Well, normally I wouldn’t be this candid, but at this point… sorry Warner Brothers, but you are looking like a HOT MESS right now. WB planned to build a Marvel-esque cinematic universe around its DC Comics superheroes. The first entry was the underwhelming ‘Man of Steel’, followed by the TERRIBLE ‘Batman V Superman’ and then the scrambled mess that was ‘Suicide Squad’. All eyes are on Patty Jenkin’s ‘Wonder Woman’ which will kick off the summer movie season and after that will come ‘Justice League’ directed by Zack Snyder, the same auteur behind ‘BvS’ and ‘Aquaman’ thankfully not. After that?
Not a clue!
WB was hoping to slip in ‘The Flash’ starring Ezra Miller or ‘The Batman’ with Ben Affleck. Both are now derailed. ‘The Batman’ has essentially been scrapped entirely. Affleck had contributed to a script with DC’s Geoff Johns and Chris Terrio (‘Argo’), which from the latest reports has been tossed out. Meanwhile, ‘The Flash’ lost its director Rick Famuyiwa last fall over “creative differences” and WB has yet to replace him. (And Famuyiwa was the second director attached to this film, following Seth Grahame-Smith, who also penned the most recent script.) In the meantime, Ezra Miller is already attached to another big franchise, ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and is due back to shoot the sequel this summer. That means that WB has lost its window to shoot ‘The Flash’ in order to get it out next year.
But WB is reportedly determined to shoot another DC movie for a 2018 slot. The best bet is ‘Gotham City Sirens’ starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, the highlight of ‘Suicide Squad’, directed by ‘Suicide Squad”s David Ayer. But another option is ‘Suicide Squad 2’ which would more than likely also star Robbie and Will Smith as Deadshot, who WB seemed to be eyeing as a major draw to its upcoming DC movies.
Also in the mix are ‘Green Lantern Corps’ which was originally slated for a 2020 release and ‘Justice League Dark’ based on the script by Guillermo Del Toro, who had hoped to direct. ‘Justice League Dark’ would have centered on supernatural characters like John Constantine and Swamp Thing. Doug Liman is currently attached to direct that film, so it could materialize soon.
WB has high hopes for ‘Green Lantern Corps’ with names such as Tom Cruise, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Bradley Cooper supposedly on their wish list. (Cooper was reportedly in the running for the 2011 film, which went to Ryan Reynolds.) Adam Cozad (‘The Legend of Tarzan’) recently signed on to pen the script and Mel Gibson’s name has surfaced as a potential director.
So, next year, we for sure get an ‘Aquaman’ movie, which in a way is a small miracle. But will that be the only DC movie from Warner Brothers for 2018?