Warner Bros. Plans for Cinematic DC Universe May Have Leaked
The gathering of geeks at Comic-Con in San Diego is still over a month away, but you can count on some big surprises meant for the convention getting spoiled before then. One such major announcement may come from Warner Bros. as former Deadline head Nikki Finke has returned to the entertainment news battlefront with her own site and a big scoop to kick things off. Normally this kind of rumor would be brushed off, but coming from someone like Finke, we're inclined to believe it. Supposedly the studio has a timeline plan for how they want to release films in the DC Comics universe following Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and their plans are pretty damn ambitious, and they also tell us who will be in Justice League.
Supposedly this is the general schedule that Warner Bros. has for DC Comics properties:
May 2016 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
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
Notice how Man of Steel 2 is slated for May of 2018? That seems to confirm our suspicions that Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice isn't really a Superman movie, and it's more of a Justice League prequel. Finke says the delay on Batman v. Superman was in order to get talent signed up for multi-picture deals to follow the tentpole, some of whom will be introduced by way of cameos in the film. We already know about Wonder Woman and Cyborg, along with rumblings of The Flash popping up, but apparently a new Green Lantern may be introduced, and Aquaman will be a part of Justice League as well.
The inclusion of Shazam is a little surprising, unless Warner Bros. plans to somehow fit him into their DC universe. Meanwhile, Sandman is a separate comic book entity that will not tie in to all this Justice League stuff. The most surprising piece of information here is that Warner Bros. and DC are really beefing up their comic book presence rapidly with three movies in the same cinematic universe coming out in 2017, one of them being a surprising team-up of The Flash and Green Lantern. Are these rumors true? Is this what Warner Bros. will reveal at Comic-Con? We'll find out in just over a month. Thoughts?