Warner Bros. and DC Comics are about to have a busy next few years. Today Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced plans to release at least 10 new superhero films based on multiple DC comics over the next six years. The ambitious slate of upcoming films, according to a press release, will include:
- 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)
Among the biggest news here is that Zack Snyder will direct the long-rumored Justice League film—DC’s answer to Marvel’s Avengers franchise—and that it will be split into two parts to be released in 2017 and 2019. Additionally, Warner Bros. has green-lit a film with a female lead—something DC Comics’ competitor, Marvel, has long been reluctant to do—starring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. If all goes according to plan, she’ll get her own film after she makes her first appearance in 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
We also now know that both Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill will reprise their roles as Batman and Superman not just for the Justice League movies but also for their own “stand-alone Batman and Superman films,” as /Film notes. (Tsujihara also confirmed that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will play Black Adam in Shazam, as previously reported.)
This news comes on the heels of Variety’s report this week that Robert Downey Jr. will reprise his role as Iron Man in the upcoming third installment of Captain America, slated for 2016, which will reportedly introduce the comics’ Civil War plotline to that cinematic universe. With both Marvel and DC Comics’ film schedules stacked for the next few years, we could, as Screenrant notes, see upward of 40 superhero movies before the decade’s end.