Should the DCEU Just Give Up?


The DCEU has had some struggles in it’s short lived time as a cinematic universe. It’s had two movies that have been largely disliked critically and by fans, directors are dropping out of upcoming projects left and right, two of which have completely scrapped their previous scripts and are now starting over. Ben Affleck gave up on them, so should we? In this article we will examine the good and the bad of the DC Extended Universe and really figure out if it is in fact worth it.

Why it Should Go

1. Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

The first real disappointment of the DCEU, Batman vs Superman started the dangerous precedent that most now associate with the DCEU movies. This movie was set to be one of batman_v_superman_posterthe biggest films of 2016. This was made to rival that of Captain America: Civil War and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And then it came out, disappointing millions of nerds all across the world. I’m not in the mood to discuss all the faults of this movie, though I’m sure you remember as vividly as I do the Martha incident. Seriously, I don’t know what they were thinking when writing that. Anyway, this movie, despite a few redeeming qualities (Batman, Alfred, Wonder Woman, etc.), was a bust. Monetarily it was supposed to be a record breaker but instead it didn’t even crack a billion worldwide (we have such high standards these days). And the saddest part of this movie is that it had the three most well-known superheroes in all of human history on the same screen for the first time EVER, and they STILL couldn’t make a satisfying movie out of that. This movie had so much potential and it was squandered. There will never be another first time, this is the only one. And though it was no Battlefield Earth, it should never have been as shitty as it was. Perhaps with a blank slate and a new creative team, something like this could happen again and be what this should have been.

2. Suicide Squad

This movie was interesting. I really enjoyed it, to be honest, but there were faults. Faults that have been demonstrated in the DCEU before. This movie is noted to have a sloppy ending and lackluster character development. I have my complaints as well, but that’s not actually my focus in this part. This movie is an example of the DCEU not having a plan. suicidesquadNot a real plan, any who. Just think about the larger story of the Justice League and what’s to come for them. Does Suicide Squad have any correlation to what that movie is intended to be? I can’t claim to know the full synopsis, but I can’t imagine how this would factor into the Justice League movies in any noticeable capacity. Marvel movies all have a purpose. Even the one’s that seem the most out there, the best example being Guardians of the Galaxy, have a part to play in the upcoming Infinity War movies. This movie, though enjoyable, serves no greater purpose and it’s existence at this period in the DCEU’s history makes it nothing but further proof that the DCEU is a mess that needs to be scrapped in the hopes that something better will emerge in the future.

3. They’re too Reactionary

This is one of my big pet peeves about this whole ordeal. They can’t seem to stick to one plan cause they keep pandering to the audience. I mean this is good, but to an extent. People say they like Batman, next thing you know there’s a Batman movie set for 2018. Everybody loves Harley Quinn and Deadshot, next thing you know Gotham City Sirens is on suicide-squad-margot-robbie-harley-quinnthe horizon and a Deadshot solo movie is not far behind. It’s things like this that make you realize that they don’t really have some set masterplan for the future. Sure they gave us a couple of dates a comic con or so ago about the movies coming soon but it’s 2017 and at least two of those movies aren’t happening as they once were or at the very least aren’t happening on time. They like to jump the gun instead of following through with one big interesting story that leads up to an Avengers-like battle for the earth. Marvel built up the coming together of the Avengers for four films (five if you wanna include The Incredible Hulk), and Infinity War will have been built up for 11 frickin films. Now, they don’t need 11 films to lay a foundation for some big bad guy, but if they keep deviating from whatever thin path they’ve creating leading to whatever they are leading to, they will get lost along the way. They already feel lost, if I’m being honest. Another reason to scrap this and get some fresh eyes in to create a better universe some years down the road.

Why The DCEU Should Stay

1. Man of Steel

Despite the DCEU’s cinematic disappointments, it sta130528-overtheshoulderrted out pretty well. While it wasn’t completely loved by everyone, it wasn’t the extreme love/hatedness of fans for BvS and
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. This movie was an interesting introduction to Superman, even though it was more so the story of Clark Kent. I loved Henry Cavill in this, and I loved the ending with Zodd. Though some of the Zack Synder tendencies of flashbacks could be a bit annoying, for the most part I dug it. This movie made me think that this universe was on the track to something great. And while it hasn’t exactly followed the path I thought it would, one can hope that they can find that path yet again.

2. So Much Potential

This one almost goes without saying, but I’m saying it anyway. There is so much potential in the DCEU that’s it’s crazy that its not being used to the best of its ability. Character-wise, the DCEU has the biggest heroes AND villains in all of superheroes and possibly characters in general. And on top of that there’s the actors. Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller, Amy Adams, the list goes on and on. These are some top shelf actors, and yet these movies are just not good. But there’s still hope that this potential (with the right director and script) becomes something great.

These movies are something that should be so much better, and though I understand the thought process of starting fresh I believe they’ll turn the ship around. So I now ask you: What do you think should happen with the DCEU? Should it just keep going with the hopes that they can fix this or just let the ship sink and try again in a decade? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more DCEU related things and other stuff in the world of movies.


DCEU’s All-Female Villains Movie to be Called ‘Gotham City Sirens’; David Ayer to Direct


While Suicide Squad wasn’t exactly a critical darling it did have its moments, and if you ask around about what people’s favorite part of many people will say is the characters. Well, more specifically Harley Quinn. This being the first live action film adaptation of the character, Margot Robbie pretty much knocked it out of the park. When that movie ended most people were thinking “What’s next for Harley?” and the studio picked up on that. So not long after the movie came out it was revealed that a Harley Quinn spinoff was in the works. As time went on we got more details about the project, one being that it could star several famous female villains for a Birds of Prey type of movie. Well we have some more official news that confirms this and a bit more.

The Harley Quinn spin-off has officially evolved into a movie of female villainesses 635267fd1f83ae1c99ad9da6bb3cfe86called Gotham City Sirens. David Ayer will be returning to direct this spin-off, which can be taken as good or bad depending on your feelings about Suicide Squad. For those who thought Suicide Squad was a glorified music video may be dismayed by this news. However for those who either did not think that or loved the movie for what is was should be pretty okay with this news. And the title is a pretty cool one, so that’s one more plus. It’s likely derived from the DC comics series Sirens, which stars the famous villainesses Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy. It is unclear is these are the villains they will be focusing on, only Harley is a sure bet. There is no word on the movie’s plot or if any heroes will be appearing in the villain-centric picture.

For those whdeadshot_empire_cover_png_by_messypandas-d9fdc79o are more interested in the other members of the Squad, don’t fear. Suicide Squad 2 is still in development, along with a Deadshot spin-off. GCS is just the furthest along, which isn’t a surprise considering how much everyone loved Harley. This does seem like an interesting idea, however for the whole of the DCEU I don’t know where this is gonna fit in. I wouldn’t seem to follow the storyline set in place so far. This sounds like a
nice one-shot, but just doesn’t work in the DCEU right now. What they need to do is keep focused on the main storyline they have right now. I doubt Gotham CIty Sirens connects to Justice League Part 2 in some big and influential way. But who knows? Maybe they got it all worked out. Maybe…

So do you think they’re finally on the right track? Should the DCEU just focus on the path they’re on rather than deviating? Is Harley Quinn overrated? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Gotham City Sirens and other things in the world that is movie news.

Gotham City Sirens doesn’t have a set date yet, but we’ll be on the lookout for it.


Patrick Wilson Cast in ‘Aquaman’


Aquaman was always the lesser of the Justice League memories. we called him names, teased him, and sometimes even blatantly ignored him. He just wasn’t cool like Batman or fierce like Wonder Woman. he didn’t even have the boyish charm of Superman (or I guess that’s more Clark Kent). He was just the fish guy. Well that’s all changed thanks to Jason Momoa and the DCEU. You can’t disrespect a guy when he’s frickin’ Khal Drogo. And that along with James Wan directing has really turned around one’s idea of what an Aquaman movie could be. So now we actually pay attention to the Aquaman news because this movie is looking to be a contender, and this new piece of information only further proves that fact.

Patrick Wilson has been cast as ORM in Aquaman’s first solo film. Orm, also known as Ocean Master, is Aquaman’s villanous half-brother. Would it be rude to say that he isn’t but you are no Drogo my friend. Now I don’t know to much about Aquaman mythology (who does really?) so I’m googling and I see to different storylines. While DCEU movies do cherry pick some things from the comics, more recently they’ve been dipping into the more recent comics for inspiration. This isn’t too much of a surprise considering Geoff Johns is essentially the head of the DCEU, almost comparable to that of Kevin Feige for 3020277-2772976-ocean_masterMarvel but less successful. Johns worked on the New 52 series of comics which retconned the already recently reboot DC comic book universe. It’s in this new world that Aquaman is such a badass apparently, so let’s look at who the new Ocean Master is.

According to the Atlantean advisor Vulko, the queen of Atlantis, Atlanna, left her first child, Arthur Curry, to live with his father on the surface world, thus protecting him from the effects of Atlantean tyranny. Atlanna is later forced to marry a member of the Atlantean Guard and gives birth to her second child, Orm. Twelve years later, Orm’s father is killed and Atlanna dies under unknown circumstances, making Orm the new king. Vulko accuses Orm of killing Atlanna, but fails to produce evidence and flees. When Vulko is later confronted by Arthur (who is searching for Atlantis), he explains his brother’s origins and tells him that Arthur is the rightful heir of Atlantis’s throne, and therefore, must overthrow Orm.[3]

At least that’s what Wikipedia says, but why wouldn’t you trust it? This isn’t a school paper. Just trust the internet. Anyway so that’s ORM in the New 52. Just for reference, in the original story Orm is the human half brother of AQ who was always jealous of his superhero brother, which leads him to a life of water-related crimes. I can’t really see Patrick Wilson being younger than Jason Momoa, but that will probably be tweaked for the movies. But overall I really am not feeling Patrick Wilson in this role. I mean I like The Conjuring as much as the next guy, but that doesn’t mean I want him playing the villain in a DCEU movie. But who knows? maybe this guy’ll be perfect, better than Black Manta even. Only time will tell, but what I do know is the DCEU needs to impress, and if it has only semi-impressed by this point Aquaman will hopefully cinch it.

So what do you think? Is Patty Wilson the guy the DCEU needs? Which Orm storyline do you want to see in the movies? Is Aquaman still lame? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow for more news on Aquaman and everything else in the world that is movies.

Aquaman comes to theaters October 5th, 2018, but you’ll get to see him before that in Justice League on November 17th, 2017.


Joe Manganiello to Play Deathstroke in DCEU’s Batman Solo Film

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It has been exciting few weeks for the DC fans of the world. Just over a week ago Ben Affleck gave us the heads up that Deathstroke would be the main villain in the Batman solo movie set to come out in 2018, which sparked a lot of excitement for me and anyone else who is a fan of Arrow or the original Teen Titans cartoon. Deathstroke (aka Slade Wilson) is one of the more known of the unknown DC villains thanks to this popular tv shows. So that news was already something to get me looking forward to 2018, but this is just icing on the cake.

According to The Washington Journal Joe Manganiello has been cast as Deathstroke in this newest iteration. This news came from the mouth of DC executive Geoff Johns himself, so you can take this to the bank. You may recognize this dashing man from the series True Blood and the Magic Mike franchise. Of all the names I heard for this role, Joe’s was the one I most often heard thrown around. So I’m sure quite a few people are having a pretty good day today.

Johns declined to answer if Manganiello’s Deathstroke would make some kind of appearance in the Justice League movie we have coming up soon, however Mr. Manganiello just so happened to be in London not far from where they are shooting so …. Do with that information what you will.

So are you pumped this casting choice? Or did you have someone else in mind? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Deathstroke and other things in the world of movie news.



‘Aquaman’ Villain revealed


Ever since the first superhero comics were created DC has been on top. Marvel may be at the top of its game now but there’s a reason that when you thought of heroes before the MCU became a thing the first characters that came to mind were Superman and Batman. DC’s characters were the most well known and almost all of them were the most well loved. Alas, there was one misfit hero that saved the day but still got teased by every kid on the playground: Aquaman. It’s hard not to make fun of him. I mean talking to fish isn’t exactly the coolest power. Do fish really have anything important to say? But it’s not his fault, he was just born that way. And throughout his long history he has survived the torment of his peers and by his fans is seen as a legit superhero, and I have a feeling in a few years we’ll see as that as well.

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According to TheWrap, Black Manta will be the villain in the blackmantaupcoming Aquaman solo movie. Black Manta is a man in a wetsuit with a weird helmet (as can be seen to your right) that allows him to shoot lasers from the eye holes. In the new 52 universe, which much of the DCEU and DCTV universe has drawn its inspirations from, Black Manta is responsible for the death of Aquaman’s father causing a rivalry that will surely make for something great on the silver screen.

So are you starting to think of Aquaman as the real deal? Do you think Black Manta is a good villain choice? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on the Aquaman solo movie and other things in the world of movie news.

Justice League Part 1 comes to theaters November 17th, 2017. The Aquaman solo movie comes to theaters July 27th, 2018. I know, so far away. But if you feel like you need some DCEU in your life right now, why not go see Suicide Squad? Click here for a look at Sprom’s non-spoiler review of the movie to get a taste and see if you want more.


Suicide Squad Non-Spoiler Review


This is another rare but hopefully appreciated Sprom review! This review is over the third movie in the DCEU Suicide Squad. This movie being the first movie in this new DC universe to not be directed by Zack Snyder, it had a lot to prove. And I think for the most part they came out a success. This movie is an even that begs to be seen in theaters. I left the theater opening night feeling like I was walking on air. I adored this movie. Let’s talk about why.

Let’s start with the characters. This was the thing that pulled us all in: the unique characters that get pushed together in order to save the world. The standouts were (no surprise here) Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and Amanda Waller. This is Will Smith at his finest. His performance as a deadly assassin and a loving father was so good it almost made me forget about Men in Black 3. Almost. As always, Viola Davis’ performance as Waller was bad ass. And Margot Robbie was extraordinary as Harley Quinn. She embodies the crazy that is Harley Quinn in just the right way. I had a feeling she would be my favorite character in this movie, but she’s definitely top five at least in all of the DCEU thus far. Special mention goes to Jai Courtney’s character Captain Boomerang. He took a character that seemed so ridiculous and made him into a loveable douchebag. As for the disappointments one is surprisingly Katana. She turns out to be different than the trailers led me to believe. She kinda felt thrown in. so that was definitely a bummer. And it was made such a big thing when it was made known that Common and Scott Eastwood were gonna be in the movie. I thought they would be more relevant. I thought wrong. I mean they weren’t bad, they just weren’t important. And speaking of relevant, Slipknot is as relevant as you think is he is .


Now on to the man who gets his own paragraph. The one, the only, the Joker. I do confess that I’ve never seen any other Batman movie excluding Batman v Superman, making this my first Joker. And he sure does not disappoint. This man … he is brilliant. Jared Leto is my Joker. maybe my only Joker. I don’t think I need any more in my life. He takes the man that I’ve heard and read about so much and brings him to life in a way I never could’ve expected. While he ends up being more of a mob boss than a comic book villain, but I think basing him in a kind of reality that gives him any needed resources and the ability to be as insane as he is was the perfect way to portray him. As for the romance that is Joker and Harley, this is portrayed brilliantly in Suicide Squad. Two crazy lovebirds just trying to do whatever they want while destroying anyone in their way. The classic fairytale. And they really are in love, which is the best part. After seeing this movie there is no doubt in my mind that they are the definition of the perfect couple. I’m ready to see this man on the big screen in the near future.

Now on to some more troubling this. While I did adore this movie, it is not without its problems. One thing that kind of bugged me is that the Suicide Squad wasn’t really much of a team. I get that villains aren’t usually team players, however I feel they didn’t come together as much as I thought they could’ve. It felt like more of a group of singular characters rather than a team. Another thing is how they got some of the needed backstory. Some of the backstory stuff fit in just fine, but near the end it felt like stuff got wedged into to make sure that the ending made sense.


Now on to happier things: the soundtrack! This movie’s soundtrack is a gift from the gods. In the movie the songs worked so well and didn’t even make me want an orchestral score, and anyone who’s seen my reviews knows I love a good orchestral score. The best part is this is the kinda soundtrack you listen to all the time. It works in and out of the theater. I’m listening to it right now and these songs are all so great. Even the Panic! At The Disco cover of Bohemian Rhapsody (although Freddie Mercury is still #1). My favorite songs are Purple Lamborghini, You Don’t Own Me, and I started a Joke.

This movie is a must watch for DC fans and casual moviegoers alike. It’s an enjoyable action packed thrill ride that will encourage so many young girls to want to dress up as Harley for Halloween. Trust me on this, this mixture of amazing characters and supernatural weirdness is worth the cost of admission.

P.S. The mid credits scene is sorta important, but a total snoozefest. Dropping the ball DC.

When are you seeing Suicide Squad? Will you be dressing up as Harley come Halloween? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more reviews and other fun stuff in the world of movie news.

Suicide Squad is now playing all over. Go see it!

‘Suicide Squad’ to Have Mid-Credits Scene


While the DCEU has been somewhat of a bust, its latest installments have been raising quite a few eyebrows. With Wonder Woman and Justice League trailers wowing audiences in and out of Comic Con, it seems to be course correcting just fine after the movie that shall not be named. One movie in particular that has become one of the most anticipated of the Summer is the newest DC film Suicide Squad. This new installment to the DC universe has been having a fun time proving to all disappointed with the DCEU that this is not your normal superhero movie. Mostly because these guys aren’t heroes in the most conventional sense. It’s bad guys fighting bad guys! And the trailers look so dark but comedic and actiony. I mean, I’m definitely gonna see it as soon as it comes out. And when12489243_1674589672821667_4430624289856009994_o I do see it, I’m gonna make sure to stick around after the end. Here’s why:

Suicide Squad is going to have a mid-credits scene. And yes that makes this the first DCEU film to have another scene after the film. It is unclear what the scene will involve but it has been described as “pivotal and important”, so that’s interesting. This news comes out of advanced screenings of the film, so this may not be the only extra bit we end up getting. It is very possible that there might be something tagged on after the credits to entice the viewer further. But I wouldn’t exactly bet on this. Last thing they need is to be called Marvel copycats.

So if there was any doubt in your mind on whether or not to see Suicide Squad, I have a feeling that that doubt has magically disappeared. But the question now is what the credits scene will be about. Will it be a look into one of the characters after the events of Suicide Squad? Maybe a Wonder Woman sneak peek to hold us over till we get another trailer? What do you think it’ll be about? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Suicide Squad and other things in the world of movie news..

Suicide Squad comes to theaters August 5th.