Huge Justice League Universe Movies Announcements

10/16/2014 Stephen Colbert 0 Comments


Warner Brothers dropped a bomb this week with all sorts of crazy DC movie announcements and cast and crew confirmations.  Like any bomb, there's a lot of shrapnel, so a lot of the followup information and clarification can be hard to find.  I have compiled a master list of movies announced, combined with previously confirmed dates, cast and crew, and maybe a few rumors.


“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder, March 25th, 2016

This one's a no-brainer.  We've known Batman V Superman is on its way since San Diego Comi-Con 2013.  The biggest news here is some confirmations on some of the rumored cameos.  We still know very little, but this movie is definitely kicking off a massive universe.


“Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer, August 5th, 2016

Suicide Squad has been rumored for a while, but nobody expected a release date this soon.  WB's announcement only specifies "2016," but WB already has August 5th reserved for a DC film.  The big news here is that David Ayer is directing.  Ayer wrote The Fast and The Furious and Training, and wrote and directed  Day, End of Watch, and the upcoming Fury.

Ayer is a phenomenal choice for Suicide Squad and brings a lot of cred, especially for a movie of this nature.  There is no casting announcement yet, but The Hollywood Reporter says WB is courting Ryan Gosling, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Tom Hardy.  The names associated with this movie show a very promising vision from DC/WB.

I wouldn't be surprised to have some cameos in this as well.  Batman V Superman has been filming for so long, it feels like there is a lot more footage than just one movie.  The recent Suicide Squad animated film had Batman appear briefly, a similar nod would be cool from a live action Suicide Squad.


“Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot, June 23rd, 2017

This is another one we were fairly sure was coming, but now we know which of WB's "Untitled DC Film" slots it falls into.  Very little is known so far, other than the fact that Wonder Woman's origin will be of Greek Mythology, and she is Zeus's daughter.

We'll get our first look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Batman V Superman.  Considering the release date, we'll likely start getting some announcements around this one soon, but I wouldn't be surprised if some preliminary work has already been done, using some synergy from Batman V Superman.

“Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, November 17th, 2017 

We already knew Justice League is happening, and we knew Zack Snyder was set to direct, but now we also have the official release date.  Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Amy Adams are all confirmed.  I'd imagine Gal Gadot as well, considering this is just a few months after her solo outing.  There are lots of other characters that are confirmed, but the full lineup of this movie has yet to be determined.

Most interesting, is the movie is titled "Part One."  It's no surprise that there will be a multi-part story told, but "Part One" and "Part Two" implies a direct continuation, not just a follow up.  WB/DC may be building a shared universe that is a little more linear in its story telling than Marvel, which would definitely be very cool.

Again, a 2017 release date for such a massive film suggests there is some production synergy with Batman V Superman.  The release date is less than 2 years later, so there is no way there's not some shared production.


“The Flash,” March 23rd, 2018

This is another huge announcement, because it finally provides an official contradiction between the TV universe and the movie universe, because they have already cast The Flash, and it's not Grant Gustin, it's Ezra Miller!  Another brunette, go figure.

It sounds like this will be another Barry Allen Flash, but not much else is known.  The fact that we already have an actor for this movie suggests he may also cameo in Batman V Superman, and likely has a part in Justice League.


“Aquaman,” July 27th, 2018

Finally!  The Aquaman rumors have been circulating forever. We knew it was being considered, with competing scripts by Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad, but now it has been given a release date, and Jason Momoa is also finally official.  Again, he can be expected to have a cameo in Batman V Superman, and he will likely also play a part in Justice League.

The general consensus is that the world engine from Man of Steel really pissed off the Atlanteans, causing Aquaman to make an appearance.  Since Batman V Superman deals with the aftermath of Man of Steel, it's highly possible that Aquaman won't initially be friendly, either.


Shazam” (2019) April 5th, 2019

Dwayne The Rock Johnson has been teasing his involvement in a DC movie forever, and he just recently announced he would be Black Adam, but he's not listed in the official announcement for this film, which is interesting.  Black Adam will likely be the villain, so they may just not want to make any announcements until they have Billy Batson and Shazam both cast.

The fact that this movie was confirmed along with all the others suggests that will in fact be a part of the shared universe (there were rumors that it wouldn't), while other DC movies like Sandman—which likely will not be in-continuity—did not get any announcement.


“Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder June 14th, 2019

This is obviously a continuation of Justice League Part One.  The villain will obviously be bigger.  The Justice League cast will probably also be larger.  Shazam's release date suggests that he may not have a presence in the first Justice League, but I imagine he'll be present here.


“Cyborg,” April 3rd, 2020

This is a very interesting announcement.  One of the first announcements for Batman V Superman was that theater actor, Ray Fisher, would be playing the character of Victor Stone AKA Cyborg.  It's very difficult to know where they will go with this movie, but we can expect Cyborg's origins covered in either Batman V Superman or Justice League Part One, so he'll be well known by the time he gets his own solo outing.


“Green Lantern” June 19th, 2020

This will be a Green Lantern reboot, so Ryan Reynolds won't be Hal Jordan.  We don't even know if Hal Jordon will be the Green Lantern, or if it will be Jon Stewart (or even Kyle Rayner... although unlikely).

Rumor has it, Green Lantern will introduce the villain for Justice League Part 2, so he'll likely be around during earlier movies, so this may not necessarily be an Earth based adventure, and may even be a full blown Green Lanter Corps movie, which would be very cool.  This is over 5 years away at this point, though, so we have lots of speculation to cover between now and then.


Although that's the end of the officially announced films, Batman and Superman do both have standalone movies coming between 2016 and 2020, they just haven't been announced yet.  Whether this is due to secrecy, and they are already in pre-production, or maybe they just don't have release dates yet will remain to be seen.

There is also no mention of Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, Hawk Girl, or any of the dozens of other potential characters such as the Teen Titans.  Whether these characters will be present and just not get standalone movies or just be absent entirely has yet to be seen.  Unlike Marvel, WB has the rights to all DC properties, so there'll be no need to tip-toe around the hundreds of potential character cameos these movies could contain.

Either way, there are 10 DC movies coming over the course of 4 years.  It took Marvel more than twice as long to hit the same mark, so it will be interesting to see the difference in the ways the universes unfold.

With all these titles announced, we can also expect rumors and speculation for all 10 titles to begin flowing soon, simply judging by the amount of talk Batman V Superman gets when we're still about 17 months away from release.  Brace yourself for a firehouse of live action DC content.

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