With a new year on the horizon and the holidays upon us, it’s a good time to take a look back at 2014 to remember and remark upon a few of its key DC Entertainment moments. Some of these moments played out on the comic book page or the screen, others were real-life happenings that shaped what we’ll be reading and seeing over the years ahead. If you’re a DC Comics fan or just an entertainment fan in general, they all mattered. It’s been a great year full of both ups and downs, but these are the big ones. These are our DCComics.com “Ten Moments that Mattered” for 2014.
Six months ago, you’d be hard pressed to find an entertainment or pop culture avenue without a DC Entertainment presence—TV, video games, consumer products, collectibles, animation, comics (obviously)—with the exception of film. The Dark Knight Rises was released in 2012, Man of Steel came out last year and except for Warner Bros.’ upcoming Batman-costarring sequel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, that was it.
Yes, there were rumors of some sort of film slate, mentions that Warner Bros. had “big plans” for DC Entertainment and occasional informal announcements (like the news that New Line had a Shazam movie in development). But for fans who were hoping to see a DC Cinematic Universe similar to what they’ve seen from other publishers, one that included super heroes other than Superman or Batman, there didn’t seem to be a lot to talk about.
That changed on October 15, 2014, when Warner Bros. revealed a full slate of ten DC Entertainment feature films. The list included the movies we were hoping to see—Wonder Woman will get her own film, while the Justice League will get TWO movies. However, it also included quite a few surprises. A standalone Cyborg movie! A Flash feature starring Ezra Miller! A Suicide Squad movie! And coming in 2016, no less!!
There’s something to interest just about every DC Comics fan, but perhaps what’s most interesting is what’s largely missing: Batman and Superman. True, the whole thing kicks off with Batman v Superman and Warner Bros. has stated that both heroes have standalone movies in development, but over the next six years, other heroes and villains will get their time in the spotlight. It all suggests that seven years from now, the DC Comics super heroes you hear children pretending to be in parks and schoolyards may be considerably different than the ones you do today.
Be sure to check DCComics.com again tomorrow for another moment that mattered in 2014.