This year’s DC FanDome was a grueling four hours for many DC fans, but the saving grace came in three parts — The Batman, The Flash, and Black Adam. While Marvel Entertainment has given us crumbs along the path, DC has done the exact opposite and waited for this exact moment to drop a huge news bomb. Many details about their upcoming films have been insanely hush-hush, but as of a couple of days ago, they’ve finally revealed a small peek at what fans can expect.
Release date: March 4, 2022
In this chilling and powerful second trailer, we are introduced to young Bruce Wayne who has very recently taken on the identity of Batman. Despite being in his first few years of sporting the cape and cowl, we can clearly see that Wayne is in an extremely dark and quick-to-violence headspace, which is very similar to the Batman that we see in the video game Batman: Arkham Asylum.
With a serious lack of emotional impulse control and a penchant for vengeance, Batman is threatened by Gotham’s most formidable villains — Riddler (played by Paul Dano) and Penguin (played by Colin Farrell). With the help of his on-again-off-again fleeting romantic interest, Catwoman — aka Selina Kyle (played by Zoë Kravitz) and butler/proxy father figure Alfred (played by Andy Serkis), The Batman will explore a different Bruce Wayne and Batman that we’ve never seen before.
Release date: July 29, 2022
For those who aren’t familiar — Black Adam is an ancient Egyptian antihero who is out for revenge after being imprisoned for 5,000 years. The film will also introduce a completely new set of DC heroes who are part of the Justice Society of America. The new heroes include Pierce Brosnan (007, Mamma Mia!) as Doctor Fate, Noah Centineo (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Sierra Burgess Is a Loser) as Atom Smasher, Aldis Hodge (Leverage, What Men Want) as Hawkman, Quintessa Swindell (In Treatment, Trinkets) as Cyclone, and Sarah Shahi (Chicago Fire, Person of Interest) as Isis.
Release date: November 4, 2022
Ezra Miller’s Flash debuted in 2016’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and was most recently in Zack Snyder’s 2021 film, Justice League. Miller’s iteration of the Flash was an instant fan favorite, and many have been waiting (what seems like an eternity) for a solo film. The film saw many delays, including changes in writing staff and directors. Since the confirmation of director Andy Muschietti (It, Mama) and writer Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey – and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), the film’s production has been steadily underway with a few unexpected turns — the return of Michael Keaton’s Batman, Ben Affleck’s DCEU Batman, and Sasha Calle debuting as the DCEU Supergirl.
In other DCEU news, production on The Batman felt like filming an indie movie, according to Zoë Kravitz.
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