Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujuhara laid out Warner and DC’s Cinematic Battle plan to take on Marvel at this year’s Time Warner Investor Day earlier today. Earlier this year along with the date change to Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice there were a number of untitled movie dates released. Now we know the characters that will be featured in those still untitled films.
Here’s the official press release:
As part of his presentation, Tsujihara announced a bold expansion of the industry’s broadest theatrical slate, built around the largest, most important global franchises. Warner Bros. Pictures will release three LEGO-branded films over the next four years, building upon the enormous success of this year’s “The LEGO Movie” ($468 million worldwide box office), starting with “Ninjago” in 2016, directed by Charlie Bean and produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Batman will take a star turn in “The LEGO Batman Movie” in 2017, directed by Chris McKay, and the sequel, “The LEGO Movie 2,” will debut in 2018.
The Studio will release three pictures, in 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s original story and screenwriting debut, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Set in an extension of her familiar wizarding world, featuring magical creatures and characters inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook and its fictitious author, Newt Scamander, “Fantastic Beasts” will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, and reunite the filmmaking team of David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.
And, in a massive expansion of the Studio’s DC Entertainment-branded content, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema will release a slate of at least 10 movies–as well as stand-alone Batman and Superman films–from 2016 through 2020 that expands this prized universe of characters:
– “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 reprising their roles (2017)
– “The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018)
– “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018)
– “Shazam” (2019)
– “Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
– “Cyborg,” starring Ray Fisher (2020)
– “Green Lantern” (2020)
Holy crap, look at all those movies and that doesn’t even count the Harry Potter and Lego movies. We learned earlier today that Ray Fisher has been cast as Cyborg for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice so that means we should see him again in Justice League Part Two before he goes solo in 2020’s Cyborg. If I had to guess before seeing this list I certainly wouldn’t have expected Cyborg to get his own movie.
Also tucked in there was the casting of Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being Wallfower) the movie screen Flash so any hopes that Grant Gustin might make the small screen to theater screen transition is gone. Does that mean that Stephen Amell won’t be the big screen Green Arrow? Only time will tell.
How about that Green Lantern movie in 2020. Will that be enough time to get that stinker of a movie with Reynolds taste out of the movie going public’s mouth? Now that leaves two major casting questions. Who will be the lead in Shazam (Captain Marvel) and will Ryan Reynold‘s be back as Green Lantern or will that role be recast?
The press release also mentions additional movies featuring stand alone Superman and Batman films that are yet to be announced. Perhaps DC will move toward the what Marvel is doing and have a mixture of stand alone, big team and mixed hero movies like Captain America 3.
Which of these movies excites you the most?