ByAshraf Siddique, writer at
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Recently in the world of comics and everything related to it, DC has received a backlash to the theatrical cut of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. The highly anticipated movie many have been waiting years for received heavy criticism from fans and the backlash for this came from the division of opinions. Some felt like it was too rushed and others thought differently, some state that it was a bold attempt to start a universe.

Whatever you think, we all need to sit back for a second and realise that the movie originally had an extra thirty minutes of footage, but was cut in the theatrical release but can now be watched in the ultimate cut. We can take the guess that Warner Bros was scared that the runtime of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice may have put people off because it's a pretty long time to be in the theatres but we could have handled it, right? This is what Zack Synder said about the whole timing situation.

"It was really just a function of time, to be honest. Because the movie’s long now, long-ish—I don’t think it’s long, but when you get over two and a half hours, the studio starts getting nervous. I’m not James Cameron, who’s like ‘No it’s three hours, suck it!’ Which is cool, by the way. I just wanted to try and get it to a length that is workable."

Now the ultimate cut has made its ways to fans hearts many have sent apologies to Zack Snyder as they found the ultimate cut an improvement to the theatrical cut. He's won the fans over so are we now ready to give the DCEU a chance again? I think so and personally, I think the original theatrical cut didn't deserve much of the criticism received.

Fans have expressed through social networks such as Twitter that the ultimate cut is the starter to a bigger world and the thoughts that the DCEU will fail should be cleared no longer be a thought because there are some fantastic directors for the DCEU who will make it shine once again. Let's see who's directing what in the DCEU.

David Ayer: Suicide Squad

I think it's fair to say that Suicide Squad has everyone excited. Maybe you're not even a fan of the idea, but there's something for everyone in the film. Some of us want to see how Jared Leto does as the Joker and others just want to see more of Batfleck, there's a fair chance that most of us have a reason to look forward to this. And let's not forget that Harley Quinn will be debuting in this.

The concept of Suicide Squad is really interesting and that's what makes it different from other comic book properties and this is what will make it different from comic book movies. Seeing the bad guys team up and having a say isn't something you see too often and the whole movie in many ways is a risk, but David Ayer didn't hesitate to tell us Suicide Squad will be different and we need different to keep the superhero genre fresh. Here's what director David Ayer had to say.

You know, all these movies are about defeating the evil alien robot from fucking Planet X, before it destroys the world with its ticking clock. And who the fuck cares? But you do this story about struggle and isolation, and people who have been shit on that suddenly get thrown this lifeline... that's not so bad... I like to think of this as the Comic Book Movie 2.0.

It's quite clear from all the recent marketing for Suicide Squad, this won't be your average superhero flick and David Ayer clearly hopes for it to differ itself from other comic book movies in the past.

Some of David Ayers film may interest you like the action packed Fury or maybe you're more interested in a drama like End Of Watch. He has a number of great movies from Training Day to The Fast and the Furious.

Zack Snyder: Justice League

Oh Zack, how could we ever thank you for giving us Batfleck? As I've already mentioned before fans are coming together to have faith again in Zack Snyder for Justice League after the ultimate cut of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice was a huge success and won over the crowd.

So far the only two films in the DCEU have been from Zack Snyder and not everyone is a fan when it comes to his style of comic book movies. He does try to make his superhero movies be something that fans have always wanted and dreamt of like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice but as well as being a cinematic experience you'll remember.

Now that's where the problem lies, sometimes fans feel like Zack tries to put too much in his movies, but let us not forget he's trying to create a universe. Now im saying this as someone who enjoyed Man Of Steel and thought the theatrical cut of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice wasn't half bad, I can understand why some don't enjoy his methods or ways when it comes to his movies.

Not everyone will like him, but I think it's fair to say that the news we got from Justice League has something to make everyone excited and clearly Zack is trying different things which should make some fans happy like it having more humor. He promises it to be more fun and here's some things he had to say.

“It’s a world where superheroes exist, so there’s comedy in trying to work with other people. People trying to accomplish goals together is the root of all great comedy in my view. So there’s, hopefully, some fun in it. But it’s not unrecognizably these characters or these stories. It’s not turning it upside down.”

Producer Deborah Snyder understood some fans' disappointment to Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and she had some comments to make on the whole situation.

“The main thing we learned [on Batman v Superman] is that people don’t like to see their heroes deconstructed,” said producer Deborah Snyder. “They like seeing them in all their glory… I think what’s really great is where we’re going is kind of what the audience is wanting. We just had to take the characters from somewhere to bring them up to where they are and that was our journey.”

We know quietly, clearly now that Justice League will be very different from Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and will have a different tone. Its promised that there will be more humor, a lighter tone and its been said that Justice League will be much more inclusive for a younger audience.

Update: Heres your first look at the Justice League with the brand new sneak peek released at Comic Con!

Patty Jenkins: Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman, an icon to feminism and pop culture and undoubtedly the most popular female comic book character (ever). That's a big statement to make but Wonder Woman over the course of her 75 years has left her mark in geek culture.

I've heard so many stories about when Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice was released in theatres when Wonder Woman came on the big screen, everyone cheered or clapped. I don't think I can explain why Wonder Woman is such an important character in this world of superheroes and why her having her own live action movie is more important and if I did we'll be here for a while.

Patty Jenkins has a lot of pressure on her because after all she is directing Wonder Woman and not everyone knows her origin as well as characters like Batman or Spiderman. From everything we've heard so far about the movie, I think fans will walk out knowing she was Diana, Princess of the Amazons.

Gal Gadot who is our Wonder Woman explains more why a female director is needed and I couldn't agree less. Here's what she had to say in her interview with Entertainment Weekly about her experience with Patty Jenkins and also why it's important to have a female director for this film.

“All my life I’ve been working with male directors which I’ve really enjoyed,” she said. “And I’m lucky in that I’ve worked with men who have a lot of respect for women. But working with a woman is a different experience. It feels like the communication is different. We talk about emotions. With Patty, it’s a thing now, we communicate with our eyes. She doesn’t need to say a thing. If I’m hurt, she feels the pain. It’s a whole different connection that I have with her. She’s also brilliant, she’s bright, she’s fierce, she’s sharp. She knows exactly what she wants Wonder Woman to be.”

Patty Jenkins is mostly known for her critically-acclaimed film, Monster which won Charlize Theron an Oscar for best actor in a leading role. She was also set to direct Thor 2 but later left for creative differences. Wonder Woman will be hitting theatres next year on June 2nd.

Update: Here's your first trailer for Wonder Woman!

James Wan: Aquaman

We all may know James Wan as the king of horror movies as for his recent successes like The Conjuring, Lights Out, Anabelle, Insidous and many more that had us screaming in the theatres.. Fans of the horror genre will know his work pretty well because his work has been scaring pretty much everyone.

One of his recent films The Conjuring has received some tremendous feedback from fans and critics who were left horrified in the theatres and the film continues to break records, it just recently topped $300M and has now become the third highest grossing horror franchise which is quite the achievement.

He's made a name for himself in the Hollywood industry as being one of the best horror movie directors right now, so we can hope he'll do justice with Aquaman. Now Aquaman has been a character who's been mocked through the years he's been in the comic book world, but with Jason Momoa taking on the role as Aquaman, I think he'll have the last laugh.

Now of course with James Wan directing, there will be some horror elements in Aquaman and here's what he had to say about bringing some of his horror elements into Aquaman.

“he’s never been portrayed in the feature movie world before.” Wans said, “The opportunity to explore this universe and bring a bit of my horror element to this, the deep sea, the scary world, and of course the wondrous world of Atlantis.”

That doesn't mean it won't be fun, James Wan promised that Aquaman will be fun when he told us this.

"The kind of filmmaker that I am…even my darker horror films generally are still very fun and I think that’s important for me and the kind of films I make. Aquaman is a character that a lot of people have made fun of over the years and I just think it’s fun to actually show a really different, cool, badass side to this character, but at the same time, let’s not forget to have fun with it."

I think that James Wan will do a pretty good job on displaying Aquaman as the king of the seven seas, not just a man who can talk to some fish. Aquaman is set to come out in 2018 July 27, 2018.

Rick Famuyiwa: The Flash

Originally, Seth Grahame was supposed to direct The Flash but due to creative differences with Warner Bros, The Flash found a new director who is Rick Famuyiwa. Most known for 2015's Dope and this years Confirmation, I'm pretty happy with him directing The Flash.

When I heard that will Seth Grahame no longer be directing The Flash I was happy with this decision because although he could have been fantastic, it's just too much of a risk to give a big budget movie to someone who's only directed two episodes of The Hard Times of RJ Berger but Seth Grahame still deserves some credit as he's written the script for 2018s The Flash.

I'm confident that Rick Famuyiwa will do justice for our scarlet speedster and from some of his recent tweets, you can say he is already prepared himself and we couldn't be happier. Heres just some tweets to show you how excited he is to direct The Flash.

When he spent all day reading Flash comics

When the speed force chose him

When he was full of joy to meet Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher

Evidently he's really excited to work some magic for The Flash and fans are excited to see what he'll do for our favorite speedster. The film looks like its heading in a great direction with the recent casting of Kiersey Clemons as Iris West. The Flash is set to be released in March 16, 2018.

Ben Affleck: Batman

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Oh, how we were all wrong, questioning if Ben Affleck was going to be good as Batman. I know for me and others that Ben Affleck has been their favorite on-screen Batman. Even just as Bruce Wayne, Ben nailed the role. Ben is a great actor and an amazing director, it's hard to direct and star in your own movie, but Ben Affleck does that without breaking a sweat.

If you don't think he'll be good for directing Batman's solo movie just take a look at some of his work. He's directed Argo which has won three Oscars and has been nominated for another four Oscars. Ben Affleck has also directed The Town which was nominated for one Oscar, but as well as directing these two films he was also the main lead in both films which is a huge responsibility but he's always given us a performance. Ben Affleck has also directed Gone Baby Gone which starred his brother Casey Affleck and Gone Baby Gone has also been nominated for an Academy Award.

The Oscar winning actor has received high praises for the films he's been in and we all loved him as Batman. So what can we expect from him directing Batman? Nothing yet has been confirmed or shared about what to expect from his solo film, but Ben Affleck did have the honor of sharing his excitement.

“It’s really inspiring. It’s like taking on a great play. It’s been reinvented so many times, it’s terrifying but it’s exciting,” Affleck said.

We still don't a confirmed release date, but it's mostly likely to be DC's untitled projected which has been slotted between the years 2018 and 2020. Warner Bros has a lot of faith in Ben Affleck and when it was confirmed he will direct Batman at San Diego Comic-Con fans have also shared how happy they are with Ben Affleck directing through social networks.

For those who weren't a fan of the theatrical cut of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and have already started saying how the DCEU will fail because of two films is unfair, it's too early to decide the fate of the DCEU from only two films and as I've already mentioned before both films were from Zack Synder and not everyone is a fan when it comes to his films.

There is a lot of talent behind the DCEU and we'll see a lot of different takes on characters and styles of filmmaking and I strongly feel that this is something that is needed for the DCEU. Variety is so important because nobody wants seven origin stories that follow the same structure as the other previous one. What are your thoughts on the directors of the DCEU? Let me know in the comment section below.


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