DC’s Comeback


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Dane Durrant, Staff Writer

With the hit new movie Shazam out, and a trailer for the most anticipated comic book movie of 2019, Joker, DC looks like it could make a comeback in the theaters.

DC has really hit some bumps in the road for quite some time now. With their biggest movie, Justice League, only getting 40 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice getting 28 percent, it looked like DC had already dug its’ grave. That should have been the end of it, right? Well, it seems DC has a chance to come back to life faster than Superman did.

It all started with Aquaman, which, according to Forbes, made over one billion dollars at the box office worldwide, crushing Justice League which only made around $657 million. But that’s not all. The newest DC movie, Shazam, has also made its mark on this ever-growing franchise. A solid 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes makes it the top-rated movie in the DCEU (DC Extended Universe). And it’s not really hard to see why. With a wonderful performance by Zachary Levi, and a top-of-the-line supporting cast, it really shines beyond the rest. Especially considering the step away from the darker, grittier side that many DCEU movies have taken place in.

Bingham senior Aaron Wilson says “I’d rate [Shazam] about 8/10… It was almost like Thor Ragnarok because it was trying really hard to be funny.” It’s not a perfect movie, but it’s pretty good. Wilson says, “It’s not my favorite DC movie. Nothing beats the Dark Knight trilogy, but it was one of the best recent ones.”

One of the most anticipated DC movies coming out in 2019; however, will not have anything to do with the DCEU. Joker is coming out in October of this year, showing strong promise. Wilson says, “I’m very excited for the new movie. I’ve loved the joker character, and I hope they bring back some nostalgia.” With Todd Phillips and Martin Scorsese behind the wheel, and Joaquin Phoenix playing the psychotic mastermind himself, it definitely looks like it could be a movie you can’t afford to miss.

DC Comics has had many successes this past year, and it looks like they have a great potential for the future. Let’s hope that they keep up this streak of good movies, and who knows, maybe surpass Marvel in terms of quality; such a task is unlikely, but hey, I can dream. As long as they stick to lighter themes instead of the dark, moody garbage that they have put out, I’ll keep watching. So Kevin Ken Tsujihara, CEO of Warner Bros, if you’re reading this, heed my advice; Superman is like a boy scout, not an impulsive murderer.