The DC Cinematic Univerise - July 2013
I'll begin by referring you to this article in The Huffington Post, which is just reiterating an earlier article in The Hollywood Reporter.
Thanks to the phenomenal success of "Man of Steel", it looks like plans for the DC Cinematic Universe are well underway.
Warner Bros. is now planning to feature Batman in the 2015 sequel to "Man of Steel". As to whether the two heroes will be friends or adversaries remains to be seen, but Zack Snyder's use of a quote from Frank Miller's "Dark Knight Returns" leads one to believe that the relationship between the two will be an ambiguous one. While "World's Finest" is often mentioned as a possible title for this Superman/Batman sequel, I really hope the studio goes with something a bit more understated.
Better still, The Flash is set to appear in his own feature film in 2016. I am very excited about this development, and I am eager to see what a (hopefully) good director and a good script can do for this character. It is somewhat unfortunate that Quicksilver (Marvel's Flash clone) is likely to appear in Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and the next X-men film, but I'll take what I can get. If Warner Bros. is on the ball, they will avoid making The Flash too similar to whatever Joss Whedon will be doing.
Then, in 2017, we should finally see the Justice League hit the big screen. It seems a bit strange to do this in the absence of at least a Wonder Woman film, but I can understand their hurry. Marvel Studios is already one film into its "Phase 2", and DC has only just started their own cinematic universe.