In an effort to prevent bogging down our podcast with DC news every episode, I’d like to do a quick rundown of the recent happenings in the DCEU. We’ve had some big news in the last week and some news that’s existed for a bit but has just come to my attention. Let’s dig in!
Firstly, Zachary Levi was cast this week as Shazam in the upcoming Shazam! movie for the DCEU. I’m honestly really excited to see more progress for this movie. Shazam is an awesome character and I think we’ll find out that Levi was a solid choice. He’s expressed a lot of excitement for the character and promises to hit the gym every day from now until the movie is finished. Shazam! comes to theaters April, 5, 2019.
Zachary Levi is known for his playing Chuck Bartowski in the series Chuck. He also appeared in the films Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Tangled, Thor: The Dark World, and Thor: Ragnarok.
WONDER WOMAN 2
The Wonder Woman sequel was was officially announced at San Diego Comic-Con this year. By August, Patty Jenkins was in final negotiations to return as director, officially signing the deal a month later, with confirmation that Gadot will be returning as the titular role.
Wonder Woman 2 is scheduled to be released in North America on December 13, 2019. This is exciting news for all of us I’m sure. Wonder Woman has become the breakout star, not just for DC, but the comic book movie world at large. It totally makes sense for DC to go all in on Wonder Woman.
Matt Reeves will soon be the latest director to leave his mark on the Batman franchise, as the movie is reportedly scheduled for a summer 2019 release. Although the film hasn’t entered production yet, Reeves was picked to direct the film back in January, after Affleck stepped down from writing and directing the film. There are still some details that need to be worked out, but DC has concrete plans to get this movie going.
In June, Reeves stated that the movie will focus on the detective side of the character, with a Hitchcock-influenced noir style that emphasizes seeing into Batman’s mind and heart in the storytelling techniques. It will most likely be a prequel to Batman V Superman and Man of Steel. In July, Reeves confirmed that the script was being re-written so as to be in line with his style and vision for the film, and also squashed rumors of it being outside the DCEU.
This month it was announced that a Deathstroke solo film is in development. Gareth Evans is in negotiations to be the screenwriter and director, with Joe Manganiello cast as Slade Wilson / Deathstroke.
A while back, test footage was released of Manganiello in full Deathstroke armor. Manganiello also recently leaked part of what is most likely Deathstroke’s helmet for the film on his twitter (pictured left). He was originally planned to be the primary antagonist of The Batman movie, but once Affleck stepped down as director so he could focus on his portrayal of Batman, and Reeves was hired as his replacement for director, the script was given a rewrite to fit the latter’s style and vision for the film. Although the character’s role in The Batman is unknown, the studio will develop a movie centered around the character after Evans impressed executives with his story pitch and convinced them to green light the film. I’m sure Alex is especially excited about this one! That Deathstroke cosplay of his is about to become even more popular.
That’s been your DCEU Update! I’ll try to keep you all in the loop whenever something exciting happens. Remember to stay kind, Geeks!