Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DC announces several new films set for release between 2016 and 2020; 'Aquaman', 'Justice League' included

After the shocking bit of news that revealed Marvel's plan to pit Captain America against Iron Man in Captain America 3, which would effectively bring the Civil War storyline to life, Warner Bros. responded by announcing their plans for several DC comics films over the next few years. While most people knew that DC and Warner had these plans all along, this was the first time that we officially knew what was going down with the DC universe.

Unsurprisingly, director Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will kick things off on March 25, 2016. The mega-blockbuster will star Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Henry Cavill and Amy Adams will reprise their roles as Superman and Lois Lane, respectively. Dawn of Justice will obviously be the set up film for this whole universe and will be an important experiment for Warner Bros.

Dawn of Justice will be followed by Suicide Squad, which will hit theaters on August 5, 2016. The first screen adaptation of these characters will be directed by David Ayer, whose previous credits include End of Watch and Fury, which just hit theaters this weekend. Ayer is a talented director (Fury is a gritty, violent and engrossing war film) and I'm very interested in this film. I'm betting on a hard R rating at this point because of Ayer, but I wouldn't be too surprised to see this film get slapped with a studio-mandated PG-13.

Suicide Squad is a film without any well known characters, so DC is going to have to rely on big-name actors to fill these roles. And according to Collider, DC is going to be bringing some stars to the table. Per Collider, Warner Bros. is looking at casting Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Tom Hardy, and Ryan Gosling. Those are some big names and I truly believe that Warner will be able to snag some of those actors. Smith and Robbie just did work for the studio in their new romantic drama Focus, and they seem to really enjoy working with each other. There's also a decent chance that Gosling could appear. The only actor I have a problem with is Tom Hardy. He's a brilliant actor, but he's already rumored to be playing the lead villain in X-Men: Apocalypse. Therefore, he might not have time to do Suicide Squad. All in all, Warner Bros. is going to go all out when it comes to making this obscure superhero flick and I bet that they'll knock it out of the park.

But the news doesn't stop there. Warner Bros. also announced that Wonder Woman is getting a standalone movie as well, set for release on June 23, 2017. Gal Gadot will star and it will be the first major superhero movie starring a female. A very impressive step forward for the studio.

After that, DC will unveil Justice League Part 1, with Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Amy Adams with Zack Snyder in the director's chair. The film will debut on November 17, 2017. I would be more excited for this movie if Snyder wasn't directing, but I guess I'm still interested. If there's a good story and a good screenplay, it'll be fine. But right now, it's a question mark.

2018 will see the release of two more standalone DC movies. The first one hitting theaters that year is The Flash, which will hit theaters on March 23, 2018. The Perks of Being A Wallflower star Ezra Miller will be playing the character. That has sparked debate among fans who had hoped for the star of The Flash TV show (Grant Gustin) to appear as Barry Allen in the movie as well. However, Ezra Miller is a supremely talented actor and I'm very happy to hear that he is going to be in this movie. DC's second 2018 flick will be Aquaman, with Jason Momoa. The film will debut on July 27, 2018. I'm actually really excited for this one. I just love the idea of an Aquaman movie.

Two more films will hit theaters in 2019: one standalone film and one major sequel. Shazam will premiere first on April 5, 2019, with Dwayne Johnson starring as Black Adam. Shazam is another movie that I'm excited for, but I'm honestly surprised that Shazam is coming out in 2019. I would have thought that this movie was much farther along than Wonder Woman or Suicide Squad. However, Johnson is often busy so maybe he can only fit the movie in near the end of the decade. Finally, DC will close out their 2019 with Justice League Part 2 on June 14, 2019 with Snyder directing again.

After that, DC will release two more standalone origin films in 2020. Cyborg, starring unknown actor Ray Fisher, will hit theaters first on April 3, 2020. Last time I checked, Fisher will also be appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, so I'm surprised that they're waiting so long to give him his origin story. And finally, DC will release a Green Lantern reboot on June 19, 2020. No real news on that one so far.

There's no question that this news was revealed in response to the surprise announcement that Marvel was finally moving forward on the Civil War storyline. I'm optimistic about a few of these movies, but I really hope that DC isn't planning too far out. In 2008, Marvel might have had plans for more films, but they surely didn't announce all of them. In the end, I'm excited to see how the DC Cinematic Universe plays out, but I'm undoubtedly more excited for Marvel's next movies. Marvel still has the upper hand right now.

That's all the DC news that I have at this moment, but I'm positive that we will be hearing much more about the DC Cinematic Universe in the near future.

Source: Collider, The Hollywood Reporter
Image Credits: Variety, DC Comics, Screen Rant, Grant Land

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