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2020 In Review: Top 10 DC Stories

Through COVID-19 and DC FanDome, DC Comics made major headlines in 2020. And it would have done so even without the announcement of Zack Snyder’s Justice League and the release of major productions like Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey.

Here are 10 top DC stories in 2020.

10) Margot Robbie Gets Her DC Movie

Margot Robbie in Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey. (photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics)

Margot Robbie did an amazing job as Harley Quinn in 2016’s Suicide Squad, so much so that it seemed clear that Robbie could carry a film as the character. She did it in Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey. Harley Quinn is more violent than other DC and superhero films — it got an R rating. But that didn’t mean that the film wasn’t excellent. The all-female superhero film disappointed at the box office, however.

9) DC’s Superman And Lois Is Finally Announced

The Arrowverse already had a variety of shows about superheroes. Now, the main DC superhero is joining the party. Superman and Lois will star Tyler Hoechlin (Superman/Clark Kent) and Elizabeth Tulloch (Lois Lane). A similar show has run in the past, in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. We can expect that the characters will be tremendous journalists for The Daily Planet. Meanwhile, Clark, as Superman, will be off on human-saving exploits with a cape that looks different than any we’ve seen before.

8) DC’s Black Adam Shows Up At DC FanDome

Black Adam
Image: DC Comics

The film, starring Dwayne Johnson, is a spinoff from Shazam!. It features an anti-hero, Black Adam and releases Dec. 22, 2021.

7) The Suicide Squad Gets Finally Shown Off At DC FanDome

James Gunn is the director of The Suicide Squad.
(photo credit: Vianney Le Caer/REX/Shutterstock)

James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) is directing the soft reboot and standalone sequel to Suicide Squad. Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Viola Davis, Taika Waititi and Sylvester Stallone will be in the film.

Gunn apparently was inspired by the 1980s Suicide Squad comics to look at new characters rather than continue the storylines in Suicide Squad.

6) Shazam! Fury of the Gods Gets A Typically Shazam-Like Trailer

Zachary Levi will return to the role of Shazam after playing the character in 2019’s Shazam!. The film will be the 13th installment in the DC Extended Universe. And returning to direct, produce and write are David F. Sandberg, Peter Safran and Henry Gayden, respectively.

5) Aquaman 2 Answers Some Questions And Leaves Others

Jason Momoa will again play Aquaman/Arthur Curry after first being a blip in Batman v Superman and seen more in Justice League and 2018’s Aquaman. Aquaman, which grossed more than $1 billion at the box office, was better-liked by critics than the other two films where Momoa plays Arthur. And James Wan, who directed Aquaman, will be at the helm of Aquaman 2.

4) Michael Keaton Is Back As Batman, And Other Batmen As Well In The Flash

Ezra Miller is set to reprise the role of the Flash/Barry Allen after he was spotted briefly in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and was since featured in 2017’s Justice League. Then it was publicly learned that Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck will play different caped crusaders in the film, The Flash, which looks at a multiverse of DC heroes.

3) The Batman Gets Pushed Back (twice)

Robert Pattison as the Caped Crusader in The Batman. (Warner Bros.)

Robert Pattinson will take his turn as the Dark Knight after portrayals in recent years by Christian Bale and Affleck (not to mention that four other people have played Batman in movies). And fans expressed excitement for the film when its first trailer was released in August.

The Batman was bumped from June to Oct. 2021 and then March 2022 due to COVID-19.

2) Wonder Woman 1984 pushed back (thrice) due to COVID-19

Wonder Woman 1984 certainly is a film that’s been in the can but unable to be opened. Finally, after being pushed back three times due to the pandemic, on Christmas Day, the film will be released to the world.

The first trailer for the film made it look like it was going to squarely follow in the lead of Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok of being comical and … neon. It seemed that a filmmaking trend would continue to pick up. But the next trailer made it seem like the film would be less that way.

WW84 was pushed from June 5 to Aug. 14, then to Oct. 2, and then to Dec. 25. You can read our review, right here.

1) Zack Snyder’s Justice League Announced, To Feature Darkseid

Darkseid from a trailer for Zack Snyder’s Justice League. (photo credit: HBO Max/Warner Bros.)

It will be an entirely new thing,” Snyder said after the #ReleasetheSnyderCut movement proved effective. (It didn’t hurt that fans bought a Times Square billboard and had a plane fly a banner over San Diego Comic-Con, with stars Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck joining the chorus of voices on Twitter for #ReleasetheSnyderCut.) Snyder brought back all the actors whose characters comprise the Justice League, with the exception of Henry Cavill, for reshoots.

The film will feature Darkseid, a major antagonist to Superman in the comics. In Joss Whedon’s Justice League, Darkseid’s aide Steppenwolf was the big baddie.

The film will be released in four parts, each part one hour long. The release date may be in March.

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By Rhett Wilkinson

At nine years old, Rhett Wilkinson wrote stories about Han Solo & Princess Leia's son Ben Solo, so he's waiting for Disney to pay up! Rhett is the owner of Hero's Journey Content and author of "'Star Wars' Is Still Intact: Re-finding Yourself in the Age of Trump." His work has been seen in USA TODAY, ESPN & the Pew Forum. He also was a screenwriter for the theatrical production "Before Your Time" and is a survivor of abuse. Reach him on Twitter @rhettrites.

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