We had gotten a pleasant surprise from Variety in regards to Warners and DC. They dropped an exclusive report that explains what some plans are for future DC movies going forward.
The full report is available here
, but if you just want the details quickly, we got you covered:
- There is a reason why Matt Reeves has been casting so many top-tier actors in villain roles to go against Robert Pattinson's Batman. While The Batman requires many villain characters to appear, Warner Bros. believes that any of these villains could have their own spinoff movies. Actors in The Batman and Birds of Prey all have options in their contract to appear in standalone films as well as sequels.
- Superman appears to be in limbo due to having two reboots in 13 years that have had mixed results. This has caused Warners to fear that the world is saturated with everything Superman. Despite that, the studio has had talks with J.J. Abrams about the character. This talks probably have happened during the time where Abrams' company Bad Robot signed a first-look deal with Warners.
- There was also talks about Superman with Michael B. Jordan, who pitched a vision for the character to Warner Bros. While he isn't ready to commit to the project due to his busy schedule, it may be unlikely that we will have Superman movies before 2023 anyway. As of now, there is no script or director attached to any Superman movie.
- Ever since Walter Hamada became the president of DC Films, the studio has done a better job of making a more "sustainable course" for their future projects. He is said to have a great understanding of having a very strong sense of stories and is good at making sure budgets are made so productions don't go overboard. DC films have made sure to not have too many cooks in the kitchen and to have a more clear direction for their movies.
- Thanks to Hamada, they have become more comfortable making more "adult" and R-rated content. Joker was the first to do this, but Birds of Prey and James Gunn's Suicide Squad is rumored to also be R-rated.
- DC films are still hoping to make a Green Lantern Corps movie and a script from Geoff Johns should be delivered at the end of the year. It may be shown to Abrams and Bad Robot to see if the company would want to produce it.
- Despite the carousel of directors that The Flash has had, Warners and DC are still hoping for a standalone film starring Ezra Miller. Recently, they have gotten IT director Andy Muschietti to direct the movie, and have now enlisted Christina Hodson (Bumblebee) to write the screenplay. Production would not start until Miller is done with the production for the next Fantastic Beasts movie (*groan*) so they probably won't start shooting until 2021.
- Christina Hodson will write a screenplay for Batgirl after being done with The Flash.
- As for Aquaman, the sequel's production will hopefully start in early 2021. There are also plans for a spinoff called The Trench, which is about the group of sea creatures that had a minor role in the first Aquaman. No director is attached to it yet.
- This doesn't really have to do with theatrical releases, but this last part is in regards to the "Snyder Cut." In case you don't know what that is, the "Snyder Cut" is a supposed version of Justice League before director Zack Snyder had to leave the project and Joss Whedon stepped in. For the past two years, there has been a social media campaign (#ReleaseTheSnyderCut) where people want to see Snyder's version of the movie. Despite the campaign growing stronger recently, the studio seems to not want to spend the millions of dollars to finish its effects and editing. Therefore, there are no plans for releasing it either in theaters or HBO Max.
So there ya go! In case you wanted to know what superhero movies will come soon to your theater or are just a curious fan, that's the majority of what we know. I would like to know if there's a Shazam! 2, and was hoping that a Man of Steel 2 with Henry Cavill was happening, but for the most part, this should be enough information for anyone curious about upcoming DC films.