There's a new Batmobile - and it's kind of gross...
Although we're still six months away from the release of the DC and Warner Bros' uber-supersized Batflick, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, the promo machine has kicked up several gears in recent weeks, and over the weekend we got our first glimpse at the new Batmobile.
One man's Van Gogh is another man's Picasso, as they say, but this ugly mongrel is definitely more of a Picasso. Whereas the Batmobile from the Dark Knight films sported more of a combative, bomb-proof aesthetic, this one looks more like a fighter jet that crashed and got given wheels in a bizarre WWII experiment (the interior particularly). It looks like it was assembled in a hurry, in the dark, but maybe that's the intended impression. Despite looking like a vehicular pancake there is a certain charm to it, but the jury's out on this one for now.
The Flash is bringing post-apocalyptic angst... allegedly
One of the big talking points not just of this film but of the DC Cinematic Universe going forward is the wisdom of the choice to mark a clear distinction between the movies and the TV universe established massively successfully on the CW, with Arrow, The Flash and, soon, DC's Legends of Tomorrow.
Although there's nothing particularly shocking about that move (Marvel, for instance, has no plans to integrate Daredevil or Jessica Jones with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, although Agent Carter frequently cameos in the MCU), there's still a lingering sense of doubt about whether Ezra Miller (a perfectly talented actor) will be able to capture the magic of The Flash in the same way that Gustin Grant has in the CW series.
Anyway, DC knows best*, and last week word leaked onto the spider's web that is the internet that Miller had met with a fan and shared a few teasers for the direction of his character - most notably confirming that he would cameo in Batman vs Superman (the full list of heroes in the movie is still unknown, but definitely includes Wonder Woman and Aquaman), and that his costume has a "post-apocalyptic" vibe.
That said this rumour was born on Twitter and is thus far uncited so you are strongly advised to take it with a huge grain of salt.
*they do, right?
Please don't laugh at Aquaman. Okay?
Whilst Suicide Squad and the two-part Justice League movies are getting people hot n' stoked for the DCEU, one hero for whom the excitement is a little more muted is Aquaman. The ruler of Atlantis may have the ability to command the creatures of the sea, but Jason Mamoa (who undoubtedly has the right physical presence for the character, but remains pretty much untested as a lead actor in a movie of this scale) wants everybody to know he'll be doing more than just talking to fish.
"It’s cute and funny. People make fun of him. There’s a bunch of jokes about him, but I’m like, ‘Just wait. Let’s just wait a little bit, and then you can make jokes.’ It’s gonna be amazing,” Momoa says to the crowd [at Fan Expo Canada]. “I’m extremely excited and honored, maybe as much as some of you are... It’s a dream come true to be doing something like that.”
Right now it's pretty difficult to imagine where Aquaman is going to fit into the story of Batman vs Superman, except that as the tide of public opinion (tide, lolz - 'cos he's Aquaman) turns against the world's superheroes he'll probably have some beef with Superman. I'm hoping Jason Mamoa surprises me in this film and in Justice League, because right now my interest in the Aquaman solo movie is pretty much sub-aquatic.
And just in case you don't feel sufficiently hyped...
...here are a bunch of new stills DC have released, teasing Lois and Clark at the Daily Planet, Diana Prince looking classy in white and Superman - complete with The Curl™ - facing off with the caped crusader.
Although it feels like DC are being generous with the scraps they're throwing our way, in truth almost nothing of any importance has been revealed just yet - which is probably smart.
Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice drops March 25th, 2016. Are you hoping Ezra Miller's Flash teasers are legit, or are you happy in the company of Gustin Grant for a while yet? Excited or indifferent for Aquaman? Leave a comment and make yourself heard...