Warner Bros & DC Comics Ambitious Feature Film Slate
Ron Seifried | On 12, Jun 2014
The “most feared, despised, and uncompromising journalist in Hollywood” may have revealed the comic book film scoop of the decade. Deadline.com founder Nikki Finke launched her own website today and revealed the most anticipated franchise lineup in recent memory with DC Comics slate of superhero films, probably scooping Warner Bros. planned announcement at Comic-con in San Diego next month.
We already knew the follow-up to 2013’s Man of Steel will be Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, due out May 2016. What we didn’t know is that Warner Bros. needed to push back the film 10 months due to multi-picture contract negotiations with the expanding cast of cameo superheroes, which already included Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor added to the original Superman cast led by Henry Cavill. The script calls for a cameo for The Flash, but no word if the upcoming TV series lead Grant Gustin will appear as Barry Allen/The Flash, or if the part will be played by someone completely different. The film may also include Green Lantern, but thankfully it will NOT be Ryan Reynolds reprising his disappointing appearance from a few years ago.
This will be followed by Shazam (July 2016); The Sandman (Christmas 2016); Justice League (May 2017); Wonder Woman (July 2017); a planned Flash and Green Lantern team-up film (Christmas 2017) and Man of Steel 2 (May 2018). Aqauman will make his big screen debut in the Justice League movie. That’s seven films based on DC Comics characters in a two year period between May 2016 and May 2018, a much more ambitious slate than Marvel Entertainment has ever attempted.
Gal Godat has signed a three-picture deal, so this may become the first successful female driven superhero franchise in movie history. Zack Snyder is currently directing Batman v Superman, and it has been reported that he will direct Justice League.