Has The Focus Of The DC Universe Shifted

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There has been no secret that the DC Extended Universe has had its ups and downs. Now with its biggest team up to date Justice League approaching it’s release in theaters in November and the constant rumors swirling around Ben Affleck.and his involvement many have come to wonder what direction is the DCEU headed.

The BEST way to break it down and explain it would be to have you go check out this very informative and in depth article at Vulture.com by Abraham Riesman

Check out the VULTURE article HERE 

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IT’S OFFICIAL!!! Patty Jenkins will direct Wonder Woman 2

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After an amazing showing at the box office and still continuing to make money, it has officially been confirmed that Patty Jenkins will direct the sequel to the immensely successful Wonder Woman.

The story was broken by Variety today and states the film which the script is being written with Geoff Johns, (who oversees the DC film universe) is set to arrive in theaters December 13, 2019.

Gal Gadot is also set to return as the titular  Heroine who is Princess Diana of Themyscira with an alter ego of Diana Prince. After a captivating debut in Batman V. Superman and then a phenomenal solo film debut, Gadot is set to lasso in audiences again in the upcoming Justice League movie due out this November.

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“The Batman” is Not in the DCEU

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Just when it seemed as if the DCEU and Warner Bros. finally was on track and had a plotted course, we get this news that not only is it off track its been beyond DERAILED and placed on an entirely new mode of transportation.

We are now finding out that the future DC “The Batman” film is not a part of the greater DC Extended Universe as well as other news. Check it out from

SuperheroHype.com

To say Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe is in disarray is putting it mildly. They saw their first three films (Man of SteelBatman v Superman and Suicide Squad) endure critical beatdowns and, despite the success of Wonder Woman, the Justice League film has gone through massive reshoots and a director switch, Flashpoint has burned through two directors with a third not yet announced, the Cyborg solo movie has been scrapped and The Batman jettisoned both its original director (Ben Affleck) and script (by Affleck and Geoff Johns). Now, according to a KCRW interview (via Batman On Film) with The Batman director Matt Reeves, the caped crusader’s solo film will be completely divorced from the DCEU.

 “Well I have a vision for a way to do something with that character [Batman] that feels like it resonates with me personally, and a perspective that can grow out into other things,” Reeves said. “When they [Warner Bros.] approached me, what they said was ‘look, it’s a standalone, it’s not part of the extended universe.’”

So what does this mean for the future of the DCEU? If yesterday’s Joker origin movie news gives us a clue, it’s that Warners is trying to attract A-list filmmaking talent to their superhero movies by giving them the option to sidestep the continuity established by the DCEU. Hence, they may be starting their own side label for more director-driven projects like The Batman and Joker film, where other actors can step into those roles despite other performers like Jared Leto continuing to appear in the DCEU movies. It’s a bit like DC’s Elseworlds line in the ’90s, which allowed creators to work outside the continuity of the DC Comics Universe.

As for the DCEU itself, Warners has the option to soft reboot everything they’ve built so far via time travel in Flashpoint if Justice League and Aquaman fail. Having said that, this is still not confirmation that Reeves is recasting Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, despite rumors to the contrary. Given that Reeves sees The Batman as the start of a trilogy, we’ll have to wait and see what his vision entails and if it’s a good fit for Affleck’s established Batman persona. The term “standalone” could also indicate something more akin to Fox’s Logan, which didn’t rely on continuity with other films but kept actors like Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart intact, along with the mythos behind X-Men. So a standalone Batman movie could simply mean you won’t see cameos from Wonder Woman or Flash, etc.

As for the Justice League movie, Batman On Film is also reporting that Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor will have no role in the upcoming team-up movie, despite a tease of his connection to villain Steppenwolf in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

“He doesn’t have one,” they confirm of his role. “If he did prior to all the changes/reshoots, it was cut.”

While this should still be marked as rumor given that Jesse Eisenberg was already confirmed by Warners to return as Lex, it would not be unheard of. For Joss Whedon to have cut Eisenberg’s scenes, or even recast the role (as he did with Bruce Banner in The Avengers) given the poor reception of his stuttering, Mark Zuckerberg-inspired Luthor might even be a welcome change. Still, until we hear it from the horse’s mouth, we’ll have to stay tuned.

Fueled by the hero’s restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Justice League sees Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Directed by Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeMan of Steel), the screenplay is by Chris Terrio from a story by Snyder and Terrio. Filmmaker Joss Whedon is directing the additional photography for the sequel and is overseeing the completion of its post production following Snyder’s family tragedy. Justice League is produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns. The executive producers are Jim Rowe, Wesley Coller, Curt Kanemoto, Chris Terrio and Ben Affleck.

Justice League will open in theaters on November 10, 2017.

 

Hall Of Justice? Did Justice League Just Get Cool?

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Since Joss Whedon has taken over, reshoots, or as Warner would like you to call them, additional shoots, are taking place. Along with them, we’ve now seen this image, originally posted by the Twitter account of the UK fan site, “DC World.”

Speculation as to whether this is supposed to be early construction on a Hall Of Justice set piece, or a Watchtower set piece is running rampant, but either way, our DC heroes look like they’re getting a proper home base.

Before we get too carried away, Tim Burton is filming Dumbo in the same area, but c’mon, it has to be the Hall, right? Right? Catch the next podcast and we’ll give you our opinions on it!

Justice League Reshoots May Mean More than Originally thought

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Remember how a couple of weeks ago word had come out that the upcoming Justice League film was doing reshoots and everyone including us here at The Trusty Sidekick were basically like “it’s ok, these things happen all the time. No need to worry.” Well we wouldn’t say that there is need to worry but there has been word that these reshoots may have some real substance.

via ComicBookMovie.com

A new rumor states that Justice League will be filming in London from June thru August and that the additional scenes are “substantial.” However, it’s likely that these changes were already planned as Joss Whedon was hired to write them long before Zack Snyder tragically stepped away from the production.

Executive producer Charles Roven recently commented on the additonal scenes, implying that they were minimal in nature but would take a relatively significant amount of time to complete due to each actor’s busy schedule (i.e. Jason Momoa and Amber Heard in Australia shooting Aquaman, Gal Gadot doing press for Wonder Woman, Cavill busy with Mission Impossible, etc.).

A morning Instagram post from Henry Cavill appears to confirm that he’s already in London.  His social media account shows that he’s in full Man of Steel attire while hanging out in his trailer and enjoying a nice cup of  coffee

Justice League is currently slated to arrive in theaters on November 17.  Regardless of whether there’s extensive new footage being shot or scheduling issues to work through, the time required to film these additional scenes could mean WB is forced to push the release date back. But I think we all can agree that if this gives us a better product in the end it is all worth it.

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A New “Justice League” trailer has arrived

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Well we’ve been promised it and today we got the 2nd full traicler for the upcoming Warner Bros. And Zach Snyder “Justice League” movie.

The film which stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman seek out to bring together other powerful meta humans in Cyborg,The Flash and Aquaman after the death of Superman to combat a new outerworldly threat.

The trailer gives us our first glimpses of Cyborg in Action and full flight, Amber Heard as Queen Mera, JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and others. Take a look and let us know what you think.

Cyborg Confirmed to be Third Motherbox in Justice League film

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We are getting more and more information about the upcoming Justice League movie and one of its main characters.

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Director Zack Snyder recently confirmed that the third Mother Box will be featured in Justice League, and that it will be none other than Victor Stone, a.k.a. Cyborg. There have been plenty of rumors swirling round the Mother Boxes and how they fit into the story, especially after the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice deleted scene that featured Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) using Kryptonian technology to create a vision of the villain Steppenwolf holding three Mother Boxes. Director Zack Snyder also offered more details about bringing this team together in Justice League.

Zack Snyder confirmed that Cyborg is the third mother box in the print issue of Total Film, but this isn’t the first time he’s mentioned that particular detail. The filmmaker revealed in a March interview that the Cyborg scene in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where Victor Stone’s father Silas (Joe Morton) presents his son with a strange box that turns him into Cyborg, is the “first glimpse of the Mother Box there,” adding that Ray Fisher’s character, “plays such a strong part coming up.”

Another rumor from May revealed that Justice League will open with a flashback scene from 30,000 years ago, featuring Darkseid’s first defeat when the humans, Atlanteans and the Amazons all came together to beat him. These three civilizations are believed to have divided up an artifact into three parts, the Mother Boxes, which Steppenwolf is presumably coming for in Justice League. It has also been rumored that Steppenwolf will be the main Justice League villain, with Darkseid appearing at the end of the movie, leading into the currently untitled Justice League 2 sequel. While Zack Snyder wouldn’t speak more about the Mother Boxes, he did discuss how bringing this team of DC heroes together was one of the most rewarding aspects of the film.

“One of the more rewarding aspects of creating Justice League was having fun exploring the dynamic between this diverse group of characters, inherently larger-than-life characters with disparate backgrounds, ethics and unique perspectives all trying to come together and work as a team. It not only offers an opportunity for great drama and complex relationships, but it also often results in great fun. It’s an exciting concept to explore and it only gets better when you add the component of our incredibly talented cast, their chemistry really adds to that dynamic.”

It’s possible that one of the other Mother Boxes will be revealed in the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, which hits theaters June 2, just five months before Justice League arrives November 17. It’s also possible that the remaining Mother Box will be featured in the stand alone Aquaman movie, which debuts October 5, 2018, before the Justice League sequel will hit theaters on June 14, 2019. Hopefully we’ll find out more about these Mother Boxes as we get ready for Wonder Woman and Justice League to hit theaters this year.