Not wanting to be outdone by Marvel’s news that Robert Downey Jr is joining Captain America 3, Warner Bros/DC have finally put titles to that ominous release schedule they announced earlier this year.
According to Deadline, the full list of forthcoming films is as follows;
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
- Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer (2016)
- Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot (2017)
- Justice League Part One, directed by Zack Snyder, (2017)
- The Flash, starring Ezra Miller (2018)
- Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa (2018)
- Shazam (2019)
- Justice League Part Two, directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
- Cyborg, starring Ray Fisher (2020)
- Green Lantern (2020)
The news was announced on Wednesday morning at a Warner Bros. shareholders meeting, as you can see this mammoth schedule consists of ten films over a five year period. Zack Snyder’s Dawn Of Justice is first out of the gate and swiftly followed by Suicide Squad later that same year.
In the same way Marvel’s Sinister Six unites a team of super-vilians, DC’s Suicide Squad takes a group of imprisoned bad guys who are sent on top secret missions from the government. David Ayer (Fury) is onboard to direct and with a relatively tight turn around we should expect some casting announcements before the year is out.
Gal Gadot will reprise her Dawn of Justice role as Wonder Woman in her very own movie, presumably this will serve as some form of cue in for Justice League. Unless Marvel get their butts in gear with the highly desired Black Widow solo movie, then DC will be the first to release a female fronted superhero project (Fantastic Four’s Sue Storm doesn’t count as she’s part of an ensemble).
Whilst Aquaman, Shazam (with Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam) and Justice League comes as no surprise, Suicide Squad and Cyborg are slightly riskier properties but if they can get them right then we could be in for a treat. The Flash recently launched as a hit TV series (a spin-off from Arrow) but the character will make his big screen debut in 2018, naturally the new Barry Allen (played by Ezra Miller) will show up in a cameo long before his solo movie hits cinemas.
The 2020 release date for a presumably rebooted Green Lantern will see Ryan Reynolds replaced as Hal Jordan, in all likelihood the new Green Lantern will be introduced in Justice League 2 if not sooner.