Do the Newest DCEU Rumors Outline the Franchise's Future?

Justice League - Flash, Superman, Cyborg, Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman

Thanks to Wonder Woman, the DC Extended Universe finally has a smash hit that can be celebrated by both fans and critics alike, setting the stage for Justice League, which we can only hope will continue that trend. After Justice League, though, Aquaman is the only other DCEU film with a fixed release date, meaning there are hopefully a slew of DC related announcements on the horizon.

A recent post on 4chan made a number of assertions about the next slate of DC films, and while it’s hard to verify the accuracy of anonymous claims of this nature, we do know enough about the state of the DCEU to make a guess at their validity.

Even if it’s just baseless speculation, aspects of these new rumors can be corroborated by confirmed production details (and some good old fashioned well-reasoned speculation), giving us a good glimpse of what DC might have in store.

DC Wants Matthew Vaughn to Direct a Movie

Man of Steel 2 - Matthew Vaughn may direct

Vaughn’s name is one that has been thrown around the DCEU for some time now, and these new rumors definitely don’t contradict that, saying that both The Flash and (the still not officially green lit) Man of Steel 2 have already been offered to him. Supposedly the X-Men: First Class, Kingsman, and Kick-Ass director hasn’t accepted either project yet, although he’s leaning toward The Flash, which is probably also the preference of most fans, since the DCEU’s take on the character seems to be a strong match for Vaughn’s sensibilities.

Considering separate rumors have already been swirling around Vaughn directing Man of Steel 2 and directing The Flash, this rumor isn't really new, except for the fact that it suggests either movie is his for the taking.

Wonder Woman 2

While a Wonder Woman sequel was seemingly confirmed by Zack Snyder during the Shanghai premiere of Wonder Woman, there still hasn’t been any official comment by Warner Bros.. Nevertheless, these new rumors state that there have been ongoing discussion for “months” and a detailed outline of the plot has already been completed.

If true, the Wonder Woman sequel may feature Cheetah, played by an actor with some star power to her name. It’s not specified what time period the movie would occupy, but it's said that it won't include Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor.

Shazam/Black Adam

There has been talk of Black Adam appearing in the DCEU of years now, and the character has already been cast as Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, but it is still sans a script, a director, a release date, or a Shazam actor (although Armie Hammer’s name has been thrown around, but that’s nothing new for anyone who follows DC rumors). In fact, it seems as if the confirmed stand-alone Black Adam movie will arrive before Shazam, but that may not end up being the case, with the rumors stating that Black Adam will most likely happen sometime after 2020, with the character possibly popping up sometime before then.

Corroborating older rumors, these new claims say Black Adam is said to be the main antagonist and Superman will make an appearance of some kind. The DCEU version of these characters will most closely align with the New 52 version written by DC Films head Geoff Johns, which makes a lot of sense, considering Geoff Johns is helping plan much of the universe's larger story.

Key Release Dates
  • Wonder Woman (2017) release date: Jun 02, 2017
  • Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
  • Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
  • Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
  • Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020
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