the next big theatrical release for DC following Aquaman and Shazam! will be Joker, a movie about the roots of Batman’s arch-nemesis. 

The movie, made inexpensively under the lens of director Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and featuring Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, is a grimy, ’80s-set origin story that has drawn comparisons to Taxi Driver, a movie directed by Joker producer Martin Scorcese.

While some people are quick to call Joker a superhero film, Phoenix stressed caution and said it’s anything but.

“I wouldn’t quite classify this as like any genre,” Phoenix said in a recent interview with Collider. “I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … It feels unique, and I think more then anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that’s exciting. I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles. And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn’t, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied. And so I think that’s what Todd sees appealing about this idea.”

Some people have questioned the need for a Joker spinoff movie, or even why Phoenix would agree to fulfill such a role. But the actor is simply following in the footsteps of legends such as Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Hamill.

“I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what I’m gonna work on, always.” Phoenix added. “So, in some ways, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker and then continuing to have meetings and discussions with Todd [Phillips]. I think he’s very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say. And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the f-cking sh-t out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most.”

Joker premieres in theaters on October 4, 2019.

Slide 6 of 8Wonder Woman: Bloodlines
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(Photo: DC Comics)

While Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, an original story featuring Diana in a leading role, was announced at the same time as Hush and Fatal Five, this one may end up pushed to 2020.

We are going to stress “may” here. There is nothing official to suggest that yet.

First of all, the DC Universe animated movies have a long tradition of not announcing release dates until the previous movie has already been released, so it would be at least this spring before we got a glimpse at a release date for Hush or Bloodlines.

Beyond that, though, Warner Bros. likely is releasing a second Wonder Woman animated movie to tie in with the release of Wonder Woman 1984, and so it is possible that pushing the release date of 84 back to 2020 could result in this movie getting a 2020 date, as well.

This would also make sense, because the DC Universe animated features have been coming out three times a year — once in January (that would be Reign of the Supermen in this case), once in March (a likely date for Justice League vs. the Fatal Five), and once in the summer, either July or August (Batman: Hush). Moving this film to 2020 would keep that pattern in place as well as giving it a more organic tie to the Wonder Woman sequel.

While Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, an original story featuring Diana in a leading role, was announced at the same time as Hush and Fatal Five, this one may end up pushed to 2020.

We are going to stress “may” here. There is nothing official to suggest that yet.

First of all, the DC Universe animated movies have a long tradition of not announcing release dates until the previous movie has already been released, so it would be at least this spring before we got a glimpse at a release date for Hush or Bloodlines.

Beyond that, though, Warner Bros. likely is releasing a second Wonder Woman animated movie to tie in with the release of Wonder Woman 1984, and so it is possible that pushing the release date of 84 back to 2020 could result in this movie getting a 2020 date, as well.

This would also make sense, because the DC Universe animated features have been coming out three times a year — once in January (that would be Reign of the Supermen in this case), once in March (a likely date for Justice League vs. the Fatal Five), and once in the summer, either July or August (Batman: Hush). Moving this film to 2020 would keep that pattern in place as well as giving it a more organic tie to the Wonder Woman sequel.

Slide 7 of 8Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
birds of prey and the fantabulous emancipation of one harley quinn

Little is known yet about the long-awaited Birds of Prey movie (officially titled Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)), but a new report from Revenge of the Fans reveals some general plot points for the upcoming DC Films venture, which will see Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), and Cassandra Cain teaming up against Black Mask.

Potential spoilers for Birds of Prey below!

According to the report, each of the film’s female heroes will be in their own places at the beginning of the film, which will be a combination of new and established DC Comics lore. Canary will be established as a singer who fights crime at night, while Huntress will be a former killer employed by Black Mask, who decides to hunt him down after learning that he killed her family. The pair’s crime-fighting body count will put them in the crosshairs of Renee, while Harley will enter the group while trying to move on from The Joker.

Cassandra will apparently be the catalyst that will bring the group together, after Black Mask kidnaps her to become his next assassin. The report compares Cassandra’s role to that of X-23’s in Logan, with her speaking very little dialogue.

The report says that the Birds of Prey will find a way to rescue Cassandra before the film’s third act, which will see the team all working together to fight Black Mask’s men. It also alleges that an “epic cameo” is rumored to appear in the film, although there’s no telling exactly who that could be.

Birds of Prey will be directed by Cathy Yan, with a script from Bumblebee‘s Christina Hodson. The film is expected to be an R-rated entry into the DC Extended Universe pantheon, and will be in theaters on February 7, 2020.

Little is known yet about the long-awaited Birds of Prey movie (officially titled Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)), but a new report from Revenge of the Fans reveals some general plot points for the upcoming DC Films venture, which will see Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), and Cassandra Cain teaming up against Black Mask.

Potential spoilers for Birds of Prey below!

According to the report, each of the film’s female heroes will be in their own places at the beginning of the film, which will be a combination of new and established DC Comics lore. Canary will be established as a singer who fights crime at night, while Huntress will be a former killer employed by Black Mask, who decides to hunt him down after learning that he killed her family. The pair’s crime-fighting body count will put them in the crosshairs of Renee, while Harley will enter the group while trying to move on from The Joker.

Cassandra will apparently be the catalyst that will bring the group together, after Black Mask kidnaps her to become his next assassin. The report compares Cassandra’s role to that of X-23’s in Logan, with her speaking very little dialogue.

The report says that the Birds of Prey will find a way to rescue Cassandra before the film’s third act, which will see the team all working together to fight Black Mask’s men. It also alleges that an “epic cameo” is rumored to appear in the film, although there’s no telling exactly who that could be.

Birds of Prey will be directed by Cathy Yan, with a script from Bumblebee‘s Christina Hodson. The film is expected to be an R-rated entry into the DC Extended Universe pantheon, and will be in theaters on February 7, 2020.

Slide 8 of 8Wonder Woman 1984
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Patty Jenkins will return to direct a sequel to Wonder Woman, by far DC’s biggest critical hit and one that is generally beloved by the fandom in a way few other films have been since The Dark Knight.

Little is know about the specifics of the plot, although there are widespread reports that it will deal with the Cold War which, given its being set in the mid-’80s, makes sense.

Wonder Woman 1984 will show Gadot’s Diana Prince in a new kind of adventure, which will pit her against Barbara Ann Minerva/Cheetah (Kristen Wiig). Chris Pine will also return as the previously-dead Steve Trevor, with Pedro Pascal rumored to be playing Maxwell Lord.

“It’s not a sequel, it’s its own story,” Gadot teased during the film’s San Diego Comic-Con panel. “It’s own chapter, a whole new movie. The bar is very high, but our aspirations are even higher. so we just give it everything that we have and hoping what we bring you guys will love.”

“I never want to do more of everything for the wrong reason, and i was very thoughtful of that when working on the second one,” Jenkins revealed. “I don’t even want to go that place in my head, like how do you keep it going etc, etc. It’s not more of anything though it is evocative of what made it great the first time.”

“The thing that I love most about Wonder Woman is that I feel she is us more than other superheroes,” Jenkins added. “People find themselves in Wonder Woman and the Wonder Woman in us. She made each of us believe in the Wonder Woman in us.”

The film will be in theaters on June 5, 2020.

Patty Jenkins will return to direct a sequel to Wonder Woman, by far DC’s biggest critical hit and one that is generally beloved by the fandom in a way few other films have been since The Dark Knight.

Little is know about the specifics of the plot, although there are widespread reports that it will deal with the Cold War which, given its being set in the mid-’80s, makes sense.

Wonder Woman 1984 will show Gadot’s Diana Prince in a new kind of adventure, which will pit her against Barbara Ann Minerva/Cheetah (Kristen Wiig). Chris Pine will also return as the previously-dead Steve Trevor, with Pedro Pascal rumored to be playing Maxwell Lord.

“It’s not a sequel, it’s its own story,” Gadot teased during the film’s San Diego Comic-Con panel. “It’s own chapter, a whole new movie. The bar is very high, but our aspirations are even higher. so we just give it everything that we have and hoping what we bring you guys will love.”

“I never want to do more of everything for the wrong reason, and i was very thoughtful of that when working on the second one,” Jenkins revealed. “I don’t even want to go that place in my head, like how do you keep it going etc, etc. It’s not more of anything though it is evocative of what made it great the first time.”

“The thing that I love most about Wonder Woman is that I feel she is us more than other superheroes,” Jenkins added. “People find themselves in Wonder Woman and the Wonder Woman in us. She made each of us believe in the Wonder Woman in us.”

The film will be in theaters on June 5, 2020.

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Marvel Rumored To Take Over DC Comics

A big rumor has hit the net that in the wake of AT&T firing Dan DiDio, that Marvel and Kevin Feige may take over DC Comics.

It’s claimed that AT&T wasn’t happy at all with Dan DiDio’s latest attempt at rebooting DC Comics with the upcoming “5G” event, aka the “fifth generation” reboot of DC, which would have seen classic characters replaced with a “contemporary” take on the characters.

It’s said that Dan DiDio butted heads with Batman writer Scott Snyder over the 5G reboot, as Snyder didn’t want his comics involved with the event, which caused problems at DC.

So Friday saw DiDio called into the AT&T/Warner Bros. offices where he was fired and let go from DC Comics, which saw DiDio exit the grounds immediately.

It’s claimed that AT&T doesn’t want to do the 5G reboot as they have too much as stake with the classic characters involved with the movies and television shows and the various merchandise products (divisions which do make money, as DC Comics sales have been rather poor).

It’s said AT&T is considering using Hollywood movie and TV writers on the DC comics – writers who already have a proven track record – instead of comic book writers. An example would be James Gunn writing a comic (directing The Suicide Squad), Greg Berlanti returning to write for comics (Arrowverse writer, producer) or now since J.J. Abrams is with WarnerMedia, Abrams could write comics, such as how Abrams recently wrote Spider-Man with his son for Marvel that was a big success.

So having the new 5G comic book characters (such as a black Batman) wouldn’t fit with a Robert Pattinson Batman on the big screen and all the marketing and promotion involved, toys, etc. (I’ll also add that Marvel Comics tried a similar approach with their “Marvel Now” event that saw classic characters replaced which failed miserably.)

AT&T considering licensing DC Comics to Marvel 

It is claimed that what AT&T is also contemplating, is getting out of the publishing side of things altogether and farming DC Comics out, possibly to Marvel (note: Ethan Van Sciver said AT&T will close down DC Comics if 5G fails). It’s said AT&T doesn’t want to sell DC Comics because they see the value in the various intellectual properties (i.e. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman).

The Lords of the Long Box YouTube channel does note that the rumor of Marvel taking over DC Comics might be just something thrown out there by AT&T and Warners in order to see the fan reaction, but at the same time notes that instead of having no DC comics published, wouldn’t it be better to have Marvel take over and publish the DC comics and characters?

The YouTubers even go so far and state that as part of the deal, it could mean that Kevin Feige (who recently became in charge of Marvel publishing) may develop some of the DC characters into movies, or even bring some of the characters into the MCU, such as through the Multiverse.

While this all might sound like a stretch, Disney and Sony have come to a deal over using Spider-Man in the MCU, so why not AT&T licensing out their DC characters, especially if AT&T has no interest in publishing?

Interestingly enough, just this December saw Geoff Johns tease a DC and Marvel crossover in the last issue of Doomsday Clock. Perhaps Johns’ “Doomsday Clock” was also counting down to the doom of DC?

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DC Comics Release Touching Stan Lee Tribute Poster

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Though Stan Lee wrote a series of stories on the likes of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in the early 2000s, the greater mark that the late comic book creator left on DC was undoubtedly through the influence of his work with Marvel. Either way, it’s easy to see why the company would feel a debt of gratitude to the man who helped make the superhero genre what it is today, and in the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter, DC showed their appreciation for Lee and his legacy with their own full-page poster.

The image consists of an assortment of photos of the legendary writer – the best being a pic of Lee reading Superman next to a Clark Kent mannequin that’s reading Spider-Man – along with the following text:

“DC mourns the loss of our treasured friend and comicbook visionary Stan Lee

Stan’s greatest legacy of all may be that he made even the smallest of us feel like heroes.

‘Nuff said.”

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This poster is just one of several published in the new THR, with Disney, Fox, and Sony also offering their thanks for the characters he created, along with a message from Marvel Productions’ President Margaret Loesch and a tribute signed off by the original six stars of 2012’s .

Of course, the internet has already offered countless more tributes, including one from Aquaman‘s own Jason Momoa, who shared a video of himself with Lee, as well as a few words praising the figure as “a beautiful man.” The company’s Twitter account, meanwhile, reflected on the writer’s importance in comic book history:

“He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark. His infectious enthusiasm reminded us why we all fell in love with these stories in the first place. Excelsior, Stan.”

Though the Marvel-DC rivalry will surely rage on between the fans, Stan Lee remains a figure who earns respect from both sides of the divide, and as the DCEU works to recreate the success of Marvel’s cinematic universe model, it’s clear that the man’s legacy will continue to evolve and expand beyond his own brand.

Source: ComicBook.com

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DC Comics Changing Nightwing’s Name From Dick Grayson to Ric

Brace yourself, Nightwing fans. Dick Grayson is no more. Instead, prepare to meet Ric Grayson.

As DC Comics fans know, in the recent #55, Dick took a bullet to the head courtesy of KGBeast while Nightwing and Batman were talking with Commissioner Gordon on the roof of the Gotham City Police Department. At the time, things looked pretty bleak for Dick and while Nightwing #50 revealed that the beloved hero had survived the shooting, this week’s Nightwing #51 reveals that the man who survived isn’t the same.

Nightwing #51 will see Nightwing a changed hero. He may not have actually died but he’s dead in a sense just the same. Having lost much of his memory and his skills as well as seen a major shift in his personality, Dick Grayson is gone and in his place is Ric, still a hero, just one with a different, well, everything which should make for an interesting situation as Nightwing has more than just his own struggles to deal with. A “fear germ” is killing people in their sleep, giving the hero both professional and personal challenges to face.

Nightwing #51 is written by Scott Lobdell with Fabian Nicieza with art by Travis Moore and Gary Brown along with colors by Hi-Fi and Nick Filardi. You can check out the official description of the issue below.

“And while Nightwing struggles to uncover the truth behind the “fear germ” that is killing people in their sleep, he must also try to overcome his own sudden struggles with heights and vertigo. He has lost his primary skill set as a hero and will have to focus on his brilliance as a detective instead. And a distracting love triangle certainly isn’t helping him focus…This new storyline spins out of events in BATMAN #55. Don’t miss the start of a new direction in Nightwing’s crimefighting career!”

Nightwing #51 is in comic stores on October 17th.

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14. V for Vendetta (2005)

One word: Iconic. From the Guy Fawkes mask to the extremely quotable dialogues of the movie to its propagations against fascism, everything now has acquired the status of a cultural icon. Adapted by the Wachowskis from Alan Moore’s graphic novel of the same name, the film stars Hugo Weaving as V, and Natalie Portman in a pivotal role as Evey Hammond who is haplessly caught in V’s agenda. Stylishly shot action sequences, albeit violent and graphic, are among the film’s highlights apart from some great dialogues and numbing philosophies about freedom and totalitarianism. This is a film that indeed gets better with repeated viewings.

13. Superman (1978)

For some people, Christopher Reeves is still the definitive Superman, perfectly embodying the symbol of hope that Superman is. Ground-breaking for its time and extremely innovative in telling the origin story of probably the most beloved superhero, ‘Superman’ is awe inspiring and effective in equal measure, with the story perfectly balancing the man of steel’s origin on Krypton, his struggle as a teenager and to blend in the “real” world, and his escapades as the saviour of humanity. The film’s tagline says, “You’ll believe that a man can fly”, and it solidly delivers on its promise.

12. Justice League: Doom (2012)

One of the few good DC properties that doesn’t solely revolve around Batman and Superman. This direct-to-video animated film’s strength lies in actually exposing our greatest heroes’ weaknesses, as we watch them fight not only their nemeses, but overcoming those weaknesses as well.

As conspicuous as he is, Batman actually compiles brilliant plans for immobilising each member of the League, should they go rogue. The plans are intelligent to say the least, specifically targeting physical, mental or emotional weaknesses of the members. Needless to say, they fall in the wrong hands, and the league is faced with imminent lethal dangers. How our heroes overcome that, and thwart Vandal Savage’s sinister plan forms rest of the film. However, as great as it was watching Justice League save the day again, I found myself marvelling at the ingenuity of Batman’s contingency plans more than once. A comic book victory for sure!

11. Wonder Woman (2017)

The latest entry in the DCEU, Wonder Woman took the world by storm when it opened, simply because no one expected it to be this great. Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film broke several records on its release, and is the only positively reviewed DCEU movie on Rotten Tomatoes. While that is no criterion to judge a film, I feel WB and DC played it too safe with this film. That is not to say it’s even a mediocre film by any standard. Even though it sticks to the template, Wonder Woman ensures there is a sense of wonder in even the most contrived scenes, and a bang for every one of your bucks in its action scenes.  Gal Gadot is infectiously charming as the titular character, her scenes with Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor being the highlights of the film.

10. Man of Steel (2013)

I, for one, loved Snyder’s brooding take on the character and Henry Cavill’s portrayal of the titular character. There is plenty room for improvement though, because the film suffers from some serious issues that have now become characteristic with plaguing the DCEU. But for the most part, it remains an earnest effort in tracing the boy-scout’s journey to becoming humanity’s saviour. Owing to some really powerful dialogue and moving scenes, and ably supported by the likes of Russel Crowe, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, this is the better Superman origin story in my humble opinion, with its fair share of flaws to be honest. To add to it, I think Michael Shannon’s Zod is still better than any recent villain in superhero films since the culmination of the Dark Knight trilogy.

While praising the film for what it is, I also accept that most of the complaints with the movie are somewhat justified. The destruction is a handful, and the pacing is uneven. But I couldn’t hold on to my seat the first time Kal-El takes flight, in his newly acquired suit, accompanied by Zimmer’s brilliant score. One or two movies down the line, this will be the Superman we all know and have grown to love. It will get there.

9. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Nolan loyalists will probably have me by the noose for placing TDKR so low on the list, but it is what it is. The film has a grand vision, and serves as a satisfactory conclusion to one of the best trilogies of all time. While it has been repeatedly stated it is not a bad film by any measure or means, it just falls short of the glory it was supposed to achieve. Shortcomings aside, the film, as described in one of its reviews, is “a superhero film without a superhero”, and I couldn’t agree more, for it exposes a more vulnerable side to the caped crusader. Courtesy of some powerful writing, we see our hero fall, and rise in spectacular fashion to fulfil his destiny as the Knight of Gotham City. The prison escape scene, the “Knightfall” sequence and the last five minutes of the film are undoubtedly the best moments of the film.

8. Watchmen (2009)

For anyone wishing to understand what Snyder’s filmmaking is about, this is the place to start. The best ‘comic book adaptation’ there is in my opinion, the film is completely faithful to its source material (Well, almost, except for a few tweaks here and there) and has undeniable visual flair and style. ‘Watchmen’ has Zack Snyder written all over it, with his stylised violence and trademark slo-mo shots aplenty. While the characters can be owed to the graphic novel it is adapted from, the casting is spot on, with Billy Crudup as Dr. Manhattan, Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as The Comedian and Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach, especially Rorschach.

It’s a different kind of superhero film if you have the taste for it. However, I would highly recommend watching the Ultimate Cut, with the animated ‘Tales of The lack Freighter’ incorporated.

7. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

A movie that has been done great injustice in my opinion. Fan servicing at its finest, the movie boasts of some of the greatest superhero moments to be put to screen. Featuring iconic storylines including The Dark Knight Returns and Death of Superman story arc, the movie is full of comic book references and easter eggs for those who are looking. BvS managed, questionably though, the mammoth task of pitting these two comic book giants against each other, while introducing Wonder Woman and assembling the Trinity on-screen for the first time. The cinematography and score by Zimmer is expectedly A-rate, and action sequences, elaborate and gritty. This movie will be a cult classic in times to come, mark my words.

I agree that it may not have been a good film, but it was an awesome comic book film. The Ultimate Cut fixes a lot of the issues this movie initially had, although I still feel that there could’ve been a ton of ways to end the final conflict instead of the contradictory “Martha” scene.

6. Batman Begins (2005)

Perhaps the best superhero origin story out there, Batman Begins successfully rebooted the Batman franchise and washed off sore memories of Schumacher’s earlier versions, while putting Nolan out on the commercial front. Starting with this film, Nolan showed to the world that superhero movies weren’t all campy fun; he introduced gravitas, moral conflicts and rooted his films in realism, and coupled with his vision and directorial prowess, his outings with Batman would go on to become one of the best movie trilogies of all time.

This movie covered something that the earlier stories completely fogged upon, and is in my opinion one of the more interesting aspects of Batman’s story. We all know how Bruce’s parents were shot dead in an alley when he was young. ‘Begins’ actually showcases the rage that drove him to take up the mantle, and subtly illustrates his journey from the spoilt prince of Gotham to the dark knight. Bruce’s training sequences, his attempts to overcome his fear and his tactical preparations for becoming the Batman are frankly the best bits of the film.

5. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

A classic in the animated movie world, Batman Mask of the Phantasm is completely based on the beloved Batman animated series, or is a cinematic continuation of it, featuring the iconic voices of Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as the Joker. If that isn’t reason enough to watch this, watch it for atleast two great twist-in-the-tale moments, and some really good writing. The movie also shows in flashbacks, how Batman grows to be the guardian he is in the present day, feared by street thugs as well as mob bosses, which is evident since most of the story is based on the ‘Batman: Year Two’ comic book storyline.

The Phantasm is an original creation, created solely for this film, but if included in Gotham’s rogues, Phantasm is sure to rank among the favourites. The Phantasm’s unmasking towards the end of the film, the final reveal, worked big time and took me by surprise, adding to the numerous strengths of the film.

4. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Part I and II (2012/13)

This one is grittier than any other Batman film you have seen, darker and more violent. Adapted from Frank Miller’s graphic novel of the same name, it is not tough to see how big of a fan Zack Snyder is of Miller’s work, since BvS contains a number of nods to this popular comic book series, with Affleck’s character apparently being completely modelled after Miller’s jaded version of the Knight.

The titans Batman and Superman have squared off several times before, but none of the duels is as spectacular as this one. Batman models an exosuit and seeks the help of a retired Green Arrow to beat the Man of Steel, and finally having overpowered him, delivers the now iconic line, “I want you to remember Clark, in all the years to come, in your most private moments, I want you to remember my hand at your throat; I want you to remember, the one man who beat you.” *shudders*

Apart from some hard hitting and visceral action, the movie is rich in political and moral undertones too, but you won’t expect anything else when the Joker is involved. The Joker finally drives Batman over the edge and proves himself right, but you have to watch it to completely revel in the brilliance of this scene. This is a stormier knight, a jaded crime fighter, one that has indeed been brought down by all the wrongs done to him. An absolute treat for Batman fans, this one is not to be missed at any cost.

3. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)

This one’s an absolute blast from start to finish. We all know the Flash’s penchant to mess up timelines, but the alternate reality this film presents is not too pretty. Barry Allen’s mother is alive, the Atlanteans led by Aquaman and the Amazons led by Wonder Woman are at war, putting the world at the brink of destruction, Thomas Wayne is the Batman while Bruce Wayne died at the hands of Joe Chill, and Superman and Green Lantern don’t have their powers yet, and thus are not involved much. This alternate reality presents a somewhat grim canvas for the league’s action, but it is immensely watchable precisely because of the alterations.

The film may be titled Justice League, but make no mistake, this one is an out and out Flash film, and probably the only good one. We see the speedster as someone more than the wisecracking one in the league; his backstory, his regrets, his fears, everything is laid bare and we get to see the Flash in a whole new light. Despite everything that’s already to its credit, this film also managed one seemingly impossible task. It made Batman cry. For those who have seen it, know what power this scene holds; and for those who haven’t, watch it to find out why the Flash is “one hell of a messenger”.

2. The Dark Knight (2008)

Christopher Nolan absolutely knocked it out of the park with this one. Redefining the superhero movie genre not too long ago with ‘Begins’, Nolan surpassed all expectations and benchmarks, establishing new ones in the process, and delivered an amazing film. A film, that will in my opinion be, for a long time, the best live action superhero movie to have been made, unless something truly ground-breaking comes along. Not really much to say that hasn’t been said about this phenomenon of a film; Nolan’s genius, Action Sequences, Great Dialogues, Amazing performances, and HEATH LEDGER, that great, great performer who breathed new life into an already iconic supervillain. Onwards now to #1.

1. Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)

Yes, you read it right. The list didn’t end with the last entry. ‘The Dark Knight’ doesn’t top the list. What tops the list of the best DC movies is a small, direct-to-video release based on the extremely popular “A Death in the Family” and “Under the Hood” comic arcs: Under the Red Hood. A lot of the fans would, I hope, agree with me on this one. The storyline is brilliant, flawlessly executed, and most of all, heartbreaking. This movie is also notable for shedding a little light on the possible origins of the Joker, which are otherwise, mostly unknown.

Following Jason Todd’s brutal murder at the hands of the maniacal Joker, Batman spends his years in regret until one day, a hooded vigilante appears in Gotham. Through the chain of events that Red Hood sets in motion, Batman, Joker and the Red Hood, who now reveals himself to be Jason Todd, confront each other in what has to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest comic book movie moment ever. While Jason claims to forgive Batman for being able to save him, he admits he couldn’t ever forgive him for letting a psychopath like Joker live, even after what he did to him. Much to his amusement, the Joker enjoys the conflict and derives every bit of sadistic pleasure he can from their exchanges. Even though the scenes were taken from a comic storyboard and animated, I have no hesitation in admitting that the movie, and the confrontation in particular were intensely captivating experiences. Certainly the gold standard for superhero films, animated or not!

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Marvel Zombies were a huge hit in the comic books, but have yet to make an impact in the MCU. With Phase 4 getting underway and a whole new bevy of storylines and characters, it’s very possible that we’ll finally get the superhero walking dead on the big screen. One potential vehicle that they could use to introduce Marvel Zombies is the upcoming Blade reboot starring Mahershala Ali. Blade is a vampire, which is another form of undead creature. Once they start going into the eerie and the paranormal, that may just open up the floodgates for all sorts of ghouls.

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