While it’s not official official, it looks like Justice League has definitely found its Aquaman in Conan actor Jason Momoa. While most likely all this BvS casting will just briefly introduce characters that we’ll see later in Justice League, it’s also very possible that Batman vs Superman will show Superman having words with a bunch of people who weren’t happy with his massively destructive fight with Zod in Man of Steel, including Aquaman, who probably isn’t happy about the World Engine. Of course, this will set up Momoa for an Aquaman solo film, which I’d love to see, to give Aqua some real street cred. Or sea cred, whatever.
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."
With DC using Batman vs Superman as their main launching pad into Justice League, they’ve got to be careful not to overload the movie too much with characters. There’s already the titular Batman and Superman, and there will be appearances by Wonder Woman, Cyborg and Green Lantern, with Nightwing and Doomsday rumored. And the movie already has its main villain with Lex Luthor, so what’s up with BvS cinematographer Larry Fong tweeting a picture of a playing card embedded in concrete? There isn’t room at this point for the Joker in the film, but it is reasonable to think that they could tease the character as a lead-in to having him as the main villain in Justice League, which would certainly bring in the crowds.
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.
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.
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.
When DC announced it was working on a Justice League movie, one of the many questions was whether or not Christopher Nolan’s most recent version of Batman would be in the film or whether it would be a new Batman entirely. Man of Steel writer David Goyer confirmed that Nolan’s Batman is indeed in his own universe and when Justice League happens, it will be an entirely new Bruce Wayne.
This summer, DC has Man of Steel coming out, produced by Christopher Nolan and directed by Zack Snyder. After that, their next big project will be a Justice League movie… the problem is that unlike Marvel, DC’s movie division doesn’t have a unified vision. But if the rumors are true, it looks like they’re holding on to Chris Nolan to hold on to the DC movie tentpole.
DC is quite a few years late in trying to match Marvel’s giant movie comic book universe, but they’re seem committed to trying, saying that the 2015 Justice League movie will be the tentpole under which all the other DC character films will branch from. But with disappointing box office number for anything that’s not Batman recently, the entire fate of the Justice League film could rest of Man of Steel not tanking.
If all goes according to plan, DC will have a Justice League movie in theaters in the summer of 2015, the same summer as Avengers 2. While details are slowly trickling out of pre-production, it looks like we’ve got a list of main characters that will grace the big screen.
DC has only a few years to try and do with Justice League what Marvel did with The Avengers, but so far it hasn’t really come together in the same way. There were the Christopher Nolan Batman movies and the upcoming Man of Steel Superman movie, but they don’t seem to tie in to a larger Justice League film. Or maybe they do…
So there’s a spoiler ahead, for the character that looks likely to be the major villain for the Justice League movie. They don’t have a director or writer or major actors, but apparently someone knows who the villain will be and it’s not really that much of a spoiler or a surprise, but if it’s going to ruin it for you, read no further.