The 2015 San Diego Comic Con is right around the corner and fans are getting anxious. Last year's SDCC was pretty awesome as we got to see a trailers for what were going to be some of the most anticipated films of the 2015 such as [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) and Mad Max: Fury Road, Marvel announced that they were going to be publishing Star Wars-related comic books starting in January 2015, but what was probably the most talk about event at the 2014 SDCC was the short footage (less-than-a-minute-short) of Zack Snyder's sequel to Man of Steel, [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870). Then of course, fans who were in attendance at the Con were awarded the privilege of seeing DC's live-action trinity actors (Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Gal Gadot) walk out and give a wave to the crowd.
It still blows my mind that although receiving a very divisive response to Man of Steel in 2013, DC's sequel to the film became the talk of the week and even out-did Marvel's presentation, which, as I said, featured footage for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Now, there were polls taken to see what was the most popular subject at Comic Con and it was without a doubt, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
This, I imagine, sent a painful blow to the hardcore fans of Marvel Studios, or at least the fans who strive to hate anything DC puts out for whatever reason they do.
Many speculated that Marvel Studios was so upset by not being the top-dog at Comic Con for once that that was why they went and threw themselves their own little private shindig a few months later. I think it was probably just because certain announcements may not have been available during the time-frame of SDCC 2014 and so they wanted to show the fans that there were quite a few exciting things coming down the pipes.
The Marvel Event took place at the El Capitan Theater in downtown Hollywood and was well received. VERY well received actually, since it gave us announcements of a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' sequel, an announcement and set date for Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange, and most importantly, the threequel in the Captain America franchise, Captain America: Civil War, which has easily become Marvel Studio's most anticipated film.
The success of Marvel Studio's hosting their own little private party at the El Capitan leads me to believe that they'll allow this to become a tradition, considering that they've already confirmed that they will not be hosting a special presentation of any kind in the Con's popular Hall H (they'll have a booth though). I wouldn't be surprised to see Kevin Feige and company at the El Capitan later this year with even more exciting announcements to bring (perhaps a trailer to Civil War? A photo of Tom Holland as Spider-Man? Casting announcement for Captain Marvel?).
So with Marvel Studios doing their own thing and not being present at SDCC 2015, or at least not in a big way, many are looking to Warner Bros. and DC to flex their muscles and blow us all out of the water. There's so much speculation as to what DC will show us this year and as the days draw closer, I just get more antsy.
So, I am going to list off all the things that I hope Warner Bros. and DC put on display for us at this year's San Diego Comic Con!
1. A New Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer
A few months back, Warner Bros and DC decided to give fans their first look at their most anticipated movie of 2016, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The footage was amazing and definitely had me re-watching the trailer over and over again, dissecting every bit of information that I could. If you for some odd reason have not seen the trailer, check it out below!
Pretty awesome, right? I thought so too. But this is still merely a teaser and although there's a lot of cool imagery here, there's still very little about the synopsis revealed. All we know is that Superman has the population divided about as much as Man of Steel divided fans, we know that Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne will be wearing more than one suit (and looks amazing in both), and we know that Batman doesn't have throat cancer.
But I think that SDCC would obviously be a great place for DC to show off a new trailer for the film (which is actually my most anticipated film of 2016) that could show off a ton more footage featuring some more groundwork for what the story is going to be, hopefully a few shots of the villains (Lex Luthor and ???), and just maybe a shot of Wonder Woman in action.
2. Our First Look at Suicide Squad
Warner Bros. and DC have a habit (can be good or bad depending on how you look at it) of putting out film trailers or at least teasers nearly a year before the film's planned release date. They did this back when Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises was being released, they did it for Man of Steel at the actual showing of The Dark Knight Rises, they did it with Interstellar (not DC but still Warner Bros.), and they most recently did it two months ago with the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer.
So, in my mind, it makes sense why Warner Bros. and DC would want to debut some footage of this surprising film. The film has been shooting since April so that's more than enough footage that could put together for a teaser of some kind. I couldn't imagine it would be as much footage as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice but it could definitely throw some quick shots of these characters in action.
I know exactly how it would work too. You'd have Amanda Waller (played by Viola Davis) give some kind of voice over and then give repetitive shots of Deadshot (Will Smith) putting his mask on or aiming through a scope, Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) leading a group of soldiers into a building, Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) doing some creepy Scarlet Witch-type sorcery, and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) walking towards the camera and swinging her bat at it, cutting the frame to blackness with the words "Suicide Squad" fading into view. Then show the release date underneath with Joker mumbling something then laughing before the trailer ends.
Either way, we need some sort of footage or at least some great promotional photos showing off the characters some more in a more natural way (instead of posing for a group photo).
3. Development News for Justice League and Wonder Woman
Now, we know that Zack Snyder (Watchmen, Man of Steel) will be directing the historical, superhero team-up in 2017 with Academy Awarding writer, Chris Terrio, to help with the script. We also know that Patty Jenkins is hired on to direct Wonder Woman.
But I'm hoping that we will get a bit more info on those films, like an official title ('cause DC never has anything traditional in their titles anymore), maybe a synopsis for the two films or at least more casting announcements.
One such rumor, specifically about Wonder Woman, would have to involve Chris Pine's supposed casting in the film.
Now, many are speculating that since this is Wonder Woman's movie, that Chris Pine will be playing the part of Steve Trevor, the first man to stumble upon the invisible island of Themyscira where Wonder Woman and her Amazonian people live. A relationship is budded between the two as Steve Trevor ends up bringing Wonder Woman back to the states as an ambassador for the Amazons.
Could Chris Pine really just be playing the a mere love interest for Wonder Woman? Is he there to supply a pretty man-face? I'm not trying to belittle the character of Steve Trevor, but, Chris Pine, to me, has too much star power for a character like that. I'm not the only one who thinks this way either.
Warner Bros. and DC are trying to really build up the DC Extended Universe (DC's version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe) by placing many A-list heroes in secondary roles in other heroes' films. For instance, next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is obviously titled after DC's two greatest heroes, yet, there will be appearances from Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman, and possibly Flash, who will all also be getting their own solo film in due time.
Maybe that's what's going on with Wonder Woman, maybe they're providing a launch pad for another DC A-lister, especially since this movie will be released in the same year as Justice League, only 4 months (give or take) earlier.
Where am I going with this? Well, to be completely honest, I'm going to my next point...
4. Green Lantern Reveal!
I think that we are overdue for some Green Lantern news. I'm not saying that we need to have a trailer or anything from his movie that's due to release in 2020, but he is a pivotal part of the Justice League and it would be amazing to see Chris Pine cast as Hal Jordan in a Wonder Woman movie as way of showing that this DC Extended Universe really is larger than the heroes who encompass one film.
Some could view this as a sexist thing and say that to include another male hero in Wonder Woman's movie would only show the studios' lack of faith in a solo female superhero film. However, I think I'd view it from an opposite perspective in that the studios would need to use a hero, like Wonder Woman, who would have already been established in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, to help get Green Lantern's feet off the ground. Green Lantern isn't as well-known to public audiences as say Batman, Superman, or even Wonder Woman; and the only image that anyone has in their head of him stems from the awful 2011 film.
So it makes sense to me that they'd use Wonder Woman as a sort of catapult for Green Lantern as they both join the Justice League later on that year (2017).
But I'm not the only one with high hopes for a Green Lantern announcement. A certain celebrity by the name of Tyrese Gibson has been campaigning for the role of John Stewart, the second Green Lantern. We know this from the constant posts to his instagram, like this:
And we know that he's been having meetings with Warner Bros. since he posted this as well:
But just because Tyrese is willing to take the Green Lantern oath doesn't mean he's not willing to share the ranks with fellow actor Chris Pine. Just as Tyrese has been gunning for himself to play the role of John Stewart, so to has he adopted Chris Pine as his running mate in his Green Lantern campaign.
As you can see below, Tyrese is very active on his Instagram as he seemingly uses the social media website/app to share his feelings of excitement and his superheroic dreams through their platform. Take a look at two of his most recent Green Lantern related posts to the website.
Could we be getting two Green Lanterns for the price of one in the DC Extended Universe? I certainly hope so. I would totally be on board with Warner Bros. and DC announcing such a huge turn of events at SDCC!
How they'd do it? I don't care. I just want to see these two dog it out in space with some sick and twisted aliens.
5. A True Man of Steel Sequel
Whether you liked Man of Steel or not, Superman deserves another solo outing since he is the center of the DC Extended Universe. I loved Man of Steel and after having Superman defeat Zod, come to blows with Batman, and whatever other events may take place in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, I think the man could earn himself a solo outing.
I would welcome back Zack Snyder and company as well as I feel like that he and his people he chooses to work with have a passion for this character and a passion to see him done right. I felt that passion in Man of Steel and I want to see that again, no sharing of the screen with other heroes.
There's never an end to the possibilities of what they could do with a Superman film if you have the creative mind and know-how to get the character done right. A solo Superman film needs to be announced on the DCEU slate.
6. A Solo Batman Film
This rumor has been circling the web for quite some time, but it would be amazing if something came of it next week at Comic Con. The rumor is that there is a solo Batman film slated for 2018 with Ben Affleck set to both direct and star in the film, with Chris Terrio coming on to write the script.
This is literally an Oscar-winning team up as Chris Terrio won his first award by working on the movie Argo, which was directed by Ben Affleck. Quite some time will have passed since Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises came out in 2012, and we will have already seen the character in both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. I don't think it'd be too soon to see Batman fly solo once more on the big screen.
Plus, I think having Ben Affleck set to direct this film would be right up his alley with the kind of gritty stories he likes to tell as it is. Who knows, maybe we could get our first Oscar-winning superhero flick with this kind of dream team-up.
San Diego Comic Con is right around the corner and I cannot wait to see what Warner Bros. and DC have to bring to the table. They have all the balls in their court and should have no excuses for not delivering the very best of the best they can.
What would you guys like to see WB/DC reveal at the San Diego Comic Con? Be sure to share your thoughts and strong, biased opinions in the comments section below! And please don't forget to vote in the poll!