Finally, we now know more information on what Warner Brothers and DC has planned for their own shared universe. We already know about Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice hitting theaters in 2016, as well as the build up to a Justice League film shortly after. Now, we have a concrete schedule and can fill in all of those holes in the mysterious scheduled that leaked a few months back. Here’s the press release talking about all the releases through 2020:
And, in a massive expansion of the Studio’s DC Entertainment-branded content, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema will release a slate of at least 10 movies—as well as stand-alone Batman and Superman films—from 2016 through 2020 that expands this prized universe of characters:
- “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
- “Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (2016)
- “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017)
- “Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
- “The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018)
- “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018)
- “Shazam” (2019)
- “Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
- “Cyborg,” starring Ray Fisher (2020)
- “Green Lantern” (2020)
Yes, along with this press release is also the news that Ezra Miller, best known for his performances in We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower has been cast as The Flash. Which version of The Flash is not known at this time (Barry Allen or Wally West), but this news drives the point home that the DC universes on film and on TV will be separate.
Another point to mention is that WB is finally giving the world a Wonder Woman movie that many have been dying to see in 2017. The character, who is arguably the most popular female superhero, has surprisingly never had her own live action film, and 2017 will see Gal Gadot return in the role for her own stand alone flick.
Finally, stand alone Batman and Superman films are also on the horizon, but not slated for release yet. The press release says we will get both of them before 2020. This would mean that Ben Affleck is locked in for quite some time as The Dark Knight and his involvement with the universe may be expanded into directing one of these films as well. Perhaps he can be the first person to play Batman and direct himself in the stand alone feature? Who knows, but that prospect sounds absolutely wonderful.
Expect more details to slowly ooze out of the studio now that a schedule has been set.