The DC Cinematic Universe - Updated!!
Warner Bros. has finally announced their slate of DC films up until 2020. These films are:
March 2016: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
August 2016: Suicide Squad
July 2017: Wonder Woman
November 2017: Justice League Part 1
March 2018: The Flash
July 2018: Aquaman
April 2019: Shazam
June 2019: Justice League Part 2
April 2020: Cyborg
June 2020: Green Lantern
In addition, the studio has also announced plans for stand-alone Batman and Superman films, which will (presumably) be released within this time frame. This would mean the release of at least two DC films a year.
Now I don't know about you, but I'm pretty excited about this development. None of this is set in stone of course. Release dates can be changed. Projects can be shelved. But in announcing these films, Warner Bros. is also announcing its commitment to the characters, and to building a cinematic universe around them.
The first of these films, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is still filming now. Despite intimations of other characters in Man of Steel, this will be the movie to introduce the idea of an interconnected cinematic universe. As nearly everyone on the planet knows, Ben Affleck will star as Batman, and Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman. Gal Gadot will also appear as Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and other actors may also appear as other well known superheroes.
Much less is known about Suicide Squad, the following film. David Ayer is attached to direct, and this alone is cause for excitement. I'm sure we'll see Deadshot in this movie, though the rest of the roster is anybody's guess. This movie could be a huge success for Warner Bros., especially if they choose more recognizable villains.
As for the rest of these films, we'll just have to wait and see. Justice League Part 1 is reportedly filming back to back with Batman v. Superman, so details of that film will certainly surface soon. Production on the other films hasn't even started yet. If nothing else, I'll be overjoyed to finally see a Flash movie. A movie centered around this character has been long overdue, and I'm glad that Warner Bros. is finally taking a step in that direction.