Warner Bros. Reveals Major Plans for Their DC Cinematic Universe

During a press conference in which Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara revealed that the company is to lay off employees and cut company costs by $200 million, the plans for Warner Bros’ DC Comics cinematic universe were also announced. Along with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice releasing in theaters 2016, the company also plans on releasing a Suicide Squad film that same year, Wonder Woman and Justice League in 2017, The Flash and Aquaman in 2018, Shazam and Justice League 2 in 2019, and Cyborg and Green Lantern in 2020. Take a look at the breakdown below.

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As you can see from the chart, Warner Bros. also has plans for three new LEGO films and a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy, written by Harry Potter scribe J.K. Rowling. Additionally, Time Warner revealed via Twitter that both Superman (Henry Cavill) and Batman (Ben Affleck) will each get their own solo film.

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Ezra Miller / The Flash

Further removing their cinematic universe from their TV universe, which includes The CW’s Arrow and The Flash, Warner Bros. has decided to cast Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) as Barry Allen in 2018’s The Flash. A role currently portrayed (and portrayed well) by Grant Gustin. It was stated months ago from producer Geoff Johns that the DC TV universe and movie universe would remain separate, but I’m sure some were hoping we would be given different heroes in the films versus the television series (I know I was). Now we will be seeing two completely different Barry Allens played by two completely different actors. Are we going to see the character’s complete origin play out yet again but this time on big screen?

In addition to this news, sources are reporting that Jason Mamoa is officially confirmed as playing Aquaman in the character’s 2018 solo film and Man of Steel co-star Amy Adams will return as Lois Lane in 2017’s Justice League. Also, as previously reported, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is still set to play Black Adam in 2019’s Shazam and theater actor Ray Fisher is set to play Cyborg. In related news, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman origin is said to take majors cues from DC Comics’ New 52 incarnation of the character written by Brian Azzarello in which Wonder Woman is the daughter of Zeus, the Greek god of thunder.

So, what do you think about all of these new DC movie plans from Warner Bros.? Do you think they will stick? Are there any heroes you’re upset to find out aren’t getting solo movies? More female heroes would be a plus. How about Ezra Miller as the movie version of The Flash? How do you feel about DC’s movie and television universe remaining separate? Let us know your thoughts in the comments

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