We’re still in kind of in a lull when it comes to superhero movies. The industry is slowing recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, but superhero content — at least on the big screen — has yet to return or even be promoted heavily. Like so many times in the past, the “end of superhero movies” has been heralded from all corners of the internet, but if that couldn’t be further from the truth. Moviegoers will still queue up for the long-overdue Black Widow movie and, even though Eternals hasn’t sparked much interest yet, fans went crazy for the trailers for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Venom: Let There Be Carnage. And, surprisingly, there are several really exciting things happening in superhero movies at Warner Bros. (or whatever it will end up being called following the Discovery/WarnerMedia merger).
Even Marvel zombies who swore to never watch a DCEU movie before — or who watch them only to bash them online — are taking interest in James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad. The once and future Guardians of the Galaxy director seems to have used his “hiatus” from Marvel to do things he’s never done before in his hilarious, gory, non-sequel/no-reboot of Suicide Squad, including go bigger than he ever has before. In a recent interview with the AP, Gunn said his confidence that Margot Robbie could “do anything” (but “sing”) inspired him to give Harley Quinn the spotlight she deserves:
[Margot] embodies the character. She’s able to do the comedy. She’s able to do the drama. And physically, she is a pure athlete and is able to do these stunts in such a graceful, magnificent, beautiful way. And so I wrote the biggest action scene I’ve ever done all around Harley, and it was so fun to create just on every level from working with the stunt guys all the way through to working with her. It’s probably my favorite four minutes of film I’ve ever shot before.
For sixteen years — since before the MCU and through all the ups and downs of the attempts by Warner Bros. to create a shared DC movieverse to rival it — the one constant voice has been Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his belief in a solo Black Adam movie. Johnson seems to have willed the movie into being. He’s also been a one-man promotional team for the movie, with almost all of the news — and even the first teaser trailer — coming from Johnson himself. In a recent Instagram post, @therock teased the tiniest of sneak peeks at his Black Adam costume:
“…if you swipe left and ZOOM IN, you’ll see small piece of my GOLD BLACK ADAM…”
Images courtesy of DC Comics & Warner Bros.