Warner Brothers dumped the next several years of DC Comic films on the internet today – but the highlight, at least for our purposes, is the news that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman will get headline her own film in 2017.
Gadot will debut as Wonder Woman in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, alongside Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. (Who will be getting their own solo films, too.)
Three other new hero-centric films – and leads – have been added: 2018 will see the long-rumored Jason Momoa in Aquaman as well as The Flash starring Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower.) 2019 will bring Cyborg, starring Ray Fisher. (Who we heard was in the running for Episode VII at one point.) Momoa and Fisher reportedly also show up in Batman v Superman. (Momoa was definitely in Detroit, where BvS has been filming.)
There’s also Suicide Squad (2016,) Shazam (2019) and a new Green Lantern (2020.)
There have been female-led superhero films in the past – 1984’s Supergirl, 2005’s Elektra, and (arguably, depending on your feelings about antiheroes) the infamous 2004 Catwoman. None of these films did very well, but none of them are regarded as very good films, period. Supergirl is getting a TV show, but this cast list seems to make it very clear that Warner Bros. isn’t including DC’s TV shows in the same universe, as they just debuted a Flash TV show starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen. However, there have been multiples Flashes in the comics…
Whatever the case, and as weird as this huge infodump of movies and actors is, it’ll be interesting to see how BvS incorporates the proto-Justice League – and if it’ll be enough to launch this ambitious slate successfully.
Captain America to challenge Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Yes Marvel and DC movies will face off directly at the box office on May 6, 2016 with the third Captain America film and the Man of Steel sequel both opening the same weekend. Is Marvel’s head start and higher quality enough to take down DC’s three biggest names? All I know is that I’ll probably be seeing the one that’s not directed by Zack Snyder first.
Wonder Woman:Erika Peterman demands a Wonder Woman movie on the CNN Geek Out! blog. The co-founder of Girls-Gone-Geek.com addresses different theories as to why we haven’t gotten one yet: lack of a good story? Finding the right costume? Having an action movie led by a female? Casting for the perfect Princess Diana of the Amazons?
Comics: Angel, the vampire with a soul, returns to Dark Horse Comics with this week’s release of Angel & Faith #1. For the past few years, while Dark Horse and Joss Whedon had been busy with Buffy Season Eight, IDW Comics and Joss Whedon had been publishing stories in the Angel franchise, including Angel: After the Fall and several Spike arcs. Now the Buffyverse is re-united back under Dark Horse as Angel and Faith team up to fight evil after the tumultuous events of Season Eight.
It’s Friday the 13th! And thus, reader Justin LaSalata sent in this image of ‘Vader Voorhees.’ May it make your day!
Community finale throws in some Star Wars. The sitcom’s second-season finale last night had a fair share of Star Wars references. ‘For a Few Paintballs More’ is now online, but you’ll want to watch part 1 – the full-on Western pastiche ‘Fistful of Paintballs’. (And if you haven’t seen their first paintball episode, last year’s ‘Modern Warfare’ yet… You should.)
NBC declines David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman. The network didn’t pick up the pilot, which starred Friday Night Lights’ Adrianne Palicki in the title role. Image leaks (both intentional and unintentional) failed to excite the cranky denizens of the internet, but more importantly, the pilot earned mixed reviews from test audiences.