There’s no denying that as of late Marvel is king of the comic book world. They’ve been making blockbuster after blockbuster based on their iconic characters. And, as we all know by now, this will all culminate for the much anticipated Avengers flick. However, their biggest rival DC isn’t taking this laying down. The company, which is owned by Warner Brothers, have some film adaptations of their own planned, on top of the company restarting their entire superhero line in September.
A lot is riding on the success of Green Lantern, perhaps more than anyone at DC is letting on. It appears that this will be DC’s version of Iron Man – meaning that it could be the starting point of another big budget super-hero team-up. While there are a couple of concerns from fans, like the poor CGI in the first trailer back in November and Blake Lively as a leading lady, the film does have potential. It features a solid cast of Ryan Reynolds, Mark Strong and Peter Sarsgaard. And, it appears that the CGI concerns have been somewhat addressed. Personally, I think the film will make some, uh, green at the box office. Regardless if it’s a hit or bomb, I’m just glad to see a new comic based film from DC besides Superman and Batman. Green Lantern launches into theaters on June 17.
The Dark Knight Rises
If there’s one film that can take away momentum from The Avengers it’s Christopher Nolan’s final entry in his Batman trilogy. The major characters will return and Nolan has added some excellent actors to fill out the rest of the cast – Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to name a few. While Nolan likes to keep things secretive about his Batman films there has been a lot of information that has leaked. We know that Hathaway will play Catwoman and Hardy will be Bane. And, it’s a pretty safe bet that the film will tie the whole trilogy together with some sort of appearance of Ra’s Al Ghul. While TDKR may not live up to the hype of The Dark Knight, it’s still going to be an awesome movie. Nolan is definitely going to go out with a bang. The Dark Knight Rises swings into action on July 20, 2012, but you can check out set photos and the recently released viral videos to get even more excited.
Man of Steel
Superman I and II pretty much set the bar for how a comic book hero should be converted into a major motion picture. Then came the terrible sequels, the failed Tim Burton project and most recently Bryan Singer’s less than impressive reboot. Director Zack Snyder (300, The Watchmen) is now on board with yet another Supes reboot. After the disaster that Sucker Punch was, and casting a relative unknown in Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, there’s some valid concerns about Snyder’s Man of Steel. To add to the pressure, DC’s flagship hero needs to deliver at the box office, and, make fans happy at the same time. If not, DC could see their future plans go up in smoke. Man of Steel will also star Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as the Kents, Michael Shannon as Zod and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. Supes is expected to fly once again in December of 2012.
DC has been attempting to get a Flash movie in the works since 2004. Since then, they’ve gone through numerous writers and directors. At one point writer David S. Goyer (Blade, Batman Begins) wrote a draft that could have featured Ryan Reynolds in the lead – of course Reynolds went on the become Hal Jordan in Green Lantern. There were then rumors of Adam Brody and Neil Patrick Harris staring as Wally West. As of last year, a script based on Geoff Johns’ Flash comics was in the works. IMDb currently lists the film as “in development” with a 2013 release date. I’m sure the results of Green Lantern will ultimately determine the Flash’s fate.
Aquaman is yet another character that DC has been wanting to feature on the big screen, but the only glimpses fans have gotten is the fake James Cameron directed version on Entourage and a recurring character on Smallville. According to Screen Rant, they spoke to some people at Warner Brothers about an Aquaman flick last fall. They found out that a film is being planned but won’t surface until 2015 or 2016, after a number of other heroes have had their own films.
Just because the Wonder Woman TV series was canned by NBC before it even aired doesn’t mean that we won’t see her on the big screen. Word is that a script in the works with a projected release date in 2015. However, we could see the Amazonian before she stars in her own film.
On May 31, news broke announcing that the WB was “actively developing a movie based on Hawkman,” which would was described as “part Indiana Jones, part Da Vinci Code and part Ghost.” However, Comic Book Resources pointed out that this was the same description given back in 2009, so there probably won’t be a Hawkman flick anytime soon.
But the big movie news for DC came from Jeff Robinov, president of the Warner Bros. motion picture group, who stated in March that his top priority is getting a Justice League film in theaters by 2013 – which sounds a bit rushed personally. After Justice League, which was close to production in 2007-2008, fans will get The Flash and Wonder Woman pics. If things work out for Green Lantern and Man of Steel, we’ll most likely have Reynolds and Cavill reprise their roles for Justice League. Many are expecting a “bombshell” of an announcement on June 11 at the Hero Complex Film Festival regarding DC’s ultimate super-hero team.
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