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.

DC is also doubling up on superheroes

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.

I’m fully prepared for Affleck to be the most popular Batman of all time

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.

About Sean Ian Mills

Hello, this is Sean, the Henchman-4-Hire! By day I am a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in Central New York, and by the rest of the day I'm a pretty big geek when it comes to video games, comic books, movies, cartoons and more.

Posted on June 13, 2014, in Batman, DC, Movies, Superman and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Joe McCormick

    I remember hearing rumors a while ago about a Shazam Movie and a Metal Men Movie that Geoff Johns was trying to get made. Although I also heard they don’t want to make them apart of the new DC cinematic universe. But these are just rumors, so who knows. At this point Warner Bros. will try anything to one-up Marvel.

  2. I agree that the movie plans are doubtful, especially Wonder Woman, when you consider the way that Warner Brothers talks about her. If the plans were true, though, it’d be awesome!

  3. I think the reason we are not seeing a solo Batman movie is that the producers are antsy about how audiences will react to Ben Affleck as Batman.

  4. Yeah i don’t know about that line up. I’m pretty familiar with Shazam, being a comic fan, but how much draw will a character like that have for a crowd that doesn’t really know who he is? I suppose if it’s made quite well and looks visually awesome, it should draw people in. I’m not too familiar with Sandman at all, and as for Wonder Woman, well, i think a movie about her could really benefit from showing part of the show back on that island with the Amazons. That would be a nice contrast to modern day, akin to what they’ve been doing in the Thor movies with Asgard. OK, OK, you got me. I just really want to see dozens of Amazon warrior babes on the big screen.

    • Don’t we all, friend, don’t we all.

      As for public appeal towards Shazam, I think it’s a safe bet that most people are willing to pay money to go see any superhero movie these days, at least known superhero properties. The Fantastic Four movies did alright. Obviously Iron Man managed to be a hit. Superhero movies are so hot right now that any film that looks halfway decent will get a sizable audience, I think.

  5. Is Shazam supposed to be about the wizard? That should be interesting. And the Flash/Green Lantern could be great, but I’d rather have a Green Arrow/Green Lantern team up. Especially Connor/Kyle, but since that probably couldn’t work right off the bat, the first generation was pretty awesome.

    • Haven’t you heard? Marvel owns the name ‘Captain Marvel’, so DC cant use it. They’ve renamed the hero Shazam.

      • If they can’t use the Captain Marvel name any more, then what about the rest of the Marvel family? Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel jr., Marvel Bunny, i think there was even some Lt. Marvels once, a long time ago. Do none of those characters exist any more? Or do they have different names?

      • I’m not sure…I know a few of them showed up in the New 52 Shazam origin, but I don’t remember if they gave themselves codenames or just used their real names.

  6. Awesome post!!!! We wonder if it will be superhero over kill. If you have time check out our take on all the up coming films http://popcornwhiskey.com/2014/06/15/how-many-superhero-films-is-too-many/#more-376

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