Hot on the heels of Marvel’s game-changing plans to include Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America 3, Warner Bros. and DC Comics are releasing some major movie plans of their own. The studio is having a discussion with its shareholders right now, and to get them excited about what’s coming up in the next few years, they’ve decided to unveil their slate of superhero movies. Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz is on the scene, so thanks to him for relaying this info.
First up, Suicide Squad will follow Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice into theaters in 2016. After that, 2017 will see Justice League and a solo Wonder Woman movie. In 2018, we’ll get solo films for The Flash (starring Ezra Miller) and Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa. Dwayne Johnson’s Shazam will arrive in 2019, along with Justice League 2. And as for films without release dates penciled in, WB & DC are developing a solo film for Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, a Green Lantern reboot, and individual solo films for Batman and Superman.
None of these announcements are totally surprising, considering WB & DC had already staked out many of these dates ahead of time. The only thing missing from today’s announcements is an update on Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Sandman adaptation, which may mean the project is delayed or entirely dead. But people have been trying to crack that story on the big screen for years now, so even the fact that Sandman isn’t on this list isn’t really that much of a shock.
Here’s the list of dates the studio claimed earlier this summer, updated with today’s info in parenthesis:
Untitled DC Film – August 5, 2016 (Suicide Squad)
Untitled DC Film – June 23, 2017 (Justice League)
Untitled DC Film – November 17, 2017 (Wonder Woman)
Untitled DC Film – March 23, 2018 (The Flash or Aquaman)
Untitled DC Film – July 27, 2018 (The Flash or Aquaman)
Untitled WB Event Film – November 16, 2018 (Fantastic Beasts sequel)
Untitled DC Film – April 5, 2019 (Shazam)
Untitled DC Film – June 14, 2019 (Justice League 2)
Untitled DC Film – April 3, 2020 (Cyborg, Green Lantern, solo Batman or solo Superman)
Untitled DC Film – June 19, 2020 (Cyborg, Green Lantern, solo Batman or solo Superman)
Untitled WB Event Film – November 20, 2020 (Fantastic Beasts sequel)
Those exact dates weren’t confirmed today, but it makes sense that WB would want to place the Justice League movies in the summer slots. The event films are sequels to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which WB President Kevin Tsujihara said will be “at least a trilogy,” so there’s a very good chance we could be getting more adventures set in the world of Harry Potter after that.
Whew, that’s a lot to take in. Let us know what you’re most excited about in the comments below.
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