Average Film Blog’s version DC Movie Universe

I’ve outlined in my Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice review how I think the movie should have gone. After seeing Justice League I’ve noticed that there have been a fair few missed opportunities to tie stories together and create a cohesive shared universe. If my idea for ‘Batman vs Superman’ and ‘Dawn of Justice’ was the version of events we got we could have seen something like the following, as a release schedule for a DC Movie Universe.

Dawn of Justice (2013-2018)

Man of Steel (2013)
This film is unchanged.

Batman vs Superman (2016)
Batman and Superman are being manipulated by Lex Luthor in to hating each other, they both had their reasons but they were played upon and had their perspective skewed. The story would involve the main characters investigating what seem to be separate leads that all end up being part of the one plan.

That plan, was to have Superman kill Batman and that this scenario would have one of two outcomes:
1. To show the world either that Superman would kill someone – God can’t be all good. Or,
2. To show the world that Batman killed Superman – God can’t be all powerful.

Naturally, of course before killing one another, but not after a really good fight, they realise they are actually on the same side and they go after Lex Luthor together. They put that Lex in jail, while he is in there he plots something bigger, upon his eventual escape, which will be the story of Dawn of Justice.

Suicide Squad (2016)
Similar to the story in the original film but instead to Enchantress being the villain, it’s the Joker. Deadshot and Harley Quinn are the main characters as they were in the original, but the film focuses more on Harley’s confliction with going after her former lover. The Joker is somewhat defeated but vanishes leaving behind his face.

Wonder Woman (2017)
The same as Wonder Woman film that was released.

Dawn of Justice (2017)
Batman launches a new satellite called ‘Brother Eye’, the satellite monitors almost everything on Earth. Using Brother Eye, he learns that Lex Luthor has escaped and could be planning his revenge against Superman and Batman and he is using General Zod’s body. He follows the trail that he found in BvS to find more meta-humans. Flash and Wonder Woman join Batman’s team. But Superman and Aquaman ignore the request until a mutated General Zod attacks San Diego. All coming together, the team defeats Zod. Superman decides to join the team but Aquaman wants nothing to do with the issues of the humans on land. An Apokoliptain Mother Box activates on Earth and the energy reading is picked up by Brother Eye.

(Note: the mutated General Zod looks more like a Bizzaro like character than a Doomsday like character.)

Justice League (2018)
This film takes place just after Dawn of Justice. The Mother Box that activated merged with what was remaining of Victor Stone’s body, making him a cyborg. Brother Eye was not the only thing that picked up the Mother Box’s activation, on Apokolips Steppenwolf notices the signal and embarks on a mission to Earth to recover the technology that went missing a thousand years ago. He arrives and attacks Central City searching for one of the three Mother Boxes he believes to be on Earth. The Justice League mobilize and fight him off. Cyborg joins the team after helping the League fight Steppenwolf. But he then attacks Atlantis, the home of another Mother Box, forcing the city to surface. The Justice League step in to help Auqaman. Steppenwolf is defeated, Atlantis returns to the ocean and Aquaman agrees to join the Justice League.

Lex Luthor, laying low since the General Zod incident begins to put together his own team – the Legion of Doom.

The Legion of Doom (2018-2021)

The Batman (2018)
Batman vs Deathstroke

Superman and the Lost City of Krypton (2019)
Superman vs Brainiac and he learns about the city of Kandor.

Aquaman (2019)
Aquaman vs Black Manta

Green Lantern Corps. (2020)
Green Lantern Corps. vs The Manhunters

Justice League: Doom (2020)
The storyline deals with The Legion of Doom taking down the League to cause planet-wide chaos. They use stolen contingency plans made by Batman to take down his teammates, causing the team to distrust Batman. Based on ‘The Tower of Babel’.

The Flash (2021)
A rip in the Speed Force opens as a speedster from the future travels back in time and is trapped in the present day. The speedster (Eobard Thawne), in order to return to his own time has to steal the Flash’s speed.

The Batman 2 (2021)
Batman has fallen out of favour with the Justice League and with no one left to help him the Joker returns after mysteriously disappearing for years. His face now tacked back on, could this be endgame for Batman?

Wonder Woman 2 (2021)
Wonder Woman vs Medusa

Justice League Unlimited (2022-2026)

Justice League: Darksied (2022)
The Mother Boxes are safe on Earth but the Green Lanterns have notice more Boom Tube activity of late. The Corps sends a team to Apokolips to investigate where they see a large army amassing under the orders of Darksied. His uncle has failed him and it’s time to defeat the Kryptonian that beat Steppenwolf and destroy the planet he resides on. A battle ensues and all the Green Lantern team except Hal Jordan are defeated. He narrowly escapes and flees to Earth to find a way to stop this force. Hal lands on Earth where he meets the Justice League and warns them about Darksied. But just as the League attempts to prepare for the oncoming army and Cyborg begins to monitor Boom Tubes on Earth, the entire planet of Apokolips appears in Earth’s orbit.
There’s a battle on Earth, a battle in space and a battle on Apokolips. The Justice League find many new heroes to join the battle and to join the new larger league.

JLU: Green Arrow & Black Canary (2022)
Green Arrow and Black Canary vs

JLU: Shazam (2022)
Shazam vs Black Adam

JLU: Teen Titans (2023)
Based on ‘The Judas Contract’. Deathstroke returns.

Superman: Doomsday (2023)
Based on ‘The Death of Superman’.

JLU: Firestorm (2023)
Firestorm vs Killer Frost

Green Lantern Corps: The Rann-Thanagar War (2024)
Based on the ‘Rann-Thanagar War’. Hawkman and Hawkgirl are introduced.

Justice League: A New World Order (2024)
Based on ‘A New World Order’. A League without Superman vs. White Martians and the Hyperclan. Martain Manhunter is introduced.

Batman: The Court of Owls (2024)
Based on ‘The Court of Owls’.

JLU: Booster Gold (2025)
Booster Gold vs The Time Masters

Return of Superman (2025)
Based on ‘The Return of Superman’. Featuring the Eradicator, Superboy, Cyborg Superman and Steel. Superman Returns. Superboy is not defeated in the end but goes insane and more powerful (to the level of DC Comics Superboy Prime) which leads to…

Justice League: Crisis (2025)
Loosely based on ‘Infinite Crisis’. Barry defeats Superboy by throwing him in to the speed force. Barry is also lost in the speed force and ends up on a strange version of Earth.

Flashpoint (2026)
Based on ‘Flashpoint’.


Future of the Universe

Blackest Night
Includes the whole DC Universe. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps lead DC’s champions into battle to save the universe from an army of Black Lanterns made up of the DCU’s deceased heroes and villains.


Other Ideas

Wonder Woman: Hiketeia

Batman: The Long Halloween

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Review

Zack Snyder’s attempt at the movie we’ve wanted to see for decades fell short of expectations.

In anticipation to Wonder Woman, I watched Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice again, so here’s the review. PLEASE BE WARNED! While I will try not to go into specifics, there could be some spoiled plot points. While this is a review, it will include some analysis and ‘ways I would do it better’.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice never had the excitement around it that the idea of a Superman/Batman film had. That came from the divisiveness of 2013’s Man of Steel, which I enjoyed for the most part.

The main problem Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, is the Dawn of Justice part. This is two movies. The first involves Batman and Superman both being manipulated in to hating each other, they both had their reasons but they were played upon and had their perspective skewed. The story would involve the main characters investigating what seem to be separate leads that all end up being part of the one plan. That plan, was to have Superman kill Batman and that this scenario would have one of two outcomes:

1. To show the world either that Superman would kill someone – God can’t be all good. Or,

2. To show the world that Batman killed Superman – God can’t be all powerful.

Now to me, that sounds like a good story. A little bit of action sprinkled in at certain points, some mystery and intrigue, all culminating in a finale that pits the two DC Comics greats in a battle of Brains (and money) vs. Brawn. Naturally, of course before killing one another they realise they are actually on the same side and they go after the real threat that has been influencing them from the start. We put that threat in jail, while he is in there he plots something bigger, upon his eventual escape, which will be the story of the next film. 2 hours and 10 minutes, simple story, easy to follow, everybody forgets their so-so reaction to Man of Steel, bring on the next film, ‘Dawn of Justice’.

Except that didn’t happen. Instead, that story more or less ends around the 2 hour mark and the remaining 30 minutes of its run time resulted in a ridiculous mess that features an overpowered enemy that came out of nowhere, with very little set up or reason for being there, a character that while awesome (spoilers: it’s Wonder Woman), probably shouldn’t have been in a movie called ‘Batman v Superman’ and particular plot point that probably shouldn’t have seen the light of a projector til ‘Man of Steel 3’. Some shots from the last 30 minutes looked good, but a lot of them were just so cluttered by lighting bolts and laser beams that it lost all meaning. Some of the shots were harder to determine what was going on than being able to determine who’s fighting who in a Transformers movie.

There are more issues with the film, including pacing, writing and editing etc. But I don’t want to be so negative on this film, because there is something there. There’s a movie in here, I have ever since I saw this film believed that. All I need to do it sit down in front of my computer one day and maybe make a cut of my own to prove it. (I don’t want to alarm you but the writers and editor from BvS:DoJ are doing the same jobs on Justice League.)

I very much enjoyed Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne and Batman. He gave the older, gruffer character that the story asked for and we were looking for. That said, I like most of the acting in this film. Henry Cavill and Amy Adams have a shallow dynamic, dialogue-wise but their body language and the look in their eyes said more than the script could. Gal Gadot did a pretty decent job as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman and delivered in my favourite shot of the entire film – a small smile during the big fight at the end, a little thing that said so much about the character, it said: “This is fun.”, “I’ve missed this” and “So you want a fight, huh?” all at the same time.

Jeremy Irons brought a new side to Alfred Pennyworth that we hadn’t seen before and I didn’t mind Holly Hunter’s role as a senator leading an enquiry in to Superman. Lawrence Fishburne brought nothing to the role as Perry White and Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor left a lot to be desired… there were moments of proper evil to his character but sadly it was overshadowed by his ‘no one comprehends my genius’ shtick mixed with a fair amount of overacting.

The first 2 hours of the movie weren’t bad, it probably could have been done with being an hour and 40, but the story was enjoyable and could be followed somewhat. That being said, this is a comic book movie, and yes, the characters are from comic books, I know. I mean this movie paces like a comic book, it could even do with the odd “Meanwhile” tags in the top left corner in a few scenes, if this film was adapted in to a comic book – it would work. I think that is what sets the current DC films and the Marvel Cinematic Universe apart, Marvel makes movies based on its characters, they have adapted story lines, DC, or at least Zack Snyder seems to adapt the panels. Which is why 300 and Watchmen worked for the fans of those movies, its what they were expecting. It’s not what fans were expecting after Marvel had completed its ‘Phase One’. I think the culture had changed.

After all this though, I like parts of this movie, so it doesn’t fail completely in my opinion. I see this movie for it’s merits and what it tried to do. Don’t get me wrong, I have ideas about how you can fix this and effectively write this movie off – which in the DC Universe at least can be done very easily.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Well Below Average

Ben Affleck to star as Batman in second Man of Steel

Actor/Director/Academy Award Winner, Ben Affleck has been cast as the next screen version of Bruce Wayne/Batman for the sequel to Man of Steel.

“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.” – Greg Silverman (WB President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production)

“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.” Zack Snyder (Director of both Man of Steel and its sequel)

“We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman. He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.” Sue Kroll (WB President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution)

This will not be Ben Affleck’s first time as a costume clad superhero, he starred as Daredevil in the 2003 film. So we can already get the feel for what he will look like under the cape and cowl of the Dark Knight. Very little is known about the direction that the film will take other than the appearance of Batman. What we do know is that the untitled sequel will be written by David S. Goyer who was one of the key writers in the Nolan Batman trilogy… so if anyone can write a good adventure for the caped crusader it’ll be him!