2022: The year of DC

For years, DC has been dominated in the cinemas by Marvel.

Fans fell in love with characters on TV shows, but it seemed the movies continued to fall short.

Marvel established a wide fan base that went further than just comic book readers and superhero lovers. It mastered the combination of action and comedy that only certain storytellers can do.

But as The Rock says… “Finally, DC has COME BACK to…” wherever it is you’re reading from. And it just so happens The Rock has a whole lot to do with this DC push, too.

The Batman: I’m betting Matt Reeve’s ‘The Batman’ is going to be the biggest movie of the year. From COVID shut-down delays, the build up to finally see Robert Pattinson’s Batman in action is almost here. Not to mention the cast is stacked, and Zoe Kravitz is already having people say she’s the best Catwoman we’ve ever seen. The Penguin, The Riddler, and maybe, just maybe… The Joker? The suspense is high for The Batman to finally hit theaters. When I heard the film was going to be “horror film-esque,” I immediately got excited. As Samuel L. Jackson said, “hold onto your butts!” Because this is going to be epic. Debuting in theaters March 4th, but some lucky fans (like myself) get to see it in IMAX on March 1st.

Black Adam: Now to The Rock. One of the most popular and beloved men on planet Earth. The Rock is a doer. If he puts his mind to something, there’s a good chance it’s going to happen. He’s also a man of the People. That’s why in WWE he became “The People’s Champ.” Now we get to see Dwayne Johnson shine as Black Adam. The film’s set to premiere on July 29th. But I think Dwayne’s impact on the DC Universe goes much further than just this film. Yes, I do believe Black Adam will get a sequel, and maybe even a trilogy. But it’s other characters fans hope The Rock summons out, that makes me hopeful. There have been major calls to #RestoretheSnyderverse. Like I said, The Rock listens to the people. If he wants the Snyderverse to be restored, there’s a good chance it could happen. I also think Dwayne’s Black Adam could somehow conjure up Henry Cavill’s Superman. No other superhero in the DC Universe right now could match up against Cavill’s Superman. Yes, Ben Affleck’s Batman almost defeated Superman in Batman V. Superman, but Black Adam would definitely provide us with incredible matchups between the two goliaths.

The Flash: This is where things get really interested. DC is going to try and pull their “multiverse” just the same way as Marvel has been doing in recent projects (Loki, Spider-Man No Way Home.. just to name a few). Now we’re set to see multiple Flashes, multiple Batmen, and Supergirl. And holy cow, Batman! We’re gonna see Michael Keaton don his famous cowl. This also is set to lead Keaton to appear in future appearances, like Batgirl. While inspired by the ‘Flashpoint’ arc, the question remains. How will this change the DCU? Affleck said that this movie puts a good finish to his rendition of Batman, but what does this mean for super projects? Rumors are spiraling about a brand new Justice League. At this point, I don’t know what to believe. So I’m just going to ignore the social media rumors and wait for the actual movie to come out.

Aquaman & the Lost Kingdom: Last but not least (well, maybe least), Jason Momoa is set to return once again as Aquaman. The hilarious and yet brutal Aquaman did pretty well in the box office in the first movie, grossing over $1 billion globally. While Aquaman is in no way my favorite DC film, nor is he my favorite DC character, it still propels the franchise forward. And while I say this might be the “least” film, that doesn’t mean it will be the worst film. I believe the impact Aquaman will have will be lesser than the three aforementioned.

You have to admit the future of Pattinson’s Batman is extremely exciting. Whether we see a trilogy, or any sort of TV series based in his universe, there are so many options. I don’t just think the movie will do successfully in the box office, but I think fans will truly be blown away. The imagery coming out so far has looked impeccable. The storyline of Batman vs. the Riddler is one I’m really looking forward to. Tie that in with Collin Farrell as the Penguin, and the SUSPENSE that Barry Keoghan may show up as the Joker sets up a successful movie.

Let me know what you are most excited about in the DC Universe moving forward. Obviously you have to thrown in the success of Peacemaker, and the fact that Batgirl is currently under production.

Published by mattsheehanofficial

Matt Sheehan is a journalist based in Illinois. He grew up in St. Louis and went to college at Missouri State University. He's the host of On the Record, and secures exclusive interviews with celebrities for his TV morning show.

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