By: Adam Basciano
Hot off the heels of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice crossing the $700 Million mark at the world wide box office, Warner Brothers has decided to make changes to their DCEU slate…And they’re GOOD changes. “Wonder Woman, which will star Gal Gadot (who made her debut in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice), is moving up from June 23, 2017, to June 2, 2017. Warner Bros. also set dates for two of its now-untitled DC films: Oct. 5, 2018, and Nov. 1, 2019. These new dates are set for yet-to-be announced films and are in addition to the already set DC films, which include Suicide Squad (August 5, 2016), The Flash (March 16, 2018), The Justice League Part One (Nov. 17, 2017), Aquaman (July 27, 2018), Shazam! (April 5, 2019), Justice League Part Two (June 14, 2019) and Cyborg (April 3, 2020)” Wonder Woman stole the show and was an absolute crowd pleaser in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and I’m really excited to see her lasso wielding solo adventure earlier then expected!
So looking at the two new dates, I personally see four films vying for those two spots. The obvious choice for one of those two films is a stand alone Batman film. It was recently revealed that Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns were working on the script together, and that script is now finished. So it’s a fair bet that the film, rumored to be title “The Batman” will wind up occupying a spot. The other films that could get the newly minted 2018 & 2019 dates are a sequel to Suicide Squad, the recently put back into development Lobo film, or another stand alone Superman film. The studio is very keen on getting a Suicide Squad sequel going ASAP, so that’s very likely to grab a spot. At the same time, they are no doubt eager to get in on some of that Deadpool rated R type box office action. So, if Jason Fuchs delivers a script they like, we could see Lobo get onto the big screen sooner then later. My heart wants one of those two spots to be filled by another Superman film starring Henry Cavill. However, my head tells me we’ll have to wait until after Justice League: Part One, before hearing about any concrete news of another solo Superman film. Either way, these moves show that Warner Brothers has confidence in DC Films as a brand, and that is a good thing.
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)