The DC Extended Universe is about to heat up.
For decades, Marvel and DC have been locked in a rivalry (mostly) friendly. The two titans of the comic book, that literally share the legal custody of the term “superhero” often inspire each other. And in consequence, their bases of fans continue to argue about what the universe of comics is better.
More recently, that competition has also been translated to the side of the film. This is heated up, especially with the presentations of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe in 2008, and DC Extended Universe just five years later. For years, Marvel has been the runaway winner in terms of commercial success and critical.
Starting in 2021, Marvel will launch up to four films each year. But DC is improving his game in a key way. For the first time, the DCEU is finally reaching a level of production similar. As well as the MCU has released three films each year from 2017, DC is also on the verge of becoming a triple threat.
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The DC Extended Universe is on a good streak at this moment
After the box-office success of Man of steel 2013, Warner Bros. began making plans to convert the origin story of Superman Zack Snyder in a movie universe interconnected. Three years later, both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Snyder as a Suicide Squad of David Ayer came to the cinemas. Although both films earned profits, not expectations were met.
The following year was also divisive. While Wonder Woman is a beloved Justice League effectively eliminated the alignment of that team. However, after more than a year, the DCEU is recovered big time with the gross of $ 1.1 billion of Aquaman, the most successful of the series to date. Shazam! he kept that momentum going strong. And in a short time, both Aquaman as Shazam! had orders sequels.
Contrary to some reports, by 2020 has also been a solid year for the DCEU. The birds of prey could not have earned money with Suicide Squad. But it received positive reviews and easily earned profits. Of course, Wonder Woman 1984, it was delayed until August of 2020 due to the pandemic coronavirus, it is also a box-office success guaranteed.
Could you 2021 to be the best year of the DCEU?
To keep that momentum going strong, the DCEU is increasing their production as soon as possible. And it seems to be doing it with a balanced supply of reboots / sequels and new characters. In June of 2021, the writer / director Matt Reeves will unleash Dark Knight Robert Pattinson in The Batman. The film is intended to be independent, although it could connect to the DCEU more.
Then, in August, The Suicide Squad, a continuation / reboot soft of the movie Yesterday by the director of Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn, hits theaters. This release will feature a cast that, yes, it will include the favorite version of Margot Robbie on Harley Quinn.
And after years of speculation and rumors, Dwayne Johnson finally joins the DCEU in December 2021 with Black Adam. In the comics, the character was known initially as a villain of Shazam. But the film’s director Jaume Collet-Serra will focus on the origin story of Black Adam, establishing it as an anti-hero before his first encounter with Shazam (Zachary Levi).
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The man in black ⚡️ As the majority of the children growing up, I dreamed of being a superhero. To have superpowers to be great, to fight for what is right and always to protect people. Everything changed for me, when I was 10 years old and I was first introduced to the superhero greatest of all time: SUPERMAN. When I was a kid, Superman was the hero that I always wanted to be. But, after a few years of my fantasy, I realized that Superman was the hero, could never be. I was too rebellious. Too unruly. Too resistant to the conventions and authority. Despite my problems, it was still a good kid with a good heart, I just liked to do things my way. Now, years later, as a man, with the same DNA as you had when I was a child, my dreams of superheroes have become a reality. I am honored to join the iconic #DCUniverse and it is a real pleasure to be, BLACK ADAM. BLACK ADAM has been blessed by the magic with the powers equal to SUPERMAN, but the difference is that you do not touch the mark or walk the line. Is a superhero, rebel, unique in its class, that will always do what is right for the people, but he does it his way. Truth and justice: the style BLACK ADAM. This role is different to any other you have played in my career and I am grateful to the bone that we will all do this journey together. BLACK ADAM 12.22.21 ⚡️ Many thanks to my friends, @jimlee and @bosslogic for this first and bad collaboration.
Beyond 2022, nobody knows what movies will launch DC below
The DC Extended Universe may be catching up to Marvel quickly, but the franchise still doesn’t seem to have a long-term plan. Or, at least, the plan changes constantly. It is expected that the slate 2022 Warner Bros. include Shazam! 2, Aquaman 2 and The Flash in development.
While those first two are locks, given the success of its predecessors, The Flash has a history of not join. Who knows if Barry Allen than Ezra Miller will ever have his own movie? And even if it does, the DCEU does not yet have a global vision, it seems. Things do not look good for Cyborg, for example.
However, to see how the franchise wavered from the beginning, perhaps this approach is more measured to be the best. Not all film franchises in need of the next five years, paths of advance. The mode DCEU allows the series to correct the course as needed. Clearly, something is working finally. So there is no reason to be too ambitious and to risk all the progress they have made movies.