Worlds of DC, Not DCEU
The biggest news about the DC Extended Universe is that we no longer have to call it the DC Extended Universe. That name has become synonymous with DC Films' recent output, but was only ever a joke that went way too far: DCEU was never official. However, in lieu of a better alternative, it's what fans and press went with regardless.
Now we have a proper alternate: Worlds of DC. This is what DC Films' slate was called at the start of the Comic-Con 2018 panel and, while it may at first seem unwieldy, it makes some sense. While the films that the panel focused on were all part of the same shared continuity started in 2013's Man of Steel, soon the studio's output will diversify, with the Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie totally separate from Jared Leto's iteration of the Clown Prince of Crime (who may also be getting his own solo feature). If there are going to be "Elseworlds" stories prominent going forward, it makes sense to make that distinction now.
Wonder Woman's Costume Is Brighter
Darkness in DC movies has become so much a joke that Deadpool 2 and Incredibles 2 both got digs in earlier this summer. The movies that DC brought to SDCC already directly addressed this - Aquaman is a vibrant underwater epic, Shazam! intentionally pokes fun at superhero tropes and Wonder Woman 1984 is set in the 80s - but the latter twisted things in a more inter-textual way.
When the first look at Diana Prince in the sequel was revealed, it was commented that her costume was considerably brighter than the version seen in Wonder Woman (itself a notch up from her debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). The footage seems to confirm that: while it wasn't color graded, what was shown in Hall H was the brightest we've seen Wonder Woman's iconic suit yet.
About Aquaman's Pants
DC fashion was an unexpected big deal at their 2018 Comic-Con panel. After the poster for Aquaman released earlier this week, the fact he was wearing what appeared to be leather pants underwater. As if reading fans' minds just as Arthur Curry reads fishes', Jason Momoa provided clarity during the film's section, saying his trousers are in fact denim. It's unclear how much easier they are to swim in, however.
Justice League Is Done
One movie was so conspicuous by its absence at Comic-Con 2018 that it counts a development by itself: not once in the DC Hall H panel was last year's Justice League mentioned. Now, it's an already-released movie and thus not something Warners would be looking to promote, but for this to happen when two of the films on show have characters integral to the League indicates that it really is being put to bed.
Earlier this week, Warner Bros. stated there were no plans to release a Snyder Cut of Justice League, but it seems like the entire production is being put to bed. Given the scathing reviews and poor box office, that's hardly surprising - especially when everything on the horizon looks so exciting.
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- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020