In the great race in Hollywood to have shared cinematic universes, Marvel is the only winner so far. Of all the attempts to reach Marvel’s level, Warner Bros’s Justice League gambit is the riskiest. For a plan so motivated by the bottom line, it’s one that’s marked by odd, bold and interesting choices like green-lighting David Ayer’s “The Dirty Dozen”-esque “Suicide Squad” or hiring Jesse Eisenberg and Will Smith. Now, another one of those interesting choices have surfaced and it’s sure to get fans talking. Be warned though, the spoiler-averse among you may want to steer clear.
Badass Digest is reporting that in the world of 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” beloved lawman Jim Gordon will be dead. By the time the film begins, the detective has apparently long since passed with nothing more than “a memorial plaque to James Gordon” to make up for his presence. It’s unclear what, if any, effect this has on Ben Affleck’s Batman and the rest of the cinematic universe at large. If the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents sent him on the path to be the Caped Crusader, what does the death of his counterpart do to his fragile psyche? It’s a question we won’t know the answer to until at least 2016.
In other news, there will be another DC Comics show on TV. Following in the successful footsteps of “Arrow,” “Gotham” and “The Flash.” THR reports DC movie vet David Goyer will help create another Superman prequel. No, it’s not another “Smallville,” the series instead “takes place years before the Superman legend we know, when the House of El was shamed and ostracized” and “follows the Man of Steel’s grandfather as he brings hope and equality to Krypton, turning a planet in disarray into one worthy of giving birth to the greatest Super Hero ever known.” The show, titled “Krypton,” is being developed by Goyer for SyFy with the help of writer Ian Goldberg – the two previously worked together on Goyer’s show “FlashFoward.” The real question to be asked here is if the dragon Russell Crowe rode in “Man of Steel” will appear on the show. Or perhaps more crucially, if it will fit into the DC movie-verse. Our guess? If “Gotham” is any indication, probably not.
And finally, with Michelle MacLaren onboard to direct the “Wonder Woman” movie, it’s moving forward (per THR) by hiring “Pan” writer Jason Fuchs. The trade notes that “Fuchs will work with MacLaren on the drafts,” which bodes well for MacLaren’s influence on the project. Here’s hoping MacLaren is able to bring the talents she’s displayed on the small screen in shows like “Breaking Bad” and “X-Files” to a tentpole film.