The rumor of seven DC movies within a two-year time span was first reported by former Deadline.com founder, journalist, and blogger Nikki Finke. In the article, she states that DC and Warner Brothers will be announcing this ambitious endeavor at July’s Comic-Con in San Diego. Her sources have told her that the following movies are in the works:
- May 2016 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- July 2016 – Shazam
- Christmas 2016 – Sandman
- May 2017 – Justice League
- July 2017 – Wonder Woman
- Christmas 2017 – The Flash and Green Lantern
- May 2018 – Man of Steel 2
Finke then goes into more detail about past delays and what they really meant:
Meanwhile, if you were wondering why Batman v Superman was delayed, it wasn’t the script or Ben Affleck or Jesse Eisenberg but with the fact that this pic will act as a launching pad for the Justice League. According to my source, “Like Marvel’s The Avengers, there will be cameos of superheroes for future installments. The cameos will include the already known Cyborg and Flash. Green Lantern [not played by Ryan Reynolds, thank god] may be introduced. And Aquaman will be seen in the Justice League movie. Problem is, Warner Bros Pictures was still negotiating with the actors for those cameos and future roles, meaning major contracts for multiple JL/character films to follow. The studio didn’t want to move forward until they had more of this secure so they held off starting production for a few months. Seemingly simple reason, but the implications are pretty darn huge.”
It’s actually news to me that The Flash will be making a cameo in Dawn of Justice, but I guess news is changing everyday, especially with a movie that’s two years out. I’m not sure how I feel about this. Though, so far, it’s still a rumor, the fact that they’re putting The Flash and Green Lantern in one movie is not a good plan. These two behemoths of DC need their own films. The characters need to be respected and given their own space to arc and grow. It’s also strange as to why they would make a Sandman movie. If they really needed another DC character to make a movie out of, they could’ve had a standalone Cyborg or Martian Manhunter story. These two characters would also have a better tie-in with the universe they’re trying to construct.
Also, what’s with Man of Steel 2 all the way out in May 2018? I thought Dawn of Justice was considered Man of Steel 2? Or are they now not considering Dawn of Justice to even be a follow-up to Man of Steel?
I said it before and I’ll say it again, “DC should not use Marvel as a gauge or template. They need to take their time and give these characters a proper treatment. If people have waited this long for a Justice League movie, I’m sure they can wait a bit longer. Fans just want it done right.”