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Batman v Superman – Sequel Plans

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens today. Despite mixed critical reception (the critical community preferred Batman Forever, madness) it’s tracking for $150 million US and $350m global this weekend alone. Those numbers won’t stop this steam train, and several of the follow-up productions are already well underway. So what does the Batman vs Superman sequel look like? Where is the DC Universe going from here?

** This contains MAJOR Batman v Superman spoilers throughout so don’t read any further until you’ve seen the movie. **

The first connected movie (via a likely Batman cameo and lengthy Joker role) is this August’s Suicide Squad. Wonder Woman is already filming, for release next year. It’s a prequel to BvS, showing Diana Prince’s origins on Themyscira before transporting her to World War One – which explains the historical photo that Bruce Wayne finds in the LexCorp files. You’ll notice she’s standing next to Chris Pine. He plays Steve Trevor, USAF pilot and romantic interest.

But the true Batman v Superman sequel is Justice League: Part One, which is due to start filming on April 11th. It’ll be released in November 2017, a very quick turnaround. If the BvS box office run does stall significantly in coming weeks from negative fan word-of-mouth then there’s a chance this could change but with only a couple of weeks until shooting commences, with huge pre-production and even casting already done, they’ve not really left themselves the wiggle room to pull the plug. More likely, if anything, is a last minute delay and partial rewrite to try and adapt to the criticisms.

Justice League: Part Two is due to be released in 2019. Zack Snyder, director of BvS, is set to helm both parts. Just like BvS, they’ve been scripted by David S. Goyer with a Chris Terrio rewrite, but are reported to have a lighter tone. In addition to Affleck, Cavill and Gadot returning, we’ll see major roles for Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg and Ezra Miller as The Flash. DC have done some short videos introducing them:

Other castings include J. K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Amber Heard as Mera, Aquaman’s love interest and the eventual queen of Atlantis.
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Noticeably absent from the official concept art above, and without a BvS cameo, is Green Lantern. Warner/DC want to put some time and distance from the failed Ryan Reynolds’ movie, but rumours are that a rebooted Green Lantern will be in the team by the end of Justice League: Part Two. A standalone Green Lantern Corps movie has been announced for 2020.

Also in the plans are standalone Flash and Aquaman movies for 2018, and a Cyborg movie for 2020.

Regarding Clark Kent in Justice League: Part One, BvS ends with a Cliff Notes version of 1992’s Death of Superman at the hands of Doomsday, with both combatants apparently dying from their wounds. The floating burial earth in the final shot suggests that his absence is not for long. In the comics, others rise to try and take Superman’s place before he is brought back via the rejuvenation of the Fortress of Solitude, greatly weakened for a time, before his powers grow out of control as he absorbs too much solar energy.

Who will be the villain in the Justice League movies? That’s long been rumoured as space tyrant Darkseid, and during the BvS nightmare sequences there are major hints. While Batman is fighting Superman’s henchmen, the desert is flooded with wasp-like warriors. These are Parademons, the foot soldiers of Darkseid.
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Later the symbol seen in the sand of the apocalyptic wasteland is the Darkseid Omega.
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Darkseid is the ruler of planet Apokolips, hellbent on taking over the universe and removing any semblance of free will.
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What would you like to happen in the Batman v Superman sequels? Who should be the villain(s)? What did I miss? Let us know in the comments.

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  • gd smith said

    The reviews aren’t that mixed except maybe in the Curate’s egg sense within individual reviews. I suspect WB will put everything on hold for a few years then reboot the whole thing from scratch with a different creative team. The thing about Snyder is his films are incoherent so they don’t give the Justice League much to work with when it comes to establishing lesser characters. This is the tent-pole film of a long term financial strategy and it’s only really less divisive than MOS because virtually everyone agrees that it’s mostly bad. It’s worth remembering that even Batman and Robin made a lot of money but still ended the franchise until a major reboot. My guess is they will concentrate on their TV shows which are not only much better than this film, but much better than Marvel’s TV output and arguably better than the MU. At the moment the Box office is solid. However with iffy word of mouth and mostly poor reviews there will be a sharp drop off.
    I don’t like that films have been turned into monetary units rather than artistic endeavours, but I will take MU’s competent corporate entertainment over a mixture of cash grab cynicism and bad art every time. And that’s really of what you get with Zack Snyder. He’s the MTV generation Ken Russell with all the faults and none of the saving graces.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      I enjoyed it despite its (sometimes major) faults and would rather next year’s release not be cancelled. There are positive reviews out there from John Campea to the Angry Video Game Nerd. We’ll know by April 11th if it’s moving forward. I don’t think Snyder’s film is a complete intellectual void, there are some quite interesting, deliberate themes at work. It was of much more value than the likes of Iron Man 2 or Thor: The Dark World, which pass by without the critical malice.

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      • gd smith said

        I get your point, but would argue Iron Man 2 and Thor Dark World disappointing to bad but fell beneath the radar because they seemed knocked out and perfunctory. Where as BVS and MOS are the big tent pole films. I don’t dispute that they are better looking or lack ideas. I just think they’re less entertaining and have bad ideas. Basically, I think Zack Snyder has artistic intent. It just so happens that he’s not a very good artist. As I said it’s the Ken Russell thing. Sure he had an eye for a shot, sure he had ambition, top of the range actors etc but the finished product was mostly not so great because as often as not he had silly ideas and made bad directorial choices. I guess I’m saying that it’s as possible to be an inconsistent, IMO Ken Russell, to poor, IMO Zack Snyder, artist as it is to be an effective professional journeyman, IMO Richard Donner or Jon Favreau -who have between them have made some great films but nothing you could really call stylistically or artistically ambitious.

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  • Julian Embrey said

    I would like to see the villains from the cartoon Justice League- members of the Legion of Doom that use to come on Saturday mornings. Villains like the Joker, Lex Luther, Cheetah, Scarecrow, Solomon Grundy, Black Mantis, Gorilla Grodd, Riddler, Sinestro, Toyman, Captain Cod, and Braniac. I know for a fact if they put these villains in the DC movies, the movies will be blockbusters! Villains make the movies!

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  • John D Wilson said

    I heard rumor that Brainiac would be the villain for Justice League part 1, and Darkseid for part2, but I could be wrong about that.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Could be, hadn’t clocked onto that. Do you remember why they thought Brianiac would feature?

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