SDCC 2015: 5 Things DC & Warner Bros. Need to Win Comic-Con


2. Jared Leto’s Joker in Suicide Squad

Jared Leto as the Joker

Whereas Warner Bros. would be smart to unveil their Lex Luthor, after the studio debuted Jared Leto's tattooed Joker to a divisive response on social media, footage of the actor in character should be at the top of DC's to-do list. Knowledgeable DC readers have explained why Leto's Joker could be a fresh and memorable take on the classic villain - but nothing will put concerns to rest like actually seeing what the actor and director David Ayer have created.

Prior reports have suggested that Leto has been (disturbingly) diligent in his portrayal of Batman's archenemy - to the extent that Ayer has enlisted the aid of an on-set psychiatrist - so there's reason to believe that Suicide Squad (and the larger DC movie universe) is positioned for another biting take on the Clown Prince of Crime. Comic-Con is the perfect opportunity to shift the conversation away from tattoos and false teeth to Leto's actual performance.

What better way of accomplishing that goal, while paying fan-service to comic book lovers, than by presenting finished footage from a scene of the Joker and fan-favorite anti-hero/villain Harley Quinn. Set photos of Leto and Margot Robbie leaked online during the film's Vancouver shoot - depicting an intriguing shot of Harley with a gun point-blank to Joker's head. Since the scene is already out there, why not show fans in Hall H exactly what is going on - teasing Leto's Joker work as well as introducing fans to Suicide Squad's twisted leading lady.


3. Wonder Woman (Anything)

Wonder Woman Batman V Superman Costume Sword

Speaking of strong female characters, Comic-Con 2014 confirmed Wonder Woman's Batman V Superman look - in an unceremonious reveal of the character's fiery promotional poster (appearing in the background as Snyder discussed Dawn of Justice). Since that time, Diana Prince (played by Gal Gadot) has appeared in new stills from the movie while Licensing Expo 2015 attendees were treated to a closer look at the costume. However, as DC prepares for Wonder Woman's solo movie, to be helmed by Monster director Patty Jenkins, few official details have been revealed regarding Diana's role (and total screen time) in Dawn of Justice.

As a result, and after being largely ignored at Comic-Con 2014, it's time for Warner Bros. to give Wonder Woman (and actress Gal Gadot) time in the spotlight. Prior attempts to bring the character back (especially the 2011 NBC TV pilot), completely missed the mark of what made Diana an enduring part of the DC Universe - for both young women and men, alike. There's no question the comic book movie genre would benefit from increased diversity on screen (both in race and gender) but, in addition to being a win for feminist moviegoers, Wonder Woman is just a great character - one that could add a lot to the DCMU.

Batman V Superman Wonder Woman Diana Prince Bruce Wayne

For that reason, a scene of Wonder Woman in action, or debating with Bruce Wayne as Diana Prince, would be an appreciated sneak peek for fans - and would help put knee-jerk concerns about Gal Gadot to rest. Still, above all else, Warner Bros. needs to show that they're just as committed to Wonder Woman as they are Batman, Superman, or The Flash - specifically that she is an integral part of this shared movie universe story, not just window-dressing for her male counterparts.

Recent reports have suggested Wonder Woman's Dawn of Justice role is the "gateway drug" to Justice League. That might be true, but it's equally important that Wonder Woman's part in Batman V Superman is also a solid launching pad for the heroine's solo film chapters.

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