Comic book superheroes have really been in the mainstream for the past decade, during which there have been numerous movies, games, and, of course, more comics made. And for the most part, they have all depicted the same heroes that everyone followed decades ago.
The DC characters have been on the silver screen 22 times. Batman has eight movies, followed closely by Superman at six. The DC comic movies have generated $3.3 trillion just in box office sales, according to Box Office Mojo. So, it’s no surprise that there is a ton of buzz circulating the sequel to the blockbuster hit, Man of Steel.
Sources all over have been speculating over the film for months, wondering who’ll be cast, what characters will be involved, and if it is going to end up being the first Justice League film?
What we know is that director Zack Snyder said there will be a face-off between Superman and Batman at some point during the film, which would be a big screen first.
Actor Ben Affleck will be playing Batman. This decision has caused a huge controversy, which is certainly helping the buzz. Affleck has made some great acting decisions (Good Will Hunting) and some troubled ones (Daredevil). Affleck’s inconsistency in movie roles has left many wondering: How will he perform as Batman: great like Christian Bale or will he completely misrepresent Batman like George Clooney?
Fast & Furious actress Gal Gadot will be playing Wonder Woman. The controversy surrounding this decision has nothing to with Gadot, but with the decision to incorporate Wonder Woman into the film, since she has never hit the silver screen before. Also, Gadot has made an agreement to make solo movie(s) as this character, according to Variety.
Another shocking decision was to cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. As you likely know, the young actor is most known for playing Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. This is interesting, because Eisenberg has not had the opportunity to take on a role of this caliber yet in his career. He’s also much younger than previous actors who took on the role, including Kevin Spacey in Superman Returns.
There have been sources stating that Doomsday may be involved in the story as well, which would leave an opening for that possible Justice League title and storyline.
There have also been rumors that they are looking to cast the rest of Justice League, too, including Aquaman, the Flash, Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter.
Games depicting these heroes have been huge hits as well. Right now there’s a ton of buzz around Injustice: Gods Among Us, a fighting game featuring about 30 DC comic icons.
Since the beginning of 2013, there have been 11 video games issued from the DC brand, 46 since 2000, and 71 total. Just so you know, Atari released the first one in 1978. This shows the trend is growing, 15 percent of all the DC games come out in the past year alone. And that trend doesn’t stop at video games; casinos have multiple versions of comic-themed games. All you need to do is look at the Bet Fair Arcade, because it has three (!) based on DC comic characters alone. In fact, they have a total of nine comic-themed slot/jackpot games with characters from the Marvel universe playing a huge part in that.
It’s hard to tell if this is just a fad or if we’ll constantly be seeing Batman and Superman in theaters. One thing is for sure: the 2000s have been great for the members of the Justice League and other comic characters. It also doesn’t look like it’ll be stopping in the foreseeable future.
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