It’s still not 100% confirmed that we’ll finally see Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Justice League Dark’ on the big screen—recently, the filmmaker confirmed that the script has been delivered to Warner Bros. and they’re just waiting on an official green light. But for those anxious to know which of the dark superheroes we might see in the film, the lineup has apparently been revealed.
When Warner Bros. announced their big slate of upcoming DC superhero films a few months ago, we all pretty much assumed that these movies and characters would operate in a shared universe. Given the ‘Justice League’ connection, how could they not? What we haven’t been clear on is whether some of the other DC heroes, like Shazam and Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Dark Universe’ characters, would also inhabit the same universe. As if sensing the little question marks over our heads, DC Comics has confirmed what we all assumed: Yes, their WB superhero movies will operate in a shared universe.
The rumors that ‘Game of Thrones’ star Jason Momoa would be joining the DC Cinematic Universe as Aquaman flooded the Internet long before Ben Affleck was cast as Batman. When Momoa’s casting was made official through an announcement a few months, the news was greeted with a shrug. We already knew the worst kept secret in superhero moviedom! However, the announcement did mean that Momoa was allowed to stop dodging questioning (or outright lying) and chat about the character. And he has just revealed a few more interesting nuggets of information.
The shared universe concept is wildly popular right now, thanks in large part to Marvel’s success with their cinematic universe. DC and Warner Bros. are trying to catch up, having announced a full schedule of comic book films through 2020 and taking a very similar approach (while basically viewing the TV counterparts of their big screen superheroes as separate, alternate entities). Guillermo del Toro recently completed work on his script for the ‘Justice League Dark’ film, which we assumed would function separately from the main WB superhero universe, but new comments from the director imply that his film will also be a part of WB’s larger shared universe plans.
Christopher Nolan's 'Dark Knight' trilogy helped pave the way for the current wave of superhero film mania by introducing audiences to a different kind of superhero film: one that was darker and more serious, and a bit more cinematic than some of the cornier predecessors. But would Nolan, whose sci-fi drama 'Interstellar' hits theaters this month, ever return to the genre? You might think not, but then you might be wrong. In a recent interview, Nolan answered that question, and talked about his relationship with Warner Bros., and being asked to produce a Batman reboot and the 'Justice League' film.
For anyone who remembers the days when just one Spider-Man movie seemed an impossible dream, it’s an astonishing representation of how comic book superheroes now dominate popular entertainment. ComicsAlliance’s own graphics maestro Dylan Todd put together a timeline that reveals what the next six years of superhero movies look like, with some dates and titles still to be announced. The graphic will be updated as new information is released.
While Marvel still figures out if and when they're going to make a female-led superhero movie, DC at least has them beat in that area. While Warner Bros. struggles to catch up to the established 'Avengers' universe with their upcoming slate of 'Justice League' movies, they've at least got Marvel beat with the announcement of a solo 'Wonder Woman' movie. Starring Gal Gadot, the film is scheduled to open in theaters in 2017. But, one thing everyone was keeping a close eye on (ourselves included) was whether the 'Wonder Woman' movie would actually commit to a female director. Now, we can rest easy as word comes that Warner Bros. is specifically looking to a woman for the job.
In case you couldn't already tell by the way things are playing out between all the DC properties, there's no real continuity like there is with the Marvel films and television shows. Where Marvel has a vision and a plan in place with everyone working together in harmony to realize that vision, DC is like a room full of introverts with their heads down, doing their own thing. Marvel has the Cinematic Universe which has now extended to TV, and to explain what DC is up to, Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns is likening their approach to a concept DC comics fans will instantly recognize: The Multiverse.
The Warner Bros. announcement on Wednesday of ten upcoming movies based on DC Comics properties neatly fills in a calendar of dates that the studio previously provided -- and help flesh out an extraordinary timetable of DC and Marvel superhero movies over the next six years from Warner Bros, Marvel Studios, Fox, and Sony Columbia. ComicsAlliance's own graphics maestro Dylan Todd put together a timeline that reveals what those six years look like, including 29 confirmed release dates between now and the end of 2020, with several dates and titles still to be announced. For anyone who remembers the days when just one Spider-Man movie seemed an impossible dream, it's an astonishing representation of how comic book superheroes now dominate popular entertainment.
Not to be outdone by the big 'Captain America 3'/Civil War announcement from earlier this week, Warner Bros. dropped some superhero news of their own. They've confirmed their 2017, 2018 and 2019 superhero movies as well as announced some new casting for members of the new Justice League.