DC’s Leaked Movie Plans are Impressive, but Doubtful
The geek blogosphere was on fire yesterday with a leaked list of DC Comics’ planned superhero movies stretching into 2018. The list comes courtesy of journalist Nikki Finke, who based on everything I’ve read, is pretty infamous when it comes to Hollywood news. Apparently she’s equal parts known for getting great scoops as she is being full of baloney. I don’t know her, I don’t know her integrity; all I know is that everybody whose anybody is talking about this list, so I thought I’d take a crack at it.
May 2016 – Batman v Superman
July 2016 – Shazam
Xmas 2016 – Sandman
May 2017 – Justice League
July 2017 – Wonder Woman
Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2
The only official film we know of so far is Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. That movie is already in production, with a solid release date confirmed. We also kind of know that Joseph Gordon-Levitt wants to make a Sandman movie, but I’m pretty sure that’s still in ‘when pigs fly’ status. The rest of those are all brand new revelations that speak to a pretty intense schedule for DC.
Three movies a year?! That definitely trumps Marvel’s plan of two movies a year.
So yeah, that’s definitely an impressive list. We’re all anxiously awaiting a Wonder Woman movie. And Shazam is always cool. Man of Steel was a big success, so getting a direct sequel seems about right.
I’m surprised about that Flash/Green Lantern team-up film. That sort of thing has never been tried before, unless you count Black Widow’s huge role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but that was still a Captain America film for all intents and purposes. Will a straight-up team-up film be easy to pull off? I don’t see why not.
I’m also surprised that Batman doesn’t have a solo film in that slate. Considering Batman is their hottest commodity, I would think Warner Bros. would be chomping at the bit to get Ben Affleck up on the big screen in a new solo trilogy.
And I guess that’s why I’m taking this list with a grain of salt. Again, I don’t know this Finke lady, and I don’t know her sources, but everybody on the webs seemed to think this list was solid enough to talk about. I just don’t see Warner Bros. or DC getting their stuff together quickly enough or successfully enough to pull this off. Batman v. Superman is already in production, but we haven’t heard a lick about Shazam. Are we expected to believe DC is going to rush a Shazam movie out the door to make a 2016 release? I suppose they have two years to make the film, but usually there’s some talk of pre-production by this point.
For example, Marvel’s second 1016 feature, Ant-Man, has been all over the news for the past few months about their pre-production (woes and all). Are we to believe Warner Bros. have been a bunch of movie ninjas when it comes to Shazam?
Or maybe this list is just something DC and Warner Bros. hope they can pull off.
As with most news of this variety, I’ll believe it when I see it. I’ll file this alongside the rumored Metal Men, Lobo and Justice League Dark movies.