Before I get started, I just wanted to take a second and thank the Internet…
Thank you, Internet.
Many people – random, famous… can win or lose the day because of you by trending for various reasons. But you proved last week exactly how much heavy lifting you can handle. And it’s official, your strength is superhuman! Anything less than superhuman strength wouldn’t have held up to the “Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman” news (bomb) that Warner Bros dropped on the world. So again, thank you for not folding up like a chair and/or calling it a day.
When Marvel’s “The Avengers” turned into a mega hit last summer, every comic book fan/comic genre fan, more specifically DC comic fans (like myself), began asking a few questions.
- Is DC ever going to get a Justice League project together?
- DC HAS to do a Justice League movie now, right?
- Why does DC suck at planning/bringing their comic icons (other than Batman) to the big screen?
… I could probably go on and on with that list, but I’ll stop there.
At San Diego Comic Con last month, “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder revealed news that most weren’t expecting about the sequel to “Man of Steel”, but fans everywhere have been asking to see for years. Batman and Superman will indeed be in the same movie come 2015, and Justice League will also see the light of day come 2017.
The plot for the “Man of Steel” sequel – “Batman vs Superman” is to be determined, but the title paints a decent enough picture, and there will definitely be more to come. Like the casting of “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor, news that almost got completely overshadowed in the Ben Affleck nearly breaking Twitter and every other social media vehicle aftermath.
Both Affleck and Cranston inked multi-film deals to appear as these iconic characters. Affleck with a 13 film agreement for Batman/Bruce Wayne and Cranston signed a 6 film deal for Lex Luthor. So it’s probably safe to say that both will be appearing in each of the upcoming announced DC titles with “Batman vs Superman” and the untitled Justice League movie.
Now that we know the road to the Justice League will go through Gotham City, I’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop. As in, who else will be apart of the Justice League? Mainly, will they avoid Green Lantern Hal Jordan due to the box-office failure of “Green Lantern” in 2011?
My plea – don’t avoid Hal!!! DC, you learned your lesson from casting badly in Green Lantern with the exception of Mark Strong as Sinestro. Don’t make another blunder and think that you have to use John Stewart or Guy Gardner because Ryan Reynolds didn’t deliver.
Anyway, one more quick point. With Ben Affleck signing a 13 film deal, my first thought/hope was that of Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” storyline possibly making it’s way to the big screen. For those who don’t know, I’ll tell you, that would be a very good thing!