Hollywood’s biggest stars can say thank you for their role in comics
All these actors became stars thanks to their roles in DC has finally made it official which DC Comics heroes are worthy of membership in the Justice League. The DCU has entered a new phase due to personnel changes at DC Studios. Long-term plans for James Gunn and Peter Safran are still under wraps, but fans have plenty of ideas about what could happen next. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Harley Quinn are all confirmed to have a future in the DCU, as stated by DC’s co-CEOs, and Gunn has hinted at introducing several new characters to the DCU who may play pivotal roles in the future. Everything points to the Justice League getting back together.
A DCU banner has announced the future Justice League-level characters at CCXP 2022. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Batman (Robert Pattinson), Black Adam (Dwayne Johnson), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Superman (Henry Cavill) are all featured on the banner prominently exhibited by Warner Bros. Discovery (Henry Cavill). A new version of DC’s Trinity, another Justice League member, and a significant new anti-hero all add up to a “Big 5” of heroes who could feature in the future of the Justice League movies in the DCU. Notable, too, is the marketing decision’s omission of certain Justice League members.
Justice League-caliber heroes from DC make a lot of sense for WB’s strategy.
Suicide Squad and Justice League in James Gunn’s DCU
Choosing the Justice League’s next steps is a high priority for James Gunn and Peter Safran as they work to shape the future of the DC Universe. DC CCXP’s Justice League hint makes sense in light of the present roster; however, more heroes will undoubtedly emerge to take on significant roles. Black Adam has a preexisting connection to Superman, while three other characters have previously served on the Justice League. Although fans last saw this version of Batman a while ago, Robert Pattinson’s portrayal of Batman remains the most recentone.
Some DC heroes are missing from the banner, but the ones that are there are all Justice League caliber. Popular and essential members of the Justice League, Wonder Woman and Aquaman, are among the DCU’s most beloved heroes. Thanks to Black Adam’s post-credits scene, Superman is back in the fold, too. Since his movie just came out, and Dwayne Johnson is a huge star, it makes sense that Black Adam would make an appearance. Similarly, choosing Robert Pattinson as Batman over Ben Affleck’s version makes sense. Pattinson is the future of the mantle, although it is now located in a separate universe.
It makes sense to use CCXP to start marketing the Big 5 as the franchise’s top heroes while the DCU is in a state of change and rebranding (including dropping the unofficial DCEU franchise label). Wonder Woman and Aquaman lead the two highest-grossing solo films under the primary DCU continuity. They are so vital to the future of the DCU that sequels are now being planned. In a forthcoming movie, Black Adam and Superman will likely run against each other again. But even if he doesn’t join the shared world, Robert Pattinson will still play a significant role in keeping one of the brand’s most popular characters in the spotlight with The Batman.
Do We Expect DC to Reboot the Justice League?
There is a good chance that the DCU’s Justice League-caliber characters will be featured in future film after being teased in this one. Justice League, the 2017 film, was different from what audiences had hoped it would be when it was first announced. The film’s negative reception after Zack Snyder’s departure and Joss Whedon’s reshoots prompted the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement, Ray Fisher’s claims against WB, and other actions. The backlash to Justice League won’t stop producers from making another film on the group.DC Studios, led by James Gunn and Peter Safran, should be working on a new Justice League film. It may be a while until their vision for the franchise is implemented, but it would be surprising if the DCU didn’t use the franchise’s most popular squad eventually. If and when it does happen, it won’t be anything like the planned Justice League sequel from director Zack Snyder. Gunn and Safran may want to differentiate their film from the first; therefore, they may use a different title, such as Justice League Unlimited, Justice League Rebirth, or something else.
Can We Expect to See Black Adam in the Justice League?
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Black Adam will be front and center at CCXP 2022, solidifying the actor’s place in the DCU and the Justice League. Johnson is still among the most popular DCU actors, although Black Adam’s box office performance fell short of expectations. It just so happens that he currently portrays one of the most formidable heroes in the franchise. For this reason, it has always made sense that Black Adam would interact with the Justice League, either as the antagonist of Justice League 2 or as a new team member.
The anticipated showdown between Black Adam and Henry Cavill’s Superman has been a central focus of his DCU destiny. DC’s marketing materials keep tying Black Adam and Wonder Woman together, suggesting that their post-credits scene is just the beginning of their numerous encounters. Black Adam’s anti-hero status may be entirely turned toward him being a hero so he can fight alongside Superman if the Justice League doesn’t form for a while.
Pattinson’s Main Role as Batman at DC and Why (& Not Affleck)
The presence of Justice League-caliber heroes in the CCXP banner reaffirms Robert Pattinson’s status as DC’s primary Batman. However, although Ben Affleck now serves as Batman in the immediate DCU timeline that all the other characters are affiliated with, and Michael Keaton has forthcoming appearances, Pattinson is the one who is DC’s attention. Given that the most recent Batman movie is called The Batman, it makes natural to include him prominently on the banner. One thing that might throw you off is that Robert Pattinson’s Batman exists in an alternate timeline. However, that does not appear to be a significant worry in the District of Columbia.
The fact that Robert Pattinson is DC’s primary Batman does not negate the reality that Ben Affleck may still return as Batman in the DCU and be the main version of the Dark Knight in this universe. The parts Affleck will play in DC’s following films are supporting ones, and that’s about as involved as we’ll see him get. Instead, Pattinson is at the helm of a whole new film series and cinematic world. Whether or whether the Batman actor joins the main DCU timeline so that Robert Pattinson can be a member of the Justice League, he represents the future of the mantle.
The DCU’s Missing Justice League Members
Many of the DC Universe’s most prominent heroes must be represented in the Justice League. Though Ben Affleck’s absence is understandable in light of Robert Pattinson’s participation, the presence of Pattinson’s Edward Cullen means that neither Ezra Miller’s The Flash nor Ray Fisher’s Cyborg will be making an appearance. The myriad problems that have recently surrounded Miller and DC raise the potential that the role of Flash will be recast after the release of The Flash. Perhaps Fisher’s claims against the previous DC Films administration explain why Cyborg is not featured on the banner.
Shazam (Zachary Levi) also isn’t elevated to Justice League hero status in any way, which is a bit of a letdown. Shazam has officially met Superman, and DC Studios co-CEO Peter Safran is already participating in the franchise. The next DCU film to be released is Shazam!; thus, including him, there would have made sense commercially. However, Shazam seems absent since he is not nearly as well-known as the others. A Green Lantern and other DC Universe (DCU) heroes like Black Canary, Hawkman, and others aren’t included, either, although they’re intended to join the Justice League in the future.
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