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The DCEU: Too Much Flash

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Warner Bros’ DC Comics counter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe made a lot of noise this summer with the recently released trailers of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. The now-dubbed DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is ready to add to the path forged by Zack Snyder in 2013’s Man of Steel. We’ve watched the trailers of the 2016 films and we’re thrilled about the new possibilities in the announced line-up of:

  • Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 25, 2016
  • Suicide Squad – August 5, 2016
  • Wonder Woman – June 23, 2017
  • Justice League Part One – November 17, 2017
  • The Flash – March 23, 2018
  • Aquaman – July 27, 2018
  • Shazam – April 5, 2019
  • Justice League Part Two – June 14, 2019
  • Cyborg – April 3, 2020
  • Green Lantern Corps – June 19, 2020
  • Batman (Untitled Film) – TBD

It’s an exciting list that showcases Warner Bros’ intent for the DCEU and how it vastly differs from the MCU rollout. Whereas Kevin Feige and company started with solo projects to establish their shared universe, the DCEU has an early appetite for destruction right out of the gates. The only beef I have with this DCEU list is the March 2018 planned release of The Flash. Here are two major reasons why:

Reason # 1: Berlanti’s Flash on the CW

The Flash has been an awesome follow-up to what Berlanti Productions has been able to accomplish with Arrow. Oliver Queen and Barry Allen have had unparalleled flexibility to occupy the same space, while maintaining enough freshness on their own to blaze their own unique followings. The Flash is arguably the best superhero on the small screen outside of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix. It’s that good. The show’s freshman season has had me fist pumping due to some unique “Yes!” moments due to some solid effects work. Come on, who wasn’t cheering when he traveled back in time for the first time?

Grant Gustin’s performance of the Red Blur has been solid. The actor is able to convey an impressive wide range of emotion that surpasses Tom Welling’s best dramatic moments. As an owner of the Smallville DVD Collection, I stand behind this statement 100%. Gustin’s acting load supported by Law and Order alumnus Jesse L. Martin, the beautiful Candice Patton as the main love interest, and Tom Cavanaugh as the season’s super villain. Throw in re-occurring appearances by Spartacus himself, Liam McIntyre, and the recognizable Prison Break bros of Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell and you start to see why the Berlanti speedster is keying a smaller shared universe…and it’s brilliant. With an already established following of the The Flash, why is the DCEU releasing a big screen version in March 2018?

Reason # 2: Planning Original Speed

As if Justin Lin hasn’t already figured out all the ways to plan speedy action sequences, there may be no originality left in show-stopping moments for speedster superheroes. CW’s Flash will be well into its fourth season by the time the DCEU gets the big brother solo version out. By that time, fans of the show will have been exposed to clever ways of displaying the speedster on the small screen. We’ve already seen Flash masking his true identity by vibrating his face and voice. We also saw him running in the opposite direction to stop a tornado. The coup de grace of the special effects was running through a particle accelerator to tear open a wormhole to induce a key time traveling moment.

Along with the impressive speed effects from CW’s The Flash, there has been another speedster running wild on the big screen in recent years. Both Bryan Singer and Joss Whedon both featured Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Both films featured action sequences that are going to be tough acts to follow for the Ezra Miller version. Singer’s use of Quicksilver in the Pentagon jailbreak scene is the class of speedster live action. Follow that up with Whedon’s version where Quicksilver runing wild on all of The Avengers in 3 continents. Remember when he almost took out Hawkeye in the opening action sequences in Eastern Europe? And who can forget the way Cap had to take one fast right uppercut to the chin in Africa? How about clearing a path for a runaway train car in Seoul?

There you have it. Two solid arguments against The Flash solo project and perhaps a suggestion to incorporate the Berlanti CW shows into the overall DCEU. It’s not too late…or is it?

 

Sources: 20th Century Fox and CW Television

 

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