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Rumored Schedule for DC Films Through 2018: Shazam, Green Lantern, Flash and more

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Check out this write-up from Coming Soon that gives us THREE DC films a year starting in 2016 to begin building their film universe.  The next two projects, according to the report, is a solo Captain Marvel/Shazam movie, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman (which I maintain cannot be done in a film).  Interestingly enough, if we didn’t already not consider Batman v. Superman a sequel to Man of Steel, Man of Steel 2 is on the slate for 2018.  Looks like we’re going to be seeing two Marvel films, three DC films and a Star Wars film every year by 2016.  Just…WOW.

A rumored lineup of DC Comics feature films has hit today at the just-launched NikkiFinke.com, suggesting that, at July’s Comic-Con International, Warner Bros. will officially announce their superhero slate through 2018! Following Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice on May 6, 2016, will be, according to Finke, a Shazam! solo film in July 2016, the Joseph Gordon-Levitt Sandman film the following December, Zack Snyder’s Justice League in May 2017, a Wonder Woman film in July, 2017, a surprise Flash and Green Lantern team-up film Christmas of 2017 and a direct Man of Steel sequel in May, 2018!

Finke goes on to claim that Justice Leaguers appearing in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice include, in addition to Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg, the Flash and a non-Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern. She also suggests that Aquaman will debut in Justice League.

All of this should be taken with a grain of salt for the time being, but, if this schedule pans out, it would mean that Warner Bros. is going full force opposite Marvel Studios, upping their output to three superhero films a year. Of course, it’s a safe bet that Marvel will have a few surprises announcements of its own in July.

3 thoughts on “Rumored Schedule for DC Films Through 2018: Shazam, Green Lantern, Flash and more”

  1. Wow. This is a pretty elegant solution to the puzzle of how to play catch up. It honestly never occurred to me that they would simply unload seven movies at once.
    Do you really think Sandman can’t be done? The story arcs are pretty well-defined and self-contained, and could work in a number of different orders. You are a bigger fan than me, I got into the game pretty late, but the two-week stretch I spent poring over every issue remains one of the most entertaining reading excursions of my life.
    Please be good, DC movies. Please succeed.

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    1. Yeah, on one hand I find this encouraging and a little overwhelming on the other. If they’re trying to do the Marvel model and plan ahead, that’s great. I’d love to see each of these and have each of them be good. I think doing Shazam is genius because he could be their Iron Man. He’s a character almost no one knows with an awesome story and a built-in great villain in Black Adam. I think the line-up rumored for the JLA is great and I’m glad they didn’t chicken out on Aquaman because I actually think he can be made awesome if done right. I love Joseph Gordon Levitt, but Sandman is, to me, the greatest comic book series of all-time. Now, if he’s just adapting the first story: Preludes & Nocturnes where Sandman is captured, that might work. It would be so much better as a several season episodic fantasy epic on HBO. There are arcs to Sandman, DC just can’t do on film. They’re not going to do big hunks of it and HBO would. If he’s trying to do the entire series in a compacted one-movie format focusing on the Endless, that’s ludicrous. Each issue of Sandman could be a one-hour episode. Cramming sixty issues of that into one movie is why no one has ever tried adapting it. I really want to know what his approach is going to be, but even if he tackles it as a series, it needs to be R-rated and I don’t think DC has the artistic balls to let him have the freedom to realize Gaiman’s vision. It’s not easily marketable, it’s not action-packed. It doesn’t have the things that made Watchmen and 300 faithfully adaptable, because you could point to things that were bankable quantities. It’s an ethereal anthology with a main storyline connecting all the vignettes. I just don’t see how it’s possible, but I’m not going to forbid the possibility. I want to wait and see his approach and go from there. It’s interesting that they’re looking at their Vertigo properties too. They have an even longer history than Marvel’s and complete rights to all their characters, so if they can really get their act together, they could put something very special in place.

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