Come July, we may all be living in a DC Universe.
Hollywood newshound Nikki Finke kicked off her new website with a report that Warner Bros. Pictures would be bringing seven DC films to Comic-Con this year.
According to her sources, the seven films would kick off in 2016 with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and would carry through 2018 with a proper sequel to Man of Steel. And, according to her article, all would be “coming up at this July’s Comic-Con from the studio”.
The article says that “a lot of stuff remains in flux”, but it contained tons of juicy bits that, if they hold up over the next six weeks, should give Marvel a run for their money in San Diego. Stuff like:
- Three DC movies are slated for both 2016 (Batman v Superman, Shazam, and Sandman) and 2017 (Justice League, Wonder Woman, and a Green Lantern/Flash team-up)
- Ryan Reynolds is, according to reports, not expected to reprise his role as the Green Lantern
- Aquaman will be a part of the Justice League movie in 2017
What will all this mean for those attending Comic-Con next month? Well, as we speculated with Germain Lussier of Slashfilm on our podcast last week, Warner Bros. sure does have a lot of movies to bring which would vie for a spot in its annual Hall H panel. For example, the final chapter of The Hobbit could alone take up an hour with Jackson’s patented behind-the-scenes presentations, exclusive footage and curtain calls. Rolling out a grand slate of DC films would surely take attention away from Marvel, as is intended, but also the studio’s other films. Not to mention title announcements, casting reveals and the frequent pauses for the audience’s eruptions. So perhaps this means DC could get its own slot in Hall H, the same as Disney does with Marvel.
On the negative side, as Finke mentioned, the news is still in flux, so plans could change between now and then, and perhaps some of these announcements could be rolled off for SDCC 2015. And worst case, the source, which Gonzalez said was from the SuperHeroHype forums, could just be pulling a “Mister Mxyzptlk” on all of us. Still, as we hit the home stretch leading to SDCC, it makes us excited at the possibilities.
What do you think? Do you think there will be a big DC Universe reveal at Comic-Con? Let us know in the comments.