DC comics, for me, have always packed a hell of a punch. Having grown up with these characters, I naturally rejoiced when I first heard about DC setting up its own shared universe that has long been in the works. Kicking off with ‘Man of Steel’ in 2013, DCEU has somewhat come into its own, stumbling a bit along the way. ‘Justice League’ is slated for release this November, and a number of other projects are in the pipeline in various stages of production, including ‘Aquaman’ (2018), ‘Shazam’ (2019), ‘Cyborg’ (2020) and ‘Green Lantern Corps’ (2020). Sequels for ‘Wonder Woman’, ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ are also in the works, with WB considering the possibility of a ‘Gotham City Sirens’ film and a film based on ‘Justice League Dark’ too! I say, bring ‘em on. Meanwhile, here’s a list of facts you should know about the DCEU to keep you hooked as you wait for new releases to hit screens!
Possible SPOILERS ahead.
1. The Curious Case of the Group Photograph
One of the reasons why Diana Prince is around in ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ (2016), plotwise, was to retrieve an old photograph of her with some comrades (Steve Trevor, Sameer, Charlie and The Chief) shot in Belgium, in the year 1918. This first raised Bruce’s suspicion that Diana was no normal human. Interestingly enough, the shooting of ‘Wonder Woman’, the film wasn’t to be underway for another 6 months or so, but this photograph was the first thing shot for the film during BvS’s shooting. The cast and crew were assembled, and a set created for shooting this picture. It however became a painstaking task for the cast and crew to recreate the shot in the actual Wonder Woman film, which was released in June 2017.
While shooting the scene following the no man’s land sequence, director Patty Jenkins had to recreate the exact conditions as shown in the photograph from BvS, which proved to be an arduous task. While there are few noticeable differences clearly visible, I’d say Jenkins and team did a fine job at continuity and universe building.