Get your calendars ready—whether you love Marvel, DC, or any kind of superhero at all, you have lots to look forward to in 2019!
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Young orphan Billy Batson acquires great powers from an ancient wizard, Shazam, because giving a little kid unlimited power isn’t irresponsible at all. Yeah, there’s a reason Superman rips Shazam (the wizard, not the superhero) a new one in the comics.
2. REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN
At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, DC announced their intention to release four new animated films in 2019.
3. JUSTICE LEAGUE VS THE FATAL FIVE
Fatal Five, a group of super villains from the 31st century who frequently go up against Superboy’s futuristic friends, the Legion of Super-Heroes.
The Fatal Five have appeared in episodes of Justice League Unlimited and the Legion of Superheroes animated series, but with the Legion missing from DC Comics’ publishing line, the villainous fivesome haven’t been seen in some time, with the exception of Emerald Empress, who was featured in the recent Justice League vs. Suicide Squad event series.
The Fatal Five were created by Jim Shooter in 1967 and first appeared in Adventure Comics #352. The original members are:
- Tharok, a small-time crook turned super-genius thanks to cybernetic implants installed after a robbery job literally blows up in his face.
- The Emerald Empress, who wields the immense power of the Emerald Eye of Ekron.
- Validus, the child of two founding members of the Legion of Super-Heroes, Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl, whom Darkseid kidnapped, sent backward in time and transformed into a monstrous being with a mind simply enough to be easily controlled by Emerald Empress mind-influencing abilities.
- Mano, who has an anti-matter touch and is considered one of the greatest murderers in the galaxy.
- The Persuader, who wields an atomic ax capable of cutting through anything.
DC Comics fans will likely wonder of Justice League vs. The Fatal Five could stealthily introduce the Legion of Super-Heroes into the continuity of the DC Universe Original Movies. The team was not mentioned in the announcement, so fans will just have to wait and see for now.
Justice League vs. The Fatal Five is one of four new DC Universe Original Movies releasing in 2019, along with Reign of the Supermen, Batman: Hush, and Wonder Woman: Bloodlines. Justice League vs. The Fatal Five releases in spring 2019.
4. BATMAN: HUSH
What is Hush’s real identity? And what does he want with Batman? Read the comic to find out…or just wait for the movie.
Batman is rescuing a boy kidnapped by Killer Croc, whereupon Catwoman steals the ransom money. As Batman swings through Gotham City in pursuit of her, his grapple is cut and he falls to the ground, fracturing his skull. He is nearly killed by a group of criminals before he is saved by Huntress. His butler, Alfred Pennyworth, follows his instructions to summon his childhood friend, Thomas Elliot, who is now a renowned brain surgeon. Dr. Elliot removes the skull fragments from Bruce’s brain. Batman recovers, and discovers that Poison Ivy used Catwoman to steal the ransom, and took it from her. Catwoman is furious that Ivy used mind-control powers on her. Batman rescues Catwoman, and a tenuous romance blooms between them. He eventually decides to trust Catwoman and reveals his identity to her. Batman deliberately allows Killer Croc to escape from Arkham, so he can track him. Croc leads Batman to one of Poison Ivy’s abandoned greenhouses. Before he can interrogate Killer Croc further, Croc is captured.
Batman and Catwoman track Poison Ivy to Metropolis. There they find Ivy has taken control of Superman, and she commands the Man of Steel to kill Batman. Batman observes that Superman is subconsciously resisting Ivy’s influence, holding back in his attempts to kill the Caped Crusader. Using a variety of weapons, including flashbang grenades, hypersonics, electroshock, and a kryptonite ring that Superman entrusted to him, Batman stalls Superman while Catwoman lets Lois Lane fall from the Daily Planet building. Superman breaks free of Ivy’s control to save Lois, and (with the help of Superman’s dog) he and Batman capture Ivy.
Later, in Gotham City, Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle, Leslie Thompkins, and Dr. Elliot are attending the opera Pagliacci, when Harley Quinn tries to rob everyone in the theater. In the ensuing struggle, Dr. Elliot is apparently shot dead by the Joker. An enraged Batman begins to violently beat the Joker, knocking out Harley Quinn and even Catwoman in the process when they both tried to intervene. Batman attempts to finally kill the Joker but is then dissuaded by former police commissioner James Gordon who intervened by superficially wounding Batman with a gunshot.
Dick Grayson returns to Gotham City for Elliot’s funeral. Batman tells him of his suspicions that some mastermind is behind all his enemies behaving so out of character. Behind the scenes, a man with a bandaged face appears at all of the crime scenes, and seems to be orchestrating the plot. He comes to be referred to as Hush.
After foiling an armored car robbery by the Riddler, Nightwing and Batman discover evidence that Ra’s al Ghul is also involved in what Batman has come to think of as a grand plot. Batman kidnaps Ra’s’ daughter Talia and leaves Catwoman to guard her while he seeks out Ra’s, who tells Batman that someone from his past has used one of the Lazarus Pits. Catwoman is overpowered by Lady Shiva who has been sent to rescue Talia, but Talia knocks Shiva out and helps Catwoman recover from the attack, meeting Batman and telling him what happened. Returning to Gotham, Batman finds Catwoman being attacked by a delusional Huntress. Batman is able to have her knocked out, but then encounters the cause of the Huntress’ attack, the Scarecrow, but he overpowers him in a graveyard. He discovers that the current Robin, Tim Drake, has been captured by the former second Robin, Jason Todd, who had previously perished during the events of Batman: A Death in the Family. While fighting Jason, it is apparent that Clayface is mimicking the identity of Jason.
Batman then finds a device planted in his computer, which lead him to seek his old friend (and trusted mechanic) Harold. He has a late-night meeting with Harold, who has been missing since the times of No Man’s Land. Harold admits that someone had treated his disfigured condition in exchange for planting that device, but he is shot and killed by Hush before he can name the mastermind. Thomas Elliot is discovered to be the trigger-man, and the face behind the bandages of the mastermind (it is later implied that Clayface had been mimicking Elliot when he appeared to be killed). Elliot held a grudge against the Wayne family since Batman’s father, Dr. Thomas Wayne, had saved the life of Elliot’s mother after a motor vehicle accident; Elliot had sabotaged his parents’ vehicle in order to gain their inheritance, and considered Bruce’s father as the one who did not allow his plan to be completed. In the ensuing confrontation, Elliot is shot by the reborn Harvey Dent and plummets into the water, with Batman never having a chance to unmask him (it is only assumed it is Thomas Elliot). His body is unable to be recovered.
In an epilogue to his face-off with Elliot, Batman discovers that the true mastermind behind the conspiracy is the Riddler. He had used a Lazarus Pit to cure himself of terminal disease, and during his time in the pit, deduced Batman’s identity as Bruce Wayne. Having first approached Thomas Elliot with a cure for his mother’s disease (the Lazarus Pit), the Riddler had instead allied with Elliot against Wayne. Riddler was also the only villain who Batman did not believe acted in an unusual way during the entire saga; the robbery Batman foiled was fairly typical of Riddler at the time. The Riddler also tells him that he and Elliot referred to the plot as the “Hush” plot. He further reveals that he knows Batman’s identity as Wayne, but Batman is unfazed because a riddle which everyone knows the answer to would be worthless to Riddler. In addition, Batman warns that if Riddler reveals his secrets, it exposes Riddler as the culprit who used Ra’s al Ghul’s Lazarus Pit, who would then send the League of Assassins after him.
Another mystery begins troubling the Dark Knight. Even though the man he fought at the graveyard was revealed to be Clayface, Jason Todd’s remains are still missing from his grave. The Riddler even taunts Batman of his greatest failure to save Jason’s life, and refuses to tell him where Jason’s body is, prompting Batman to knock out the Riddler.
In the final scene Batman and Catwoman meet. He continues to mistrust her and cannot be sure that she is not more aware of the plot than she admits. While trying to console him, Catwoman inadvertently tells him to “hush” seconds before trying to kiss him, provoking a fierce reaction from Batman that compels her to end the relationship. Before leaving, she says that she does not care if their relationship started out as a “spell”. It works because of who they are, and someday he will learn to trust that. Batman also thinks that it may be possible “someday”.
The plot element involving Jason Todd was later retconned in other Batman storylines. In the Under the Hood arc, it was revealed that Batman was actually fighting the real Jason Todd in the graveyard, who later switched places with Clayface. Todd is now a murderous vigilante known as the Red Hood. It is also revealed that Batman had suspected that it was really Jason Todd he fought with and that Todd had been stalking him since then. This is evident during the arc storyline of As the Crow Flies, where it is shown that Jason’s mask was found in the Batmobile, and Batman himself is aware and waiting for a chance to confirm it. After Jason revealed himself to Batman and kidnapped the Joker, he does not only antagonizing Batman and his allies in Gotham but also clashing with the Teen Titans, Outsiders, and Green Arrow as well. At the same time the Dark Knight has desperately tried to reach Jason in an effort to atone for his past failures. Following Infinite Crisis, the Riddler spent a year in a coma and lost all memory of ever knowing that Batman was Bruce Wayne.
5. WONDER WOMAN: BLOODLINES
This is the last of the four animated DC films scheduled to come out next year. We only know the title so far, but given that, maybe some exploration of Diana’s heritage is in the offing?
6. WONDER WOMAN 1984
If you’re just dying to see Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman punch all the things, you only have fourteen more months to wait. This time, Princess Diana of Themyscira will go up against a new foe: the Cheetah, played alum Kristen Wiig. Wondy will also be joined by fan favorites from the first movie, including her mother Hippolyta and—gasp!—the supposedly dead Steve Trevor.
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7. X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX
X-Men: Apocalypse, Jean Grey has a secret, uncontrollable power within her, and it all comes to an explosive, potentially deadly head next February.
8. CAPTAIN MARVEL
At long last, one of the Marvel Universe’s most powerful heroines is getting her own movie! Captain Marvel comes out in March and will give fans what we’ve always wanted: Carol Danvers being a badass in space.
Gambit will finally hit theaters in June 2019. The character’s first live-action appearance was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which was not the most auspicious beginning the Ragin’ Cajun could have had.
1. SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
Far From Home will have Spider-Man and his amazing friends go on a much-needed European vacation, only for Mysterio to swoop in and ruin everything, as he does.
12.THE NEW MUTANTS
Wolfsbane, Magik, Mirage, Sunspot and Cannonball are all young (duh) mutants held captive in a secret facility by an unknown villain. They must work together to figure out how their powers work and escape the facility.
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Hellboy is ready and raring to return with David Harbour in the title role. This time, the Beast of the Apocalypse will face off against Nimue, an ancient sorceress. The film sparked some controversy by casting the Caucasian Ed Skrein to play the Japanese-American Ben Daimio. Skrein, to his credit, did the right thing and dropped out, allowing Daniel Dae Kim to be cast in his place.
14. THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART
Not technically a superhero movie, but Batman is in it! The Dark Knight returns to help Emmet and company rescue Wyldstyle from an alien kidnapper. We can also look forward to appearances from other DC characters, including Harley Quinn, who will be voiced by the live-action Harley herself, Margot Robbie. Yeah, this is definitely gonna be awesome.
15. MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
The last time Masters of the Universe got a live-action movie was in 1987. While that film is a gloriously cheesy example of ‘80s excess, even its fans would hesitate to call it good. In December 2019, He-Man will get another shot at battling Skeletor for Castle Greyskull on the big screen. Hopefully this time he’ll have a budget that the most powerful man in the universe deserves.