The DC Extended Universe has rapidly expanded in the past year and a half – especially at the box office – and it’s only going to get bigger as DC makes strides to release 3-4 superhero movies every year. Right now, we’ve got a better look at which movies in their film slate are considered high-priority.
At the Warner Bros. Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, it was revealed that nearly a dozen projects are taking higher focus for the DCEU than others: Wonder Woman 2, Batgirl, Shazam!, Justice League, Aquaman, Green Lantern Corps, Flashpoint, The Batman, Suicide Squad 2, and Justice League Dark. Justice League and Aquaman both come out before 2019, which will be the year where WB are expected to start releasing more movies a year after complications in 2018 led to delays in both The Batman and the project that would be reworked into Flashpoint. Aside from the obvious Wonder Woman sequel that they were clearly going to make as soon as the movie massively overperformed, none of these projects are new – but it signals that Warner Brothers want to clear out their very busy schedule before announcing even more movies.
So, what does that leave out? That list is much shorter – Nightwing, Cyborg, Gotham City Sirens, the Justice League sequel, Black Adam, and the next Superman movie are in-development, but they aren’t as big of a focus to these ambitious plans right now. That doesn’t mean any one of them can’t be fast-tracked at a later point in time, or that any of the twelve movies mentioned earlier can’t be pushed back, however, as WB’s plans for the DCEU have changed in a major way since they were first outlined in a boardroom meeting years ago. And Superman fans shouldn’t feel too down just yet, since it’s likely that they’re saving any major announcement about the character for after the release of Justice League (where the character will come back from the dead), and it’s been suggested that development of the script might already be underway. On another note, this also calls the authenticity of the rumor of the supposed Joker vs. Harley Quinn movie into question.
So far, we know that the movies in pre-production that actually have creative teams officially announced for them include Green Lantern Corps, The Batman, Shazam!, Suicide Squad 2, Wonder Woman 2, Justice League Dark, Nightwing, Batgirl, and Gotham City Sirens – and that’s well over half of them. Zack Snyder was in line to direct Justice League 2 – and he still is, from an official standpoint – but his family tragedy and decision to depart from both Justice League and HBO’s Watchmen (which has yet to receive a release date) suggest that he might be taking a break from DC for a while. For now, however, expect the DCEU to accomplish wonders between now and when the last of these listed movies arrive.
Justice League unites on November 17, 2017. The superhero epic features a cast that includes Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne (Batman), Henry Cavill as Kal-El/Clark Kent (Superman), Gal Gadot as Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), Jason Mamoa as Orin/Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Ezra Miller as Barry Allen (The Flash), Ray Fisher as Victor Stone (Cyborg), Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, J. K. Simmons as Commissioner James ‘Jim’ Gordon, Joe Morton as Dr. Silas Stone, Amber Heard as Mera, Billy Crudup as Dr. Henry Allen, and Kiersey Clemons as Iris West. Julian Lewis Jones and Michael McElhatton are also in the movie in unspecified roles.
Based On The ‘Justice League’ Trailer, The DCEU Is Course-Correcting For The Better
The DC Extended Universe has been going through some growing pains. Already somewhat behind the curve when compared to their friendly competition, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they needed to play catchup in a big way.
Under the reins of Zack Snyder, Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theaters. Man of Steel introduced us to a new iteration of Superman. This one was somewhat darker. While the first film for DC’s new cinematic universe was well received, it did strike a chord with some. Criticized for being too dark (especially the horror that was unleashed on Metropolis in the third act of the film), Man of Steel had its detractors. However, it was a solid movie for an orientation of the DCEU.
Somewhat deviating from the “Marvel Playbook,” and instead of taking their time and establishing their characters in the DCEU, Warner Bros. decided to do the opposite and put two of their greatest heroes together for a slugfest in Batman v Superman. This film served to do a little bit, of course, correcting and addressing the human carnage caused by Superman in Man of Steel and have a new iteration of Batman be introduced as an antagonist for the character. By having both of those characters in the next movie duking it out, it wasn’t sure if this was a Man of Steel sequel, or a Batman movie. In a sense, it failed by making two opposing forces the central character and the film needed one of them to be the “primary good guy.” The film also did a soft introduction to other metahumans within the DCEU via a unique cameo presentation that writhed fans a little. Of course, the “Martha” moment did not go over well either. There were other complaints for the film as well that we don’t need to once again rehash. Even with all its criticisms, the film did its job by slowly (sometimes irritatingly) orienting their new cinematic universe and preparing us for all the upcoming films. Those who saw the film’s Ultimate Edition know that it was a infinitely superior version and helped close the gaps many had questions about. It also helped prepare us for the upcoming films.
Suicide Squad, the third entry in the DCEU was a very interesting choice. After all the hype built up from the previous two films, Warner Bros. decided to take a detour and introduce a new group of characters. This time, they were villains, forced to be the good guys under threat of death and the reward of lessening their sentence. As brilliant as the concept is in the comics, it did not successfully translate to the screen, as there were significant problems with the script and pacing. It was not all bad, though. The film gave us some great characters like Deadshot (Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), who stood out significantly, mainly due to the actors giving their all in the film. It’s no surprise that there are talks of a Deadshot spin-off and a Gotham City Sirens film as well. The film also racked up a significant amount of money at the box office, so rest assured, we’ll get another Suicide Squad film.
This year, Warner Bros. has two DCEU films in its slate. The first is Wonder Woman, the solo female-led superhero film that is looking quite promising. Set way before the events of any of the other DCEU films time-wise, this technically will be “the first” DCEU film, as its event mainly take place during World War I. The film is due to hit theaters in a couple months, so we’ll have to wait and see how it does.
Even more buzzed about is Justice League. One thing that has been noted is that the film will not have that much of a “dark” tone. Given the feedback that we’ve seen so far, the case was made for Justice League to be a little more “light” instead of having the dreariness that the previous DCEU films had. Luckily for us, we got a taste of what’s to come. Recently, the first official trailer for Justice League dropped for audiences. It’s pretty good! The trailer was well cut, had a killer soundtrack, and just left a better mood for the franchise.
Has the DCEU finally done the course-correcting fans had hoped for? Let’s take a look? Click Next to see…