CBMB: Warners Announces Production Plans for 5 DC Comics Projects in 2017!
By Muuka Muyumba
Warner Brothers Pictures seems to be getting its stuff together. Recently we have had news of directors Matt Reeves and Matthew Vaughn in negotiations for The Batman and Man of Steel 2 respectively. Reeves has officially signed on The Batman, and Vaughn is probably very close to signing on to a project he’s long coveted.
Today, news broke from Variety’s Justin Kroll that the DC Extended Universe is moving aggressively to field 5 projects this year alone, showing a bit more evidence that they may be getting their act together after three divisive shared-universe films.
Kroll tweeted out that WB is considering having Flash, Gotham City Sirens, Green Lantern Corps, Suicide Squad 2, and Justice League: Dark Universe all in production this year.
Though WB set Reeves up with The Batman, the Ben Affleck-helmer has been pushed back to 2018 with a full rewrite underway. Kroll suggests WB may instead get Aquaman up and running since that film already has a script, a director, and a cast in Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Orm, and Wilem Defoe as Volkov.
Of the 5 films, Green Lantern and Dark Universe have the least known development though Doug Liman is still attached as director for Dark Universe. Rumors and social media are suggesting that Armie Hammer may already be part of the upcoming Justice League film, and Henry Cavill is hinting at Green Lantern being in the film, so lets assume Hammer is our Hal Jordan.
The Flash is on the list which is strange because the film has already lost 2 directors, and is due for another re-write when a new one has been attached. Currently, the only thing we know is that Ezra Miller is set to star as Barry Allen, Keirsey Clemons is attached as Iris West, Billy Crudup as Henry Allen, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.
Gotham City Sirens currently has Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn with David Ayer set to direct.
The Suicide Squad will likely return as well with Robbie and Will Smith still in line to head up the movie. Oscar-winning director Mel Gibson is circling the project with a possibility of an R-rating also out there in the interwebs.
So does this mean that we may have a coherent picture starting to form of DCEU? I don’t know, but the WB is obviously serious about crafting a future franchise of these diverse projects. Will their projects be less divisive?
What do you think? Do they have a plan?