Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara spoke at their annual investors meeting, where he revealed a little more about the studio’s plans for their DC Comic properties. Those plans consist of ten movies being released from 2016 to 2020, and include the confirmation of a few things we already suspected.
The slate goes as follows:
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Directed by Zack Snyder, this will be the followup to Man of Steel, which was the official start of the DCCU (DC Cinematic Universe). All the prevelant cast will return and we’re to be introduced to an older Batman played by Ben Affleck. This appears to draw inspiration from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. This film will also introduce us to the third member of DC’s big three, for the fist time on film – Wonder Woman. How big a role she will play is still unknown, but we are thinking that it will be fairly minor, and this will simply be an introduction to the character, helping to set up the later Justice League film. Also rumored to be appearing are Cyborg and Aquaman.
The Suicide Squad is a team of criminals who is forced into doing jobs for the government in exchange for time off their sentence. These missions usually have a rather high casualty rate. The team has gained a little more mainstream notoriety recently. Lead by government liaison Amanda Waller, they appeared in the 2nd season of Arrow, and starred in the animated movie Batman: Assault on Arkhmam. Both of those teams featured one Ms. Harley Quinn – though most reports don’t have her involved in the upcoming movie. This isn’t a huge shock as they would likely prefer to keep her as a Bat-property, even if she has been the face of the team since the relaunch of the book in the New 52. Latino Review is claiming to know the team’s lineup – Blockbuster, Multiplex, Jaculi, Mindboggler, Captain Boomerang, Vixen, and Deadshot – which is a real collection of B-List jobbers. Multiplex has already shown up for the CW on their The Flash series, so he’s really on his way up. They are claiming the Deadshot will be the lead (obviously), with Vixen and Captain Boomerang sharing some of the focus. In addition, the movie will reportedly being helmed by David Ayer (End of Watch). All that said however – Latino Review has a pretty spotty history in terms of accuracy, so we’ll leave all the details as rumor for now.
Well it’s about time isn’t it? All the talk over the last few years concerning a female lead in a superhero movie, it’s amazing it took this long before they made this one official. We all know Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman months ago, but her solo film is just finally being confirmed. The third part of DC’s Trinity, WW is long over due for her own feature. The suits are worried about this one – but they don’t need to be, it’s gonna make a ton of money. BUT – if it’s good and it bombs, then people have to stop complaining about the female leads.
Justice League: Part One
DC’s answer to The Avengers will be another surefire smash hit – that is if Batman v Superman doesn’t crash and burn and kill this whole thing. Seeing as that movie started making money the second the title was announce however – we likely don’t need to worry about that. Our guess is that next year’s BvS will set this whole thing up nicely.
Here is an odd bit of casting – playing The Flash in The Flash is…Ezra Miller? I suppose it’s not too much weirder than the CW pulling their Flash from Glee, but for a big budget superhero movie, Miller isn’t gonna pull in the crowds the way some bigger name actors might have. That said, this might be perfect. We already saw what happened with the last Green Lantern movie, and perhaps a less well-known actor is what the project needs, plus he was quite good in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. We’ll be curious to see if WB might have cast Miller with plans to make Barry Allen gay in the upcoming films as an attempt to further diversify the JL – something they’ve been criticized for not doing in the past. Ezra Miller is the first openly gay man to be cast in such a high-profile comic role since Bryan Singer handed Magneto’s helmet to Sir Ian McKellen back in the first X-Men movie – and that worked out great.
From Baywatch to Khal Drogo to Conan the Barbarian, and now back to the beach. Jason Momoa has been confirmed as Aquaman, a character that DC is really pushing lately, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Momoa seems likable, and Arthur Curry is due some redemption after being the butt of jokes for the better part of a century now. We don’t have much else on this one yet, but news is sure to trickle in over the next few years pretty steadily.
Shazam will tell the story of Captain Marvel and Billy Batson, but this movie’s biggest star might be its villain as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson seems set to play Black Adam. Now things can change before 2019, but if they don’t we’re excited to see Johnson playing the villain and curious to see who they cast as the hero.
Justice League: Part Two
The second JL movie will likely see more characters introduced with an eye to the future. Nightwing perhaps, if he doesn’t show up before this. Hawkman, the Martian Manhunter, the Atom, Green Arrow, Black Canary – plenty of chances to expand here.
Stage actor Ray Fisher is set to play Victor Stone in the Cyborg standalone movie. This is one I never would have predicted as a kid. DC tried for so many years to make Cyborg cool and no one ever cared. But with his inclusion Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans and his role as one of the JL’s founding members in the New 52, he has found a thriving fanbase.
Hal Jordan deserves better than what we’ve seen on film thus far. This movie, the last of the 10 scheduled, seems to be purposely positioned to give people more time to forget Ryan Reynolds. It’s also the only one aside from Suicide Squad where we don’t know any of the cast. Now we here at GB have said it before, and we’re sticking to it; Jensen Ackles would play a great Green Lantern.
So that’s what we got so far. Ten movies coming, two a year till 2020, and then plenty more after that we’re sure. Comic books, and these characters in particular, have such a rich history of story material, and the studios seem to finally be recognizing the advantages of putting our quality comic films.
We’ll have more as it breaks, stick around.
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