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  • The fact that so many of the movies might focus on lesser-known characters instead of just Batman or Superman has got people tentatively excited - especially considering that a number of said movies were Saved from Development Hell.
  • Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman were both released right after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, ahead of all the other films; thanks to the latter's Development Hell status and the former's cult favourite status, these two being some of the first films developed is sure to turn a number of fans.
    • Both movies seem tailor made in response to criticisms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the time, specifically its lack of diversity, well developed villains and female superhero-centric films. Wonder Woman was released to theaters a full year before Captain Marvel, which had been pushed back for Spider-Man: Homecoming, while Suicide Squad (whose cast features a number of women and minorities) is a whole movie developing villains.
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  • While the casting choices for most prominent roles has proved very contentious among fans (see below), other choices have been much better received. These include Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam, and pretty much everyone in Suicide Squad (Jared Leto as The Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, etc.)
  • There's also J. K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, the only casting besides Irons that the whole fandom seems to like.
  • The 2015 SDCC trailers for BvS and Suicide Squad won many neutral and even skeptic fans over by effectively addressing many points of contention surrounding the last film and this one:
    • Superman's Destructive Savior actions in his battle with Zod has caused massive backlash against him, including a senate hearing and a protest.
    • Batman's reason for going up against Superman were cleared up: He was there the day of the battle to witness first hand Supes's destructive power and was powerless to do anything, this along with the guilt he felt regarding Robin's death at the hand of the Joker fueled his decision to challenge Kal-El.
  • On the meta level, arguments against the casting choices was mostly silenced after the trailers:
    • Lex Luthor narrated the trailer. Jesse Eisenberg may not be bald yet, but his speech perfectly captured Luthor's level of dangerousness and clear showed why he was Superman's archenemy. Also, he made Supes kneel.
    • Wonder Woman was shown in action, and she kicked ass.
    • So, a God-like alien jumped on your car, ripped off the roof, what would you do? Stand up and glare at him of course. What also sold people on Affleck as Batman are the opening shots of the trailer of Bruce Wayne running towards the destruction and debris of the Battle of Metropolis, and then comforts a little girl in the debris
    • Joker's cameo at the end of Suicide Squad's trailer. Yes, he's definitely crazy.
    • The Suicide Squad Trailer focuses the most on Harley Quinn, who many have said is the only reason they want to see the movie.
    • Fans concerned that all the films' marketing was trying too hard to be serious, causing it to appear to be bleak and dark, were overjoyed when the second Dawn of Justice trailer showed off a couple of the film's lighter moments.
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  • Some have begun warming up to Ezra Miller after this enthusiastic interview where he giddily expounded about the Flash's role as a Science Hero and the harbinger for the DC Multiverse in the comics:
    Interviewer: Have you been avoiding the TV show? Cause people like the TV show—
    Miller: I'm not avoiding it at all, I think it's awesome.
    Interviewer: Oh really?
    Miller: Yeah I think it's awesome — and c'mon, we're the Flash! It's parallel universes! Grant Gustin is the Flash and I'm the Flash, don't you see? It's the event horizon, we crossed it baby! Grant and I are chillin'! We’re gonna have a race! It’s gonna be dope! Like Jay Garrick and Barry Allen back in the day, it's gonna be dope!
  • The Turkish Airlines ads that aired during the Super Bowl were warmly received in comparison to the last Batman v Superman trailer, mainly because Lex Luthor acts much more restrained this time around.
  • The Final Trailer won back everyone who disagreed with The Reveal in the second trailer. It also did the job of convincing everyone of Snyder's new take on the Batman, and on Affleck's ability to play the character, by opening the trailer with a brief half-a-minute supercut of Batman fighting like we have never seen him in live action EVER.
  • Not only is Harley Quinn getting her own movie, but it will primarily center on DC's female characters on both the heroes' and villains' sides. It's all apparently at Margot Robbie's own request, cutting into the 'verse's reputation as an executive-meddled joyless hole.
  • Although it won't win over those who've already made up their minds as detractors, the release of the extended cut of Batman v Superman has managed to repair some of the damage done by the theatrical cut, with even a number of critics writing apologies to the crew for the vitriol. Either way, there is no doubt that everyone agrees it is the version of the film that should be watched and helped restore a small amount of faith in Zack Snyder.
  • After the first three films suffered from serious apprehension over their trailers, they finally released one that everyone loved with Wonder Woman, showing off the film's great-looking period setting, several jokes that aren't anywhere near as forced, jaw-dropping lasso action, and most of all, bright colors.
  • In February 2017, the announcement of Matt Reeves (of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes fame) to helm the Batman movie after Affleck dropped out of directing it and news of the development of a Nightwing movie helmed by Chris McKay (fresh out of The LEGO Batman Movie) were well-received.
  • The overwhelmingly positive critical reception towards Wonder Woman (a Fresh Score over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 76 on Metacritic for instance) surely won that crowd over. The film had an unusually leggy run, and eventually had the highest domestic gross of the DCEU and became its most profitable movie.
  • Aquaman and Shazam being helmed by two directors of critically successful and highly profitable movies from The Conjuring Universe, James Wan and David F. Sandberg. And likewise, their producer from that franchise, Walter Hamada, taking over DC Films was well-received in hopes that the movies will avoid the Executive Meddling that plagued previous movies.
    • The 2018 SDCC trailers for these two have been very well received.
  • The news of a potential Deathstroke solo film helmed by Gareth Evans, director of The Raid and The Raid 2: Berandal.
  • Despite the negative critical reception of Suicide Squad, the plans for a sequel helmed by Gavin O'Connor, whose films are far more grounded and realistic reflecting the vibe many feel the first film should have had, was quite well-received.
    • Even better-received was the news that the Squad sequel will be written by none other than James Gunn of Guardians of the Galaxy fame - both because of his talent as a writer and because of how appropriate it is that the Guardians writer will now be working on what's commonly seen as their Alternate Company Equivalent.
  • The fact that Chris McKay plans on doing an open casting call for Nightwing was good news for people hoping to see a Romani actor in the role. People are also pleased about his intention to shoot it with predominantly practical effects, and pleased that he regularly updates on the movie project. Although it's still waiting to be greenlit by Warner Bros., presumably because the Matt Reeves Batman movie will have to come out before.
  • Michael Bay being linked to a possible Lobo movie is either this or Snark Bait. Bay's divisive film record means either he shouldn't be anywhere near the DCEU, or he is exactly the right man for the job since it's Lobo, and pretty much the only DC movie he can credibly do.
  • A Blackhawk live action movie to be directed by Steven Spielberg was announced in April 2018. He isn't stranger to the context with Indiana Jones and Saving Private Ryan, and there's an example of World War II comic book movie directed by an old school filmmaker that comes to mind, and that example worked very well: Captain America: The First Avenger.
  • The character line-up for Birds of Prey has gotten a lot of people excited as they are keen to see them all, especially Cassandra Cain, used for the first time in a live-action film.
  • The news that Hans Zimmer will be returning to do the music for Wonder Woman 1984 got fans very excited.
  • Fans initially apprehensive about the Ava DuVernay-directed New Gods movie got excited when it was announced that the film's screenplay be written by Tom King, the award-winning writer of the acclaimed Mister Miracle (2017).


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