Marvel has become one of the most successful studios in recent memory with the cinematic comicbook universe that began with Iron Man in 2007, and culminated with The Avenger’s in 2012. Since then, Marvel’s “Phase 2″ has been an even bigger success as Iron Man 3 grossed a billion, Thor: The Dark World & Captain America: The Winter Solider outperformed their predecessors, and Guardians Of The Galaxy becoming the highest grossing domestic film of 2014. Within the same span Warner Bros. has ended its beloved Dark Knight Trilogy while also releasing, the very polarizing, Man Of Steel. DC has clearly had greater plans for their characters as Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice was announced earlier this year. Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot were cast as Batman and Wonder Woman respectively for the 2016 film. Rumors have been circulating about solo Aquaman, Flash and Green Lantern movie with Justice League arriving in the near future. DC & Warner Bros. finally have a cinematic plan and it goes quite far into the future. Here is Warner Bros. official slate of superhero films for the next six years.
- Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 25th, 2016
- Suicide Squad – August 5th, 2016
- Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017
- Justice League – November 17th, 2017
- The Flash – March 23rd, 2018
- Aquaman – July 27th, 2018
- Shazam – April 5th, 2019
- Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019
- Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020
- Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020
As you can see a Justice League movie will finally happen in 2017 with only BvS, Suicide Squad & Wonder Woman coming before it. Zack Synder is set to direct both parts of Justice League making him the “Joss Whedon” of this cinematic universe for the foreseeable future. DC is taking a different approach compared to Marvel, who gave each character their own movie before teaming them up. It seems like we will only be introduced to Batman, Wonder Woman and some of DC’s villains before we meet the whole team. The announcement of a Suicide Squad movie this early is very surprising, as director, David Ayer, is already set to direct the super villain team-up film. Ever more interesting is the rumored cast with Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Tom Hardy and Ryan Gosling, reportedly, up for roles in the movie.
Ezra Miller (seen above) will star as The Flash for both The Justice League and Flash solo film. Obviously, a Flash TV Show is on CW right now, and quite successful, but WB has stated the Arrow/Flash TV Universe will be separate from the universe created in Man Of Steel. As rumored, Jason Mamoa will play Aquaman in his solo film coming in 2018. Apparently the character has been revamped in the last several years making him much more useful to the Justice League, and a cooler character overall. We will finally see a female-led superhero movie in 2017 with Gal Gadot as Wonder Man. She will be featured heavily in BvS and if audiences response well, Wonder Woman could be a huge hit when its released. Ray Fisher has already been cast as Cyborg, and will be getting his own solo film in 2020.
Two big names are missing in the list of solo movies here. Batman & Superman currently have no films scheduled for the next six years, but it is assumed the two Justice League films will star the two titans. During the investor meeting, that revealed all this news, we found out Batman and Superman movies will be out within the six year span. I seems like DC &WB will place a Superman or Batman film wherever necessary depending on the critical and commercial response of other movies. It’s exciting to see DC finally putting their cinematic universe together. It will be fascinating to see if it becomes as successful and pop culture consuming as The Marvel Cinematic Universe.