SDCC 2018: Whole New Worlds

R.I.P. “DC Extended Universe.”  Warner Brothers has never officially referred to their DC movies by that name, but people needed something to call them and the “DCEU” was as good as anything.  But at San Diego Comic-Con, WB officially welcomed fans to The Worlds of DC.  (It’s not the jazziest name…)  This banner will be debuted when ‘Aquaman’ splashes into theaters in December and will brand all additional movies going forward– although it may or may not encompass outside-continuity films like Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker’.  Previously, it was said that WB was going to unveil a boutique banner for those sorts of pictures, possibly DC Dark or DC Black.

At any rate, this seems to signify a fresh start for the DC films, which have been… well, lame ducks, with the exception of ‘Wonder Woman’.  The footage that premiered at the panel also pointed in that direction as the new stuff bears no resemblance to ‘Batman V Superman’ etc.

This sign greeted attendees when they filed into Hall H:

WB/DC didn’t announce any future movies.  After all, they have three major pictures coming out over the next two years, which have largely been kept under wraps.  Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and Patty Jenkins arrived with footage from ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, which just began filming at the beginning of June.  Next, Zachary Levi premiered the trailer for ‘Shazam!’ which apparently wowed the crowd.  None of the trailers and footage shown resembled the grim and gritty DC movies past, least of all this one.  ‘Shazam!’ looks breezy, light, fun, funny and just a little goofy and juvenile.  Closing things out, Jason Momoa introduced the first trailer for ‘Aquaman’.  This leans more toward the previous DC movies, in that it’s more serious, but it still feels like things are swimming forward and not looking back.

One interesting thing to note is that the label is The Worlds, plural, meaning that WB might be edging away from forcing their movies to hew so closely together, like Marvel’s.  It hasn’t worked out for them.  Instead, maybe just let directors pour their passion and vision into projects the way that Jenkins did with ‘Wonder Woman’.  We’ll have to wait and see how things go once ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Shazam!’ arrive.

‘Aquaman’ swims into theaters on December 21, 2018.  ‘Shazam!’ swoops in on April 5, 2019, while ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ spins in on November 1, 2019.

Source: Movie Web

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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