Batman, Superman, Flash, Wonder Woman and Many More On Their Way To Theaters
By ZACH SEEMAYER
June 13, 2014
Marvel has been dominating Warner Bros and DC comics when it comes to the sheer number of films being made from their comic book properties, but from the looks of it, it seems like Warner Bros. is planning to come back swinging with a whole slew of new superhero tentpole films planned for the next four years.
According to a scoop on the brand new site of Hollywood gossip insider Nikki Finke, Warner Bros. has a pretty full slate of blockbusters on the way, a schedule that the studio had been planning to officially release at Comic Con in July.
According to the leak, the first film in the plan of attack in the long-awaited Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice which is set to hit theaters in May 2016. It's after that announcement when things get surprising.
Warner Bros. will be releasing a Shazam project in 2016, which, rumor has it, could be starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. If unfamiliar with Shazam, you're not alone. While still one of DC's more beloved characters, it could be hard to build the brand recognition needed, outside of comic book fans, to make this project profitable.
Even riskier is the release of Sandman on Christmas 2016. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has signed on to star as the title character, but the series isn't your usual shoot-em-till-they-explode superhero action franchise. Instead, Sandman is an introspective psychological fantasy story lead by the Lord Of Dreams.
It's a dicey venture for Warner Bros, to be sure. However, what makes it even crazier is that it will be going up against the proposed Star Wars spin-off set to be directed by Godzilla's Gareth Edwards.
Finally, in May of 2017, the big ensemble everyone has been waiting for since it was officially announced a few months ago, Zach Snyder's Justice League, will finally hit screens. This is Warner Bros./DC's version of The Avengers, and it is set to star Batman, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter.
Two months later Wonder Woman will get her own solo project, followed by a Flash and Green Lantern team-up movie around Christmas of 2017. Right now it appears that Gal Gadot is set to play Wonder Woman for the foreseeable future, however it is has been confirmed that Ryan Reynolds will not reprise his role as Green Lantern, a move likely to convince GL fans to at least give it a chance.
Finally, in May of 2018, we will be getting the official Man Of Steel sequel, which many people figured was the upcoming Batman v Superman, but the film's proposed Man Of Steel 2 title would seem to contradict that.
Clearly, in the wake of this alleged leak, things could quickly change, and Warner Bros. could be forced rearrange their scheduled based on what is planned by Marvel, Disney, Sony and Fox. But all eyes will be on Warner Bros. in July when an official comment is released at the San Diego Comic Con.