Warner Bros. has released it’s film slate for the next 6 years. This list spans 10 films, many of which feature heroes that have yet to get the big Hollywood treatment that has been afforded to DC’s more well-known heroes (aka Superman or Batman, because let’s face it, outside of them, the DC movie universe has been lacking in spotlighting any other characters, many of which are far more interesting.) Take a look at the list below:
- Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 25th, 2016
- Suicide Squad – August 5th, 2016
- Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017
- Justice League – November 17th, 2017
- The Flash – March 23rd, 2018
- Aquaman – July 27th, 2018
- Shazam – April 5th, 2019
- Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019
- Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020
- Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020
Aside from being mildly wary of Batman V. Superman (I’m still bitter that DC isn’t tying the brilliant — and already well-established — Christopher Nolan Batman films to the new Justice League franchise), and mildly confused as to why DC isn’t taking advantage of the HUGE, buzzy successes of TV shows Arrow and The Flash and connecting the TV universe to the film universe, I’m pretty excited for Aquaman (guilty pleasure) and downright STOKED for Wonder Woman to finally have her own film!
It’s about time that a female heroine be afforded her own film. Marvel has done a decent job of highlighting Black Widow, specifically in The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but she still somehow feels a bit too 2-dimensional. I’m doubtful that DC can catch up to Marvel in terms of creating quality films that capture the hearts of comic book fans and non-comic book fans alike with its consistently stellar writing and rounded characters, but DC is doing something that Marvel has yet to do: spotlight a strong, powerful woman. Since various Wonder Woman projects have been in development hell for the part of the past two decades, it’s a bit of a shock to see that DC has (presumably) seemed to nail down something that works. Or at least, let’s hope it works.
There are many ways a Wonder Woman film can go wrong. It’s not as if female comic book films have been proven successes — or successful at all. The ill-fated, Halle Berry-led Catwoman and the Jennifer Garner-led Electra are proof that not just any female heroine can support a solo film. DC has to make sure Wonder Woman doesn’t come off as a, well, “bitch.” She can’t seem unapproachable. She can’t be over-sexualized to the point that all the media will do is focus on her looks over the story. Wonder Woman has to be every bit as likable as Steve Rogers (Captain America), as powerful and commanding as Thor, as independent and smart as Superman/Clark Kent, and as nuanced as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Forget about her comic book origins because in order for a female hero to be successful, she has to embody all of the characteristics of the best heroes. Any less would do female heroes in any comic book universe a supreme injustice. Unfortunately the world we live in requires its female heroes to be everything and nothing less. The Hunger Games film franchise accomplished just that with Katniss Everdeen; she’s smart, incredibly tough, likable, but also has an edge — and all without baring her cleavage. Until we break through that barrier that still divides the genders in action-based films, DC has to tread water when it comes to Wonder Woman. There’s a lot at stake with this much-anticipated film.
Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment, said last year that:
“We have to get her right, we have to. She is such an icon for both genders and all ages and for people who love the original TV show and people who read the comics now. I think one of the biggest challenges at the company is getting that right on any size screen.
“The reasons why are probably pretty subjective: She doesn’t have the single, clear, compelling story that everyone knows and recognizes. There are lots of facets to ‘Wonder Woman,’ and I think the key is, how do you get the right facet for that right medium? What you do in TV has to be different than what you do in features. She has been, since I started, one of the top three priorities for DC and for Warner Bros. We are still trying right now, but she’s tricky.”
Wonder Woman has the potential to bridge the gender divide between comic book fans. I, for one, am looking forward to that. Let’s just hope they get her right. Ms. Nelson, as a powerful woman herself, has an obligation to get her right, for every young girl out there who dreams of being strong enough to save the world (or run it one day.)
Once that happens, maybe we can have a gay superhero hold his own film. I’m still holding out hope that the remake of Green Lantern will feature the gay Alan Scott, who came out in the comics in 2012.