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Fans of DC Comics have been itching relentlessly for a Justice League movie for years now. And up until last month when it was finally announced, the inevitable team-up film was all but implied. Rumored to film back-to-back with DC’s next planned movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (set for 2016), it’s been reported that Justice League should have a sure shot at being released in 2017.
Warner Bros. and DC first launched their shot at a “cinematic universe” in 2013, with Man of Steel. Similar to Marvel Studios’ Iron Man, the Superman flick was an origin story that had little to no ties to other characters. Its sequel, the previously-mentioned Dawn of Justice will follow the events of Man of Steel, while introducing Batman, as well as Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor and even Cyborg.
So far, it has been implied that the DC Cinematic Universe will follow to some extent the “New 52” line of comics, where the Justice League lineup would include Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg. And with only four of the seven listed heroes officially announced to appear so far, this implies that the Flash, Green Lantern, and Aquaman will most likely be introduced in the Justice League film, before any of them get their own solo outing.
Now, thanks to the newly launched news site Nikki Finke, we learn that Warner Bros. and DC could have some big plans to announce at next month’s annual San Diego Comic Con. Take the following with a grain of salt, though with just a month until the big convention, it seems about right that DC will have big reveals; especially considering what they have on their horizon.
The site reveals that the studio could be set to announce their film release schedule through 2018, including the Justice League film, as well as the continuing solo adventures of its characters. Once again, making sure your grain has been taken, here is the newly rumored Warner Bros/DC film schedule:
May 2016 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
July 2016 – Shazam
Xmas 2016 – Sandman
May 2017 – Justice League
July 2017 – Wonder Woman
Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
May 2018 – Man of Steel 2
Finke also went on to explain that their source said this about DC’s upcoming Cinematic Universe; how the whole lot of characters will be introduced in time for Justice League, as well as an explanation as to why Batman v Superman was delayed from 2015 until 2016:
“Like Marvel’s The Avengers, there will be cameos of superheroes for future installments. The cameos will include the already known Cyborg and Flash. Green Lantern [not played by Ryan Reynolds, thank god] may be introduced. And Aquaman will be seen in the Justice League movie. Problem is, Warner Bros Pictures was still negotiating with the actors for those cameos and future roles, meaning major contracts for multiple JL/character films to follow. The studio didn’t want to move forward until they had more of this secure so they held off starting production for a few months. Seemingly simple reason, but the implications are pretty darn huge.”
Judging from the statement, it seems about right as far as a timeline goes. DC’s side projects Shazam (rumored to star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) and Sandman (set to star Joseph Gordon-Levitt) may appear to be the least appealing projects on the list here, though it does back the fact that Justice League is set for 2017. Perhaps the biggest surprise for fans on the schedule is the team-up of Flash and Green Lantern, who comic readers will know have some of the best character banter and chemistry.
As for Wonder Woman, it is nice to see her mentioned in the mix of solo movies. And for those who complained, were concerned or had reservations about Batman taking over Superman’s deserved story in Batman v Superman, it seems an official sequel to Man of Steel is still coming. While 2018 is the farthest away in this rumored schedule, it unfortunately appears that we will not be seeing Ben Affleck as Batman, after Justice League, until at least 2019 or 2020. To me, that’s the worst part of the report, as I’m one who is eagerly looking forward to Affleck’s Dark Knight Returns-inspired version of Batman.
However, the above timeline does end in *May* of 2018, and considering 2016 and 2017 each have three films scheduled, it is quite possible that a year or two from now we will learn of a Batfleck film, Aquaman or even another hero announced for later in 2018.
What do you think about the reported DC movie schedule? Again, this is just a rumor, so stay tuned until next month’s San Diego Comic Con, where we will hear from Warner Bros. and DC themselves.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to hit theaters on May 6th, 2016, directed by Zack Snyder.
– Josh Sazin, 6/13/14