Upcoming DC Movies – 2014 & Beyond31.01.14 # DC Movies # 18 Comments
Marvel is confidently penning its busy schedule of movies for the next few years, but what of its arch comic book rival DC? The movie output certainly hasn’t been as large so far but there are a number of future DC comics films already confirmed, and others rumoured.
And it’s not all Superman, either. So here are the upcoming DC movies of 2014 and beyond (we’ll round-up TV and animated movies at the end too), there’s more hope than expectation right now that’s for sure.
Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice – May 6, 2016
Possibly the biggest DC movie on everyone’s lips right now, ‘Man of Steel 2’ is set to pit Superman against the Dark Knight himself. Ben Affleck will be playing an aged, Frank-Miller-Dark-Knight-Returns-esque Batman in Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’ sequel, while Henry Cavill will return as Clark Kent. Didn’t think that having two of DC’s biggest heroes in one movie was enough? Gal Gadot (‘The Fast and the Furious’ series) has also been confirmed for the role of Wonder Woman. Meanwhile, Jeremy Irons has been cast as Alfred and, controversially, Jesse Eisenberg (‘The Social Network’) will play Lex Luther. Chris Nolan will be involved again, but to a lesser extent than in the original ‘Man of Steel’. While filming has already commenced, the movie has now been pushed back from 2015 to 2016.
Wonder Woman – TBA
Wonder Woman has been high on the list of wanted DC movies, and things are certainly looking hopeful. When Gal Gadot signed on for ‘Man of Steel 2’, she inked a deal for three movies. Given this, it seems pretty likely that we’ll see at least one standalone Wonder Woman movie in the future, providing Gadot does enough to impress in Batman vs Superman. After all, Warner Bros. has already stated that it sees Wonder Woman as a big name it would like to develop, so what’s stopping it?
Justice League – 2018
A Justice League movie has been in the pipeline for a long time. Warners was all set to film an adaptation six years ago, with a teen-y cast and George Miller at the helm – but that was thankfully cancelled at the last moment. With uber-blockbuster The Avengers and its upcoming sequel, there’s clearly big pressure for WB/DC to make the Justice League movie in spite of the risks, and they have confirmed it will be shot after Batman vs. Superman by Zack Snyder. The release date will be 2018 at the earliest. Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot are expected to return as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, though it’s not confirmed yet. Theater actor Ray Fisher has been cast as Cyborg, a half-robotic hero who is expected to have a cameo in Batman vs. Superman and then appear in Justice League. No villains have been announced yet.
Sandman – TBA
Adapting Neil Gaiman’s comic book classic, Sandman, was never going to be an easy task – but Joseph Gordon-Levitt may be the one to accomplish it. After a number of rejected scripts, Gordon-Levitt has confirmed that he will be producing the film alongside David Goyer and Neil Gaiman. They’re currently looking for someone to write the script, with no release date penned as of yet. Gaiman has held very high standards for the screenplay, rejecting a number of previous attempts, and we’d expect that production won’t get underway until someone finally gets it perfect. Still, this is the most positive movement towards a potential film that Sandman has made yet.
Green Lantern (Reboot) – TBA
If you felt underwhelmed by ‘Green Lantern’, you definitely weren’t alone. But the good news is that Warner Bros. may abandon a sequel and focus on a reboot. ‘Oblivion’ director Joseph Kosinski was one name rumoured to be under consideration for the task but nothing serious has been said by Warners. However, if we’re going to get a Justice League movie, there’s a very good chance that Green Lantern will be included, which could help kickstart the franchise again.
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