DC fans have been caught in an odd dance between terrible movies (sprinkled with a couple of great ones) and pretty decent TV shows.
From the sequel to Wonder Woman, DC’s only good superhero movie in a decade, to the height of crossovers in the Arrowverse with Crisis on Infinite Earths, maybe being a DC fan might not be such a bad thing after all.
Wonder Woman 1984
No, you didn’t miss 1,982 Wonder Woman movies—the title’s in reference to the year this movie’s set in, and, presumably, George Orwell’s prophecy.
Interestingly, Diana’s look echoes elements her armour from Kingdom Come… which has been a big influence on CW’s Arrowverse crossover of the season.
Crisis on Infinite Earths
Superhero adaptations have only gotten bolder. Marvel’s spent the better part of a decade leading up to the phenomenon that was Avengers: Endgame. Even DC, with Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad, and Justice League, has been upping the stakes of what makes a superhero movie.
And they can all collectively hold CW’s beer.
The Arrowverse has been pulling off one crossover after another since The Flash came about to join Arrow. Five years late, every subsequent crossover has steadily won with Crisis on Infinite Earths is arguable the biggest there has been.
Catch the event in the correct order:
Chapter 1: Supergirl on December 8 2019
Chapter 2: Batwoman on December 9, 2019
Chapter 3: The Flash on December 10, 2019
Chapter 4: Arrow on January 14, 2020
Chapter 5: Legends of Tomorrow on January 14, 2020
And that’s right, that’s a 5 week break between chapters three and four. It’s like reading comics all over again…
The Birds of Prey Go Renaissance
Suicide Squad wasn’t the worst thing that DC’s done in recent years. Nevertheless, with its messy plot and studio interference, it was pretty underwhelming. And while I found Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn to be one of the weaker points, Birds of Prey seems to be an opportunity to repair the character.
After all, it is called Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.
And the best part so far? The posters!
The trailer’s been pretty cool, too, but when Ewan McGregor is in something what else can you expect?
SHA2AM! and Black “The Rock” Adam
No, that isn’t the official title, but it should really be. WB’s announcement at CCXP has confirmed that production for the sequel is set to begin by mid-2020
As weak as the previous one was, the truth is that Shazam might be DC’s answer to a lack of a Superman. After all, with Henry Cavill off in The Witcher, WB’s seeming confusion with how to do Superman, it may be better to just keep things simpler with one super-powered goody two-shoe.
And with The Rock entering the ring (subtle), he just might be the franchise viagra that DC’s shared universe has needed.