The Flashpoint and Batgirl movies are among the DC Films projects expected to enter production after director Patty Jenkins’ begins shooting Wonder Woman 2 later this year. Jenkins Wonder Woman sequel, which will once again star Gal Gadot as Diana of Themyscira, is the last of three DC Comics adaptations that Warner Bros. currently has scheduled for theatrical release. James Wan’s Aquaman solo film, with Jason Momoa and Amber Heard reprising their roles from Justice League, is scheduled to arrive this December, with David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! now in production to makes its April 2019 theatrical release, ahead of Wonder Woman 2‘s launch the following November.
Following the critical and commercial disappointment of Justice League last fall (not to mention, the ongoing fallout from Zack Snyder’s alleged firing from the project), DC Films has undergone a significant overhaul in terms of the personnel working behind the scenes on the franchise. Walter Hamada, who has previously enjoyed great critical and financial success working on WB’s Conjuring cinematic universe, is now overseeing the movie production side of DC. Hamada added another accomplished individual to his DC Films team today and has begun to firm up plans for which DC movies will come next, after the Wonder Woman sequel.
THR is reporting that longtime WB executive Chantal Nong is set to serve as the VP Production of DC Films, under Hamada’s new management. Long previously worked on such WB franchise films as 300: Rise of an Empire and Godzilla, and oversaw development on two buzzed about 2018 WB movie releases – Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians and Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born. THR‘s update further indicates that Flashpoint (aka. The Flash solo film) and Batgirl will be leading the way among the next wave of DC adaptations
Both Flashpoint and Batgirl have directors tentatively attached, in the forms of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (directors of the Vacation reboot and this week’s action/comedy release Game Night), and Avengers filmmaker and Justice League reshoots director Joss Whedon, respectively. While The Flash solo movie has gone through a couple of directors already (most notably Rick Famuyiwa) and there have rumblings in the past about Whedon no longer working on Batgirl – rumors that have since been dismissed – it seems that both projects are in active development and making good progress now.
Although Warner Bros.’ own CEO has acknowledged that copying Marvel Studios won’t work for DC Films, the latter does seem to be moving towards more of the playfulness and combination of humor with superhero spectacle that Marvel Studios movies are known for. While filmmakers such as Jenkins, Wan, and Sandberg worked primarily in the horror and crime drama/thriller genres prior to their time playing in the DC Films sandbox, Whedon and Flashpoint‘s directors are best known for combining action with comedy, as is Nightwing director Chris McKay. Now that WB and DC Films seem to have a clearer vision in place for the franchise, the hope is that there will be fewer director departures over creative differences and that everyone will be operating on the same page from hereon out.
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