“Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” has been released to bad press. The film was demolished by critics. While the film will be a financial success, it will not cross the $1 billion mark and be considered a disappointment. I personally did not love the film but I also did not hate it. I came into the film knowing that Warner Bros. was trying to play catch up. They tried to get their cinematic universe off with the 2011 “Green Lantern” movie but that was pretty much DOA. They finally managed to start it with 2013 and the Superman movie “Man of Steel” but even that movie had some controversy to it. Even with all the problems that plagued the film, I left the theater wanting to see more of what this universe would bring. The film contained numerous hints of other heroes, other villains and things that may or may not come to pass.
First it is a known secret that The Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman appear in the movie. Other than The Flash, they were only glimpses. There is a strong hint about the power that is behind Aquaman’s abilities that teases things to come. The Earth is covered in ocean and much of it has been unexplored. So the people behind the Aquaman movie are free to come up with whatever they want, which is refreshing as it will be unique among the superhero movie genre. Next up is Cyborg and all the audience gets is a glimpse of his origin. There is something important in his sequence and that is what plays a part in his origin. A certain object that hints at something bigger is on the way. Finally there is The Flash. The Flash is unique as his character currently has a very popular television series and the two are unconnected. One thing the television show does not have is a deep budget and the brief glimpse we get of The Flash, his powers are portrayed as very powerful and probably chaotic. Though their presence in the movie is shoehorned in, they are good characters that hint at the larger world.
There are the also the heroes who are present in the movie itself. Superman already had the first movie in the DC Extended Universe and it wouldn’t be a stretch to see him getting another solo movie. The movie introduces the universe’s Batman as well as the first movie version of Wonder Woman. This Batman is unique as he has a 20 year history as a vigilante. There are hints of The Joker and also of Robin and Wayne Manor is currently a husk of its former self. The movie does not go any further than these hints but the movie certainly leaves the audience wanting more of this Batman. He is confirmed to appear in the next movie in the DC Extended Universe movie, Suicide Squad, where The Joker is a presence. It is almost a guarantee that Batman will get a solo movie. Whether it is a sequel or prequel or some sort of mix, who’s to say but the craving for more Batman is there. Wonder Woman herself stole the show and she’s even a bigger enigma than Batman. Her screen time in the movie is no more than seven minutes but she talks of killing creatures from other worlds and flat out admits that she’s over 100 years old. There is a key plot point in the movie that link to her solo movie, which might not be noticeable at first but sure to play a part in that movie as well. Ultimately the “Trinity” of the DC Universe is looking strong on the big screen.
Finally there are the villains. The whole debate of “Marvel or DC” is a never ending debate. One could not argue that the DC Comics universe has the better villains. The audience has already seen General Zod and Lex Luthor and know The Joker is coming next. The antagonist of “Suicide Squad” is currently unknown but the team is made up of villains forced into government servitude. It is also unknown about the who the antagonists of the Wonder Woman or Justice League movies are but surely they will be threats big enough for the protagonist(s) of those movies. Within “Batman v. Superman” there are also hints of the big bad of the DC Universe itself, Darkseid. Darkseid is more or less the devil of a group of space gods known as the New Gods. His presence is felt and it is effectively a guarantee that he will plague the DC Extended Universe.
So while there may have been a hiccup with “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”, all is not lost. Nothing is ever perfect and it is only the second movie within the universe. “Suicide Squad” and “Wonder Woman” are both helmed by different directors and look to bring their own uniqueness to the burgeoning universe. “Justice League” is set to start filming on April 11, 2016 and certainly the creative forces who are behind that movie, who were also behind “Batman v. Superman” have taken note of the criticism. Hopefully that makes a great movie for the premiere team of the DC Universe. There is a whole universe that is left to be explored and some issues with one movie does not cause panic.