Even though DC is coming late to the comic movie metaverse thing, looking at their film schedule through 2018, it may come at just the right time. Marvel has burned through their A string and while I’m sure they’ll make plenty of money with Doctor Strange and Ant Man, no one on the planet needs to be taught who Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Flash are, and DC doesn’t have its biggest characters stuck in perpetual loan to other production companies.
-May 2016 – Batman v Superman
-July 2016 – Shazam
-Xmas 2016 – Sandman
-May 2017 – Justice League
-July 2017 – Wonder Woman
-Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
-May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2
"According to my source, "Like Marvel’s The Avengers, there will be cameos of superheroes for future installments. The cameos will include the already known Cyborg and Flash. Green Lantern [not played by Ryan Reynolds, thank god] may be introduced. And Aquaman will be seen in the Justice League movie."
After breathing new life back into the Superman franchise (finally), and set to follow up with Batfleck vs Superman, it’s probably no surprise that WB/DC isn’t changing horses midstream and has given the lucrative Justice League directing gig to their boy, Zach Snyder.
AMC did it for The Walking Dead, now the network is hoping to find success with a live action TV series adaption of the Vertigo comic book series, ‘Preacher’. Created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, the series centers on Reverend Jesse Custer, a disillusioned Texas preacher who discovers that God has abandoned Heaven and takes it upon himself to set things right. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg – the writing/directing duo behind last year’s This Is the End – will write the pilot and serve as executive producers on the series. Breaking Bad producer Sam Catlin will be the showrunner.
In Batman/Superman and Justice League rumor news, it’s already been confirmed that Batman vs. Superman will be pushed back by 10 months as not to collide directly with Avengers 2 after all. So that means… more rumors! There was a rumor months ago that Bryan Cranston was in talks to play Lex Luthor, but that was all horseshit. Now the rumor has it that Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to play the super-villain. We’ll see. Gail Gadot has signed up for 3 pictures as Wonder Woman, which isn’t surprising— that’s BvS, at least one Justice League and one WW movie. In slightly surprising rumor news, it also sounds like WB is prepping to transition Green Arrow from the TV show Arrow to the Justice League movie intact— kinda the reverse of Agent Coulson going from Avengers to Agents of SHIELD.
If you’re likely to burst a blood vessel over Wonder Woman’s origin story, you might want to skip reading this, skip Batman vs. Superman and skip the Justice League movie, because DC is shaking things up a bit.
Going into Batman vs Superman, which DC will then directly lead in Justice League, we’ve already got a Batman and a Superman obviously, and we’ve got a Wonder Woman, but will be also see another JL member in the film? It’s been known for a while that DC wasn’t happy with the performance of the Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern movie, and that they were going to be looking for a new one anyway… so why not move ahead to the John Stewart GL? Rumor has it that’s the direction they’re going, supposedly chit chatting with Denzel Washington for the role. That may not be true, but it makes sense for them to go with the John Stewart Lantern even if it’s not Denzel.
As you may know, I’ve been rooting for DC to get their shit together for a while now. Marvel has done a spectacular job of building a comic book like movie metaverse, and DC hasn’t been able to even keep their huge, world-famous characters in flight for long at all without endless reboots of the same story. But with Man of Steel 2, they’re hoping to finally find a platform to launch from. Superman, Batman and holy fuck finally they’ve found their Wonder Woman with actress Gal Gadot. This also probably means that the Justice League will feature somewhat in BvS, leading into a JL movie, and then DC maybe can gloat a little over Marvel not being able to pull Spider-Man and the X-Men into their movie franchise.
Poor DC… for decades, they’ve been trying and failing to bring back a live action Wonder Woman. Obviously, she’s got to be in their Justice League movie, but one WW rumor after the other has proven to be false. So here’s another. Actress Jamie Alexander, who has played Sif in two Thor movies recently revealed that she’s in serious talks to be in Batman vs Superman, leading many to believe she might make an appearance as Wonder Woman. Even though she has later downplayed the rumors, it didn’t help that she tweeted a fan-made piece of photoshoppery as the woman from Amazon. Please let this one be true. Please.
If DC is serious about a Justice League movie, they’re going to have to move fast. Which is why it’s both kind of surprising and kind of not surprising that a casting call for Batman vs. Superman has people talking about whether Wonder Woman might show up.