The DCEU Rolls On In Spite of Critics

Posted: April 12, 2016 in JD Hardin, Movies
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By:JD Hardin

Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice has been out just over two weeks, and it would seem critics don’t care for it. With most magazines and online critic sites giving less than stellar reviews (I disagree completely), most people assumed Warner Bros. would take a step back and reevaluate their plans with the DC Extended Universe. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Minus a few reshoots for Suicide Squad, everything is moving according to schedule. There’s even rumors flying that BvS will be re-released, uncut, with an R rating. DC and WB are up to a lot more, though.

Wonder Woman             June 2, 2017

Wonder Woman

As of November 14th of last year, Wonder Woman has been on set and filming full time, with of course a break for Gal Gadot to tour for BvS. We do know that, at least, some of the film will be based in WWI Great Britain and will, almost certainly circle around the relationship of Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor. The film is touting an Oscar heavy cast and crew and some serious veterans of the nerd genre.

Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot– Diana Prince/Wonder Woman

You already know who she is. For those of you who don’t, shame on you.

Connie Nielsen– Queen Hippolyta

You may recognize Connie from Gladiator, Mission to Mars, or 3 Days to Kill. The actress displays an incredible range and has definitely earned her Empire Award for Best Actress (for Gladiator). For the role of Wonder Woman’s mother, she may call upon her experience from Gladiator. For those who don’t remember, she played the Emperor’s daughter, Lucilla. So the regal role is, no doubt, within her grasp. Now the Amazonian Queen is frequently portrayed as being sensitive and compassionate as well. Take a look at her performance in 3 Days to Kill, and you will see her slip into the maternal personality like it was a sleep number bed.  Hippolyta is also very insightful, intelligent, and wise.  For that, see her performance as the astronaut scientist in Mission to Mars, opposite Gary Sinese, Tim Robbins, and Don Cheadle.  (Which I personally believe is the greatest underrated Sci-Fi movie of our time.)  Honestly, I couldn’t think of a better person than Nielsen for this role.

Wonder Woman

Chris Pine-Steve Trevor

Chris Pine you will remember, no doubt, as Capt. James T. Kirk in the new Star Trek films. He has, however, had a rather extensive career to date. His character, Steve Trevor, has had several different origins throughout the DC Multiverse. More often than not, he is Wonder Woman’s love interest in one form or another. With the greatly differing origins, personalities, and positions throughout his history, it’s near impossible to say what kind of portrayal we will see from Pine. I have no doubt, however, that he won’t disappoint.

Justice League Part 1              November 17, 2017

Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne / Batman: The multi-billionaire from Gotham City who is secretly the Dark Knight.

Henry Cavill as Clark Kent / Superman: The Man of Steel who is now presumed deceased after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman: An 5,000 year old Amazon princess and demigoddess daughter of Zeus.

Ezra Miller as Barry Allen / The Flash: Miller is a relatively new arrival on the acting scene in comparison to his costars, buy received much acclaim for 2012’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower. As Barry Allen has had several personalities through his history, Ezra should find one that fits him just fine.

On how his portrayal of The Flash would differ from that of Grant Gustin’s in The CW’s TV series, Miller explained,

Well, [first] it’s going to be a movie […] I’d like for it to be an exploration of a human being, a multi-dimensional human being, to speak.” He added, “I’d like the character to have many dimensions. But really, I’d like him to have the usual dimensions we know and love, and then some extra ones that are part of the amazing consideration of this superhero. I hope to realize him as a person, and I think what’s most exciting for me in superhero mythologies is when we feel the humanity of someone who is heroic — or the heroism of someone who is a flawed, deeply human person.”

Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry / Aquaman: King of Atlantis, Aquaman is another character with quite a few different histories. Whether or not he will be a friend or foe initially, is hard to say. His cameo in BvS indicates he won’t necessarily be on the side of the good guys. Momoa, most people will remember, was one of many victims of the first season of Game of Thrones (I personally won’t watch it, I have too many addictions as is.), or as Conan from the 2011 remake of Conan the Barbarian. With those as the two major projects on his resume, opinions are bound to vary. I, for one, am psyched to see his version of the Atlantean king.

Ray Fisher as Victor Stone / Cyborg: The former college athlete is reconstructed as a cyborg by his father after a near-fatal accident. Fisher is definitely the rookie of the cast. His first on screen appearance being Batman VS Superman, was somewhat blindsided on the extent of the character he was signing up to portray.

Fisher commented on being cast,

“I didn’t know the extent to which DC and WB had planned on taking my character. When I signed on, I just wanted to be part of this world. But that specific information, I found out then and there. I didn’t think I’d be getting my own stand-alone film. I’m a long-game player and didn’t see any of this happening until at least my 40’s. It’s a huge honor, but a bit of pressure comes along with it. My mind is just boggled right now”.

Being new to the silver screen, is not necessarily a reflection upon his acting chops, however. Ray began acting in theater as Tom Robinson in the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey. For those of you who aren’t aware, SToNJ is the largest and one of the most prestigeous theater companies in North America.

Bob Rendell of Talking Broadway wrote this of Fisher’s performance.

“Ray Fisher plays the victimized Tom Robinson with a heartfelt fervor which is matched by Rocio Alexis Mendez in the role of his wife Helen.”

Fisher also played Mohammed Ali in the New York Theater Workshop show ‘Fetch Clay, Make Man’ to outstanding reviews.

“As Ali, Mr. Fisher gives an incandescent performance that also makes room for the brooding moments of self-doubt that Mr. Power suggests flickered underneath the preening. Bursts of Ali’s famous rhyming braggadocio are delivered with flair and fluency, and Mr. Fisher’s smooth good looks really do seem to justify Ali’s boast that he’s as “pretty as a girl.” His lively, funny and sympathetic portrait provides the play with a necessary core of authenticity.”

-Charles Isherwood of The New York Times

With outstanding reviews, I can’t argue at all with his casting.

Amber Heard as Mera: Love interest/wife of Aquaman and Queen of Atlantis. Heard will probably not have a massive part in the film, however, the role will probably be heavily expanded in the anticipated Aquaman film. Not a stranger to action, having played in Drive Angry. So far throughout her career, she’s illustrated a great versatility as an actress. I won’t be surprised if she gives a stellar performance.

Amy Adams as Lois Lane: A reporter for the Daily Planet and love interest of Clark Kent. Amy Adams has already been established as Lois Lane in both Man of Steel and Batman V Superman. However, the size of her role in Justice League would greatly depend on the plot of Superman in the film. The more Superman, the more Lois Lane.

J.K. Simmons as James Gordon: The police commissioner of Gotham City. A great actor whose talent is most often overlooked or lost in a forest of A-list actors. Most comic fans will remember his portrayal of J. Jonah Jameson in the Sam Raimi Spiderman trilogy. Simmons is certainly the veteran on set, having won more awards than the rest of the cast. Simmons has the talent to play anything and excel. I can state, without a doubt, that his performance will be the best we’ve seen for the character.

Joe Morton as Dr. Silas Stone: Victor Stone’s father. Another greatly underrated actor. Most nerds will recognize Joe from 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day as Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson, the lead designer of Skynet. But, Morton is no stranger to DC or WB, having played Dr. Emil Hamilton in Smallville. So his merits at playing a scientist are well proven. He’s also proved his talent for action movies in films such as Speed. We’ll never forget his characters tagline “Don’t get dead”. I have great confidence that Morton will satisfy, even though, his character might not have a large part to play in Justice League.

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  1. mikefleckcreator says:

    Excellent read, thanks for writing it up! Have you shared/featured this with any other movie websites at all?


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