There’s been a fair bit of news coming out of the Warner Bros DC movie universe this week, so here’s a round-up for you.
First up, Suicide Squad 2. While a director still hasn’t been found for the follow-up for David Ayer’s critically-reviled but financially successful comic book villain movie, Warner Bros has found a writer in Adam Cozad, reports THR. Cozad’s last film was David Yates’s The Legend Of Tarzan, which starred Alexander Skarsgard and Harley Quinn herself, Margot Robbie.
Mel Gibson confirmed that he was in talks to direct Suicide Squad 2 although he was careful to point out that it’s far from a done deal. Other names in the running include Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Daniel Espinosa (Life) and Jonathan Levine (50/50). Ayer, meanwhile, is hard at work on Gotham City Sirens, which will also feature Robbie’s Harley.
Next up: The Batman. Although it does now have a director in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes‘ Matt Reeves, there are still changes afoot. Variety reported that it is likely that Ben Affleck’s first solo outing in the cape and cowl won’t start shooting until next year, which means that its hopeful 2018 release date is massively unlikely. Slashfilm is also reporting a rumour that there’s going to be a big old rewrite on Chris Terrio and Geoff Johns’ script.
The delays all sound eminently plausible given that Reeves will be looking after War Of The Planet Of The Apes into the summer, and presumably with a film as massive as this, he’ll want to work on the script before jumping behind the camera. And hey, wouldn’t we all rather that they took their time with it and got it right? Let’s not rush The Batman, guys.
Finally, James Wan’s Aquaman has been delayed, but only slightly. Per THR, the release date for the film has moved from 5 October 2018 to 21 December 2018, taking the slot vacated by Avatar 2, a film so fragile you need only to whisper its name to send it floating off into the distant future.
Still, we all get to spend Christmas with Jason Momoa, and that’s pretty good.
It’s also interesting to note that Variety reporter Justin Kroll has tweeted that Warner Bros want to get at least one more DC film rolling this year in addition to Aquaman, which could be one of The Flash, Green Lantern, Suicide Squad 2, Gotham City Sirens and Doug Liman’s Dark Universe. The Flash is still missing a director despite having most of its cast lined up, so maybe that could be the one to go? However, he did also note that “That said if scripts aren’t ready to go, studio is content just shooting AQUAMAN this year till films are ready to go.” Sensible stuff.
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