It’s certainly no secret that outside of Batman and Superman (and it’s even somewhat debatable to include the Man of Tomorrow, but we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt), DC has been lagging far behind Marvel in translating its rich universe of costumed characters to the big screen. While Marvel smartly thought long term and watched it pay off with individual movies that built up to The Avengers and then spun back out into more single-hero films, DC has been floundering in its own attempts to create a unified vision for its heroes on the silver screen.
Rumors about additional heroes appearing in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel were the first signs that things could be changing. Now there is reason for even more hope that DC will finally get its act together on the movie front, as Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara suggested to the New York Times that the announcement of a DC film series is coming “in the near future.” Yes, this is expected to include a Justice League movie, which would be the obvious answer to the Avengers phenomenon, and if done right, a dream come true for comics fans.
The trouble with that is that the ship has probably sailed in terms of establishing the other Leaguers in their own movies before a group picture like Marvel did. But Warner can still use a Justice League movie as a springboard for solo adventures, and that would seem to be what the company has in mind.
As for what else the announcement might include, Digital Spy mentions that Guillermo del Toro is trying to get together a Justice League Dark movie, and that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been talking up his conversations with DC, something we’ve speculated about on this site too. Whatever Warner Bros. has up its sleeve, it needs to act relatively quickly, as the terrific advance buzz on Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the hype over Avengers: Age of Ultron are threatening to give Marvel even more of the super hero movie spotlight.