Wonder Woman is breaking records in just two weeks of release - but the film isn't just setting milestones as a female-led and directed superhero blockbuster; it's also a major turning point for the DC Extended Universe.
There's no better evidence of the DCEU re-branding initiative that comes with Wonder Woman than the opening intro to the film, which is a much different and colorful spread of DC Comics characters than we saw in Man of Steel, Batman v Superman or Suicide Squad.
However, within that new DCEU intro are a lot of possible big reveals and/or confirmations of DC Comics characters who have may soon be appearing in upcoming DC Films. A new video from New Rockstars has an extensive breakdown of the characters in the intro - helping to spotlight some exciting possible reveals
Here are New DC Movie Characters Revealed In That Wonder Woman Intro.
(Photo Credits: New Rockstars)
First of all, let's eliminate the characters in the intro that we already know have been confirmed for the DCEU:
The Justice League
- Wonder Woman
- The Flash
- Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
- Green Lantern (John Stewart)
- *Lex Luthor (In his Battle Armor!)
- Black Adam
- Ocean Master
- Deathstroke The Terminator
Other DCEU Figures
- Harley Quinn
- Captain Boomerang
Several characters that already appear as part of DC Comics' "Arrowverse" also appear in this DC Movie Intro - suggesting that, like Flash, there could soon be two versions of these characters to keep track of.
Spotted in this intro we have:
- Green Arrow
- (Possibly) Vixen
- Black Lighting (*technically not an official "Arrowverse" character, but about to be introduced to the DC TV universe).
There's no telling if these Arrowverse characters are simply being honored for their presence on TV - or if they indeed are getting movie counterparts.
Darkseid is a major villain of the DC Universe - one of the dark "New Gods" and ruler of the planet Apokolips.
Fans have long speculated that Darkseid will show up as a main antagonist of the Justice League movies; though the suspicion is that he won't be fully revealed until the second film.
This fan-favorite character has been noticeably absent from the DCEU - but apparently that could soon change, if this is truly him appearing in this intro (the hands on head posture of a telepathic being would suggest as much).
As for where/when Manhunter could appear? Well, the Justice League movies could debut the character as a surprise twist. If not that, Green Lantern Corps and its exploration of alien worlds and cultures could include a back door intro for Manhunter.
For our money, having Darkseid reveal the 'last' Kryptonian and the last Martian as his personal guards/warriors would be an awesome reveal.
Mr. Miracle and Big Barda are both members of the "New Gods," who have already been indirectly referenced in both Batman v Superman and Wonder Woman.
Barda is a former evil enforcer from Apokolips, who turned hero when she fell in love with Scott Free, the god of escape, who was given up by his father, the benevolent Highfather Izaya of New Genesis, as a peace pact with Darkseid and Apokolips (in exchange for Highfather adopting Darkseid's son, Orion). Scott was tortured on Apokolips for most of his youth, until he mastered the art of escaping any trap, and eventually fled to Earth with Big Barda as his wife.
With the saga of the "New Gods" and their war with the "Old Gods" of Earth being a major subplot of Justice League (we confirmed as much HERE), it seems Mr. Miracle and Barda will soon have big roles to play in the DCEU.
Batman's longtime friend/enemy/romantic interest (and now fiance in the comics) has been a long rumored pick to join Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn in the Gotham City Sirens team film, as Harley, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy are a bad girl unit in the comics.
Catwoman is a major DC anti-hero, so she could also show in The Batman, and/or the Suicide Squad sequel. Wherever a master thief is needed...
Batman's original sidekick, Dick Grayson, has been rumored for the DCEU for some time - and was even expected to pop up somewhere in Batman v Superman.
Of course Dick/Nightwing hasn't been seen yet in the DC cinematic universe, but as Ben Affleck's Batman moves into his solo film corner of the DCEU, allies like Nightwing are expect to get their debut.
To that end, it's no surprise that Batgirl makes an appearance in the DC Movie intro - now we just need to know which actress is actually playing to role.
One of Batman's most iconic villains can been seen in the new intro - and there are several places he could end up being introduced to the DCEU.
Freeze could be one of several rogues rumored for The Batman solo film; he could get his own spotlight as a tragic figure in the Suicide Squad sequel; or he could be an antagonist that the Gotham City Sirens team must tangle with.
One of the oddest pieces of DCEU movie making has been the Shazam movie. The hero himself (or his young alter-ego Billy Batson) has not been cast - but his primary antagonist, Black Adam, will be played by Dwayne The Rock Johnson.
It's not hard to spot Black Adam in the intro; however, it's a nice nod to Shazam to have Billy Batson standing in front of the magical hero's silhouette.
Solomon Grundy is a dead man who was resurrected as a monster and is basically a zombie Hulk. Grundy has typically been a Batman villain, but in this DCEU, he could show up in any number of places.
The Batman doesn't seem like the best possibility, as that film could likely be more grounded. The most likely places for Grundy to debut would be in Justice League Dark or Suicide Squad 2 (as the new Killer Croc type).
Getting into the supernatural side of things:
We know that a Justice League Dark movie will be happening, bringing together some of the mystical/supernatural elements of the DCEU together. In that lineup of rumored characters, there's one who (literally) looms above all: The Spectre.
Like Ghost Rider in Marvel, Spectre is the DC Universe's spirit of vengeance, a merciless spirit attached to a reincarnated cop. He's a figure that DC has tested onscreen already (watch the excellent animated short), and could be a great figure in Justice League Dark, or in his own solo movie.
Another big character (literally and figuratively) rumored for Justice League Dark is Swamp Thing.
As a monster tied to the environment, Swamp Thing is truly a unique DC Character. He's already had a cult-hit movie (released in 1982, with a sequel in '89); however, his DCEU intro would be a major reinvention.
Aside from Hal Jordan and John Stewart, DC Movie fans will get to meet more cosmic cops when the Green Lantern Corps movie arrives.
Base on this intro, we learn that iconic Corps members like Kilowog and Mogo may be featured in the reboot film, as well as iconic "fallen Lantern" and bearer of the yellow ring of fear, Sinestro.
Fans not familiar with modern GLC lore may not recognize Jessica Cruz, one of the newest Green Lanterns of Earth - but he's seemingly part of this intro, and presumably, the movie as well.
One of the other big foes of the Green Lantern Corps (besides Sinestro's 'Sinestro Corps' of Yellow Lanterns) is the Red Lantern Corps, whose red power rings are fueled by the emotion of anger.
The Red Lanterns' leader is named Atrocitus, and his tragic origin is tied to The Guadians of the Universe, the creators of the Green Lantern Corps.
With Atrocitus becoming a bigger and bigger figure in the DC Universe, it's exciting to think he could soon appear in the DCEU, as well.
The iconic duo of Hawkman and Hawkgirl are easy to spot in this DCEU intro - as they're the only two characters with wings!
So far there's been little to no word of Hawkman/Hawkgirl joining the DCEU, or what version of the characters we would see.
In DC Comics lore they've been lovers dying and reincarnated over the span of time (starting in Ancient Egypt), and aliens from the planet Thanagar (in the fantastic Hawkworld mythos). Either scenario (or both) sets us possible connections to other DCEU characters like the Green Lanterns, or Shazam/Black Adam.