Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
The cast of "Wonder Woman 1984" Breakfast Club style.
LOS ANGELES — "Hera, give me strength." It is long past time someone employs #WonderWoman's magic lasso to yank the truth out of Warner Bros. Entertainment about the fate of their DCEU. With the announcement that "Wonder Woman 1984" will open seventh months later than originally slated in November 2019, the rumor mill is in full vigor.
Reports suggest, not Warner Bros. executives, that the move to release "Wonder Woman 1984" in June 2020 is to partially reboot the wounded DC Comics Extended Universe, which has been knighted the DC Universe, after what is deemed a failure on the part of their epic team-up venture "Justice League Movie" (2017).
It's hard to concede that a film with a worldwide gross of $658 million failed at the box office. However, Warner Bros. is comparing that nominal profit margin against rival Marvel Studios' most recent cinematic triumph "Avengers: Infinity War" which grossed over $2 billion.
There is no official confirmation to support the stories popping up all over the internet that "Wonder Woman 1984" will be a "Flashpoint" (2011) storyline. On the other hand, there is no word that it will not be. A time travel narrative would certainly allow Warner Bros. the creative leeway to restructure their movie franchise. In the "Flashpoint" comic book crossover event, the Flash aka Barry Allen alters time when he saves his mother from the clutches of death.
The speculation is - since the Wonder Woman sequel already takes place in the past - Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) will alter the timeline to save Steve Trevor's (Chris Pine) life. This theory seems feasible since Trevor appears in the motion picture but it is hardly concrete evidence.
Plus, naturally, "Flashpoint" seems better suited for the DCEU's Flash (Ezra Miller), but the actor's future commitments, particularly to the "Fantastic Beasts"series, have forced the postponement of the Scarlet Speedster's solo movie until 2021.
So, when you sprinkle all this speculation onto the already salty, stinking meat pie of Henry Cavill's future as Superman and the continuous stories about Ben Affleck's premature departure from the role of Batman, you get hungry fans gorging themselves on misinformation.
Even if Warner Bros. isn't currently moving forward with Superman and Batman solo projects, that doesn't mean Affleck and Cavill are out. Nor does it mean that the DC Cinematic Universe will be rebooted or that Warner Bros. isn't going to make more Man of Steel and Dark Knight pictures in the future.
The future depends on different concrete factors. Firstly, how does #JasonMomoa's solo venture "Aquaman" perform this December. Make no mistake, Arthur Curry needs to come up big for the DC Universe.
Second, "Shazam!" needs to bring in audiences next April. Captain Marvel (Zachary Levi) cannot come up lame like Ryan Reyonlds' "Green Lantern"(2011) fiasco. If "Aquaman" keeps its head above water, it is up to "Shazam!" to keep that wave of momentum flowing, especially with the absence of Wonder Woman in 2019. The Amazon Princess won't be there to pick up the pieces in November.
It'll also be interesting to see if executives and Cavill can work out their differences in time for the actor to shoot his proposed cameo in "Shazam!" Superman appearing alongside Captain Marvel for even one scene would help calm the rumor mill. Having The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson also appear in the cameo as Black Adam could generate a whole new level of excitement for the DC Universe.
Third, with the departure of Wonder Woman in 2019, gives Warner Bros. over a year to figure out how to proceed with Affleck's negotiations for continuing as the iconic character of Batman. It could simply come down to money. It seems odd to imagine a DC Movie franchise with Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa alongside a new Man of Steel and Dark Knight. Plus, how will Cyborg and Flash fit into this growing madness?
So, let's have some fun and throw another cliched log on the fire. If Warner Bros. pursues the "Flashpoint" answer to partially reboot the DCEU, why not hire Tom Welling and #ChristianBale?
If Warner Bros. is willing to pay Robert Downey Jr money, the possibilities and future of the #DCEU are boundless; Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) for President!