The DC Extended Universe is not doing well right now. Most of its ambitious planned slate has changed, and in the span of only two days, rumors of a complete rewrite of The Batman script surfaced and Aquaman was pushed back two months. The latter is the only DC film that's currently slated for 2018, which is not a good thing with the heavy competition coming in that year from Marvel and Fox.
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Buckle up, because it seems like Warner Bros. isn't planning on staying behind. According to Variety reporter Justin Kroll, with #TheBatman unlikely to begin filming until next year, the studio is looking at five prospective films for which they can start production this year, in hopes of having at least one more superhero adventure for 2018 aside from James Wan's #Aquaman.
What Movies Might Replace 'The Batman' In The Schedule?
- Gotham City Sirens
Gotham City Sirens was announced in December of last year. So far, it has #DavidAyer as director, and a possible villain from Batman's rogues gallery, so development-wise, things seem to be going smoothly for our favorite trio of villains.
- Suicide Squad 2
- Green Lantern Corps.
This is perhaps the most unexpected candidate. #GreenLanternCorps. is currently scheduled to come out in 2020. But it could get bumped up two years if it's the film chosen by Warner Bros. to begin production this year.
That's a surprising move, especially with all of the movie's expected elements, such as the three Green Lanterns and the obvious implications of its vast mythology. Henry Cavill recently started teasing Green Lantern heavily through Instagram, so I'm wondering if those posts could have been early signs of this possible decision. Could it even be that #ArmieHammer has already been cast, as rumors have already suggested?
- The Flash
#TheFlash has encountered a lot of speed bumps to get made. It's already lost three directors and more recently, a page-one rewrite was ordered for its script. That makes the film's possible bump in development quite surprising.
- Dark Universe
Dark Universe—what you might know as #JusticeLeagueDark—has been in development for a long time. Given how much potential there is in the source material and the film's time in the oven, this is one of the most promising options.
However, don't take any of these films being released in 2018 as a given. Reportedly, if Warner Bros. is unable to put together a script for any of them to shoot this year, they're happy with only one superhero movie from them hitting theaters in 2018.
Still, even if these films end up being made, we have to wonder...
Would It Be Another Critical Failure For DC?
We've known for quite a while that three out of the five movies considered by Warner Bros. still have a long way to go development-wise. So that begs the question, could this be another critical dud for Warner Bros. and #DC? It's entirely possible.
I mean, yes, it was stated that if they didn't manage to put the script together the movie would not happen. But there's another side to that: If it happens, it would be created on a very short schedule. And that's a big challenge for DC movies: They don't have time to develop into solid pieces of entertainment.
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Around the time Suicide Squad hit theaters, reports came out about David Ayer having to complete the script of the film in just six weeks, and we all know how the final product turned out.
Considering that all the movies on the list are possible new franchises, releasing a disappointing first installment would not be a good move for the already troubled #DCEU. Therefore, just like Kroll mentioned in his tweet, it's okay for Warner Bros. to have only one movie in 2018 in favor of giving its awesome and promising slate a better chance to develop and grow.
If a movie in the list does end up going into production by this year, could it turn out to be a success? Absolutely, which is, after all, what we want as fans. So at this point, all we have to do is hope for the best.
Do you think we'll see two DC films in 2018? Which of the movies Warner Bros. is looking to release are you most excited to see? Let me know in the comments!