Saying that this is a turn of events is an understatement as DC has some major news this days. As most moviegoers know, speculation has circled Warner Bros and DC Comics as the two forces looked to be creating their very own Cinematic Universe. Rumors of a lineup were released months ago followed by WB acquiring several dates for their DC properties. This news was followed the reveal of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson signing up for a [Shazam](movie:738107) film to play the villain: Black Adam. However, many fans shrugged off these rumors as they believed that WB could not pull off their own cinematic universe. However, as of today, all speculation on this concept can now be put to rest.
From a announcement from Warner Bros Headquarters, the studio has confirmed ten films that will make up the DC Cinematic Universe. As many knows, everything will begin with the anticipated Batman v.Superman: Dawn of Justice. However after Batman and Superman goes head to head, the films of DC seem to take interesting turns. Here's the full list.
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
- "Suicide Squad," directed by David Ayer (2016)
- "Wonder Woman," starring Gal Gadot (2017)
- "Justice League Part One," directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
- "The Flash," starring Ezra Miller (2018)
- "Aquaman," starring Jason Momoa (2018)
- "Shazam" (2019)
- "Justice League Part Two," directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
- "Cyborg," starring Ray Fisher (2020)
- "Green Lantern" (2020)
So what can we learn from this lineup of films? Well aside from the fact that a solo film for both Batman and Superman could be added to this roster, this list of films does a lot of good for both Warner Bros and DC. For starters, when WB announced it was pushing [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) back a year, many people believed that the studio did not have a full proof plan. While that might have been true, the studio seemed to have taken an opportunity from pushing Batman v. Superman to 2016 by coming up with ideas of how their cinematic universe will play out. Perhaps the list above is the result of steady planning.
It also looks like DC is doing things little differently from their competition. The best example of this is how they are handling Justice League. Not only is the studio splitting the blockbuster into two parts, but several movies will be between the Justice League films. These movies could be used as origin films for the League members; which could help greatly by establishing the characters and the worlds they come from. That would certainly be a unique approach on the concept of origins movie as well as team-up films.
Of all the thing from this announcement, perhaps the best factorcoming from this news is WB showing that they are willing to take a risk when it comes to their DC Comic properties. Whether or not this risk will pay off remains to be seen. Nevertheless, both comicbook fans and moviegoers should be excited for the upcoming DC Cinematic Universe.