DC’s superhero movie universe is one of the biggest stories in the entertainment industry this year, starting with quite possibly THE most iconic superhero team-up of all in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. But the building of the DCU is about to go from 0 to 100 (real quick), with recent reports hinting at an ambitious schedule of up to three films a year, stretching from 2016 to 2018.
With so much secrecy still surrounding the Batman V Superman movie – as well as some pretty big casting rumors – many fans expect that DC and Warner Bros. will finally be looking to tear down the house at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con – a venue that Marvel Studios has traditionally ruled in the era of shared universe superhero films. Last year, all it took was the announcement of Batman V Superman at Comic-Con to grab headlines; but this year is already shaping up to be something on a whole other level.
With big official reveals on the horizon, more and more rumors – which are more and more likely to be true – are starting to leak out to different websites, and today we start things off with updates on the following areas of the DCU:
- DC/WB’s rumored plans for Comic-Con 2014 (THIS PAGE)
- Details about Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman in Batman V Superman
- New Details about Batman in Batman V Superman
- New Details about Lex Luthor in Batman V Superman
- Possible other villains in Batman V Superman
Comic-Con Plans Revealed?
We expect big casting announcements (or confirmations) like Jason Mamoa as Aquaman, or who might be fulfilling the roles of major characters like Flash or Green Lantern or even Shazam. With a Justice League movie expected soon after BvS, it’s not too much of a leap to expect DC/WB to follow Marvel’s 2010 Comic-Con campaign and bring their full Justice League cast on stage.
With production on Dawn of Justice having been underway for months now, it’s not too crazy to also think that some epic teaser footage will be screened at the ‘Con as well – and that seems to be exactly what the game plan is, if rumors are to believed. According from El Mayimbe over at Latino Review:
HOT #SDCC2014 RUMOR! The DC/Warners panel will show a hot clip from BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. FIND SPOT @ HALL H line NOW! RT— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) June 22, 2014
We got an early look at the new Batmobile in the first photo of Ben Affleck’s Batman in costume; but as this ‘Con veteran can attest, it’s always cooler when you get to see movie Batmobiles in the flesh, so to speak. There are a lot of questions looming over the Batman V Superman car design (is it too Nolanesque? A good mix of the modern and traditional? Etc.) so expect some more in-depth descriptions of it, come Comic-Con time.
As for the footage: OF COURSE it’s probably going to be shown. As we keep saying: it’s looking more and more like this is DC/WB’s official foray into a real, legitimate, shared superhero universe. They are looking to OWN the show at Comic-Con ’14 – and if they show even thirty seconds of just Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and/or Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) onscreen (hell, just standing there looking at one another silently) it’d be enough to bring the house down.
The New Wonder Woman
In a new video exclusive (which you can view HERE), JoBlo drops a roundup of Batman V Superman rumors, which could potentially reveal a lot about the primary characters (Batman, Superman, Lex Luthor and Wonder Woman), as well as the overall story. We’ll start with the Wonder Woman details.
It’s being said that Princess Diana (Gal Gadot) will appear in a “fair amount of the film” as her civilian alter-ego (Diana), with a vague origin that is likely to be explained in a later solo film. Diana will suit up as Wonder Woman for the final battle ( a la Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow in Iron Man 2) – and when she DOES suit up, all fears about the Wonder Woman costume may be put to rest.
According to the report, the Wonder Woman costume is a variation of the classic look, with the blue bottoms, boots, silver gauntlets (the tiara!) and a variation of the traditional body armor. It’s said to be combat-ready in design and was described as “badass.” She’ll have four weapons – sword, spear, the golden lasso and a shield – and the shield she’ll wear strapped to her back like Captain America.
All in all, it sounds like the New 52 Wonder Woman design with some classic elements worked in. Personally I tend to believe this description, as Ben Affleck’s Batman looks like a variation on iconic comic book designs – and Superman’s new costume is rumored to be more comic book-loyal, as well. For all the flack he’s gotten, Zack Snyder could be making the most faithful DC movie to date – at least on a costume level.