I remember around the time of 2020’s Fandome there were seven theatrical DC films in production, and one that I feel everyone forgets isn’t. So far three of the eight have been released and I have seen two out of the three, both I thought were alright. It feels crazy that half of the scheduled films are all coming out the same year, the one currently sneaking up on us. And such a bold move is followed with the two big, anticipated games also releasing that same year.
Technically Multiversus is a third game. Although the game is a blatant ripoff of Smash, the fact that it will be free to play reassures me that the game is made with genuinely good intentions, especially when comparing it to Nickelodeon’s unfinished fighting game with mechanics outright stolen from Smash. Another selling point is that the voice actors of three of the DC characters as well as a couple of other characters make their return. You got Tara Strong as Harley Quinn, George Newbern as Superman, and my personal favorite, Kevin Conroy as Batman.
Everyone’s looking forward to The Batman in March. I know a lot of people are predicting that it will be one of the best Batman movies and I believe that to be a fair assumption. Such a tight cast is a good starting point. Casting Paul Dano as the Riddler and Jeffrey Wright as Jim Gordon are both strokes of genius, but hearing Colin Farrel was going to tackle the Penguin, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was skeptical. Then this year’s Fandome trailer dropped and Colin Farrel’s Penguin became my favorite part of the film so far, even though Michael Giacchio’s score is a very close second. Michael came onto the scene of Pixar with Bu bum bum ba bum, BA BUM BA BA BUM, he did the score for the best Pixar movie (Ratatouille), and now for The Batman’s instrumentals he’s orchestrating excellent strings. In the international trailer, as the logo appears, some guy just goes nuts and plays his instrument like a certified madman. The action also looks creative and contains well executed ideas. From the impressions the trailers leave the action seems like it could be the best from a live action Batman film, since it has such little competition.
Mister Miracle: The Great Escape is a young adult graphic novel releasing in January. After Source of Freedom, I feel Mister Miracle needs something good, something that could restore his name, and I have a good feeling that this could do just that. Everything about the new heist comic starring the Rogues, written by Joshua Williamson, coming in March sounds great. Dark Knights of Steel had a pretty good first issue, and an excellent second one, so if the second issue is an indication of the direction Tom Taylor is going with this comic, I’m on board with this already solid limited series. Joshua William’s Batman had a very strong first issue released this month, and from that his run has potential to be the best main title Batman run in quite some time. And then you got World’s Finest, the return of my second favorite comic writer of all time, Mark Waid, a team up comic of Batman and Superman, two of my three favorite DC characters, with art by the great Dan Mora. Everything about that sounds too amazing to be true, but it is also coming out in March, along side “The Batman” and “Rogues”.