Warner Bros and DC unveiled a whole load of logos at Comic-Con over the weekend as a way of confirming the films currently in development, and while there weren’t too many surprises, a couple of new details have been revealed.
First up: the titles include The Batman, Suicide Squad 2, Batgirl, Shazam, Green Lantern Corps, Wonder Woman 2 and Justice League Dark. Interestingly, there was no word on Black Adam or Gotham City Sirens, which could suggest that these are in earlier stages of development than originally thought.
With David F Sandberg confirmed as director for Shazam!, that movie is next on the slate with an early 2018 shoot being rumoured. However, Batgirl won’t be far behind.
DC creative chief Geoff Johns spoke to IGN (via Movie Web) and was a bit cagey about the order in which we could expect to see these films, but he was definitely excited about Joss Whedon’s Batgirl and the chance to expand the world of Gotham City.
“We haven’t gone out there and said what our slate is, because we’ll do it when we’re ready and have the films we’re excited for, but for Batman, what I will say is that Batman is more than just Batman and it’s been way too long since we’ve seen, you know, an expansion of that universe, and Batgirl, we are doing Batgirl with Joss Whedon, and it’s going to be super exciting. He’s going to start that next year.”
Whedon, of course, has been pretty wrapped up with finishing Justice League following Zack Snyder’s tragic departure from the movie, so the lack of updates on Batgirl is certainly understandable. However, we can expect all that to change soon, as Johns added:
“And that’s just the start, we want to explore the Batman universe in a very big new way; Matt Reeves is coming on to do The Batman now and we don’t want to do the same thing that has been done before, we want to build it out just like we built it out in the comics.” Which is very exciting, although it makes the lack of Gotham City Sirens hype at Comic-Con a little surprising.
That being said, director David Ayer did tell IGN that he’s making the film because “It’s a story about three fantastic women who’re trying to find their way in the world, and realize that they have more power together than they do individually…I have daughters, and I want to create something that might be able to help them get along in the world a little bit.”
Meanwhile, it was also revealed that The Flash movie is now titled Flashpoint, which fans of the comics (and The CW TV show) will tell you is a potentially huge event for the DC movie universe. The 2011 crossover event found The Flash in an alternate universe after trying to travel back in time to save his mother’s life, with radically different versions of the established characters.
Of course, it still needs a director, with Robert Zemeckis, Sam Raimi and Matthew Vaughn reportedly in the running, and Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s names getting rumoured again following their departure from the Han Solo movie.
Ezra Miller will star as Barry Allen, and Kiersey Clemons and Billy Crudup are still attached as Iris West and Henry Allen respectively. Ray Fisher is also rumoured to be featuring in the film as Cyborg.
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