The DC Extended Universe is on the up and up right now, and not a moment too soon. From convoluted plots to nonsensical villains, the burgeoning franchise has struggled to resonate with the moviegoing masses, and one need only look at the critical reviews for Suicide Squad or Batman V Superman for evidence of that. Warner’s shared universe needed a hero, then – a true hero, one able to inject a sense of personality into a compelling, progressive origin story for our times. Enter Wonder Woman.
As the first bona fide hit for the DCEU, the Amazon Princess’ standalone outing is smashing box office records left, right and centre as it continues to impress both critics and audiences alike. Speaking of which, if you’ve seen the film already – which, let’s face it, you probably have by this point – you’ll have noticed that a nifty new DCEU intro played before it.
Inspired by the Justice League Unlimited cartoon, it features a number of heroes, including Batman, The Flash, Aquaman and more. It’s a cool little introduction and what’s perhaps most exciting about it is at the end, we see the camera pan out to reveal a ton of DC characters who’ve yet to be introduced in the ever growing cinematic universe.
It’s hard to make out all of them, but fans have been digging into each and every frame, trying to find some clues about which heroes may be making their debuts next. Unfortunately, all we’ve had to date is a bootleg version of the intro, which has made it a little difficult to figure things out. But that changes today as we’ve now got an HD copy of it which is much clearer and a lot easier on the eyes.
Granted, it’s still hard to make out everyone who’s featured in that big group shot, and there’s nothing to say that all of the characters included here will 100% be making their way into the DC Extended Universe, but the intro is definitely worth checking out if you haven’t seen it yet. And even if you have, why not give it another look and see which heroes you can spot at the end? Maybe you missed some the first time around.
Circling back to Wonder Woman though, and at long last, Warner Bros. has a bona fide critical darling in its hands. The Patty Jenkins-directed standalone pic launched last month to rave reviews and a record-breaking box office haul – $223 million, to be exact, thereby fuelling talk of a sequel getting off the ground in the not-so-distant future – which has the DC faithful looking toward the release of Justice League in November with a hushed excitement. November 17th is the date for your diaries.