SDCC 2016: What We’re Most Excited For From DC And Warner Bros

Image courtesy of screenweek
Image courtesy of screenweek

Now that we’re on the other side of SDCC 2016 and we’ve had time to decompress, let’s take a look back at some of what we saw – specifically from Warner Bros’ DC film universe.

DC brought it in a big way to Hall H on Saturday, previewing a lot of what’s in store over the coming year, and nobody left that room disappointed.

Here’s some of what we’re the most excited for:

  1. Suicide Squad is almost here! And with that in mind, DC brought the entire cast along for the ride at SDCC, including Viola Davis. And along with the discussion portion of the panel, we got a clip from Suicide Squad featuring Davis serving some Amanda Waller realness. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that I predict Viola Davis’s performance will anchor an otherwise potentially chaotic film with Suicide Squad.
  2. Ezra Miller may yet earn a place in our hearts as Barry Allen. While many of us were disappointed to hear that Grant Gustin wouldn’t get to bring his version of The Flash to the big screen, all is not lost. For one thing, as much as we love Grant Gustin, he didn’t come to his panel dressed as Gandalf, which Miller did. But aside from that, we were treated to our very first look at Miller as the Scarlet Speedster, and – spoiler alert – he does pull it off. It’s a different Barry Allen from the one we see on The CW, but it’s still a lot of fun. I think Ezra Miller’s appearance is probably the highlight of the Justice League clip, if for no other reason than that he is probably the best actor in the film.
  3. Aquaman has officially been brought to life! At SDCC we were treated to the first ever showing of the Justice League trailer, which was fairly Aquaman-centric (okay, maybe it just seemed that way to me). And Jason Momoa’s iteration of the character does not disappoint. He is exactly as brash, powerful, and – oh yeah – sexy as we could have hoped for. For the time being, we don’t see whether Aquaman decides to join his fellow heroes in the Justice League, but somehow I think he’ll cave.
  4. Superman will be back for Justice League! I didn’t see Batman v. Superman, but apparently he died at the end. It is equally apparent, however, that this won’t be a permanent thing. Man of Steel was a massive disappointment (to me), but I can’t deny that Henry Cavill is one of the most perfect human male specimens on this planet, and no one will ever look more like Superman than he does. I can only hope that he gets better material to work with in Justice League (although I’m not holding my breath).
  5. Wonder Woman is going to be great! I have to admit, I was one of the naysayers when it was revealed that Gal Gadot would be playing the world’s most famous Amazonian warrior. I didn’t think she could do it, but I’m thrilled to say that it looks as if I was dead wrong on that one. Not only is Gadot every bit the gorgeous princess that Diana is, but she is also every ounce the powerful warrior that is Wonder Woman. Just watching the fight scene clips in the trailer as it debuted made me proud to be a woman! The only real complaint I have so far is that the women of the film are far too overwhelmingly white. As joyous as the trailer made my feminist heart, I just can’t ignore the absence of women of color.
Image courtesy of Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros.

Honestly, the only thing I’m not super pumped for is that we have more Batfleck coming. I love Ben Affleck, I really do, but he was by far the worst part of the Justice League footage shown at the panel.

His Bruce Wayne is a caricature of emo-ness, and it just did not fit in with the somewhat light and humorous mood of the clip. Frankly, he stood out like a sore, mopey thumb, rather than the leader I imagine he is supposed to be.

But, again, this is only our first look at Justice League – there’s still plenty of room (and time) for improvement!