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The future of DC movies revealed - Superman, Green Lantern and more

By Tim Augustin - on 29 Nov 2019, 8:02pm

The future of DC movies revealed - Superman, Green Lantern and more

DC’s Cinematic Universe has had a rough few years - but movies like Joker and Aquaman have interrupted that running streak. The question has to be asked though: can Warner Bros keep this momentum going?

Variety released an interesting article recently, citing insiders who claim to know about the future of DC’s upcoming slate of superhero films. On Matt Reeves’ The Batman (2021), Warner Bros. and DC seem to be gearing up for any of the film’s main villains to headline their own respective movies.

Unfortunately, the studio isn’t quite sure what to do with Superman. Henry Cavill recently seems to have been dropped out of the role, and discussions have been had with J.J. Abrams and Michael B. Jordan for a new take for the character.

This wouldn’t be the first time Abrams worked on a Superman movie either - he turned in a script for the ill-fated Superman Flyby back in 2002. Michael B. Jordan wouldn’t be my first choice for Superman, but he could play an alternate universe version of the character from the comics - Val-Zod, the Superman of Earth 2.

Variety also reported that Warner Bros. is becoming increasingly more comfortable with making comic book films for adults, handing out R ratings left and right - most recently to Joker. According to them, Birds of Prey and James Gunn’s upcoming Suicide Squad sequel will both be R-rated.

The studio hasn’t given up on Green Lantern either. Comic book writer Geoff Johns will turn in a script for a Green Lantern Corps film by the end of 2019, which will then be presented to Abrams and his production company, Bad Robot.

Andy Muschietti has also been tasked with directing a Flash movie - one that has been in development since 2014. Ezra Miller is still set to star as Barry Allen - which I feel is a severe miscasting compared to how his comic book counterpart looks and acts, by the way. Christina Hodson, who wrote Bumblebee will write the movie’s screenplay, and then another for a future Batgirl film.

Other than that, we’re still getting an Aquaman sequel directed by James Wan, along with a spin-off called The Trench. The film would likely focus on the group of monsters that attacked Arthur and Mera in Aquaman. Since they have such close ties to Atlantis in the comics, the film will probably shed some light on the underwater city’s history as well.

Warner Bros. is also looking to make some lower-budgeted films for HBO Max, with a possible Green Lantern series being one of them. For those itching to watch Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League - Variety reports that there’s very little chance of that happening, even on HBO Max, with one insider going so far as to call it a pipe dream.

Superman fans like me might be a little disappointed by all this, but hey - we’re still getting three on-screen Supermen in DC’s upcoming Crisis of Infinite Earths crossover on TV. That’s something, right?

Images: Warner Bros.