Here’s some DC movie news including a teaser image from Henry Cavill about a possible costume he could be wearing in Justice League, a second Justice League member that will be appearing in the Flash’s solo movie and some information from the director and screenwriter about Aquaman’s solo film.
First up is a teaser post that comes from Superman himself, Henry Cavill. In the post is appears as though he is showing us a close up of a black version of the Superman suit. The reason this image is significant is that in the comics Superman wore a black “recovery suit” during the “Return of Superman” storyline when Supes returned from the dead following his encounter with Doomsday. Will he also briefly be wearing a black costume in the film? How will he come back from the dead in the movies since the comics version was kinda complicated and involved being placed in a ‘Regeneration Matrix’ in the Fortress of Solitude? That’s still unknown, but Warner Bros. hasn’t made a secret of the fact that he’ll be back as soon as Justice League part 1 (since he’s already shown in the first promotional image).
Secondly, the Flash won’t be the only member of the Justice league to make an appearance in his solo movie. Variety is reporting that Ray Fisher’s Cyborg will be in the Flash’s movie in some capacity. Here’s their announcement.
“Cyborg will appear in “The Flash,” sources tell Variety. It’s not known how substantial a role the hero will play in the film. But it’s another signal of DC Comics and Warner Bros.’ ambitions to build a sprawling, cinematic universe to compete with Marvel Studios, one where heroes and villains will pop up in solo spinoff adventures, as well as lend support to other costumed allies. Cyborg’s appearance in “The Flash” and next year’s “Justice League” are intended to whet audiences’ interest in the character, building toward a potential, standalone “Cyborg” film in 2020.”
The two characters have been referenced on multiple occasions by people at Warner Bros. as the individuals that will bring more levity to the darker and more serious DC cinematic universe. If they are the members of the Justice League that joke around during the proceedings and have fun together it shouldn’t be a stretch that the characters form a bond and interact outside of when the team gets together to fight their big threat in the film. Also as stated by Deadline above, this is a common practice in Marvel movies as well where the characters would crossover into each other’s movies.
Lastly, some tidbits about Aquaman in both Justice League and in the Aquaman standalone film. In an interview with IGN, director James Wann likened Aquaman, and specifically his dynamic on the team, to that of a certain popular clawed X-Men character.
“Yeah, I actually think it’s a brilliant move on Zack and co. to cast someone like Jason. Immediately, the whole joke aspect of Aquaman goes out the window. You have such a muscular, superhero-y character and one that is almost, to me, in some ways… I look at him, he’s kind of the Wolverine in some respect. He’s the outsider who gets pulled into this world and he kind of doesn’t want to belong and he was doing his own thing. And he prided freedom above everything else. That kind of plays nicely into who his character is. He’s like a reluctant superhero, right? He’s the reluctant king, basically, or would-be king.”
Wann also discussed how they might go about showing communication underwater.
“…here’s the thing I always say, if you have water in your lungs, like these characters do, there’s no air bubble. So I don’t know… I just think in my movie, I want to kind of create… I love the idea of underwater speaking but with a real sort of sonic, aquatic quality to it. So there’s this sort of aquatic, almost sonar/whale thing. Even though it’s in a human language, there’s this slight sort of underlay to it, this ping to it, which I think would be interesting for us to design from a sound design perspective. Yeah, it will be fun. Also, Zack has some ideas that he’ll be doing in Justice League.”
Co-screenwriter Will Beall spoke with \Film and shared more information about the Aquaman film. He indicated that not all of the action in the movie will be taking place underwater and also confirmed that the reason for the re-writes of the scripts and the script still not being 100% completed has nothing to do with waiting on how Justice League affects the events in Aquaman.
“I can tell you that not all of the action takes place underwater. Some of the most fun action in the movie actually takes place on dry land.”
“No, no, they know what’s happening. Everybody knows what’s happening so it’s not that. It’s working out what’s going to make the best movie.”
Justice League arrives in theaters November 17, 2017, the Flash comes out March 16, 2018 and Aquaman swims into cinemas July 27, 2018.