WB Announcing New DC Films at SDCC '14?
Posted by: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM.COM)
June 13, 2014

According to Nikki Finke from NIKKIFINKE.COM, Warner Bros./DC Entertainment will announce the following film projects next month at Comic Con International San Diego...

July 2016 Ė SHAZAM!
Xmas 2016 Ė SANDMAN
Xmas 2017 Ė The Flash/Green Lantern team-up film
May 2018 Ė MAN OF STEEL 2

Here's an excerpt from the report...

"Like Marvelís 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] 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 didnít 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."

OK, fine. Here's my take on all of this...

* Based on Finke's track record, I donít doubt the validity of this report. Finke is well-connected and regularly spot-on when it comes to going public with a report. It wouldnít surprise me one bit if this info comes straight from Warner Bros. Pictures itself. On the other hand, Iím rather skeptical of this timeline. I donít see how JUSTICE LEAGUE and WONDER WOMAN can be released during the same Summer.

* Iím on board with all of these projects except for this Green Lantern/The Flash team-up film. Iím really not sure why the studio would want and green-light such a project. Their previous try with Green Lantern Ė the 2011 film starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan Ė was a critical and financial flop, and The Flash was regulated to TV on the CW network. This oneís a head-scratcher.

* Iíve long wanted to see a Captain Marvel/Shazam film. Iíve heard that this is indeed the project that Dwayne ďThe RockĒ Johnson is involved with and has been talking about publicly. Hereís hoping that pans out.

* Iím a bit worried about this talk of more cameos by DC Comics characters in BvS other than Wonder Woman and Cyborg. One of my fears is that this film is going to turn into a 2 and a half hour commercial for JUSTICE LEAGUE and the future DC Cinematic Universe. Canít they simply make the best film possible and worry about sequels and spinoff films later?

* Iím happy that MAN OF STEEL Ė and Henry Cavill Ė will be getting its own solo sequel.

* Metal Men and Suicide Squad films? Yes, please! I wouldn't mind seeing a Doom Patrol film as well. Get those projects going Warner Bros.!

* Sorry, but I donít think Iíll ever be totally on board with a live-action Batman in a Justice League film. Due to my Bat-sensibilities, I have no desire to see Batman on the big screen with the likes of Aquaman, The Flash, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, etc. I never was a fan of it in the comics, so seeing these sort of team-up stories brought to live-action film just isnít my cup of tea. I think the character of Batman has a chance to look really silly in this sort of project. And trust me, I hope Iím wrong. And God-forbid they ever send him into space!

* Batman fans, relax. Just because thereís no mention of a solo Batman film on Finkeís list, doesnít mean that Warner Bros. isnít planning on more solo Batman films in the near future. Batman is, without a doubt, the most popular comic book/superhero character amongst the mainstream audience. I donít think that statement is even debatable and Iíve got the box office data to back it up. So to believe that Warner Bros. isnít planning for more Batman on film is simply unrealistic. If I had to ďguess,Ē a solo Batman film starring and directed by Ben Affleck will hit theaters in 2020, give a take a year. If this dude is going to make BvS and JL back-to-back, Iím sure heíll want a break from The Bat in order to do a few other projects before returning to Gotham.

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