Yesterday, Warner did a lot of announcing, first about HBO decoupling from cable providers and then we were delivered the upcoming slate of DC movies. The slate provided us with a confirmation of what many had always suspected, The DC movie universe is entirely separate from the DC tv universe. We learned this with the official casting announcements which included The Flash.
Official DC Movie Universe Slate
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, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Amy Adams (2017)
The Flash starring Ezra Miller (2018)
Aquaman starring Jason Momoa (2018)
Justice League Part Two directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
Cyborg starring Ray Fisher (2020)
Green Lantern (2020)
This means not a single DC movie will be hitting screens until 2016, but once they do we’ll be getting two per year. That is a lot of DC movies on top of the Marvel movies coming out from both Marvel, Sony, and Fox. Most interesting is actually the fact that Suicide Squad is so early on the list. Suicide Squad which is an anti-hero setup in that villains are forced to do good in the form of various operations. Suicide Squad has always been an intriguing idea and the fact that we areThe slate also confirms a number of casting selections that had been previously leaked and have now finally been confirmed. Jason Momoa is officially bringing Aquaman to life after months and months of speculation and practically knowing it for certain. The Flash was also cast as Perks of Being A Wallflower’s Ezra Miller. Miller is a strong actor, but does seem like a bit out of left field for the choice of the scarlet speedster. It solidifies the idea that DC isn’t interested in casting on type for the characters, but instead casting for their unique vision of the characters.
The biggest conundrum that comes from the announcement is that we are getting Justice League Part One and Part Two. Now this could just be how they are identifying the separate movies as of now. However, the use of Part One and Part Two seems to indicate that it is one massive story that must be told over two movies. However, if this is in fact the case, it doesn’t make much sense that the movies are coming out two years apart. Warner Brothers has dabbled plenty with movies that come out yearly, so that isn’t something they should be afraid to deal with. Thus, I believe this may just be the way they name both movies saying that you are going to get two Justice League movies, but we don’t have subtitles for them yet. Not you are going to get one giant Justice League story that will be spread out over two movies.
What is most interesting is that they are going to take a crack at Green Lantern again. There has been a lot of stigma against the character as of late, particularly because of the disaster that was Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern movie (Note: I stand by the fact that he was the best thing about the movie, despite his seeming string of comic adaptation bombs with his name on it). I’m actually rather happy that DC isn’t giving up on Green Lantern as he is a very cool character with a lot of interesting material to explore. DC needs to take a different approach to Green Lantern if they want it to work. With any luck that will allow for my favorite Green Lantern incarnation, Jon Stewart, to be brought to center stage. Not only would it allow for a different approach, but in my age group (at least among people I know) he is the real Green Lantern. I believe this is because of the Justice League animated show that aired when I was in middle school featuring Jon Stewart.
What do you think of the DC slate?