As ‘Justice League’ draws closer and closer, stories of what Joss Whedon’s role is have changed drastically. In the beginning Whedon was only there to see Zack Snyder’s vision through till the end.
“We’re not introducing any new characters. It’s the same characters in some new scenes. He’s handing a baton to Joss, but the course has really been set by Zack. I still believe that despite this tragedy, we’ll still end up with a great movie.”
As time has gone on, more and more has began to re-shape in the world of DCEU. First, with the appointment of composer Danny Elfman, now word has it, the film’s darker tone is set to be lightened up, along with tonal changes to the character of Cyborg, who was originally said to be a major key to the film.
Actor Joe Morton who plays Cyborg’s father in the film, inventor Dr. Silas Stone, had this to say about the changes, in a recent interview with IGN:
IGN: Did you work on the Joss Whedon portion of filming that’s been going on or were you strictly on the Zack Snyder portion of the shoot?
Joe Morton: No, I did some reshoots with Joss.
IGN: Can you say what’s different? Is there’s any difference in tone?
Morton: Well, the stuff that I had to do were just really small little bits and pieces, nothing necessarily having to do with tone. I know that with Ray [Fisher], the young man who plays [Cyborg], there were some adjustments that they made in terms of the tone of that character. I think what I heard was that there was a need from the studio to lighten up the film in a way, that the film felt too dark. I don’t know what that meant in terms of how it actually got translated in terms of the reshoots but that’s what I heard. That’s what I thought some of the reshoots were about.
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[kb_author]Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s (Henry Cavill) selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.[/kb_author]
All Upcoming & In-Development DC Properties!
With all these delays and announcements, it’s hard to keep up with which superhero is appearing when and where! As such, here’s a quick rundown to keep you up to date!
With Matt Reeve’s The Batman swinging through movie theatres since its wide release last Friday, Warner Bros. have given a big update to their upcoming DC properties. DC’s first property based on the pets of its well-known superheroes, DC League of Super-Pets, is instead flying to theatres July 29, 2022, instead of its May 20 date. For HBO Max, the studio has officially announced The Batman’s first spinoff – The Penguin, a show with Farrell repressing his role as the titular kingpin in the first official spinoff.
In Warner Bro’s main focus of DC development, the DCEU, there have been a multitude of release-date moves. Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam, originally scheduled for an early Summer release in June, is now gearing up to release on October 21, 2022; The King of Atlantis has his sequel, Aquaman: The Lost Kingdom, splash into theatres on March 17, 2023, moving away from opening next door to Avatar 2. The Flash speeds past its November 4 date and instead opens in theatres June 23, 2023; and lastly, Shazam! Fury of the Gods instead releases its might this holiday season on December 16, 2022, rather than June 2023 – the only push forward in the group.
Outside these delays, we have Batgirl, scheduled to be released sometime in 2022 on HBO Max, and Blue Beetle, a film centred around the Jaime Reyes incarnation of the character, flying into theatres August 18, 2023. Other movies recently told to be in-development include Wonder Woman 3, again to be directed by Jenkins and with Gadot reprising her role as the titular heroine. HBO Max has some recently in-development properties as well, such as Wonder Twins, a film centred around an identical pair that activate their superpowers by touching hands and saying magical words, and Zatanna, which has Emerald Fennell attached to write, and J.J Abrams to produce.
HBO Max is also said to be developing some DCEU shows, most recently with another The Suicide Squad spin-off following the success of Peacemaker, which was recently renewed for a second season, as well as a Madame X series which is said to tie in with Justice League Dark, another series that has Abrams also attached, this time to executively produce. There have been many other shows and movies announced, but with little to no updates in years, it’s unclear whether they have been shelved or reworked into other DC projects.
So, to sum up all these announcements, find below an updated release schedule for every dated DC movie heading into theatres!
- DC League of Super-Pets, July 29 2022
- Black Adam, October 21 2022
- Shazam! Fury of the Gods, December 16 2022
- Aquaman: The Lost Kingdom, March 17 2023
- The Flash, June 23 2023
- Blue Beetle, August 18 2023
Peacemaker Delivers Brutal Violence While Being Incredibly Funny And Goofy At The Same Time
Note: This review is based on the first seven episodes (of eight)
Following on hot off the heels of 2021’s The Suicide Squad James Gunn strikes again with more hilariously entertaining superhero shenanigans. Originally Peacemaker would seem like an interesting choice of the squad to be getting his own series, especially after the final act of The Suicide Squad revealing him to be a complete asshole, but very quickly the show establishes itself and manages to make Peacemaker, AKA Christopher Smith, just a little bit more likeable.
The show opens with John Cena’s Peacemaker busting out of prison and he unites with some new teammates to defeat a bunch of alien creatures known as butterflies. On the team are leader Clemson Murn (Chukwudi Iwuji), John Economos (Steve Agee) and Emilia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland) two characters that we briefly met working for Amanda Waller in The Suicide Squad, rookie Leota Adebayo (Danielle Brooks) who’s by far the most interesting of the team behind the Peacemaker, as well as Peacemaker’s wisecracking friend Vigilante (Freddie Stroma). It’s a completely different sort of team to who we last saw Peacemaker with in The Suicide Squad but it allows for a much greater exploration of the eponymous Peacemaker.
John Cena is absolutely perfect for the character and James Gunn’s sharp writing and direction makes the show stand out. Right from Peacemaker’s ridiculous pitch-perfect opening titles up until the end of each episode it’s filled to the brim with stupidity and the sort of gags we come to expect from Gunn. It’s remarkable that the cast can perform it all with a straight face. Everything about the show has this air of stupidity to it, whether that’s in the dialogue, Peacemaker’s bald eagle pet named Eagly, or even just Peacemaker’s costume. But the show somehow perfectly balances this stupidity with seriousness as it provides a great look at Peacemaker’s character and actually gives a reason as to why he’s getting this show.
There’s far more to Cena’s character beneath the surface and beneath what we’ve seen of him previously and there’s something that deserves exploration and that’s what the series does. He’s willing to get peace at all costs no matter how many men, women, and children he has to kill to get it. The main plot line of the show about tackling the alien species of butterflies that take over a host body seems a little similar to Project Starfish from The Suicide Squad -and in fact the show even jokes about this similarity- but the show also delves into deeper issues as we experience the relationship between Peacemaker and his white supremacist dad Auggie played by Terminator 2’s Robert Patrick. There’s so much more to Peacemaker as a person and what he’s been through that The Suicide Squad just doesn’t touch on at all so this show is a good chance to really connect with him on a deeper level and it provides us with reasons to actually sympathise with this character.
We’re inundated with superhero content at the minute and Peacemaker feels distinct enough from much of what Marvel are doing, even Gunn’s own Marvel projects, however there is an easy comparison to be made between this and Amazon’s The Boys. Peacemaker isn’t quite as sharp or as smart as The Boys is, nor are any of the other characters in Peacemaker anywhere near the high quality of Amazon’s show but nonetheless it’s a delight to watch and a break from the many Marvel series we had in 2021.
As the show runs on a lot of the humour starts to drip away with Gunn’s juvenile style of comedy getting a bit repetitive. In particular the novelty of Stroma’s quippy Vigilante, who initially seems like DC’s version of Deadpool starts to wear off. Very quickly his stupidity and lack of awareness gets boring.
Peacemaker delivers with its heavy and brutal violence along with being incredibly funny and goofy at the same time. James Gunn shows us once again that he can make something fun and vibrant that feels like it’s been ripped straight out the pages of a comic book. It’s entertaining as hell and a great start to the year for DC.
The first three episodes of Peacemaker premiere on HBO MAX on January 13th with new episodes releasing each week.
Peacemaker | Official Trailer | HBO Max
The origin of the DC superhero so dedicated to world peace that he is prepared to use force of arms to achieve it.
Action, Adventure, Comedy
January 13, 2022
John Cena, Robert Patrick, Christopher Heyerdahl
The origin of the DC superhero so dedicated to world peace that he is prepared to use force of arms to achieve it.
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