So you might have heard already. I’m guessing you probably have. But it bears repeating.
DC Comics and Warner Bros Studios finally put their cards on the table and showed the world they ain’t messing around anymore. That they WILL beat Marvel and Disney’s current world-domination plot by releasing their own interlocking movies over a five year plan. 10 movies were announced in all. Yeah, the gloves are officially off people.
So what films can we hope to see over the next few years? Let’s break it down…
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016): Much publicized, much scrutinized and much anticipated, this movie will finally put Superman and Batman in the same picture, and introduce other heroes that will make up the franchise.
Suicide Squad (2016): If you’re unfamiliar with Suicide Squad, it’s a team of super-villains who are forced to do black ops missions for the government (take a gander here). Right now all we know is that it will be directed by David Ayer and may end up going toe to toe with Marvel/Sony’s own super-villain themed movie Sinister Six.
Wonder Woman (2017): I darn near fell out of my chair when I read about this one. Finally. FINALLY! We’re getting a Wonder Woman movie! Fans have been wanting this for years, there’s been a few false starts (including one project that had Joss Whedon attached to it) and hemming and hawing from studio execs but finally the wheels are in motion. Gal Gadot will play our favorite amazon after debuting in Batman v Superman. Hopefully this will open the gate for more female-centered super hero movies (Marvel, I’m looking at you!)
Justice League Part 1 (2017): The first one to bring them all together.
The Flash (2018): Not to be confused with the current TV series, this Flash will star Ezra Miller as the red-wearing speedster. Apparently DC is not going to go Marvel’s route and incorporate their TV shows with their cinematic universe.
Aquaman (2018): The ruler of the oceans will get his first film, staring Jason Momoa. Hopefully this will give Aquaman some cred after being the but of many a joke.
Shazam (2019): Again, if you’re not too familiar with this particular hero, we can help you out with that; check out this book to get you started. Dwayne Johnson has been confirmed for the part of the villainous Black Adam.
Justice League Part 2 (2019): As with the first part and with Man of Steel, this will be directed by Zack Snyder.
Cyborg (2020): A hero who didn’t get a lot of face time until the New 52 relaunched their Justice League comic book, Cyborg will have his own movie starring Ray Fisher after he makes his debut in Batman v Superman.
Green Lantern (2020): Nine years after the first big-screen attempt to introduce the Green Lantern flopped, DC will try again. Likely though he’ll appear in one of the Justice League movies first.
As if all that weren’t enough, DC/Warner Bros is also scheduling a Batman film staring Affleck and a sequel to Man of Steel.
It’s ambitious, no question. About two movies a year for 5 years. And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t totally stoked for some of them (Did I mention Wonder Woman!). But here’s the thing; DC can’t copy Marvel’s formula outright, so they have to try a slightly different direction. And that’s where the trouble might start, because it’s becoming a bit obvious that DC is not overly clear on what makes Marvel’s movies so successful.
First of all, Marvel took their time to introduce many different characters over the course of several movies before throwing them together in The Avengers. DC apparently is saying ‘Nuts to that’ and is planning on introducing many different characters in Dawn of Justice, including Wonder Woman, Cyborg and Aquaman. So, if the main focus is on Batman and Superman, when and how are we going to see these other characters for the first time? For like a split second each? An overflowing pot of stew leaps immediately to mind.
Plus, if Man of Steel is any indication, DC is planning on going dark and gritty with their films, which is not necessarily a good thing. A lot of these characters are supposed to be bright and colorful, not just in their costumes but in their personalities.
I mean look at the first images of the Trinity from Dawn of Justice…
Look at it. LOOK AT IT! That is dark people! Batman I totally get, it’s Batman! But even the red on Superman’s outfit looks gray. Dark does not equal good movie!
So yeah, between an overflow of characters and a unyieldingly dark direction there are things to cause concern with DCs plans. And BTW, it’s being rumored that Robin might be joining Batman v Superman. Do with that information what you will. I want to believe that DC will pull this off because I love these characters and I want to see them succeed on the big screen. But right now, I just don’t know…
Are you guys excited for DCs movie lineup? Not excited? Only cautiously optimistic? Completely cynical about the whole thing? Post away in the comments.
And in the meantime I think Marvel has movies planned through like 2030. Let’s hope we can keep all these films straight, amirite?
And we’re a week away from our Superhero themed Murder Mystery After Dark. Hope to see you there!