DC cemented their CW takeover week with a Dawn of the Justice League special, teasing three of their big films – including Suicide Squad.
So with the mid-season returns of The Flash and Arrow and the series premiere of Legends of Tomorrow, DC did a little cross-platform takeover to promote the continuation/development of their Extended Universe, as the films are being called. First up was this March’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, of which there was little new footage outside of what was revealed in the latest trailer. They’re probably saving all the good stuff for its release on March 25.
Next was Wonder Woman, which is a scant two months into production. However, they had a tiny morsel of footage to show, and it looked impressive, to say the least! Patty Jenkins is helming the live-action feature-film debut of Wonder Woman/Diana Prince/Princess Diana of Themyscira (Gal Gadot) from Pan scribe Jason Fuchs. The cast includes Chris Pine (as Steve Trevor), Connie Nielsen (as Hippolyta), Robin Wright, Said Taghmaoui, Danny Huston, and David Thewlis. I, for one, am eager to see Wonder Woman swinging a sword on horseback when the film hits theaters on June 23, 2017.
And last but certainly not least, DC dropped a theatrical trailer for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. Much like the sizzle reel from SDCC, it lays out the basic plot (5 rogues are conscripted to save Midway City, stop a major threat … and reduce their prison sentences), fleshes out Floyd Lawton/Deadshot (Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), and highlights the insanity and a bit of the darker humor in the movie underscored by Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5, and the cast also includes Jared Leto (The Joker), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc), Adam Beach (Slipknot), Jay Hernandez (El Diablo), Karen Fukuhara (Katana), Common (Tattooed Man), Scott Eastwood, and Ike Barinholtz.
Additionally, the special teased the coming Justice League, which includes Aquaman/Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), The Flash/Barry Allen (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg/Victor Stone (Ray Fisher). The two-part film comes out in November 2017 (the 17th) and June 2019 (the 14th), in between which three solo films (The Flash, Aquaman, and Shazam) will see the light of day. And Part 2 will be followed by a Cyborg movie (April 2020) and Green Lantern Corps movie (June 2020).
Better late than never, DC … even if it means jam-packing the franchise to get fans to the theater and compete with Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.