This year is going to be packed with movies based on comic books, with the two big shared universes continuing their expansions: DC Extended Universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. DC Comics has two titles lined up for this year, the first one being the highly anticipated Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, followed by the “Worst. Heroes. Ever.” in Suicide Squad.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is the first movie in DC’s Extended Universe to have two superheroes sharing the screen – though it won’t be the last time, as two Justice League movies are planned for 2017 and 2019. Justice League Part One will start filming soon, and one of its lead actors has already started training for his heroic role.
Henry Cavill shared a photo on his social media accounts in which he reveals he is back in training mode to reprise his role as Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman in the first part of Justice League. The photo also serves as a reminder to Cavill himself to “keep going” and to set himself “a minimum goal.”
Cavill’s public tracking of his gym bod and super-heroic physique is reminiscent of the photo Chris Pratt shared a few years ago when he was preparing for his role as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy. Of course, Pratt was just coming off Parks and Recreation at the time, where the character he played, Andy Dwyer, wasn’t exactly known for his svelte body and rippling washboard abs. As such, Pratt’s social media image made a different sort of impact, as it underlined a much more dramatic physical change, from doughy Midwestern man-child to intergalactic heartthrob with a fondness for the super sounds of the ’70s. Although Cavill hasn’t had to undergo such a striking alteration in terms of physique, he’s clearly aware the value of fans being able to see actors commit to their roles as larger-than-life heroes, especially ones who’ve earned monikers like “Man of Steel.”
Maintaining that level of commitment is important, as Cavill’s debut as Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel helped kickstart DC’s current shared universe, which now has a line-up to keep fans busy (and Cavill in the gym) until 2020.
Justice League Part One, helmed by Zack Snyder, will bring together some of DC’s favorite superheroes: Superman, Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and Flash (Ezra Miller). After much speculation about the inclusion of Green Lantern Corps in Justice League, DC chief creative officer Geoff Johns confirmed during the DC Films Presents: The Dawn of the Justice League special that the Green Lanterns and the Green Lantern Corps will eventually join the team. How involved will Green Lantern be remains to be seen.
Still, DC fans can go on happily with their lives knowing that Justice League Part One is on the last stages of pre-production, and we should hear about the official start of production in the coming weeks. Given their antagonistic relationship in the soon-to-be-released hero vs. hero film, one has to wonder whether or not Ben Affleck will be sharing some Men’s Fitness-style photos anytime soon, just to teach his Kryptonian counterpart what it means to workout like a man.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016, which is followed by Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 23, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and then Green Lantern Corps on June 19, 2020.
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