According to Nikki Finke, formerly of Deadline, Warner Bros. and DC plan to make a major announcement at next month’s Comic Con International. The announcement is said to revolve around their ever-developing DC Cinematic Universe and we have been given a list of films that the studios are allegedly planning to produce from 2016 to 2018, and the titles do not disappoint.
May 2016 – Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
July 2016 – Shazam!
Christmas 2016- The Sandman
May 2017 – Justice League
July 2017 – Wonder Woman
Christmas 2017 – Flash/Green Lantern
May 2018 – Man of Steel 2
Along with these titles, we were told that production of Dawn of Justice was pushed back due to the negotiation of multi-picture deals between Warner Bros./DC and the actors who are planned to make cameos in the film.
This is a lot of information to process, and should make any DC fan happy — but especially so for two groups of fans:
1. Those who were unhappy to see Superman’s sequel turn into a Justice League prequel. If the list is accurate, they will be happy to see that Warner Bros. still plans on producing that well-deserved sequel and it will be interesting to see how the character will have changed in the time between Man of Steel and Man of Steel 2.
2. Those who weren’t satisfied with Wonder Woman simply being featured in Batman/Superman movie and have been yearning for a solo Wonder Woman for so very long. Again, if the list is accurate, it seems that the Amazon Princess will be the first major female character to attempt to lead a film to box office glory (because that Electra film… it doesn’t count) — and let’s be honest, if done right, her movie will absolutely kick ass (on screen and in the box office).
Personally, while I’m excited for all of the films listed, I am especially eager to Shazam! and the Flash/Green Lantern team up on the big screen. Shazam is such an interesting character and I always thought it would be intriguing to see how they balance the relationship between the hero and the boy (yes, i know they’re one in the same, but I love seeing a god-like individual speak like an eight-year-old boy) — also I really want to see The Rock as Black Adam since he was rumored to be in talks with Warner Bros. regarding a DC film.
The Flash and Green Lantern have always had a great friendship and it will be interesting to see how they develop the characters on screen, and which characters they use for each hero. I would think that Barry Allen will be chosen to be the Scarlet Speedster, but will Warner Bros. go back to Hal Jordan’s Emerald Knight after his major flop in 2011, or will they choose another popular Green Lantern like John Stewart. There’s a chance to include some diversity within the cast, but when you think of the Justice League origin you think Hal Jordan. Also, Barry and Hal seem to have more “bromance” potential. Will the CW’s new series have any impact on the movie and the character’s portrayal on the big screen? Probably not, but we’ll be sure to find out as we get closer to May 2016.
There are definitely many questions to be answered, including whether this list is at all accurate, and hopefully we will be given more information during Comic Con International which takes place in just over a month. As of right now, though, it seems that DC fans, and comic book fans n general, are in for an exciting upcoming few years.