DC tore down the wraps off of previews for its largest properties, including perhaps its most anticipated entry yet, The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson (High Life). James Gunn’s course-corrective The Suicide Squad is put to the fore, too, alongside Patty Jenkins’ dearly anticipated sequel, Wonder Woman 1984.
DC, who stubbornly dunked Zack Snyder’s original idea (along with a bulk of usable footage), is following through with the release of ‘The Synder Cut’, slated for an HBO Max release next year.
With all these locked in DC’s pipeline, it appears that the studio is cutting their losses by shoving their idea of what the DCEU looks like and is now willing to play ball with their filmmakers. It’s worth noting that this strategy works swimmingly for Marvel, with Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok and Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther being prime examples.
Also, DC hasn’t skimped on enlisting grade-A talent for their movies. They got James Gunn, a staple in the MCU with the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, to helm their own ragtag of relatively unknown antiheroes in The Suicide Squad. They swooped in at the height of Gunn and Marvel’s massive (though now resolved) falling out.
For The Batman, they have Matt Reeves at the helm. No stranger to darker stories (Let Me In, War of the Planet of the Apes), Reeves is an ideal pick for what is touted as a darker, more brooding take on the Caped Crusader.
All of this tells me that DC is finally open arms about letting their filmmakers take charge. The precedence set by the success of movies like Aquaman and Shazam!—James Wan and David F. Sandberg were able to take the DCEU to unexpected directions with their respective entries—might just be the push that DC needed to embrace new visions for their films.
Watch the trailers for the upcoming DCEU movies below.