Off the Cuff Reactions to DC Universe’s Movie Lineup Announcement

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I was too lazy to Photoshop The Rock’s face into this.

Earlier today, Kevin Tsujihara, head of the studio over at Warner Bros (who controls movie rights to DC Universe) announced a very deep and very ambitious timeline for movies in the foreseeable future. Everybody knows that with the exception of Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy (which in a way transcends and supersedes the superhero movie genre in every way possible), Marvel Studios has been dominating. DC just cannot compete. Sure, it has the television market cornered with previous hits like Smallville and now Arrow, and even more recently Gotham (horrid) and The Flash (great). But what really counts, huh?

The Avengers broke records. Captain America: The Winter Soldier astounded as the best entry in the universe, you know, for about 5 seconds until Guardians of the Galaxy blew us all away. Even the worst outlying movies were better than your average piece of crud churned out by Michael Bay. To top it all off, MARVEL Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has rebounded with great strength this season.

But enough about rants. Let’s dispel all your ruminations about what DC has planned. Here is their list:

2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice*

Suicide Squad

2017

Wonder Woman

Justice League

2018

The Flash

Aquaman

2019

Shazam

Justice League 2

2020

Cyborg

Green Lantern

Several of these will come as no surprise. Batman v Superman has been getting buzz galore, along with Shazam (you might recall The Rock dilly dallying about whether or not he wanted to play Shazam or Black Adam). I haven’t the foggiest idea what Suicide Squad even is, but my instinct tells me it is the DC equivalent of Guardians of the Galaxy, because #titfortat is important in competitions. Wonder Woman, while a tad surprising, is a title I’m happy to see. I’m sure Ric is too. We’ve needed a female-led superhero film for as long as there have been male-led superhero films. This is something Marvel hasn’t even dreamed of doing yet, mostly because they are dumb and won’t cast Katee Sackhoff as Ms. Marvel. Gal Gadot looks fantastic in the role of Wonder Woman and I have high hopes for her performance. Justice League is a no-brainer there, as is its eventual and inevitable sequel. I just wonder about which heroes will be included in each installment. Will the heroes from the later movies be included? Will Justice League 1 focus on Batman and Superman teaming up with Wonder Woman to reel in the Martian Manhunter? With the martian even make an appearance? These deep mysteries unnerve me.

The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, and Green Lantern are all new to me to varying degrees of surprise and glee. The Flash is the most predictable, particularly given the success of the new show. Next to Batman and Superman, he is arguably the most prominent and popular member of the League. Cyborg is another exciting one for the sake of diversity in superhero films, as the character is black. The same could potentially happen if they go with John Stewart for Green Lantern rather than Hal Jordon, which I hope they do. Ryan Reynolds sort of ruined Hal for me. Perhaps the greatest travesty in this is that with a release date in 2020, Idris Elba will likely not be the right age to be up for the role.

Badass Digest reported that Green Lantern will spin directly out of Justice League 2, which will be where the new Lantern makes his first appearance.

What do you think? Which films are you most excited for? What do you think the stories will be? Let us know in the comments!

 

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