Marvel has been making their cinematic universe for almost a decade now, while DC has twiddled their thumbs and made CW TV shows. We mean no disrespect by this, it’s just disappointing that we haven’t seen the movies. While Batman never really went away, it’s easy to separate him from the rest of the DC lineup.
Now that we are getting a full universe, dubbed the DC Extended Universe, many new fans are beginning to join the party. Once Batman vs Superman was announced it became one of the most anticipated movies of all time. This started a domino effect of movie announcements including fan favorites Cyborg, The Flash, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman. Keeping in form with the TV shows, The Suicide Squad was confirmed soon after, starring Will Smith, a man who many have petitioned to join one of the major franchises since 2003’s Hulk. A lot of information has been leaked about the universe and the actors taking on the iconic roles. Here are 15 things you may not have known about the DC Extended Universe.
15. Batman Will be in The Suicide Squad
Ben Affleck will be featured as Batman at some point in The Suicide Squad. Seeing as The Joker will be playing a prominent role many expect that the two will be featured duking it out or in origin flashbacks. Deadshot, Killer Croc, and Harley Quinn are all classically tied to Batman, more on this later. However, it’s his relationship with Viola Davis’s Amanda Waller that many feel will lead to his presence. Batman has been vocal about his negative outlook on the Suicide Squad in the comics and seeing as he is responsible for about half of the squad being behind bars, he potentially will approach Waller in the movie demanding her to disband the team. It may be used as a scene to show how much of a bad ass Amanda Waller is, or it could be a post-credit cliffhanger ending. We won’t know his exact involvement until the movie comes out.
14. Suicide Squad Sequel Already Ordered
Apparently studio executives have been so blown away by what they’ve seen from The Suicide Squad that they green lit a sequel already. As we aren’t entirely sure what will be featured in the first movie, it’s impossible to guess what the sequel will have. Potentially it will follow the New 52 Suicide Squad story line as a few choice members attempt to liberate themselves from Amanda Waller’s clutches, or maybe it will feature Waller going on trial for implementing the program to begin with. Or both. Fans should not let themselves get too excited yet, as the last time DC tried to fast track news of a sequel before the original was back in 2010, when Ryan Reynolds was staring in The Green Lantern, and we all remember how that turned out.
13. Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan’s Conversation
Back when Snyder first had the idea to include Batman in his Man of Steel universe, he was worried about how one person would react. Zack Snyder had a sit-down with Christopher Nolan, of The Dark Knight fame, to ask permission to remake Batman. While many reports seem to conflict, it has been reported that Nolan was initially taken aback before shrugging it off giving a semi-positive “yes.” It was never truly Nolan’s decision to make as the studio was going to want Batman’s involvement from the beginning, and he has no royalties on the character. When Nolan helped work on Man of Steel many believed Christian Bale’s Batman might make an appearance in the movie, but that never happened. By asking Nolan, it showed that Snyder really respects what he did with the character, so we can hope that Snyder will do something equally great.
12. Ben Affleck is Wearing a Wig
This news broke twitter even though it isn’t all the interesting. As Bruce Wayne, Ben Affleck chose to wear a wig of his own design. It’s not unheard of for actors to make aesthetic character choices, but what is interesting is that it was very unliked by the producers. Deborah Snyder, Zack’s wife and an executive producer, has opened up saying she hated the wig. She has redacted the comments saying it has grown on her, but wigs can’t grow (shut up, that was hilarious). This tidbit of info has been spread to the far reaches of the Internet to distract fans from other bits of spoilers that have been revealed.
11. Batman’s Got a Gun
BATMAN USES A GUN! We are not sure in what fashion he will be using said gun, but we can guess. In the trailer, after Wonder Woman saves the heroes from Doomsday, the shot clearly shows Batman holding a shotgun. Maybe it’s a “batgun” that shoots bats at his foes, but that would arguably be worse. Batman shouldn’t use a shotgun. We can move past the mounted cannons on his Batmobile, but he has a whole policy about not using a gun. Not versus Superman, not versus the Joker, and not versus Doomsday. This obvious change of character has worried many fans as it wouldn’t be the first time that Snyder has blatantly changed a hero because it kinda looked cool (Rorschach burns a guy to death in the book, no meat cleaver needed). Whatever your opinion on Batman’s gun rule (and the amount of times he breaks it) is irrelevant, because BATMAN DOES NOT USE GUNS!
10. Batman Put The Suicide Squad in Prison
Ok yea; Harley, Croc, and Deadshot had run-ins with the Bat. We’ve even seen a Robin costume with a note on it that alludes to Joker killing Jason Todd in the past. Now rumors have been spread that Batman is the cause of the entire Squad being behind bars. It makes some sense as in the current universe Batman is older and has been around the block a time or two before Superman ever made himself known. However, looking at many of the squad members Batman rarely fights with them in the comics. Captain Boomerang is generally a villain for The Flash, and El Diablo is normally associated with Jonah Hex. We can move past this, the issue is the Enchantress played by Cara Delevingne. Batman has been retired for sometime in the universe, yet Cara is only 23 (and looks 15). When in this timeline did Batman throw this girl in jail? Did Batman have to fight a 15-year-old girl at one point?
9. Zack Snyder Basically Owns the DC Extended Universe
Joss Whedon may be the director for The Avengers in the MCU, but each movie works on it’s own accord with Joss, sometimes, consulted as to what he wants. This is not how Snyder runs the DC Extended Universe. Zack and his wife Deborah have some sort of creative control on every movie that will be featured in this universe, normally working as executive producers. For the next 20 or so movies, we will be treated to (or forced into) Snyder’s interpretation of our favorite characters, whatever that may look like.
8. Arrow and Flash in the Movies
Yes it’s been confirmed that Ezra Miller will be The Flash in the standalone Flash movie, and the Justice League movies, and Batman vs Superman. But what does that mean for Grant Gustin’s Flash? And what about Stephen Amell’s Green Arrow? Are they taking place in another universe? First off, yes. The Flash (TV) has already made parallel universes a major plot point and we are getting crossovers with Supergirl (another entire DC universe). While it’s less likely that either Amell or Gustin will make it into the big budget Justice League movies, it would be no surprise to see them meet their counterparts on the small screen, a theory that many fans anticipate. What we may see are small easter eggs in the movies referencing the shows. My money would be on The Flash (movie) having Ezra Miller going toe–to-toe with Wentworth Miller playing a darker version of Captain Cold.
7. Barbara Gordon Was Cut
Not too long ago it was announced that Jena Malone had been cast as Barbara Gordon in Batman vs Superman. More recently it was announced that the scenes with Barbara were cut from the movie. Apparently there were enough heroes. While we may get to see these scenes in the R-rated director’s cut, it’s a bit disappointing that it happened. We won’t know what her role was going to be. Was she going to be Batgirl? Was she Oracle? Was she going to be some random kid who happened to be Jim Gordon’s daughter? Was she going to die her hair red? We are bound to actually see her appear in whatever stand alone Batman movie that is released, that’s when we may get our answers.
6. They’re in the Lego Movie
It was no coincidence that Batman was a lead in The Lego Movie back in 2014. Warner Brothers, the head studio for both Lego movies and the DC Extended Universe, was creating hype for the upcoming team up by including the Caped Crusader. Not only that but many of the Justice Leaguers (like Superman and Wonderwoman) were also featured. Voice casting choices started rumors as to who might play the heroes in any upcoming movie, and it turned out all wrong as Cobie Smulders and Jonah Hill were shockingly (sarcasm) not asked to bring their heroes to the big screen.
5. Ryan Gosling Was Originally Supposed to be The Joker
When Suicide Squad was at the beginning of production, Will Smith and Margot Robbie were immediately eyed for the roles that became Deadshot and Harley Quinn. Jai Courtney was looked at for the role of Captain Boomerang, and no one besides Viola Davis was ever linked to Viola Davis. There were two casting choices that were planned from the get-go that never came to be. First was Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg (who backed out because of scheduling conflicts) and Ryan Gosling as The Joker. Ryan Gosling balked at the million dollar deal because he was hesitant to sign a multi-picture deal. It’s tough to imagine such a charming man playing the psychopath, but it’s a change of character that we would have loved to see from the multiple Oscar nominee.
4. Justice League Mortal
This most recent incarnation of The Justice League staring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck is not the first attempt at a big blockbuster Justice League movie. As recently as 2007, fans were expecting a movie called Justice League: Mortal. It was rumored to feature Christian Bale’s Batman and Brandon Routh’s Superman. What was confirmed was that it would be directed by George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) and was going to feature similar motion capturing technology that was used in the movie. The project went into developmental limbo during the Writers Guild Strike of 2008 when the studio determined to fast track the movie for a 2009 release (ignoring major issues). A documentary is currently in production that details the many issues that the movie faced before being officially scrapped.
3. Justice League Dark
Mortal was not the only Justice League movie that went into production limbo. As recently as 2015, Guillermo del Toro was working on a movie featuring Justice League Dark. This Justice League features some of DC’s more supernatural heroes including John Constantine, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, and Deadman. Del Toro worked very hard on getting this movie off the ground, willing to team up with the creators of the failed Constatine show and cast Matt Ryan as The Hellblaiser, and entertained the idea of making it a part of the DC Extended Universe. He wrote and rewrote scripts that the studio executives could never agree on and in June 2015, he officially walked away from the project. While the movie is not scrapped, it seems like it never will be made. Maybe movie goers just aren’t ready for a super team featuring a giant plant and a wise cracking anti-hero… Except for Guardians of the Galaxy….
2. Batman vs Superman is not Man of Steel 2
Just because Man of Steel was the most recent DC movie does not mean that Batman vs Superman is a sequel. It is in the respect that The Avengers is the sequel to Iron Man but really it just features similar characters. The consequences of the destruction of Metropolis, and Superman’s relationship with Lois Lane may play a slight part of the overall plotline, but most of that will have to wait until whenever the true sequel is released. The realization that this movie may not answer any of the questions and relationships left open at the end of Man of Steel worries some. We as fans have gotten such little character development for the characters, and now we are being introduced to about a billion more. Keeping the two movies separate should help to appreciate the movie as fans expecting more information about the plot of Man of Steel or the characters from it may be disappointed.
1. First Live Action Movie Portrayal of Flash, Cyborg, Wonderwoman, and Aquaman
These characters have become so commonplace because of shows like Justice League and Smallville that many people forget none of them have been seen on the big screen. While there have been a ton of Batman movies, and a hefty amount of Supermans, that’s pretty much all that DC has produced. Even when Marvel was giving us heroes like Ghost Rider and Elektra, DC sat on their hands releasing more Batman movies and testing the waters with Green Lantern and Jonah Hex. The movies bombed so badly that DC faded and focused on TV shows. The world has been waiting for their favorite heroes to finally make big screen debuts.