Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is all set to lay the foundation for future DC superhero films and it looks like Warner Bros is really gearing up to take on Marvel Studios for box-office glory.
According to a NikkiFinke.com report, WB has got its superhero films slate planned till 2018. The studio is way behind Marvel in terms of cashing in on its comic book properties but if the following line-up of films really delivers, the folks down at Marvel might have something to worry about.
Here's the full lineup from NikkiFinke.com, which reportedly will be unveiled at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con:
May 2016 – Batman v Superman
July 2016 – Shazam
Xmas 2016 – Sandman
May 2017 – Justice League
July 2017 – Wonder Woman
Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
May 2018 – Man Of Steel sequel
A source also revealed to Nikki Finke that the real reason behind delaying Batman v Superman had nothing to do with the film's script or actors, but because the studio is treating the film as a launch pad for The Justice League and subsequent films and needed time to develop the whole line-up.
"Like Marvel's The Avengers, there will be cameos of superheroes for future installments. The cameos will include the already known Cyborg and Flash. Green Lantern [not played by Ryan Reynolds, thank god] may be introduced. And Aquaman will be seen in the Justice League movie," said the source.
"Problem is, Warner Bros Pictures was still negotiating with the actors for those cameos and future roles, meaning major contracts for multiple JL/character films to follow. The studio didn't want to move forward until they had more of this secure so they held off starting production for a few months. Seemingly simple reason, but the implications are pretty darn huge."