Warner Bros. announces 10 DC movies, including 'Wonder Woman'
Everyone knew that Warner Bros. was planning to release a fleet of superhero movies based on the DC Universe. And now studio head Kevin Tsujihara has revealed the titles of those superhero movies, announcing an ambitious slate of 10 films spread throughout interlocking franchises that will star beloved characters like Superman and Batman, plus lesser-known characters like Shazam and Cyborg. They’re also making a new Green Lantern movie, but not until 2020, by which time Ryan Reynolds’ child will be five years old and his parents will never talk about how they met, not ever.
Here are the 10 announced films. (Click here for some deeper thoughts about all the DC movies.)
—Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016.
—Suicide Squad, an adaptation of a comic book that focuses on a team of imprisoned supervillains running black ops missions for the government. It will be directed by David Ayer and will arrive in 2016, which means 2016 will have two supervillain-team movies (assuming The Sinister Six hits its release date).
—Wonder Woman will arrive in 2017, after Gal Gadot debuts the character in BvS: DoJ.
—Justice League Part One will also arrive in 2017 and will star everyone, presumably. (The press release specifically mentions that Amy Adams will be in the movie. Presumably not wearing this outfit, but you never know.)
—The Flash hits theaters in 2018 and will star Ezra Miller. The fact that Miller is already attached to a movie that won’t come out for four years means he’ll definitely appear in Justice League 1 and might even get a cameo in BvS: DoJ. A Flash movie would seem to prove beyond all shadow of a doubt that the DC Cinematic Universe will never intersect with the rapidly expanding DC TV Universe—unless Ezra Miller is playing Jay Garrick, and the DC Cinematic Universe is “Earth-One” to the DC TV Universe’s “Earth-Two.” (See here.)
—Aquaman starring Jason Momoa also arrives in 2018, and it will definitely be awesome. (Shut up you guys Aquaman is the best he controls THE OCEANS!!!)
—A Shazammovie hits theaters in 2019. As previously reported, the film will feature Dwayne Johnson as the villainous Black Adam. The film is currently set up at Warner Bros’ sibling studio New Line—check out what New Line president Toby Emmerich told EW about the Shazam movie, which will come out when your 12-year-old niece is applying to college.
—Justice League Part Two will arrive in 2019. Like the first Justice League, it will be directed by Zack Snyder. Feel free to speculate rampantly about the fact that the two Justice League movies are specifically called “Part One” and “Part Two.”
—Cyborg starring Ray Fisher will arrive in 2020, in the midst of a presumably heated presidential election between two candidates who are barely even born yet.
—And a new Green Lantern movie will also arrive in 2020, nine years after the first Green Lantern movie made $220 million worldwide, slightly more than the opening weekend gross of Avengers.
In a fun twist, Warner Bros. also announced that it’s working on two more DC movies—another Superman solo film starring Henry Cavill, and a standalone Batman film starring Ben Affleck. (There’s also a LEGO Batman movie. Baker’s Dozen!) Left off the release calendar: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s The Sandman and Guillermo Del Toro’s Justice League Dark, two off-mainstream projects that have been in development for awhile.
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