WB May Reveal Upcoming Film Slate In The Next Month; JUSTICE LEAGUE Set For 2015?

Christopher Nolan has already said that he won't have any sort of involvement in Justice League, but now Warner Bros. film group President Jeff Robinov weighs in on that decision. We also have some updates on the studios plans, with a promise of more news to come.

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By Josh Wilding - 7/10/2012

The Los Angeles Times reports that comic book fans still have a good few years to wait until they see more of DC's many characters on the big screen. As was revealed earlier this week, The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan will have no involvement with Justice League (or the planned Batman reboot). "It was a conversation we had," reveals Warner Bros. film group President Jeff Robinov. "Obviously anything you can get Chris involved in is great." The site adds that it, "will likely be at least three years before a new DC title hits the big screen, according to several knowledgeable people close to Warner Bros." However, it is thought that the superhero team-up MIGHT be released in 2015 in order to launch a whole new series of solo films.

Work seems to be moving incredibly slowly on all of the rumoured Warner Bros./DC Entertainment pictures (Aquaman, Flash, Wonder Woman, etc.), despite the fact that comic book writer Geoff Johns has consulted on several of them (including last year's big budget flop, Green Lantern). However, sources close to The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel have confirmed that he had no involvement in either of those. But wait! Before you lose all hope, the report ends on a rather positive note. "My hope is that over the next month or so, we’ll be ready to lay out the plan for the next DC movies," teased Robinov. Will this include an announcement at this year's San Diego Comic-Con?!

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JDUKE25 - 7/10/2012, 3:42 PM
3 years........really........
D117 - 7/10/2012, 3:45 PM
Wait I thought Man of Steel was suppose to kick off the DC Cinematic Universe? So that was a complete lie then.
TheWebSlinger - 7/10/2012, 3:47 PM
So this confirms my hunch that the Batman reboot will happen sooner than people think.

And that there's a possibility that The Avengers 2 and Justice League may launch on the SAME YEAR!!

himynameisnik - 7/10/2012, 3:47 PM
Jesus that better be a good film for a three year wait like this with nothing leading up to it
JordanKing - 7/10/2012, 3:47 PM
@D117 Not a lie, false rumour.

I think this is the best way to go about it, although I wonder if this means MoS won't be getting any sequels because of it.
Dunejedi - 7/10/2012, 3:48 PM
Yeah, AT LEAST three years.
ManofSteel23 - 7/10/2012, 3:53 PM
hmm if they arent making the new superman have a bigger universe and they want to start a team up movie THEN individual films,what happens to man of steel...
AnditsOn1 - 7/10/2012, 3:53 PM
Quite frankly, you don't need to let Nolan involved in any DC films. This guy is just a guy. His movie is good, true. But his vision is not broad enough for a whole bunch of heroes other than batman. The only thing that makes batman movies good is that Nolan FITS the genre perfectly.
Fantine - 7/10/2012, 3:56 PM
Leave the rushing to Marvel. Warner Bros need to take there time and make good quality movies that will leave a mark on people, seriously who's going to remember Thor in 20 years? The Dark Knight however will be timeless. They need to concentrate on making the Man of Steel franchise good, then focus on some other comic book heroes before rushing into a Justice League film.
GUNSMITH - 7/10/2012, 3:57 PM
Fantine - 7/10/2012, 3:57 PM
After the second Man of Steel film, they should greenlight a Wonder Woman movie. Then build up from there.
marvel72 - 7/10/2012, 3:57 PM
the avengers 2 vs justice league at the box office 2015,bring it on.
TayDee - 7/10/2012, 3:58 PM
Either this is a lie, or they have no idea on how to setup their DC movie universe properly
brewtownpsych - 7/10/2012, 3:59 PM
I just don't see how a JL movie can work without a shared universe build up like MCU did ... i just don't see it.
MovieMann - 7/10/2012, 3:59 PM
The thing about Justice league as compared to the Avengers is...

The Avengers are/were filled with not as recognizable characters, so the movies before them made the characters familiar to the audience and also worked as a marketing tool for The Avengers.

With the Justice League, basically EVERYONE knows who Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman, and The Flash are (and now they are also more familiar with Green Lantern)

So the build up of solo movies beforehand is not necessary for them.
Durf - 7/10/2012, 3:59 PM
ARE YOU [frick]ING SHITTING ME! 3 YEARS! And it will probably be a Justice League movie without any lead up movies? [frick] THEM! ASSHOLES! We may see some DC movies by 2025, if we are lucky...

DraculaX - 7/10/2012, 4:00 PM
Justice League vs Avengers 2 in 2015? Let the fanboy war begin.
MovieMann - 7/10/2012, 4:01 PM

The thing about Justice league as compared to the Avengers is...

The Avengers are/were filled with not as recognizable characters, so the movies before them made the characters familiar to the audience and also worked as a marketing tool for The Avengers.

With the Justice League, basically EVERYONE knows who Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman, and The Flash are (and now they are also more familiar with Green Lantern)

So the build up of solo movies beforehand is not necessary for them.
Durf - 7/10/2012, 4:01 PM
Ok, got that out of my system. Sorry everybody, I am just angry at DC/WBs complete lack of drive to make movies based on their characters. That's all
DraculaX - 7/10/2012, 4:02 PM
I thought The Batman reboot was gonna be in 2015?
Durf - 7/10/2012, 4:03 PM
@MovieMann: not building a universe and then just releasing JL out of the blue is just a [frick]ing terrible idea.
Tevii - 7/10/2012, 4:03 PM
WB once again playing catch up rather than setting the standard.

Avengers was huge because each movie prior essentially became a commercial for it.

Not only that Joss Whedon had more freedom to be creative than WB allows...

WB needs a few more bombs before they will make the appropriate changes. TDKR will postpone that needed change since Bats is the only thing they ever do correctly
CaptainObvious - 7/10/2012, 4:03 PM
Proof that WB is trying to cash in on the success of The Avengers without trying: Making a Justice League movie before giving the characters their own solo movies.
DukeAcureds - 7/10/2012, 4:04 PM
Always knew they'd do JL before WW. [frick]ing typical.
DraculaX - 7/10/2012, 4:04 PM
They should at least release a Wonder Woman film before a JL movie.
WarnerBrother - 7/10/2012, 4:06 PM
This could be just as I thought.If WB/DC are going to do anything for 2014 they would have to announce it at Comic Con. This could shake out to MOS for 2013,perhaps Lobo and or Metal Men for 2014 (since both have directors attached) and Justice League (with or without Cavill) for 2015.That leaves 2016 for the Batman reboot and MOS sequel with JLA spinoffs (Wonder Woman,The Flash) in 2017 and beyond.
Durf - 7/10/2012, 4:07 PM
@Dragon: and Flash, and a GL reboot/requel, and possibly Aquaman, and etc...
yaktheripper - 7/10/2012, 4:08 PM
Sounds good. I'd rather they take their time and do it right, rather then rush something out to keep up with Marvel.
beane2099 - 7/10/2012, 4:08 PM
Good. 2014 was too soon anyways. At this point I don't think even THEY know what's going on. Leaving the Marvel/DC rivalry out of this equation - If you as a studio saw another studio with access to a cavalcade of super heroes was making billions off said super heroes, and you ALSO had access to a cavalcade of superheroes, wouldn't you want in on that sweet dinero?? Problem is, the studo making the billions is the same company that makes the comics. DC is a subsidiary of Warner's. WB wants the money but doesn't really care about the characters.

"Yeah, but Dark Knight..." I love Nolan's batman films, but honestly, WB lucked out with Nolan. And they've pretty much told the guy he can do whatever he wants with the story (in this case, good for us). WB tells other directors the same thing with all the other DC characters (Supes Returns, GL, Cat Woman, Jonah Hex, Steel) and look what we got? And one could make the argument "Dark Knight is all we need". But I'm so sorry Mr./Ms. Mental Miopic, it isn't. As a DC fan I want to see other DC heroes get the same kind of treatment Batman has. Is it wrong to want to see a GL or Wonder Woman movie that's every bit as good as a Dark Knight movie? Before, I could have bought the argument that that isn't possible. But Marvel Studios came along and proved that it is in fact possible. If Thor can make it to a wide audience and be loved, it's a sure bet WonderWoman can too. They key is caring about the character and having a plan. WB has neither of those qualities. I hope that's changed, even if it DID take The Avengers scoring major cheddar to do it.
Greengo - 7/10/2012, 4:09 PM
oh well
MovieMann - 7/10/2012, 4:10 PM
"However, sources close to The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel have confirmed that [Geoff Johns] had no involvement in either of those."

How is that not a positive note?
DukeAcureds - 7/10/2012, 4:10 PM
GL better be Hal Jordan, despite the 2011 movie.
DraculaX - 7/10/2012, 4:11 PM
@Durf. I guess that works as well. Batman can be introduce the new Batman in the JL film and have the solo movies after
manthingnitsuj - 7/10/2012, 4:11 PM
How the heck are they going to pull that off? No way.
D117 - 7/10/2012, 4:11 PM
@PantherX oh ok I see
Coachella - 7/10/2012, 4:12 PM
The Justice League film would wipe the floor of The Avengers. Superman and Batman are more iconic than the entire Avengers. I hope they do Darkseid so I can tell everyone Thanos is just a ripoff.
JordanKing - 7/10/2012, 4:15 PM
Wait.. some of you actually assumed a JL movie would release in just two years time? A year after MoS?

Okay, moving on..
HavocPrime - 7/10/2012, 4:17 PM
Have to agree with IM53, what the hell are you on Catwoman1
ekrolo2 - 7/10/2012, 4:18 PM
They should get comic book writters to direct or atleast write the screen plays for these movies, I mean just get Bruce Timm and/or Paul Dini to be the master minds behind these films since those guys have the best shot of not ruinning my favourite heroes.

For gods sake WB stop jamming your thumbs up the directors ass, it ruined the last 2 pre Nolan Batman movies, it got Sonys Spider-Man franchise killed and its what killed Green Lantern, let comic book writters actually do your movies, thats why Avengers was good because Whedon was a comic writter himself on Astonishing X-Men and he knew how the whole team dynamic works.

Johns should supervise GL and Aquaman since he obviously knows how to write those characters, Bruce Timm should be like the guy in charge of the whole DCCU, maybe get Azarello on Wonder Woman and at last let Dini do the Batman reboot.

Tainted87 - 7/10/2012, 4:18 PM
I disagree. There are many MANY stories filled with characters who you don't need a massive 2 hour introduction to. One of my favorite non-Batman stories from DC is probably Identity Crisis because there is a connection to the characters on such a personal scale, you don't have to even know what kind of superpowers these people have.

The problem is, people are thinking of the CBM genre as its own unique monster, not like any other movie, fantasy or otherwise. Consider a movie like "Crash" or "the Lord of the Rings" trilogy, or "Indiana Jones", or the "Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou", or "Ghostbusters". Each has a memorable cast, and yet the characters don't have an origin.

In "Shaun of the Dead", do you need to see how Shaun and Liz met, or how Shaun got to be a manager at that Electronics shop? In "Leon the Professional" did you feel like you were missing something because you didn't see how Leon got to be an assassin or come to New York City? In "Once Upon a Time In Mexico" did it drive you crazy that you didn't see what happened to Ramirez's partner, or get any backstory on Billy Chambers?

The answer is no.

Not that the characters shouldn't have solo movies of their own, but I think it should be acceptable to have them AFTER the Justice League.
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