The Birth of the DCEU
By Brendan Wand
Now everyone knows that the Marvel cinematic universe is quite expansive and has been slowly grown over time. It has reached the point where there are over a dozen movies and there is a list of movies slated for the rest of this decade. They’ve slowly cultivated a connected universe that exists between all of their movies. The DC movie universe however has just started. Marvel has had great success in creating a universe with their movies and now DC wishes to do the same.
The first film that spawned this universe that DC is trying to create was Man of Steel. It debuted in 2013 and stars Henry Cavill as the alien from Krypton, Superman. The movie received mixed reviews among critics and fans alike. Personally I enjoyed the film and don’t think it deserves all the hate it got. I think Cavill captures both the role of Clark Kent and Superman well. He does a good job of showing the conflicting feelings that he feels toward humankind and his super alter ego. Viewers complain about the destruction and loss of life but I mean it’s not like he ever directly ignores someone in need. He simply fights Zod to the best of his ability and is unable to stop the destruction that ensues. I’d also like to point out that the Superman in Man of Steel is him just starting his life of superheroism and as a result he doesn’t quite have that fine-tuned ability to avoid destruction and loss of life. Overall though I thought Man of Steel was a pretty solid entry to start off their universe.
Man of Steel was set to have a sequel where Batman would be introduced through this film. This premise constantly changed until the film was no longer even a MoS sequel. It ended up being Batman vs Superman and would follow the events two years after MoS. Fans were both excited and nervous for how this film would turn out as many understood that this would really determine whether DC could start a cinematic universe. Then it was announced Ben Affleck would play the master detective vigilante, Batman. People went in an uproar saying he would be awful and pointed to the failure of a movie Daredevil that Affleck starred in. (On a side note I thought Affleck played the blind lawyer from Hell’s Kitchen quite well, it was just a crappy script that made the movie fail.) Despite all of this the movie continued on its way to release, even announcing that Wonder Woman would also appear in the film. It all felt a little rushed, like DC was trying to just push through the initial world building and just jump straight into a deep universe.
On March 20, 2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opened in theaters to mild and awful reviews. Critics and comic fans alike bashed the film for everything from its plot to Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal of Lex Luthor. The film pitted Batman against Superman in what was set to be an epic showdown. The climax of the film led to a team up of the trinity of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman fighting off the monstrous Doomsday. I’ll give my full opinions on the film at a later time.
The future of DC movies is off to a rocky start. DC has a whole list of movies lined up that are jumping off of where Batman v Superman left off. The list is as follows; Suicide Squad on August 5, Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017, Justice League on November 17, 2017, Aquaman on July 27, 2018, an untitled film in 2018, Shazam in 2019, another untitled film in 2019, and finally a Cyborg and a Green Lantern Corps movie in 2020. Of course all of these are subject to change as this is merely their plan for the future.
I’m both excited and nervous for the future of the DCEU. Anyways that about wraps it up for now. Look forward to more posts about the DCEU. Until next time, stay nerdy my friends.
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