DC Cinematic Universe Update

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has officially wrapped up production according to the films cinematographers Instagram. This allows Arkhamverse to give an update on how things are shaping up for Warner Brother’s counter to the Marvel Universe.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 25, 2016

The collision of the two brightest stars DC Comics has to offer takes place in early 2016 despite already wrapping up production. The film pushed itself further away from Marvel’s sequel to the Avengers, but closer to another blockbuster collision in Captain America: Civil War.

Confirmed: Batman(Ben Affleck), Superman(Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman(Gal Gadot) and Lex Luthor(Jesse Eisenberg) are all set to in the follow-up to Man of Steel. Along with the director, most of the Man of Steel cast will be returning and will be joined by Jeremy Irons playing Alfred. The story will deal with the aftermath of Zod’s battle with Superman.

Probable: Aquaman(Jason Momoa) and Cyborg(Ray Fisher) are expected to make a cameo in the film.

Rumored: There have been many rumors surrounding this movie; from actor Scoot McNairy’s character playing a paralyzed Jimmy Olsen to Jena Malone being cast to play Carrie Kelly, the female Robin from the critically acclaimed comic book The Dark Knight Returns, which is said to be a major influence on the film. McNairy is the only one confirmed to be in the film and has been seen wearing green screen socks on both legs.

Though Lex Luthor is a fantastic foil for Superman, a main villain is still expected to be announced. Rumors have flown all across the internet naming big DC Comic villains including Doomsday and Brainiac, but neither have been confirmed.

Suicide Squad – August 5, 2016

Warner Brothers take the biggest gamble to date involving any DC Comics property when they release a movie based on villains being forced to work together in order to have their crimes wiped clean, and maybe having their heads not explode due to an implanted device.

Confirmed: Coming off the critically acclaimed film “Fury”, director David Ayer and a group of A-list actors take on the challenge of the Suicide Squad. Deadshot(Will Smith), Joker(Jared Leto), Harley Quinn(Margot Robbie), Rick Flagg(Tom Hardy) Enchantress(Cara Delvinge) and Captain Boomerang(Jai Courtney) will all be joining the task force.

Probable: The inclusion of the Joker perhaps hinting at an influence from the recent animated film adaption of Suicide Squad. Which makes sense considering Joker has never been involved in the comic version of the squad. Jesse Eisenberg is said to be in talks to return as Lex Luthor in the film.

Rumored: Three actresses are rumored to be in the running to play the character of Amanda Waller who runs the Suicide Squad. Viola Davis, Oprah Winfrey, and Octavia Spencer are said to be the top choices according to Variety.

Wonder Woman – June 23, 2017

DC Comic’s most prominent female character finally gets a feature film. Not only will this be the first female lead superhero movie for Warner Brother but it will be the first ever out of the big two publisher in DC and Marvel, which is sad. Little is known about the films production but little by little things are leaking out.

Confirmed: Gal Gadot will reprise her role as Wonder Woman in a film directed by Michelle MacLaren, who has directed episodes for television juggernauts The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad.

Rumored: The story is rumored to take place in the 1920s where Wonder Woman will meet long time love interest Steve Trevor.

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Future DC Universe Films

Zack Snyder is expected to helm the Justice League films, while Jason Momoa and Ray Fisher are confirmed to star in the Aquaman and Cyborg solo films. It was also announced that Dwayne “The Rock Johnson will be taking up the role of Shazam villain Black Adam, and rising star Ezra Miller will be The Flash in a solo movie as well as the Justice League films.

Confirmed films:

Justice League: Part 1 – November 17, 2017
The Flash – March 23, 2018
Aquaman – July 27, 2018
Shazam – April 5, 2019
Justice League: Part 2 – June 14, 2019
Cyborg – April 3, 2020
Green Lantern – June 19, 2020

Outside of the confirmed films Batman is expected to have a solo film staring Ben Affleck, the first to take place in a shared universe. Superman will also be getting a true sequel to the Man of Steel.

Missing from the announcements were the The Sandman and Justice League Dark which have been heavily discussed for months now. As of right now a draft of The Sandman script has been sent in for review according to co-writer David Goyer. The film has involved the creator Neil Gaiman and will be the directed by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt. As for Justice League Dark, “Hellboy” and “Pacific Rim” director Guillermo del Toro has confirmed the script is complete and has been turned in to Warner Brothers. A Legion of Super-Heroes adaption is rumored to be a possible addition according to Latino Review.

DC Comics looks to be getting a huge boost with the recent announcements. Couple these films with highly anticipated sequels to popular video game franchises(Arkham Knight, Lego Batman 3), a very strong Television universe(Arrow, The Flash, Constantine), and what looks like a reinvigorated comic universe(Convergance), and things are looking very bright for the publisher.

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