Jun 13 2014 12:10pm

What Are the Odds This is the Justice League Movie Line-Up?

JL8 by Yale Stewart

Hollywood tipster Nikki Finke has posted a list of the Justice League slate of movies that Warner Bros. is expected to announce at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. (Which is only in a month? Geez.) The list of films is extensive and seems to introduce an Avengers-style shared movie universe, but is it accurate?

The list, starting with 2016’s Batman/Superman team-up:

May 2016 – Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
July 2016 – Shazam
May 2017 – Justice League
July 2017 – Wonder Woman
Christmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern
May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2

The list also includes the recently announced Sandman film and slates it for Christmas 2016.

Justice League and Wonder Woman movies would be a natural extension of what we know about Dawn of Justice, which features Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Cyborg, and hints at the formation of the Justice League, but do the other films make sense? Shazam is an interesting addition to the slate, but is it a real possibility or is Finke simply drawing on reports of the production being halted back in December 2013?

The Flash and Green Lantern team-up film looks like a fun idea, but will it be separate from the Flash television show (also owned by WB) that will debut this fall, or will it be an extension of the show? Finke’s report suggests that we will be seeing the television version of Flash cross into the films: “cameos [for Dawn of Justice] will include the already known Cyborg and Flash.” Finke goes on to say that Ryan Reynolds will not return as Green Lantern.

If true, that means we could get three team-style DC superhero movies in the space of a year and a half, with Dawn of Justice including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and more, Flash and Green Lantern including the two titular heroes and possibly Arrow (since Flash and Arrow exist in the same television universe), and everyone and their weird friends banding together in Justice League.

Finke’s report is not confirmed by Warner Bros, but it seems to match up with a statement by Kevin Smith that Bleeding Cool highlighted in May that Dawn of Justice kicks off a slate of “five or six films [...] supposed to tell one massive story, which is all Justice League oriented.” While none of the above has been confirmed, it’s possible that Finke’s report is a controlled leak on the part of Warner Bros., which is expected to announce a film slate at this year’s SDCC that can go head to head against Marvel’s as-yet unconfirmed Phase 3 slate of films. Revealing not one, but three Avengers-style team films slated for 2016 and 2017 boldly asserts Warner Bros./DC’s characters during a lull period where Marvel won’t be able to counter with an Iron Man, Captain America, or Avengers film. Captain America 3 is currently slated for the same release date as Dawn of Justice, but that just further helps what WB’s overall message may be: Marvel’s reign is over, justice has dawned.

While Finke’s report may be truth, or close to the truth, there’s still one curious aspect to it: where’s Batman?

L’il Batman’s creepy smile is courtesy of Yale Stewart’s tremendous JL8 webcomic.

Chris Nelly
1. Aeryl
Revealing not one, but three Avengers-style team films slated for 2016 and 2017 boldly asserts Warner Bros./DC’s characters during a lull period where Marvel won’t be able to counter with an Iron Man, Captain America, or Avengers film....but that just further helps what WB’s overall message may be: Marvel’s reign is over, justice has dawned.

All WB/DC can see is that Marvel made a team movie, and it made a billion dollars.

Marvel may not be able to throw another team movie* in the post Avengers2 time period, but they won't need to. Their movies are cohesive and fun, and DC is kicking off their JL team up with a incarnation of Superman most hardcore fans hate.

*And this is supposing that movies like GOTG won't get a Phase3 sequel, because that qualifies as a team movie, IMO. There are also all kinds of team ups they could do with Tier 2 characters, like Hawkeye, Hulk, Black Widow...
2. JeanTheSquare
Gosh darn it, do a Shazam movie NOW, before Patrick Warburton and Dwayne Johnson get any older and this perfect gift the universe laid before you is wasted!
3. Nix
You know what I want for Dawn of Justice? I want a movie about the Justice League forming to deal with Supes.

Man of Steel ended with Metropolis in ruins, and Supes basically told off the armed forces at the end. So DoJ opens with Batman, a vigilante in Gotham hearing of an alien that has come to earth, leveling a city, and refusing to bow to justice. Bats travels to Metropolis to start doing recon on Supes, using his detective prowess to determine his secret identity as Clark, and then begins to put pressure where it's needed.

Obviously, Supes doesn't care for this, and the two begin to clash. They have a meeting in which they go hand-to-hand, and while a close match, a martial artist is just no match for the earth equivalent of a god when it comes to brawling. Bats retreats to lick his wounds, but also to launch a stronger initiative against this otherworldly threat.

This leads Bruce to tap out to several other "interesting individuals" that he knows; a man who has been biotically enhanced, a woman who claims to be an amazonian warrior, a man who can run faster than the speed of light, so on and so forth. He essentially forms the Justice Leage for the sole purpose of stopping Supes before he can destroy another city. The climax, of course, is that a threat to them all shows up which requires the JL asking for Supes' help. They pal around, kick some butt, and start an uneasy friendship.

/end fanfiction
4. TheMadLibrarian
Nix, y'know that sounds better than any of the ideas I've heard tossed around as coming 'officially' from DC. Supes needs to be made a lot more sympathetic than he was in the MoS movie, and isn't 'enemy of my enemy' a traditional way of kicking off an alliance and eventual friendship?
Sky Thibedeau
5. SkylarkThibedeau
@2 I think there are already plans for the Rock to be LOBO in the dc universe. He would make a good Shazam though or Black Adam.
Sky Thibedeau
6. SkylarkThibedeau
DC could do a Challengers of the Unknown or a Blackhawk series updated for the 21st Century.
Jason Burnett
7. JKB
"Where's Batman?" Puh-leeze! Can the Batman fanboys just get over it? Batman has dominated the DC universe for most of my life, and it's gotten OLD.
Alana Abbott
8. alanajoli
I just want to say I'm so glad to see Yale get more love 'round the net. JL8 is probably my favorite thing about the DC universe right now, and it's not even official! (Which may be revealing in itself...)
9. Rev. Bob
Where's Batman?

He's at home, washin' his tights!

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