For her big return to the internet, former Deadline Hollywood editor Nikki Finke came out swinging by revealing what her sources tell her is Warner Bros’ San Diego Comic-Con announcement, and it’s big.
Apparently, WB is going to lay out their plan for very quickly building the DC film universe with three films a year, starting in 2016 with “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
Much of what Finke revealed has been rumored for some time, but never put into such concrete terms. So while we can’t confirm whether you’ll see a Flash-Green Lantern team-up in 2017, we can tell you everything we know for sure about the rumored films.
“Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” – May 2016
Obviously, we’ve heard a thing or two about the meeting of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel, including a few details about how it connects to the larger world. Gal Gadot landed the film’s major female role, which turned out to be Wonder Woman, and Ray Fisher will have a small role as Cyborg, setting up a larger part in “Justice League.”
“Shazam” – July 2016
For a while, the world thought “Shazam” was a victim of the success of “Man of Steel.” The hero most commonly (and confusingly) known as Captain Marvel was set for a big screen debut, with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson likely playing the villainous role of Black Adam, before the similarly powered Superman made a big comeback, as director Peter Segal explained to ComingSoon.
The project showed signs of new life when it was mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article about upcoming DC and Vertigo adaptations that are unconnected to the Justice League. There’s no telling at this point whether Segal or the Rock remain attached.
“Sandman” – Christmas 2016
When we last heard about “Sandman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the rumored actor, producer and director of the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s seminal comic, was cautious to make clear that the project was still in the early stages of development.
If Finke is correct, that’s no longer the case, and we could be seeing the directorial follow-up to “Don Jon” in late 2016.
“Justice League” – May 2017
Can WB recapture the magic of “The Avengers”? This is their hope with the “Batman V Superman” follow-up, which Zack Snyder will likely film back-to-back. There’s no official word on the lineup, but expect Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg. Rumors name The Flash, Aquaman, and Green Lantern as the other likely members of the team.
“Wonder Woman” – July 2017
Shortly after Gadot signed onto “Batman V Superman,” it was reported that her contract included “Justice League” and a standalone Wonder Woman movie. The latest rumor is the first time we’ve heard a proposed release date.
Flash and Green Lantern Team-Up – Christmas 2017
The reported third DC Comics movie of 2017 was the one that no one had heard about before, but it does make sense. The disastrous attempted launch of Green Lantern with Ryan Reynolds would no doubt make WB wary of another standalone movie for the character, but given his popularity, not spinning him off would be a wasted opportunity. Thus, the team-up is born.
“Man of Steel 2″ – May 2018
This one is a bit of head-scratcher, since back when “Batman V Superman” was without its gloriously awkward title, it was known as “Untitled Man of Steel Sequel.” Clearly that was just a placeholder, and now we know how long Henry Cavill will have to wait until he’s no longer sharing the spotlight. It will also be the universe’s first stand-alone sequel.
“Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.