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

Green Lantern Corps

There’s been a lot of question marks around The Flash film, as Flash the only confirmed Justice League member without a solo movie with a clear path to the big screen, but there’s another founding member of the Justice League from the comics that doesn’t even have a guaranteed Justice Leauge appearance yet - Green Lantern.

It’s confirmed that David Goyer and Justin Rhodes are working on a script for Green Lantern Corps, which Goyer himself is rumored to direct, and supposedly Tom Cruise, Joel McHale, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds, Armie Hammer, Jake Gyllenhaal, and James Marsden have all been in the running, with Armie Hammer (again) getting some repeated teases (with some help from Henry Cavill).

Understandably, Warner Bros. doesn’t want to rush into another Green Lantern movie after the critical and financial failure that was 2011’s Green Lantern. The 4chan rumors say a 2018 release date was under consideration at one point, but with the amount of motion capture and VFX necessary to make it happen, don’t expect to see it for several years yet.

The rumors also say the movie may not only feature multiple Green Lanterns, but multiple lantern corps, with the Orange Lantern Lafleeze; Red Lantern Atrocitus, and the Blue Lantern Saint Walker. Considering the movie is about the Green Lantern Corps and not a specific Green Lantern, like Hal Jordan, it only makes sense that it would include other lanterns, although it seems Yellow Lanterns and Sinestro are conspicuously absent from this rumor, but it's hard to imagine they would go that route and exclude them.

Gotham City Sirens

While Warner Bros. will have released two DC films in 2016 and 2017, it will be almost a year gap from Justice League to Aquaman, which is currently the only DC film in 2018. There have been rumors that there’s a desire to get one more off the ground in 2017 for a 2018 release, but time is drawing short, as it would need to get into production in July or August to make the scheduling work.

According to the rumors, the current top candidate for a second 2018 film is Gotham City Sirens. Margot Robbie is already in line to play Harley Quinn, but WB hasn’t zeroed in on a Catwoman and Poison Ivy yet, although Joel Edgerton is rumored as the top choice for the role of Black Mask. It's hard to verify casting predictions like this, but it's doubtful that Gotham City Sirens will see a massive production, meaning it could come together a little quicker than some alternates. The only issue is it's directed by David Ayer, who already ran into issues with Suicide Squad due to a rushed production schedule, meaning he may be leery of making this a repeat affair.

Justice League Dark

Justice League Dark wallpaper

Having just lost Doug Liman as director, it’s not clear what WB’s next step is with Justice League Dark, but with a script already in place, it appears it’s merely a matter of finding Liman’s replacement.

The 4chan rumors don’t list any names, but recent reports have indicated that IT’s Andres Muschietti and foreign film director, Damián Szifron, are both potential replacements. If WB is able to nail down a director soon, Justice League Dark is said to have a shot at a 2018 release, which, if true, would also suggest they’re going in a more low-fi direction for the supernatural DC team, a sensible decision with a riskier property and potentially horror movie director.

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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