Today at a presentation for investors, WB released it’s movie schedule for 2016-2020. This is what it looks like:
- “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
- “Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (2016)
- “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017)
- “Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
- “The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018)
- “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018)
- “Shazam” (2019)
- “Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
- “Cyborg,” starring Ray Fisher (2020)
- “Green Lantern” (2020)
You can read all the details at CBR. CBR has also noted, however, that WB announced plans to cut spending each year by 200 million dollars. The fact that their film slate was announced at a investor’s meeting and not at NYCC, which was held this weekend, gives me doubt that we will see all these films or even Wonder Woman. I am sure a lot of investors have been frustrated seeing Marvel raking in all the cash from their franchises and shared universe, and were I a shareholder I’d be wondering why DC hasn’t been doing the same. So the fact that DC chose this way to make the announcement makes me think it was done to appease shareholders. The fact that the films star many unknowns is a little worrying, but perhaps ties in with WB’s financial woes and budget cuts. Two huge, high budget films a year for five years, not counting any Superman or Batman films they might do, is extremely ambitious. If Dawn of Justice does not do well, I would not be surprised if the plug will be pulled on several of these films.
I am cautiously optimistic. It was also recently announced that Wonder Woman will have her New 52 origins, at least in that her father is Zeus instead of her 70-year old origin of being made of clay. Hopefully, they won’t make the Amazons look like they were written by anti-feminist pro-choice zealots instead of the feminist society Marston and Perez envisioned. DC has a lot of troubles with Wonder Woman. Films for her have been in development hell for years, and previously they were too cautious to make any announcements because she is “tricky”. She is no more “tricky” than Thor, but DC has had a lack of confidence in her ability to gain an audience, and I don’t doubt its the “Woman” in her name that makes them scared. I am hoping, even with a god known for being a serial rapist as her father, that she retains her feminism and she is badass because she is as compassionate as she is a skilled warrior, not because she likes to stab things.