Shazam! Three big questions that persist for the DC Universe

With people still trying to figure out how to respond to the success of Captain Marvel and as everyone holds their breath for Avengers: Endgame.

Did anyone notice that DC is sneaking in a superhero film in between the release of these two Marvel films? 

Shazam! is coming, but does anyone care? We are sure that the executives at Warner Brothers are very curious to see if he can spark some life into the DCEU. Aquaman surprisingly came out of the depths and Wonder Woman set the ‘golden lasso standard’ that kept hope alive for this superhero franchise. Even though the Justice League is still trying to emulate the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it has not made it, yet. We are not going to even touch the whole name issue that Captain Marvel and Shazam! share from the past. 

All of these topics have kept graphic novel fans buzzing throughout the year, but the Reel Dialogue team thought there were more pertinent questions to ask.

  1. Will Billy Batson breathe some fresh perspective into the DCEU and keep the momentum going for DCEU or will he disappear with a mere snap of the fingers? 
  2. What is the best film within this franchise?
  3. Who was the best Batman and Superman?

Answers:

Answer one will be answered on 4 April, 2019. The trailers look hilarious and polar opposite to the dark and dreary world of director Zach Snyder. (Maybe he should go back to Watchmen) The film looks to be a cross between Superman and Big, which might be the needed lift this series needs. It will most likely gross significantly less than Captain Marvel, but it may prove to be the surprise hit of the season.

See what you think.

Answer two: Wonder Woman is still the standout, while Aquaman was a pleasant and cheesy surprise, but the others are less than… super.

Here is the Reel Dialogue ranking of the DCEU:

1. Wonder Woman

2. Aquaman

3. Justice League

4. Shazam!

5. Man of Steel 

6. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition)

7. Suicide Squad 

8. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 

Just a quick nod to the Dark Knight trilogy from Christopher Nolan. DC has yet to recover from the standard set by this series and can only hope they can get back to the brilliance that this series established. 

Answer three: Who is the best Batman and Superman?

There have been dozens of portrayals of Superman and Batman on film, TV and animation.

Here are some of the favourites:

Superman 

George Reeves: The TV series Adventures of Superman ran from 1952-59.

Christopher Reeve: The late actor starred in four films: Superman: The Movie (1978), 

Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987).

Dean Cain – The TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman starred Cain and Teri Hatcher in the title roles.

Tom Welling – Do you remember the Smallville. One of the longest-running manifestations of the Kryptonian. (2001-2011)

Brandon Routh – Routh starred in Superman Returns (2006), but the film was considered a box-office disappointment so he was not asked back.

Henry Cavill – The latest incarnation of the Man of Steel. He is the first British Superman, but there are no fake muscles on this guy. (2013-2016)

Batman

Adam West: The actor was typecast for life after three seasons of the campy TV series Batman (1966-1968).

Michael Keaton: Director Tim Burton cast Keaton in the feature film Batman (1989) and the pair came back for Batman Returns (1992).

Val Kilmer: Kilmer starred in the feature film Batman Forever (1995) for director Joel Schumacher.

George Clooney: The actor still jokes that his 1997 stint wearing the controversial “bat nipples” costume in Batman & Robin almost killed his career.

Will Arnett: The comedian voiced a hilariously arrogant Lego Batman in the animated film The Lego Movie (2014)

Christian Bale: The British actor partnered with director Chris Nolan for the hugely successful trilogy Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

Ben Affleck: He is the oldest Batman, but seems to be holding his own against the man of steel. (2016) 

Which ones are our favourites?
Batman – Christian Bale 
Superman – Christopher Reeve 
What are your thoughts on the DC Universe? Do you even care? 

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Russell Matthews

Russell loves film and enjoys engaging in discussions about the latest cinema offerings and then connecting this with the Gospel. He has worked for City Bible Forum for over 13 years, is a reviewer for Insights Magazine and Entertainment Fuse and has a blog called Russelling Reviews. He moderates events for Reel Dialogue which connect the film industry with the general public.