Catching Up On DC Extended Universe
By Alex Orona
There’s really no question that the state of DC’s movie studios has been a mess in the last 5 years. Building a shared universe with conflicting timelines, giant glaring plot holes, recastings and disconnected side films and TV shows are just a few examples. Along with the confusion of continuity comes an even wider range of quality, from some of the best character writing in all of comics to the cringiest. Now in 2022, we take a look at what the future can hold for the underdog of comic film properties.
The biggest news to come out of the last few months is that James Gunn (Director of Guardians of the Galaxy and The Suicide Squad) and Petera Safran (Producer of Aquaman and Peacemaker) have been made co-CEOs of DC’s TV and film division. This comes on the heels of CW’s Arrowverse finally wrapping up for good, which could mean we’re ready for a re-launch. After all, Gunn has already successfully spun off Peacemaker into a well lauded series that has been picked up for a second season.
Gunn’s reign is comparable to the Kevin Feige role over at Marvel, which would put him in charge of a possible shared continuity. This could straighten out timelines, and give him an opportunity to continue his take on the comic characters since his take on The Suicide Squad lead to the Peacemaker show. Since then he’s connected it to the wider Justice League lore, connecting to the wider continuity.
One wrinkle in these DC turnovers has been the wider Warner Bros leadership that has cut most of the cartoon series, and even a fully finished Batgirl movie. This was a shock to the creators and fans alike as it also promised a return for current comeback king Brendon Fraser (playing Batman villain Firefly.) Another ongoing issue has been Ezra Miller, whose erratic behavior has become increasingly problematic, including possible jail time.
On the positive side, we now have a full confirmation of the return of Henry Cavill as Superman. This is massive news as he had previously stated he was done with the character. Now with a teased appearance in the new Black Adam film, and Instagram videos from the man himself, it’s starting to look like an exciting time full of possibilities for the DC extended universe. Let’s just keep our eyes on the skies but one foot on the ground.