Warner. Bros Reveals its Full Roster of DC Movies, from 'Justice League' to 'Flash'

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:47 Written by  iamrogue
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Warner. Bros Reveals its Full Roster of DC Movies, from 'Justice League' to 'Flash'

Warner Bros. has endeavored to keep its DC Comics plans under a tight lid.

Which makes it especially surprising that CEO Kevin Tsujihara just revealed the full DC slate through 2020, announcing Justice Leagues Parts 1 & 2, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Shazam!, The Flash starring Ezra Miller, Aquaman, and even a Green Lantern reboot.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, after months and months of rumor and speculation, it's suddenly all official.

Marvel Studios has been dominating the cinematic superhero conversation for six years now.  This week alone, Marvel's plan to make Robert Downey Jr. the villain in Captain America 3 made lots of headlines, as did the search for Doctor Strange.

DC heroes have been represented almost solely by next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Though that movie is clearly a setup for Justice League and a shared DC cinematic universe, Warner Bros. had, until today, yet to actually confirm that solid plans were afoot, even as the studio scheduled nine DC movies for release over the next several years.

That changed at the Time Warner Investor Day, where Tsujihara announced a whole mess of super-movies to compete with the Marvel juggernaut.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is still set to open on March 25, 2016.  It's not the only DC movie dropping that year, though, as Suicide Squad is now set for August 5, 2016.  We recently heard that Fury helmer David Ayer was in talks to helm the villainous team-up, and the release date basically confirms that Ayer is on board to oversee the Dirty Dozen-style bad guy mercenary movie.

Then there's 2017.  Just last week, we heard that an animated Lego Batman movie is on the fast track, and today's announcement brings word that Will Arnett's Batman will indeed get his brick on in theaters May 26, 2017.  But the year is packed with plenty of live-action shenanigans, too.  First up is the long-rumored Wonder Woman movie starring Batman v Superman supporting player Gal Gadot as the Amazonian ass-kicker in her first solo movie, arriving in theaters June 23, 2017.

And then comes the heavy hitter.  Or actually it's just half a heavy hitter.  Justice League: Part One, directed by Zack Snyder, is scheduled to open on November 12, 2017.  Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Amy Adams are all on board to star in the team-up movie.

2018 contains one expected movie and one big surprise.  The expected movie is Aquaman starring Jason Momoa, which opens nationwide on July 27th.  We've known for months that Momoa will play the King of Atlantis in Batman v Superman, but here's the big surprise: Aquaman will be beaten to theaters by The Flash on March 23, 2018.  While word of most of the DC casting has leaked, the studio maintained secrecy on We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower MVP Ezra Miller signing on to play the Scarlet Speedster in The Flash.

So unless Miller is playing Wally West to Grant Gustin's Barry Allen, Warners is going to keep its cinematic Flash separate from his CW television counterpart.  The announcement of Miller's casting puts the kibosh on the longstanding rumor that Scoot McNairy is playing the fastest man alive in Batman v Superman.

Warner Bros. needs to find someone to play Captain Marvel, meanwhile, since the studio already has Dwayne Johnson set to appear as the villainous Black Adam in Shazam!, now scheduled to hit theaters on April 5, 2019. 

And because everybody's down to wait a year and a half for the conclusion to a movie, Snyder's Justice League: Part Two is set to drop on June 14, 2019.

That brings us to 2020.  A character played by Ray Fisher in Dawn of Justice and both Justice League movies gets his own adventure with Cyborg on April 3, 2020.  That'll be followed by a full-blown rejiggering of Green Lantern on June 19, 2020, almost nine years to the day after the Ryan Reynolds version whiffed hard in theaters.

In addition, Tsujihara confirmed that a solo Man of Steel sequel and a Batman movie starring Affleck are also very much in development at the moment.

It's a lot of big news to take in at once, but it does give a pretty thorough picture of just what the Distinguished Competition will be up to while Marvel's pursuing Civil War.


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