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'Justice League' Movie To Hit May 2017, 'Wonder Woman' & 'Green Lantern'/'Flash' Crossover Coming Same Year

by Oliver Lyttelton
June 12, 2014 4:23 PM
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If you're one of Hollywood's most legendary gossip-mongers, forced to sit in your hands for months by a non-compete clause before launching your own self-titled website, you'd better come back with a doozy of a scoop. Fortunately, that's what Nikki Finke has done. The much-feared, much-ridiculed writer debuted her new site earlier today, and has followed it up with a pretty huge story: the details of Warner Bros.' plans for their DC Comics movies, which the studio were planning to reveal at Comic-Con.

Beyond a May 6th "Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice" date (pushed back from the original summer 2015 plan, which Finke says is due to wanting to shift the film to plan more for "Avengers"-style team-ups and cameos), little's been confirmed from Warners about what they have planned, beyond how crucial the DC properties are to a franchise-starved studio.

But while Finke stresses that the situation's still in flux, she says that 'Dawn Of Justice' will be followed up with a "Shazam" movie in July 2016 (which may well be the DC property that Dwayne Johnson has been hinting at, and which has a release date that puts it directly in conflict with an as-yet unannounced Marvel movie). Then Joseph Gordon-Levitt's adaptation of "Sandman," a fairly risky prospect, will hit that Christmas, squaring off with Gareth Edwards' "Star Wars" movie.

Beyond that, 2017 will bring the main event of a "Justice League" movie in May before "Wonder Woman" finally gets a solo picture that July (presumably starring Gal Gadot), while that Christmas will see an as-yet untitled movie teaming up The Flash and Green Lantern, the latter of whom will NOT  be played by Ryan Reynolds. And finally (for now), a direct sequel to "Man Of Steel" will hit in May 2018, five years after the first film. It's an ambitious schedule, with three movies a year seemingly planned, and with "Metal Men" and "Suicide Squad" pictures also mooted at some point too.

Unless Finke went completely mental during her exile, she's normally reliable enough, so it seems that Warners' big Comic-Con surprises may have been spoiled. Certainly, all eyes will be on Hall H, and we'll see if further details like directors and casting are revealed in the meantime.

May 2016 – Batman v Superman
July 2016 – Shazam
Xmas 2016 – Sandman
May 2017 – Justice League
July 2017 – Wonder Woman
Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2

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  • Joe Kidd | July 5, 2014 8:36 PMReply

    Daniel day Lewis as: Alfred Pennyworth
    Christian Bale as: Batman
    Henry Cavill as: Superman
    Scott Porter as: The Flash
    Matt Damon as: Aquaman
    Ryan Reynolds as: The green Lantern
    Dennis Haysbert as: the Martian Manhunter
    Bridget Regan as: Wonder Woman
    Ray Fisher as: The Cyborg
    Amanda Seyfried as: Supergirl
    Lacey Chabert as: Batgirl
    Brandon Molale as: Shazam
    Dwayne Johnson "the rock" as: Darkseid

    3 possible Lex Luther...
    - Jesse Eisenberg
    - Bryan Cranston
    - Mark Strong
    Matt Damon as: Hawkman
    Stephen Amell as: Green Arrow
    Grant Austin as: The Flash
    Jean Claude Van Damme as: Wildcat
    Channing Tatum as: Captain Adam
    SamWorthington as: Metamorpho
    Rachel Adams as: Hawkgirl
    Kelsey Grammer as: Gorilla Grodd

  • james riddle | June 14, 2014 11:09 PMReply

    where credit is due will the real green Lantern please stand up its hardcto believe you all would take a 1970 all time super hero that was afro american super hero and turn him into a Caucasian super hero anyone that read DC comic books knew what color he was my question is why they turn him white

  • James Riddle is a Retard | June 18, 2014 7:15 AM

    There are like 5 human Green Lanterns. You yourself obviously haven't read the comics. And no, John Stewart isn't the first one.

  • Tyler | June 15, 2014 10:21 AM

    You say you read comics yet you are completely ignorant to the fact that the most famous and original green lantern is white? Kill yourself

  • Christopher Teal | June 15, 2014 9:05 AM

    There are more than one Green Lantern, however Hal Jordan (the white one, portrayed by Ryan Reynolds in the movie) is the most prominent one. You're thinking of Jon Stewart, the black Green Lantern that starred in that good Justice League animated series.

  • Roger Soto | June 14, 2014 12:53 PMReply

    It'll be the greatest day of millions of peoples lives!-)

  • Chris Richey | June 13, 2014 4:23 PMReply

    Has to be fake. Man of Steel 2 IS Batman vs. Superman. And JL is supposed to technically be Man of Steel 3. So the fact that "Man of Steel 2" is listed here twice makes me doubt it.

  • eric | June 14, 2014 1:05 PM

    uh... are you dumb? batman v superman is no longer man of steel 2, just because that and jl has sups in it does not make it superman 2 and 3, just like avengers wasnt iran man 3 or cap or thor 2. they will do a standalone sups movie after jl which then it will be superman 2

  • Edward | June 13, 2014 3:48 PMReply

    lol Warner Bros. is hungry...

  • maya | June 13, 2014 3:19 PMReply

    how about a batwoman origin story?
    i'd love to see that happening... cause its about time we'll see some female superheros on the big screen from the DC universe. Wonder Woman is a good start but it feel like: too little too late..

  • Nate | August 4, 2014 4:22 PM

    Meh, we all know she gets pushed out the window by her boss and bats lick her back to life

  • Carlos | June 13, 2014 1:35 PMReply

    Can DC pull it off ?! My suggestion would be to feature badass villains. Face it, Marvel doesn't really have badass villains in their movies. They have Loki. DC could feature the Legion of Doom, Cheetah and Ares, Capt. Boomerang and Prof.Zoom, Sinestro, Black Adam, Brainiac, and muthafreakin Darkseid

  • Shanahan | June 13, 2014 1:33 PMReply

    Just give us a live-action "Teen Titans Go" already

  • KJ | June 13, 2014 10:00 AMReply

    I've never get over their character choice for WW. Ruined before it ever began.

  • Krazy Joe | June 13, 2014 9:55 AMReply

    The news that Ryan Reynolds won't be Green lantern is kind of infuriating.

    The only way to make up for that is to cast Nathan Fillion.

  • Twista | June 13, 2014 10:46 AM

    He'd have to hit the gym first. Homie has definitely put on some weight.

  • Ben | June 13, 2014 9:25 AMReply

    the Rock will be playing Black Adam the nemesis of Shazam aka Cpt Marvel

  • al | June 13, 2014 8:54 AMReply

    I just have to say why Ben Afflek. I can't stand him as dare devil and now batman. WTH is going on in hollywood. My chubby ass would make a more convincing Batman and if you don't believe me cast me or try me out. I rather see Jack Black or Jonah Hill be Batman then Ben, and you know either of them would make a good Batman. For those that are true DC comic fans don't worry about the story line because just like Marvel Comics they going to ruin the story of when they met each other like always. I can see the Rock as Shazaam but Capt Marvel Movie might be better then Batman V Superman because of Ben. Why can't they just get a nobody, shoot get me I will play super chubby man LOL. Don't worry Matt Damon will be casted to play the new Joker, you know the one that dies in the movies and comes back to life LOL but never goes to jail LMAO this is going to be great I can't wait to see these movies. :)

  • Krazy Joe | June 13, 2014 9:56 AM

    Ben's going to be a great Batman.

    For the first time since 1992, we're FINALLY getting a good Batman again.

  • Scott | June 13, 2014 8:35 AMReply

    Is it just me, or does anyone else think a movie called Shazam is just doomed to fail. Yes I know it's a classic comic/character etc. But "Shazam" sounds like a kids breakfast cereal or something. The general public will probably think it's a movie about a circus, and be confused as well by the fact that Captain "Marvel" is a DC character.

  • Anthoni | June 13, 2014 11:36 AM

    Well here's the thing.

    They don't even call him Captain Marvel anymore. Which is why the movie is called "Shazam"

  • Krazy Joe | June 13, 2014 9:57 AM

    That just means they need to make it really cool.

  • Don | June 13, 2014 8:34 AMReply


  • Recently.Reaped | June 13, 2014 8:26 AMReply

    It just feels like DC is 5-7 yrs too late with this and as metnioned by others, there will be a time of over saturation of comic book movies and I think DC will bear the brunt of this. Casual comic book movie fans will pass on a lot of DC properties to watch the ones that are already established by Marvel. It also feels like DC waited for Marvel to set the blueprint and is now following it.

  • Nate | August 4, 2014 4:34 PM

    And shouldn't they set up the individual characters BEFORE doing JL? Why not do an Aquaman and Flash movie first? I can see those doing really well and giving the JL movie a greater chance of succeeding.

  • skierpete | June 13, 2014 7:51 AMReply

    It's only a matter of time until comic book movies hit oversaturation. They've already reached it for me. Now we're getting THREE DC movies a year, plus 2 Marvel movies, plus Spiderman, plus X-men, plus Fantastic Four. Ugh. At some point, audiences will have enough. Watch our WB, you are going to get yourselves and the whole industry in trouble.

  • Shanice Robinson | June 18, 2014 3:49 PM

    There is no such thing as over-saturation in movies. It makes no sense. There's a limited amount of genres out there and movies will continually be made yet no one has complained about there being too many romance movies or too many action movies. And how exactly can you tell if something is over saturated when it's your prerogative to watch or not watch these movies. What? Is there a rule where you can only make two of those a year or something? I tell you, people will always find something to complain about. Next you'll say we're being over saturated with straight to DVD cartoon superhero movies--which there has been whole lot more of those than live-action. Oh wait, you decided not to watch them so it doesn't matter. If anything, a movie can be good, okay, or bad. If people are still paying to see these movies then there must a whole lot of people who still want to watch them.

  • eric | June 14, 2014 1:09 PM

    if the movies are good theyll still be a hit. every other month theres a new action film with shit blowing up but every now and again a great one comes around and blows up (no pun intended) every genre is over saturated its just what movies are good

  • Big Peach | June 13, 2014 9:54 AM

    Couldn't agree more. This schedule looks like DC are in a frenzy to make as much money from comic book movies before no one cares anymore, which saturation of this kind will surely lead to.

  • Sai | June 13, 2014 7:03 AMReply

    DC officially stands for 'Don't Care' because they clearly don't. They have several properties (Gotham, Arrow, Constantine, etc.) spread out over different networks with separate universes (except Arrow/Flash) not including the movie. The reason Marvel has success is because as they stated "Everything is connected." DC should use Arrow/Flash as a stepping stone to introduce the other members of the Justice League and have Gustin/Amell play the parts on tv as well as in film but I don't see that happening. It's crazy because unlike Marvel, DC actually OWNS all (or the majority) of it's properties so these problems could be avoided.

  • Sai | June 13, 2014 1:01 PM

    The think is DC will recast the Flash and Green Arrow instead of incorporating the already established people they have and THAT is why DC fails at making live action movies.

  • Krazy Joe | June 13, 2014 9:58 AM

    They will be very foolish to recast Flash and NOT tie Arrow and Flash into the film universe (the same can also be done for Constantine)

  • Jason | June 13, 2014 5:30 AMReply

    The problem with believing WB on anything is that their track record shows that they always promise more than they deliver. I'll believe they are serious about these plans when they actually start production on these films. Frankly, I think it's just more spin and they won't seriously think about shooting a single frame of anything until they get the returns of BvS.

  • Rick | June 13, 2014 2:33 AMReply

    Excited to see WB/DC trying to compete with Marvels movies. My concern here is with the release order. When Marvel released their movies they did solo movies first then brought all of them together with the Avengers movie, followed by more solo movies. WB seems to want to jump the gun by releasing a JLA movie before introducing the solo movies of the main team members. Wonder Woman, Flash, GL and others should have thier Solo movies released first along side the Batman and Superman movies. Then release the JLA movie followed up with Team up style movies afterwards.

  • guest | June 13, 2014 8:27 AM

    you think this way because that's the way the marvel movies were done. and that was done because no one had ever made any thor, cap, or iron man movies before the MCU. but since we've already had so many superman, batman movies (and even 1 green lantern), we don't need origins before team-ups. i agree having an origins movie for wonder woman and shazam are important before the team up but if that's not the way they're doing things, so be it...

  • Nelson Muntz | June 13, 2014 2:28 AMReply

    All comments on this page sound like they were written by Comic Book Store Guy from The Simpsons.

  • Dsmith | June 13, 2014 2:10 AMReply

    Yeah i read it earlier. It kinda pisses me off. Marvel has a huge lead on DC and already has there movies planned out up until like 2020, and they release 2-3 movies a year. DC is on 1 and there next movie won’t be released until 2016 and it’s going to be another superman followed by all this bulls**t you see in this article. They’re constituting throwing Wonder Woman into Batman v Superman as a little supporting character so that they can use her for future movies ( ie. Justice league) annoys me. AND it’s going to feature Cyborg which means they’re going to use the new Justice league instead of the old one (with Aqua Man). and Jessie Eisenberg is a p***y, Lex Luthor is jacked and has always been intimidating; so that’ll be an disaster waiting to unfold. The casting for that movie, besides Superman, i can live with that, is atrocious. And the Flash/ Green Lantern movie is going to be after the Justice League movie. They are two founding members, how the f**k can you introduce them in the Justice league movie without giving them they’re own back story; unless the flash TV show is going to serve as the back story and they’re just saying “F**k it, everyone knows how the Green Lantern (Hal Jordan/John Stewart/Kyle Raynor) got his powers. No, DC. And Shazam? I mean Captain Marvel is cool and all but that’s just random as f**k, he’s not part of the Justice League and everyone who knows about the DC universe wouldn’t care to see an entire movie about him, even more so if The Rock is playing him. And Sandman is stupid, the one they’re using isn’t even in the same DC continuity as the other characters, there’s another sandman who teamed up with Batman, they’re not using him. The Marvel cinematic universe is demolishing DC and always will, even though the last Avengers movie will be in 2015…which is still sooner than the soonest DC universe movie. I just hope that the Flash is in the Justice League movie and isn’t as much of a timid kid as the one in the TV show they’re making is. The Flash is notorious for being an annoying blabbermouth who is the comedic relief of the Justice league. The one in the tv show is scared to talk to girls. This annoys me.

    I needed that.

  • SomCin | June 13, 2014 1:13 AMReply

    No solo Batman with Affleck? I wonder why.

  • Nina | June 13, 2014 12:27 AMReply

    I was hoping that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would play Nightwing, or that they would make a Nightwing movie because it would be awesome. But these movies have hope to them.

  • Brad | June 13, 2014 9:09 AM

    I agree with you about wanting JGL playing a next generation hero after the last Batman movie but can he simply play Nightwing without there being any development of Robin? Serious question for lack of knowledge.

  • Cheryl Gilmore | June 13, 2014 12:21 AMReply

    No Martian Manhunter?

  • blah | June 13, 2014 12:51 AM

    You are probably confusing this justice league with the cartoon that aired a while back. This justice league is most likely based off of the New 52 version, which explains why cyborg and aquaman are part of founding members of the justice league in this version.

  • Derrick | June 13, 2014 12:09 AMReply

    I hope for Shazam they give Billy Batson some adequate time and actually show how he became Captain Marvel. And Marvel has to have the personality of a 10 year old kid; which i doubt Dwayne Johnson can bring. I'm still pissed about Ben Affleck being Batman though. And Grant Gustin seems way to shy in the show. If he were to be flash he would need to break out of his shell. Flash is always portrayed as the comic relief the the Justice League, Gustin is timid and doesn't speak out. Flash never shuts up. They're could be a better pick for him, but just to keep the DC universe in sync with the TV series' i suppose they should keep him.

  • Gabriel | June 13, 2014 3:38 PM

    Barry Allen is not comedic relief and if you think The Flash is comedic relief, you do not know who Barry Allen is.

  • Will | June 13, 2014 7:21 AM

    Johnson would most likely be playing Black Adam, not Shazam.

  • Ren | June 13, 2014 1:11 AM

    Gustin is NOT playing the Wally West version of Flash, you know...

  • Connor | June 13, 2014 12:42 AM

    The Rock will most likely be playing Black Adam, a part for which he looks perfect.

  • jake | June 12, 2014 10:44 PMReply

    Is The Flash going to be played by Grant Gustin? They should put Stephen Amell's Arrow in there as well!

  • Aaron | June 13, 2014 2:32 PM

    no, the shows and the movies are not connnected

  • Jazz | June 12, 2014 10:25 PMReply

    Hooooooooly crap that's quite a cramped lineup. But why in God's name are they making Shazam and Sandman before Green Lantern/Flash? And since marvel tends to do around 2 films a year, we're looking at at least 5 superhero films per year. I can't possibly believe the execs haven't thought this through, but they're running the risk of serious overexposure.

  • and all that | June 13, 2014 4:22 PM

    I have a strong feeling Sandman will be separate from the DC Universe.

  • Alex | June 13, 2014 4:06 PM

    I can never be burnt out on superhero movies. They are one of my escapes from this boring world we live on.

  • AA | June 12, 2014 10:21 PMReply

    The person who submitted this to Nikki Finke came out and said this is fake.

  • HYFR | June 12, 2014 11:32 PM

    Proof or it didn't happen.

  • Charlie | June 12, 2014 10:10 PMReply

    I don't know what's going to happen with Batman/Superman or Justice League, but Man of Steel was awful. Whoever is doing DC movies, here's a clue: Experiment with stories, get inspiration from the comics, don't mess around too much with the costumes or the characters.

    Man of Steel was wrong on so many levels.
    First, the costume: Superman does not have scales on his costume. Aquaman has scales on his costume.
    Second: Listen: Superman has a wealth of villains that have not had movie treatment. Superman Returns and Man of Steel: Lex Luthor and Zod. Seriously? And in Superman Returns, Lex Luthor is going to knock everything but California into the ocean... where have I heard that before? It doesn't take a Brainiac to figure out another villain you can put in a movie!
    Third: Superman smashing through buildings and going out of his way to save, pretty much no one. He knocks a satellite out of the sky because he doesn't want to be spied on. This is totally out of character. The worst: He kisses Lois. She says, "I hear it's downhill after the first kiss." He says: "That only applies when you're kissing a human." SO... is he saying it's going to be downhill for him because she's human, or is he just being arrogant? Superman is supposed to be down-to-earth, endlessly helpful, and just a touch shy. This character was not Superman. New writer, please.

    The last two Superman movies don't make me optimistic.

  • Ren | June 13, 2014 1:14 AM

    Charilie... I have this vision of you out in a field, using one of those giant butterfly nets trying to catch a clue...

  • Seth Craig | June 12, 2014 11:53 PM

    Stop being a little bitch

  • HYFR | June 12, 2014 11:40 PM

    First, if you were an actual Superman fan, you'd know Man of Steel took inspiration from many well-known Superman story lines, like Birthright, Superman: Earth One, Man of Steel, Superman: For Tomorrow, and so on.

    Second, they're not scales. You're wrong on both accounts, because neither Superman nor Aquaman have scales. Aquaman has the equivalent of chain mail for his shirt-tunic thing.

    Third, Did you really expect a day one Superman to start his superhero career off by fighting somebody like Doomsday, Mongul, or Brainiac? If you're complaining about the destruction in Metropolis now, I would have loved to see how much you would have complained if it would have been anybody tougher than Zod. Stop the whining, it's pointless. The world engine, Zod, and the military did most of the damage to Smallville and Metropolis. When Superman was involved, 99% of the time it was him being THROWN through said buildings. And it wasn't a satellite, it was a drone. That last point is just too stupid to even acknowledge.

    Overall, either you went into the theater expecting to see another Richard Donner love letter, or you just nitpicking.

  • Raymond | June 12, 2014 9:26 PMReply

    Their choice for wonder woman is a skinny woman...this sucks...wonder woman is a amazon 6'0 woman of amazon porportion.,...more like Zena than the skinny broad they have...shit Serena Williams would beat the shit out of the womany they got playing her now

  • KJ | June 13, 2014 10:04 AM

    Agreed, can't believe they picked some malnourished, long nose penny pincher war criminal to play the part.
    DC sucks now.

  • Kelemovor | June 13, 2014 9:16 AM

    No one can beat Lynda carter as WW. Best ever.

  • bommie_ | June 13, 2014 12:01 AM

    there's this crazy thing i heard about, it's called diet and exercise, right? now what's REALLY crazy is that, if you follow certain training regimens, you can actually bulk up and gain muscle. it's the weirdest thing.

  • HYFR | June 12, 2014 11:42 PM

    I bet you loved Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, huh? smh

  • bigv | June 12, 2014 9:24 PMReply

    Superhero overload!

  • Flea | June 12, 2014 7:59 PMReply

    WhaT? No Martian Manhunter!? Jon Jonzz was a founding member of JL, damn fools! Jon is just as powerful as superman!

  • Aaron Moss | June 12, 2014 8:23 PM

    In the New 52, he wasn't a founding member (Martian Manhunter). Cyborg is instead now.

  • Matthew Andrews | June 12, 2014 7:54 PMReply

    Neil Patrick Harris should play the flash

  • Yoshi | June 12, 2014 7:48 PMReply

    Whilst reading this article, I thought Joseph Gordon-Levitt was going to play Green Lantern, which got me slightly excited...

    Also, Grant Gustin as Flash or Bust.

  • bert | June 12, 2014 7:13 PMReply

    More curious to see how DC/WB go forward with the big screen plans in light of their successes on the small screen.

    Frankly, WB has a history of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, so I can fully see them mishandling it and alienating whatever momentum they're currently building

  • Black Canary | June 12, 2014 6:26 PMReply

    Looking forward to Wonder Woman, Flash/Green Lantern, Justice League. Shazam is going to be very risky. I can't believe DC would rather invest on Shazam over Wonder Woman.

  • Brennu | June 12, 2014 5:53 PMReply

    So looking forward to jl movie, Wonder Woman, and halbarry crossover. As for shazam... Really dc? Really? Does anyone give a Crap about that character? Laaaaame let's try something half interesting like a green arrow & black canary, hawk girl, zatanna, teen titans or even a Harley Quinn!! Like come one!

  • hiddenwindowsol | June 12, 2014 6:26 PM

    I do! I actually have a complete collection of Shazam and Captain Marvel comics from his first appearance back in Whiz Comics #2 from 1940. But with Warner Bros. making a Shazam movie it makes me wonder about their intentions for the Justice League movie. To put it mildly Supes is weak to magic, the source of Cap's powers. Let's say Batman has this need to have an emergency plan in place in case Supes goes rogue, as was seen in the Tower of Babel story line, or if Luthor was manipulating Billy Batson, such as in Kingdom Come, he could potentially be used as a weapon against Supes. That was my first thought when I saw the Shazam Movie was being produced.

  • Rob | June 12, 2014 4:59 PMReply

    boy oh boy, lotta big movies to not give a shit about

  • Shanice | June 18, 2014 3:57 PM

    Dave, you know absolutely nothing about those two who replied. It's obvious that Rob is in denial else who not have felt the need to come to this article in the first place. Somewhere you must have been curious about Justice League since it's in the title, saw something you didn't like and left a troll comment. End of story.

  • dave | June 13, 2014 2:27 AM

    Rob is commenting for the same reason you are: because he can and it's a still free damn country. Take a seat and relax, comic book store guy nerd. Nobody with a life or a girlfriend cares about these stupid superhero movies.

  • Jimmy | June 12, 2014 7:18 PM

    Then why the hell are commenting for? To be a tool? Mission accomplished.

  • Rick | June 12, 2014 5:34 PM

    Well, you obviously give enough of a shit to not only click on this article, but also comment on it...

  • 23553 | June 12, 2014 4:39 PMReply

    I'm honestly most excited for Sandman. Maybe there will be some other hits, but Sandman is an amazing property, and I'm excited about JGL, whatever the extent of his involvement.

  • me 3 | June 13, 2014 4:24 PM

    Me too. Sandman is my favorite comic, and JGL is my favorite actor. He's an interesting director, too, so this looks like win win win.

  • HYFR | June 12, 2014 11:42 PM

    He's playing Dream in the movie.

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