DC Films

Shazam! stands out by embracing what makes the superhero fun

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With one magic word, Shazam! keeps the fun train rolling for the DC cinematic universe. DC was already on the right track with the success of Wonder Woman and Aquaman, but taking a chance with a B-list (maybe even C-list) character who had a chance to reach a younger audience might have derailed that momentum.

Some fans and critics might feel like DC’s big-screen product won’t be fully established until the big names like Batman and Superman have been restored, and the cinematic universe is on a path to getting the band together in another Justice League film. But Marvel seized the superhero movie pedestal with lesser characters and by creating a slow build that stoked anticipation for a big payoff.

Another reason that Marvel has succeeded while so many other studios and franchises have failed in trying to build a cinematic universe is its realization that many different types of stories and genres could be featured within a superhero universe. Movies like Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man resonated with audiences because they were comedies as much as blockbuster spectacles. Humor has always been the honeypot for these movies.

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The Trench creatures from Aquaman are getting their own movie

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If your favorite part of the Aquaman movie was the scene during which Arthur Curry and Mera navigate through a treacherous stretch of ocean populated by walking piranhas, this news is probably going to excite you.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers is developing an Aquaman spinoff involving The Trench, a region just outside of Atlantis inhabited by creatures that were cut off from the mythical city when it sank underwater. Having to survive outside Atlantis forced them to evolve into monsters that terrorized any life that traveled into the Marianas Trench territory.

Don’t get too excited about this being another Aquaman movie, however. As THR reports, this is intended to be a horror movie with a far smaller budget that won’t involve anyone from the original film. So no Aquaman, no Mera, not even Ocean Master or Vulko. That might prevent the story from going deep undersea to the Trench kingdom, as seen in the comic books too.

But horror is right in the wheelhouse of Aquaman director James Wan, who will be one of the producers on this project.

The concept of The Trench was introduced in the first issue of 2011’s rebooted Aquaman comic book, part of DC Comics’ “New 52” initiative. The creatures attack a coastal town seeking food, pushing them into conflict with Aquaman. The Trench and its inhabitants were also part of the 2012 Justice League “Throne of Atlantis” storyline, which was adapted into a 2015 animated film.

Relatively new screenwriters Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald will write the script. Both previously worked for J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company. The two collaborated on the screenplay for a submarine thriller titled The Volos.

This leads to the natural question of when an Aquaman sequel will be announced. Having grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, we’ll definitely be getting another movie with the new King of Atlantis. For now, however, it looks like Wan, Jason Momoa, Amber Heard and crew (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Patrick Wilson will almost certainly be back as the bad guys) are reveling in their success.

New Batman movie scheduled for June 2021, won't involve Ben Affleck

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There are plenty of compelling Batman storylines that can be found these days in DC Comics. But one of the greatest mysteries currently involving the Dark Knight concerns the next time we’ll see him on the big screen.

This week, however, some details were finally revealed regarding Matt Reeves’s new Batman film. Reeves, best known for directing two of the rebooted Planet of the Apes movies, has been working on a script for the project and filming reportedly wasn’t going to begin until he and Warner Brothers believed they had it right.

Apparently, it’s just about there. WB announced on Wednesday (Jan. 30) that The Batman, which was supposedly the working title when Ben Affleck was writing and directing the film, is set for a June 25, 2021 release. (The studio also announced an Aug. 6, 2021 date for a Suicide Squad sequel, and TheWrap is reporting that James Gunn is set to direct.)

But Affleck won’t be playing Batman in this movie. According to Deadline’s Anthony D’Alessandro, Reeves’s story involves a younger Bruce Wayne, which means the role will be recast. Other outlets, such as Entertainment Tonight, have confirmed that Affleck isn’t wearing the cowl in this one.

Affleck gave his thumbs-up to the project on Twitter, and essentially confirmed the report by not denying that he won’t be returning to the Batman role.

Rumors of recasting Batman have been prevalent for nearly two years, ever since Reeves took over the project. Initially, The Batman was envisioned as an all-Affleck endeavor. He was set to write (with DC’s Geoff Johns), direct and star in the film. While that excited many fans, eager to see the director of Best Picture winner Argo (2012) helm a Batman movie, taking all of those roles on was surely over-ambitious. No one has ever tried to write, direct and be the lead actor of a blockbuster superhero movie before.

Affleck insisted that he and Johns needed to get the script right before production began. But for a variety of personal and professional reasons, he eventually stepped aside as director. Once Reeves was tapped as a replacement, he took over the script as well and set to rewrite it. Soon thereafter, rumors persisted that Affleck was done playing Batman. Whether that was because of the critical beating Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice suffered, the financial failure of Justice League, a growing disinterest in being chained to a franchise superhero role, or all of the above, it seemed like a matter of time before WB announced that a change would be made.

Reeves told The Hollywood Reporter that he has a “noir” detective-style story in mind for his depiction of the Caped Crusader. He also said here will be a Rogues Gallery,” which will open up plenty of guessing as to how many villains Batman will face. (Previous rumors have said that The Penguin will be the main bad guy.)

Until we learn more, the speculation will immediately begin as to who will play Batman next. It’ll be one of the hottest rumors in Hollywood. Let the fun begin. And remember the reaction when Affleck was cast as Batman? The next choice better be ready.

Ewan McGregor will be man behind Black Mask in Birds of Prey movie

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Ewan McGregor might not be the first actor who comes to mind for a fearsome crime lord. But behind a black mask, maybe he’ll be more believable as a sadistic Gotham City gangster who enjoys disfiguring and torturing his victims.

As first reported by The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez, McGregor has been cast as the main bad guy for the Birds of Prey film. He’ll play Roman Sionis, aka Black Mask, who murdered his parents to take over their cosmetics company but squandered that fortune with poor business decisions. When his company went under, Sionis blames Gotham City high society — including Bruce Wayne — for his downfall, dons a mask made from the wood of his father’s casket and puts together a gang of criminals called The False Face Society.

But this is the Birds of Prey movie, not the next Batman flick. And with the introduction of Huntress (to be played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) alongside Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, it doesn’t seem like there will be time for a bad guy’s origin story. Yet maybe that’s all somehow tied together.

Black Mask has become a prominent member of Batman’s rogues gallery since his introduction in 1985. He’s been notably featured in the Batman: Arkham Origins video game, in addition to animated series like The Batman and The Brave and the Bold, and animated films like Under the Red Hood and Bad Blood. (I like the ebony wood-carved mask, rather than the skull but that appears to be well-established.)

He’s a good choice for a movie villain that isn’t from the familiar collection of the Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Mr. Freeze. (Maybe we should include Bane and Ra’s Al Ghul in there too.)

McGregor is a curious pick since he doesn’t typically play an outright bad guy (though he has played a criminal, co-starring with Titans’ Brenton Thwaites in Son of a Gun). But Birds of Prey is apparently been looking for a somewhat comedic presence who can maybe go unhinged. Previous actors attached in rumors to the Black Mask role were Sharlto Copley and Sam Rockwell.

But according to director Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs), the Birds of Prey script (written by Christina Hodson, who’s also writing a Batgirl movie for DC) has a lot of dark humor to it. The movie is also going to be rated R, which could indicate a harder edge or pushing the violence and language as the two Deadpool movies have.

Birds of Prey is set to hit theaters on Feb. 7. 2020. As it stands, the movie will follow Aquaman, Shazam, and Joker on the DC Films release schedule.

James Gunn ready to jump from Marvel to DC and take over Suicide Squad 2

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Marvel’s loss is apparently about to become DC’s gain.

As first reported by The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez and Beatrice Verhoeven, James Gunn is in discussions with Warner Brothers to write a new script for Suicide Squad 2. He may also be in line to direct the project.

Gunn is only available to take over the Suicide Squad sequel because he was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 by Disney after a series of old tweets making tasteless jokes about pedophilia and rape were brought to attention by right-wing activists. Though Marvel pushed to have Gunn reinstated and many supporters criticized Disney for the swift decision, the studio didn’t waver. With no director, the production for GotG 3 was put on hold, though Gunn’s script for the film will still likely be used.

Besides being the creative force behind the GotG franchise, another reason Marvel advocated for bringing Gunn back was because other studios were ready to line up for his services once he was cut loose. It wasn’t difficult to draw the conclusion that Warner Brothers and DC would be more than happy to hire one of Marvel’s top directors if he became available. And now, that’s apparently exactly what’s happening.

Suicide Squad is a perfect fit for Gunn. The group of supervillains turned government operatives by threat of death is a roguish collection of characters similar to what Gunn had with the Guardians. Maybe Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Groot weren’t villains, per se, but they were thieves. Gamora and Drax were definitely murderous!

TheWrap’s report says that Gunn is bringing “a completely new take” to the project, so it’s not a given that the group in Suicide Squad 2 will be Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, Katana and Rick Flagg. But being in the Harley Quinn business with Margot Robbie is smart for DC, so it’s a safe bet that she’ll be in the movie. Unless Will Smith is too expensive, Warner Bros. probably wants his star power. Viola Davis as Amanda Waller bring some prestige too.

But everyone else in the group seems expendable, though the lineup has been pretty consistent throughout Suicide Squad’s comic book run. (Technically, all of these characters are expendable under Waller’s supervision.) Does anyone really want to see Cara Delevingne as the Enchantress again? Maybe all of the cast is contractually obligated to return. That might include Jared Leto’s Joker too.

The possibility of Gunn doing a deep dive on DC’s archive of villains — as he did with Marvel’s cosmic characters — and possibly overhauling the group adds some excitement to this project. (Some villains will surely be dispatched quickly, in order to demonstrate the premise.) Also, Gunn is a proven commodity with superhero blockbusters, unlike Suicide Squad director David Ayer and Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant), who was previously slated to helm Suicide Squad 2.

Personally, I thought Disney had no choice but to fire Gunn after those tweets came out. Yes, those tweets were unearthed by people simply wanting to take down celebrities with liberal views, and Disney could have stood up to that effort. They’re in the family-friendly business and even if Gunn was acting in a persona meant to provoke and shock, that’s not a question executives wanted to keep answering.

We don’t yet know if Marvel will rebound and hire the right director for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but their track record indicates they’ll find the right man or woman for the job. But Gunn’s fingerprints will still be on the movie. Maybe he’ll end up winning by taking on a fresh project for him and providing a boost for DC in the process.

And what if this ends up becoming a bigger role for him with DC Films too? Gunn has experience in helping build the Marvel cinematic universe. Could he do what Zack Snyder couldn’t and put together a cohesive, appealing collection of inter-connected superhero films? If so, this ultimately really could be DC’s gain.

Aquaman’s extended New York Comic Con trailer looks bold and ambitious: 7 takeaways

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With just under three months until Aquaman’s Dec. 21 release, DC Films and Warner Brothers capitalized on maybe their last chance to really appeal to the geek crowd with an extended trailer that shows the scope and ambition of the movie.

Aquaman pretty much had the movie spotlight to itself at this weekend’s New York Comic Con. Most of the other trailers were from TV shows like Daredevil, Star Trek: Discovery, Good Omens and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. But the sheer size of the trailer also likely helped DC’s undersea blockbuster stand out.

The five-minute preview includes a variety of influences from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Clash of the Titans, Lord of the Rings, disaster movies like Deep Impact, and maybe even some good old-fashioned fables in which a lighthouse keeper falls in love with a princess (or queen?) from the sea. And there’s just a whole bunch of action, which looks — to use what appears to be Arthur Curry’s favorite word — badass!

As we try to do every time we write about a trailer, let’s list some takeaways from a rather impressive extended look at Aquaman.

Jason Momoa and Amber Heard have chemistry

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We don’t know if Arthur Curry and Mera fall in love during this movie, but they’re destined to be together in the comic books. So it’s important for Momoa and Heard to create some sparks between each other and create some of that “Will they or won’t they?” energy.

Personally, I like the idea of Aquaman being kind of a big, dumb lunk who jumps into everything head-first and eventually endears himself to Mera — who knows he’s meant for greater things — with his quippy charm.

Momoa appears to be great with the one-liners that the script gives him, while Heard has some sharp burns (“You do your best thinking when you’re not thinking at all”) that keep the banter crackling.

Which Dolph Lundgren will be more fearsome this fall?

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This trailer provides our first look at Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus. According to reports, Nereus is Mera’s father — rather than her betrothed husband-to-be, as in the comics — but is he an ally to the story’s big baddie, Orin (Patrick Wilson), or is he an adversary to the aspiring conquerer of the seven seas?

This is the second appearance Lundgren has made in a big-time trailer during the past couple of weeks, following our first glimpse at his reprisal of the Ivan Drago role in the Creed 2 preview. We know he’s a bad guy as his offspring’s trainer and cornerman when Viktor Drago and Adonis Creed face off in the ring. Rocky Balboa also has a great line while referring to him, saying “He broke things in me that ain’t never been fixed.”

The guess here is that Lundgren will actually have a more substantial role in Aquaman, but more people will remember him in Creed 2 because of the history between Drago and Rocky.

Black Manta looks badass!

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Hopefully, Aquaman doesn’t fall into the trap of cramming too many villains into the story, which we’ve seen in movies like Spider-Man 3, Green Lantern and Batman v Superman. Not only does that take focus away from some fine characters, but it inevitably ends up in some memorable villains being pushed aside or used up in a one-and-done plotline.

Whether or not Black Manta is Aquaman’s greatest adversary is open to argument. He probably hasn’t been portrayed as such in the comic books, but many fans (including me) think of the two as great arch-rivals from them being on opposite sides of the Challenge of the Super Friends cartoon with the Legion of Doom.

Manta has always had one of the coolest-looking costumes in comics, so it’s reassuring to see the armor worn by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II look extremely imposing. Let’s hope Manta isn’t a one-and-done villain like Hector Hammond or Sandman and we’ll see him in either future Aquaman sequels or DC superhero films.

Will Aquaman juggle Ocean Master and Black Manta as well as The Dark Knight handled the Joker and Two-Face? (Note what happened to Two-Face in that story, however.)

Action by land and sea

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Will Aquaman’s most memorable scene take place on land, rather than in the deep sea? The centerpiece of this five-minute trailer is a rooftop chase scene in which Mera is being pursued by Black Manta’s henchmen (Atlantean soldiers?) while Manta takes on Aquaman.

The sequence recalls Captain America chasing Bucky in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with the Stormtrooper-like assailants running through buildings and residences as they go after Mera. Mera sprinting across the rooftops is also reminiscent of Daniel Craig’s James Bond running along Mexico City ledges in Spectre.

This isn’t to say that the chase looks derivative. Hell, it looks really fun and could be unlike anything we’ve seen on screen before. Director James Wan is the guy who had a car jump from one skyscraper to another in Furious 7, and he could be topping himself here.

Nicole Kidman, action hero

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Not much else to say here, other than it’s cool to see Kidman taking out a bunch of attackers with her trident. Pleasantly unexpected, much like watching Colin Firth as a lethal fighter in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Maybe this establishes that Atlantean women like Mera are true warriors and not to be messed with in a fight.

It would also be fun if Kidman’s character, Atlanna, taking on the bad guys relegates Aquaman’s father, Thomas Curry (Temuera Morrison) to the proverbial damsel-in-distress who needs to be protected. Role reversal!

Seafood’s revenge

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Giant crabs? It’s probably safe to guess that Red Lobster and Joe’s Crab Shack won’t be running any sort of promotional tie-in with Aquaman.

DC’s protector of the seven seas is almost certainly going to communicate with aquatic life (or “talk to fish,” as Bruce Wayne/Batman put it in Justice League) during the story. Wouldn’t it be a disappointment if he didn’t?

But maybe it doesn’t even matter since some of those undersea creatures are spectacularly imposing — such as the aforementioned enormous crustacean, whatever the hell that lizard-looking thing rising out of the water is, or an oversized piranha — along with sea horses and sharks facing off in battle. (Can we call it a battlefield when it’s underwater?)

Will Aquaman wipe out a legion of pescatarians over the holiday season?

The gold and green is on, baby!

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Here’s the money shot from the Aquaman trailer, the image that virtually every film and geek site in existence screen-capped and published on Friday.

Jason Momoa’s shirtless, tattooed aquatic brawler from Justice League was just the first look for the character. Eventually, Arthur Curry dons the famous (Can we call it iconic?) gold and green costume from the comic books and cartoons. (Outrageous!) Appropriately, the suit has been upgraded to armor rather than a sort of body suit.

This seems like kind of a spoiler. Does Aquaman don the suit at the end of the film in a signature shot that leads to the credits? Or does he gear up for the movie’s climactic battle? Anyway, despite Momoa not looking exactly like the comic book or animated Aquaman, the traditional Aquaman look suits him well.

Aquaman swims into theaters on Dec. 21.

OK, the Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie is becoming more intriguing

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Last week, director Todd Phillips released the first photo of Joaquin Phoenix in his Joker movie. The image seemed rather pedestrian at first glance, with Phillips writing the caption “Arthur.” Arthur looked like just a guy — albeit maybe a sad, down on his luck guy.

But that seemed to be the point. The man who became the Joker — a homicidal maniac and criminal mastermind, Batman’s greatest foe — wasn’t anyone special. The photo of Phoenix might have even presented something of a blank canvas, if you took the time to stare at it. Is he smirking? Does he give off any sense of the maniac to be unleashed?

The non-descript photo also raised the question of how much “Joker” we’ll see in Phillips’s film. Will the movie mostly be the deterioration of a failed comedian and fledgling criminal into a mentally unhinged murderer whose life is eventually only completed by finding an adversary, maybe a funhouse mirror image, in Batman?

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Arthur.

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Even so, will Arthur (full name Arthur Fleck, according to reports) only become the Joker by the end of the film, opening the door to the character and storylines familiar to millions of comic book, cartoon and movie fans? Or will we see the so-called Clown Prince of Crime in action for, say, a full third act?

What would be really fun is if we don’t see Phoenix’s version of the Joker until he appears on screen in the finished him. But I realize we don’t live in that world — and maybe we never did. The Joker will surely appear in a trailer and promotional features. Maybe he’ll get an Entertainment Weekly cover too.

It didn’t even take a week for Phillips to provide a glimpse of what his Joker will look like. Returning to Instagram with a short video, the director posted a short clip of Arthur. Would this just be the photo come to life? It initially looked that way, but then we see projections of a clown onto Fleck, creating an unsettling glimpse of the Joker within.

Upon closer viewing, it becomes apparent that it’s not just any clown being projected. It’s Arthur as the Joker, complete with his signature purple jacket and orange vest. And then we see him. The make-up is on his face. The demented smile is there before turning deadly serious.

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There it is: Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker. That could easily be a comic book cover. The question is whether or not that will be the final version we see in this movie. Phillips’s caption says “Camera test (w/ sound). Joker.” Maybe not exactly a definitive statement, though it feels that way.

Yet this doesn’t mean that what we see from Phoenix in that clip will be the newly redefined version of the character. Even if that’s the Joker we’re left with by the end of the film, he could still go on to become the more flamboyant version from the comic books or the 1989 Batman film. He could evolve into Heath Ledger’s grease-painted master of chaos in The Dark Knight or the tatted-up gangster portrayed by Jared Leto in Suicide Squad.

Personally, the idea of a standalone film depicting the Joker’s origin didn’t appeal to me initially. Joaquin Phoenix playing the role was interesting, however. I’ll watch him in just about anything he does. But now, interest is growing into intrigue. Curiosity is getting stronger. Phillips and Phoenix are doing a good job of making this movie enticing.

Joker has a scheduled release date of Oct. 4, 2019.

DC Films reportedly, inexplicably walking away from Henry Cavill as Superman

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Fans of DC Films hoping for a new Superman film — whether a sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel or another try at making a Justice League movie — received some disappointing news on Wednesday.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Tatiana Siegel and Borys Kit reported that Warner Brothers has decided to move on from its rebooted version of the Man of Steel portrayed by Henry Cavill. Apparently, the deal-breaker was Cavill’s people and the studio failing to reach an agreement for Cavill to make a cameo in the upcoming Shazam! as Superman. With no plans currently in development for a new solo Superman film, WB believes it’s time to put Superman on the shelf.

Talks fell apart between Cavill and WB because of scheduling conflicts with Mission: Impossible - Fallout. (Would there have been a digitally erased mustache in that movie as well?) Cavill was recently announced as the lead in Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher books and video games. That commitment made it doubtful that Cavill would be putting on Superman’s red cape anytime soon. However, a source told THR that Cavill signed on for The Witcher after negotiations fell through with WB.

Another big factor in the studio deciding to move on from a Superman sequel is its intention to shift focus to a Supergirl movie. In early August, WB announced that it was developing a film about Superman’s Kryptonian cousin and if the movie follows the comic book mythology closely, the character would be a teenager when Kal-El is an infant, meaning there would be no role for an adult Superman.

Whether it’s the popularity of CW’s Supergirl TV show (in which Superman, played by Tyler Hoechlin, is a recurring part of the series, by the way), a desire to reach a younger (and female) audience, and/or maybe a belief that a Supergirl movie could be both less expensive, WB obviously believes that this is the proper direction to pursue, rather than put more money in a Superman film when Man of Steel was a modest hit and both Batman v Superman and Justice League were considered critical and box-office failures.

As DC Films also tries to move away from a Marvel-like shared universe for its superhero films, favoring more standalone projects like the upcoming Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, perhaps the studio also likes the idea that a Supergirl project wouldn’t be as tied to the DC cinematic universe, nor carry the baggage burdening Cavill’s Superman from the three previous films in which he appeared.

But really, this is also the result of Warner Brothers and DC Films not knowing what to do with Superman.

DC’s cinematic universe should be built around DC Comics’ flagship character, arguably the most well-known superhero around the world. Look at the role that he’s played in other adaptations such as Super Friends and the Justice League animated series. Look at how many of DC’s animated films feature Superman (most recently a new adaptation of the “Death of Superman” storyline).

Yet it’s never seemed like WB really knew what to do with Superman, other than knowing he was one of the company’s iconic properties and should be featured in a blockbuster movie franchise. I enjoyed Man of Steeland continue to defend it — but many detractors felt that Zack Snyder didn’t know what makes Superman special and depicted a warped version of the character. I’ve always said that this was Clark Kent learning to be Superman and we’d get the familiar version of the Big, Blue Boy Scout in future films.

Unfortunately, Snyder and DC Films doubled down on the sullen, alienated version of the hero. Believing that the world would be fearful of an alien with abilities with which he could take over the world was a good starting point. But continuing with that, rather than developing the character and demonstrating why he’s such an iconic hero, was a huge mistake.

WB’s decision to shoehorn Batman into a Man of Steel follow-up and rush to a Justice League to compete with Marvel’s Avengers franchise undercut the opportunity to build a big-screen Superman that could ultimately have been appealing, the cornerstone of the DC cinematic universe. Instead, Cavill’s Superman became the embodiment of everything that was wrong with DC’s movies. They were dark and gloomy, rather than hopeful and optimistic.

Now, rather than try to fix Superman, WB apparently just wants to throw its hands up and try something else. (According to Deadline, the studio was looking at casting Michael B. Jordan down the road.) In the process, the studio may lose a young actor who had a chance to be a great movie Superman, who looks like the comic book character brought to life, who understands what makes him a special character and what he means as a symbol. What a waste.

Personally, I like Cavill as an actor and believe he hasn’t had a chance to show much range in his three Superman appearances. He was good in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and solid (though at times a bit stiff) in Mission: Impossible - Fallout. I think he’d make a great James Bond, young enough to play 007 in multiple films.

However, it might be hasty to say DC is completely walking away from Superman. Maybe there’s some reason for optimism, after all. Producer Dany Garcia, who’s also Cavill’s agent and an executive producer on Shazam!, tweeted the following shortly after the Cavill news was reported.

Since Superman was supposed to make an appearance in Shazam!, maybe Garcia knows what’s in store or even has a direct role in the future of the character in a brighter, more fun slate of DC movies.

Will this entire post have to be walked back? Was that initial report incorrect? I certainly don’t like wasting 900+ words. But I’ll live with it if WB and DC Films figures out what the hell they’re doing and realize that they have a good thing in Cavill as Superman. Get this right, people.