Hugh Jackman’s return as the Wolverine has attracted the attention of DCEU fans. If you’ve been up with the news for the past two days, you’d be aware by now that Deadpool 3 will feature the actor’s comeback as one of the most iconic Marvel characters of all time. Upon the announcement release, fans seemed worried about the continuity of the canon following the events of Logan (2017). To ease the qualms of the audiences, another update video was published by Ryan Reynolds.
What was stated has implied that the events of Deadpool 3 will follow a completely different narrative that won’t erase the canonical essence of the 2017 film. The premise seems fruitful and promising and MCU fans, who had their reservations concerning the new age of Marvel films and shows, can’t be more ecstatic.
What has been intriguing to witness is the response of the DCEU fans. The consumers of the franchise have long been deprived of news relating to the proper restoration of the SnyderVerse. Only receiving speculations and rumors as food for thought. However, when Ben Affleck’s Batman was confirmed to return in both The Flash and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman sequel, most DCEU fans found a sliver of hope.
Now, to mount up to MCU’s recent feats, some of the fans of the rival franchise are attempting to one-up the former by stating how the “DC fans are winning” as well.
Are The DCEU Fans Winning?
A user, taking to Twitter, stated how Ben Affleck‘s return as Batman, Henry Cavill‘s (rumored) comeback as Superman, and a Constantine sequel—featuring Keanu Reeves reprising his 2005 role—being currently in development points at a new beginning for DC films. When it comes to Affleck reprising his role as Batman, fans barely had any hopes left after the actor, in 2019, stated that he’s officially retiring from the portrayal.
However, news of him making a return in The Flash broke the Internet in 2020. Much recently, See alum Jason Momoa posted a picture with the renowned actor, confirming his appearance in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The DCEU fans seemed to have been enjoying a winning streak with the Affleck announcements.
Furthermore, the cult-classic endeavor, Constantine (2005) received the announcement of a sequel, that’s currently in development. To make matters more exciting, instead of opting for a potential recasting, Keanu Reeves is back to embody John Constantine, also known as the Hellblazer – the supernatural demonologist and exorcist; a character that has successfully garnered cult recognition from fans of DC.
On the other side of the spectrum, straying away from confirmed possibilities, we have Cavill’s depiction of Superman. The tremendous campaigning that has been done for his iteration of the Man of Steel is merely unsurmountable. With Black Adam, lead actor Dwayne Johnson has set the fans’ expectations ablaze by constantly teasing a plausible fight between his character and Superman.
Additionally, Johnson has advocated for and appreciated Henry Cavill’s iteration of the most popular superhero. Besides such inclinations, the rumor mill has rewarded DCEU fans with reports that allude to the actor’s return. However, all things considered, the audiences should always take such speculations with a pinch (or maybe a handful) of salt.
When we take such possibilities into account, are the DCEU enjoyers truly winning? Well, they seem to think so — and who are we to rain on their parade?
What The Fans Have To Say About This
While some believe these small achievements barely beat what the MCU has been offering to their fans, others affirmed that it’s certainly a start at something new. Most fans seem to be quite wary of the implications of the cameos that Ben Affleck has signed himself up for. For years, the fans have wanted to see the Batfleck solo film come to fruition. However, with Affleck himself attesting to how he won’t play the Caped Crusader “much longer”, such hopeful assumptions are only likely to hurt in the long run.
Additionally, the case of Henry Cavill has also birthed suspicion in the minds of many. Without any official confirmations, the future for his return seems bleak. However, fans are convinced that CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery David Zaslav will usher in a new era of DC films, which will aim for an MCU-esque model of success. Therefore, while it may not compare to the grandiosity of the Marvel ventures, it does signal the beginning of something great.
Take a look at what the DCEU fans had to say on the matter:
— It’s That Movie Channel🍿 (@itsthatmovie) September 28, 2022
Nobody cares about Marvel, and nobody asked, this isn't about DC vs Marvel, this Is about DC fans getting their charakters back
— Erri… (@Erristealth) September 28, 2022
ben Affleck is confirmed for aquaman 2 officially by jason momoa himself and the Hollywood reporter, deadline, variety, and many more have all reported that a Constantine sequel is happening plus keanu reeves saying that he would like go play Constantine again.
— snowtyler (@snowtyler3) September 28, 2022
💯% … 🥳🥳 pic.twitter.com/cZWd1IMEMf
— Dani77 (@Dani7774752635) September 28, 2022
Stop giving me false hope mun!
I do love your optimism but Cavill hasn’t been confirmed has he? Not one single thing either from his agent or WB
— RyanCCFC 🏴 🇺🇦 (@RyanBaxt87) September 28, 2022
— Mthombeni (@mthombenijuicy) September 29, 2022
While the DC fandom consists of an amalgamation of hopeful dreamers and watchful skeptics, it would be intriguing to see whether or not Zaslav’s “10-year-plan” for DCEU films work out in the favor of the enjoyers of the franchise who have stuck by their favorite superheroes, supervillains, and characters who exude all the shades of grey in-between for decades. The coming days will reveal whether the DCEU manages to counter the MCU through the CEO’s attempts at a sustainable business growth model.
As for now, fans of both franchises can look forward to the return of their favorite superheroes.
Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine will return in Deadpool 3 which is slated for a 6 September 2024 release. Meanwhile, Ben Affleck will make his appearance in the upcoming DCEU endeavors The Flash and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom scheduled to hit the theaters on 23 June 2023 and 25 December 2023, respectively.