According to a new report from Nikki Finke, Justice League will hit theaters just one year after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in May 2017.
When the Justice League movie was officially announced, a May 2017 date was rumored and now it appears to be confirmed.
Finke also claims to have info on Warner Bros.’ DC Comics movie roadmap, which they plan to reveal next month at Comic-Con.Here’s the alleged roadmap:
- 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 2
Finke also reports that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was delayed so that the story could be tweaked to help set up 2017′s Justice League. Here’s what her source had to say:
“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. 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.”
Nikki Finke founded Deadline, one of Hollywood’s most reliable sources for industry news. She left the company she founded and is on her own now, and made a big splash with this news on the first day of running her new site.
The absence of a Batman movie is interesting, too; obviously, besides Superman and Wonder Woman, he's the other major superhero character who's already been cast and presumably Affleck has some solo films built into his contract. Batman remains the most consistently profitable solo superhero franchise, too, so it stands to reason there's a plan in place for more...although it's entirely possible that Warners is simply aware of criticisms that they rely too much on the character at the expense of their other intellectual properties and hope to give the other movies some room to shine at San Diego.