After years of creating individual franchises and properties (like The Dark Knight Trilogy and Green Lantern), Warner Bros and DC Comics are looking to fully launch their own cinematic universe and they have big plans. With San Diego Comic Con just around the corner, and Marvel sitting this year out, DC is looking to “win” the convention with their own panel complete with big announcements and showing off the various cast members.
To recap how the DC Cinematic Universe (DCCU) has shaped up so far: Man of Steel is the beginning of the shared universe of films DC is building. Here are all the announced release dates of each film. While these have been announced, expect things to change at Warner Bros’ Comic Con panel:
- 3/26/16: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- 8/5/16: Suicide Squad.
- 6/23/17: Wonder Woman
- 11/17/17: Justice League: Part 1
- 3/23/18: The Flash
- 7/27/18: Aquaman
- 5/18/19: Shazam
- 6/14/19: Justice League: Part 2
- 4/3/20: Cyborg
- 6/19/20: Green Lantern (Reboot)
That is a huge slate and it is a little insane that movie studios have to plan this far in advance. While the studio has a lot to juggle when building these cinematic universes, the real toll is taken on actors’ careers. For instance, Gal Gadot will be playing Wonder Woman next year in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, then the solo Wonder Woman film, then two Justice League movies, and that’s not counting any further cameos or supporting roles in other films. 5 years of appearances have been planned out, and we’ve only seen one official image of the super heroine.
All of this planning of connected movies over multiple years can seem a little confusing; well, it’s only going to get more confusing. Latino Review is reporting that Warner Bros have plans to not only announce their TWO Green Lanterns (Hal Jordan and John Stewart,) but they will be announcing the previously rumored solo Batman film.
Looking back at the DCCU slate, you will see that there is a break from Summer 2018 to Summer 2019. The rumor is that the solo Batman film, entitled The Batman, will fill that gap with a November 2018 release date. Chris Terrio (Argo) has already committed to writing the two Justice League films (along with David Goyer) and is expected to write The Batman in 2018. The real meat of the rumor is that Ben Affleck will not only be starring as the Dark Knight, but will be directing the film as well. That is great news, with The Town and Argo, Affleck has proven himself as one of the best directors working today. Combine him with his Oscar-winning screenwriter (Terrio) and we have a Batman fan’s dream.
When we start talking about movies being released in 2020 and shifting release dates over the next 5 years it can seem a little overwhelming. I imagine that at Warner Bros’ panel at Comic Con (July 11, 10:30 am) they will set the record straight. Imagine Comic Con 2010, Marvel had panels for Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger; they then proceeded to bring out the full Avengers cast and make headlines in Hall H. Something similar will be happening for DC in a few weeks.
I’m predicting it now: we will have official panels (with casts and footage) for Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. Zack Snyder and crew will then give some very official announcements and bring out the full cinematic Justice League of America. It’s going to be huge. It is expected that Marvel will give their presentation at D23 this year, which means that DC can truly “win” this year’s Comic Con with their presentation. That is, if JJ Abrams or Deadpool don’t steal the thunder. SDCC will be happening from July 9-12, 2015. Stay tuned to Word of the Nerd for tons of Comic Con coverage!