It seems every year we are discussing a new film slate that DC Films has rolled out, and this year is no different. The always changing line had a new slate announced at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, which gave us a better look at the planned films from Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe.
The slate was revealed with a series of logos for the upcoming films in development, though those logos have unfortunately remained unreleased officially. The slate follows the movies that are currently in production like Justice League and Aquaman, starting with the film we’ve heard the most about recently, Shazam. Today we are going to move through the various films announced and what little news we have on each of them as we prepare for the next wave of DCEU films.
The upcoming Shazam has been rumored as the next film heading into production, which might mean we can take the order of this slate as a release order as well. The news doesn’t come from a particular source other than The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez, but production could begin as early as February 2018. Of course, we still don’t have a star to play Shazam or his alter ego Billy Batson, who says a magic word to become DC’s Mightiest Mortal Shazam. Dwayne Johnson was originally slated to appear in the Shazam film, though it sounds like he won’t appear now, waiting instead for his own film to portray the villainous Black Adam, though that remains off the slate for now. Shazam does have a director, with David F. Sandberg joining the project recently. In fact, the director shared a look at some work-in-progress concept art of the Shazam costume:
Needless to say, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer for more news to develop from Shazam.
Suicide Squad 2
David Ayer’s Suicide Squad may have had a number of issues, but it still made a ton of money, making a sequel pretty much a guarantee for Warner Bros. What has been up in the air is just who will direct the sequel, with names like Mel Gibson, and more recently, Jaume Collet-Serra. There hasn’t been any word on returning cast members and with the Suicide Squad’s ever-changing roster we can’t be sure who would be written into the sequel. We do know that Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn has her own plans in the works at DC Films, re-teaming with David Ayer for Gotham City Sirens, which is set to focus on Harley, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman. There was a rumor we might see a Harley Quinn vs Joker film as well, though that remained unconfirmed following the SDCC slate release, with Ayer confirming he was still in development on Gotham City Sirens.
While a solo film for Ben Affleck’s version of the Batman has been in the works since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it had undergone a number of changes over the past few months, including losing a director in Ben Affleck, gaining a director with Matt Reeves, and then losing the screenplay previously written by Ben Affleck. Work is currently underway on the new planned trilogy of films from Reeves, with Ben Affleck remaining in the lead role despite rumors that came out ahead of SDCC that Warner Bros. was looking to replace Affleck. The official title was revealed for the film alongside an image of Ben Affleck as Batman at SDCC, The Batman. As a new script is currently being written, we’ll have to wait for more details on the next trilogy of Bat films.
Justice League Dark
Another film that has had a few changes over the years, Justice League Dark is also one of the oldest in development films of the DCEU, having first been announced as Dark Universe from Guillermo del Toro. Now known as Justice League Dark, the film was set to follow the magical version of the Justice League, with characters like John Constantine, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, and Deadman set to appear. Edge of Tomorrow‘s Doug Liman was set to take over after del Toro left the project, though he was soon replaced by IT‘s Andy Muschietti, who was rumored to be replaced by Damián Szifron. As of right now? We’re not entirely sure, but DC Films is clearly committed to the property.
One of the most exciting additions to the film slate has to be Joss Whedon’s Batgirl, which was first announced earlier this year, prior to Whedon’s reshoots on Justice League. There hasn’t been much revealed on the movie itself besides it’s planned to adapt the New 52 version of the Barbara Gordon character, which basically means in the later years of Gordon’s career as opposed to the early days, similar to where our older Batman exists in the DCEU. Batgirl continues the expansion of the Gotham-based characters along with Gotham City Sirens and the in-development Nightwing from director Chris McKay.
Green Lantern Corps
The further we move down the announced film slate the less we know about the films in question, with Green Lantern Corps still remaining a pretty big mystery. After a cryptic post from Aquaman‘s Jason Momoa (which has since been removed) fans thought we might finally have an announcement on casting for a Green Lantern, as the promotional materials for the Justice League did include GL. And in the trailer released at SDCC we do hear the narration that mentions the Lanterns as being absent from the planet, but that about covers the DCEU appearance of the Lanterns. With the title implying we’ll be seeing more of the intergalactic police force besides the main Earth GL Hal Jordan, it’s still all speculation whether or not we’ll see any of the other human GL’s – John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, Simon Baz, Jessica Cruz – as well as some alien fan favorites. Hopefully, a casting announcement will come soon if rumors of Green Lantern’s involvement in Justice League are to be believed.
The most troubled film on the list just might be The Flash, or Flashpoint, if that’s what the film ends up being called. The film is set to star Ezra Miller, alongside Billy Crudup and Kiersey Clemons, yet currently, we still have no director attached. Originally the film was set to be directed by Seth Grahame-Smith, and then Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and then Rick Famuyiwa who left citing creative differences. More recently Robert Zemeckis had been rumored, though now that Lord and Miller have left the young Han Solo movie, the directing gig is apparently an open offer to the directing team. It was revealed at SDCC that despite the problems with securing a director, the film remains a priority and is set to tackle the Flashpoint storyline, which could potentially rewrite the DCEU, or at least introduce some alternate versions of our favorite DC heroes.
Wonder Woman II
Finally, a sequel to the blockbuster hit Wonder Woman was really no surprise, but we’re glad to see it in this released slate, whereas other sequels like Man of Steel 2 remain unannounced. This shows DC’s continuing to back their new star, as Wonder Woman’s popularity is sure to continue to rise following Justice League. What we do know of the sequel is that Patty Jenkins is rumored, though still unconfirmed, and that the events of the film may take place in the 80s, continuing our look at the history of Wonder Woman while Justice League and other films examine her role in the present day.
There are a few films still missing from the slate, like a Man of Steel sequel and the aforementioned Gotham City Sirens, not to mention previously announced films like the solo Cyborg film that have disappeared off the film slate in recent years. Keep it locked to GEEK as more news on this film slate develops while we wait for Justice League and Aquaman.
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