In the Marvel and DC war, Marvel have the head start - with 10 films already in the bank and the recent rumour surrounding the Civil War storyline beginning soon. However, DC are ready to make their comeback and have revealed their schedule for all their upcoming films. Take that Marvel.Earlier this year, Warner Bros. announced their DC Cinematic Universe, unveiling a number of untitled DC films which were scheduled to be arriving from 2016 to 2020. Well, they've announced which films these will all be, including main cast members and directors attached.
As you can see from the list below, Warner Bros. have a busy few years ahead of them, with their newly forming cinematic world but also with lots of other projects (more on that at the bottom of this article). We have, not one, but two Justice League films arriving as well as a handful of solo outings based on a slew of popular DC comic book characters like The Flash and Green Lantern.
Whilst they weren't given exact release dates, the press release - which the titles below came from - did mention that solo movies for both Superman and Batman film are currently being developed. I'm guessing it's the previously announced Man of Steel 2 and the previously rumoured Batman - starring Ben Affleck as our Caped Crusader, of course.
Here's the upcoming schedule:
- BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, directed by Zack Snyder & starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot - March 25th, 2016.
- SUICIDE SQUAD, directed by David Ayer - August 5th, 2016.
- WONDER WOMAN, starring Gal Gadot - June 23rd, 2017.
- JUSTICE LEAGUE PART 1, directed by Zack Snyder & starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams - November 12th, 2017.
- THE FLASH, starring Ezra Miller - March 23rd, 2018.
- AQUAMAN, starring Jason Momoa - July 27th, 2018.
- SHAZAM, starring Dwayne Johnson - April 5th, 2019.
- JUSTICE LEAGUE PART 2, directed by Zack Snyder - June 14th, 2019.
- CYBORG, starring Ray Fisher - April 3rd, 2020.
- GREEN LANTERN - June 19th, 2020.
I think that the big surprise is the Justice League film being split into 2 parts. No one saw that coming! We also now know that the rumour about Fury's Ayer helming the Suicide Squad film is true, the same with the long rumoured Momoa portraying Aquaman (now 100% confirmed, hooray) and the solo outing for Gadot's Wonder Woman - which probably won't be an origin story (good thing or bad?) - which is also exciting as I'm looking forward to seeing the Fast & Furious 6 actress portray the heroine (I'm sure she'll be... wait for it... WONDERful)!
What else is there to note? Oh, yes! News of Ezra Miller playing The Flash in the standalone is new. If I'm right then I don't believe he was really rumoured for the role either? The We Need to Talk About Kevin star is a bit of an unexpected and random choice but he's a talented actor so I'm intrigued to see how he does in that. It also puts the speculation around Scoot McNairy playing him to rest (I knew that idea was bull). It also shows that DC's TV and Cinema is going to be kept separate and that The Flash TV show probably won't have any connection to the movie.
Shazam isn't new. The only thing of interest about the film is that it's slated to release in 2019, rather than in 2016 - when it was expected. But that's probably because of Johnson's extremely busy schedule. I don't mind waiting, as long as it means that we're guaranteed a good film!
We always knew that Ray Fisher was going to be portraying Cyborg, after he was cast in Snyder's upcoming Batman v Superman. However, no one could ever come close to guessing that he'd be one of the many DC characters in line to get their very own film! The appearance of that, in the slate, is a bit of a shock but, nonetheless, I'm still loving the idea. It could make a good film, it certainly is an interesting concept.
We then have confirmation of Green Lantern having a second attempt at his own standalone project - following the disastrous 2011 adaption. There's no word on who'll play the titular hero but I'm pretty sure that Ryan Reynolds won't be back. Let's just hope and pray that this adaption set for 2020 will be better than what we got a few years back.
One thing missing from the list is the Flash and Green Lantern crossover that was previously rumoured, when WB first unveiled their schedule - of untitled DC movies. That's either no longer happening or was never a plan in the first place.
Whilst it's not exactly DC related, Warner Bros. also revealed that their previously announced Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films will now be a trilogy, with the first opening on November 18th, 2016, with the second and their following in 2018 and 2020. David Yates will be helming all three, directing off of a script penned by J.K Rowling.
They also announced release dates for all their Lego films. Lego Ninjago is the next one coming our way, on September 23rd, 2016. The recently announced The Lego Batman movie follows on May 26th, 2016 and, like expected, The Lego Movie 2 is coming on May 25th, 2018.
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