FEATURE: DC Movie Adaptations, What We Know And What Might Be

FEATURE: DC Movie Adaptations, What We Know And What Might Be

It's no secret what Marvel's strategy for their films have been, but DC is still clouded with speculation and what might be. Click here to take a look at information that has been confirmed as well as some rumors regarding WB and DC's top heroes.

It's been a while since we have had any major news coming from Warner Brothers and DC on their movie front. The last major news was after a huge court win over rights to Superman, WB will look to unleash Justice League on the world. Other than that however, we have not much news. I have decided to put together this article, to compile little bits information and rumors about what we do know about DC's upcoming movie outings. While there has been some chatter about a possible Justice League Dark movie, and a Lobo film, I have focused this primarily on the major characters that have movies either in the works, or that we have concrete information on.


Here we are, DC's answer to Marvel's blockbuster The Avengers. The news on Justice League is that we can expect to see it in 2015. Will Beall has been hired to write the script for it, but with wanting to get the movie out in a little more than two years with no director attached could prove to be a big task. From what has been reported we can at least expect to see Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and The Flash in the film. I have also heard from a source that works as Warner Brothers that Lobo could be in the movie, although whether he is a hero or villain is not clear. The hope is to release Justice League and then spin off into individual movies from there, with the exception of Superman, who will star in next Summer's Man Of Steel.


Superman is hero that we know most about. Zack Snyder is bringing Supes to the big screen in next year's Man Of Steel. My source inside WB has told me the movie is going to be dropping hints of a shared DC Universe. I was also told by the same source that we can expect a war torn Krypton in the movie, but don't expect Michael Shannon to utter the famous "Kneel before Zod" line. Henry Cavil has been cast as Superman, with only one official look at him in his costume. There has also been a trailer released with two different voice overs, one from Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent and one from Russel Crow as Jor-El. Rumor has it that Cavill has re-worked his contract so he can appear in more than just Superman movies. A toy commercial was also revealed that could contain certain spoilers to the film. To check that out, click HERE.


With Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy wrapping up earlier this year, information on Batman's next movie outing has been sparse. What has been rumored is that Batman will be part of the Justice League film, and will for sure get his own spin off movie after it. The latest rumor on the Batman casting front is that WB might be looking again at Armie Hammer, who was cast as The Dark Knight in Justice League Mortal. With Batman proving to be one Warner Brother's most profitable character, I don't image we will see him sitting on the shelf for too long.


Wonder Woman has been tricky for WB. First, they had Joss Whedon pitch them a story that they turned down. And as every fanboy and girl knows Whedon went on to knock it out of the park for Marvel with The Avengers. Then, they had the Wonder Woman TV show pilot that stared Adrianne Palicki as the title character, that failed to get picked up. Two big rumors with Wonder Woman are happening right now. The first one is that Warner Brothers might give a TV show a shot again only this time on the CW. The second comes from my source at the studio, who has said that Wonder Woman could possibly make a very very brief (and I stress brief) blink and you will miss it appearance in Man Of Steel. I was told the scene was shot, but it is not a given that it will be in the final cut of the film. The source went on to tell me that Wonder Woman is high on the WB priority list.


Right there with Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, is another character in DC's stable that they might have issues with. The main culprit for GL though, is the failed movie that stared Ryan Reynolds and was directed by Martian Campbell. The movie's budget was right around 200 Million, and barely made it back at the box office. WB has tapped the writers from the first film, Greg Berlanti Michael Green, and Marc Guggenheim to provide a treatment for a sequel. However, when I spoke to Guggenheim along with Miss Oracle and Mark Julian he said that he did not have an update on the sequel.


The Flash has been on the radar for years now. There have been many different people who have taken a crack at the script including Marc Guggenhime who told us on the Cadmus Podcast, "I really really hope The Flash movie sees the light of day, because I'm really quite proud of it. I think it was the right take for the character. It has a lot of the same elements that people are responding to in Arrow. The nice things about Screenplays is they don't age." While talking about his take on The Flash, Dan Mazeau, said that Barry Allen was high on the WB's list as which Flash they were going to use. The Flash has been in development for years, and some say he suffered a major set back when Green Lantern tanked at the box office.

Not all this information has been confirmed so take some of what your reading with a grain of salt. Like I stated earlier, the curt ruling in Warner Brothers favor over the rights to Superman, is helping to speed things a long. If I have missed a certain rumor or bit of information that you would like to share, please feel free to leave it in the comments section and discuss it among your selves. for the latest on all things DC movie universe check back here at CBM.

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Durf - 11/6/2012, 1:07 PM
Nice write up bro. I would really like to see all of these characters on the big screen. However, since it's WB we are talking about, I remain skeptical
devil - 11/6/2012, 1:08 PM
it will never happen
INFO - 11/6/2012, 1:08 PM
No,more Batman movies give him a break let others come in and get there time to shine,take this as a note DC.
PsyGuy - 11/6/2012, 1:09 PM
Wonder Woman cameo in MoS?? HOPE SO!
DarthTesla - 11/6/2012, 1:10 PM
Cool feature. Martian Campbell haha.
bazinga85 - 11/6/2012, 1:11 PM
If MoS isn't the start of a shared universe, then I don't see DC/WB competing with the MCU for a long time. I know that they might do the "2 supermen and batmen" thing for different series but that would just be confusing to the fans. It would be a huge mistake by DC/WB to not kick-start it w/ MoS
marantaz - 11/6/2012, 1:16 PM
While I have little hope for another new version of Superman, I do think now that Nolan's Batman run has ended, a JL movie is easier to produce... if Superman succeeds. If Supers bombs, or even has only moderate success, WB/DC will crawl back into their shells again, possibly even admit defeat. And that would be wrong, and I say that as a Marvel loyalist.

A JL movie may be the way to go, to gather the big five, forget about the failures of GL and WW, pull them together and just run with it. You could even have others involved, doing clean up duties against whatever threat they face. I see the Flash being the impetus that brings them together.

Success or no with Supes, just do it. The potential outweighs the risk.
maxleresistant - 11/6/2012, 1:17 PM
I hope they'll get things right and do a better job than marvel.
I mean marvel movies goes from decent to great, but I would like to see more movies that bring somethin original to the table instead of being just one more blockbuster.
marvel72 - 11/6/2012, 1:19 PM
i want to see del toro do the swamp thing or animal man movies.he is the perfect choice for swamp thing.

JordanKing - 11/6/2012, 1:26 PM
Until WB announce it themselves, as far as I'm concerned, there's no Justice League movie set for 2015. Even up today, it's all been based on rumours and reports from outside sources. time is ticking.
jimpinto24 - 11/6/2012, 1:27 PM
I hope WB moves forward with The Flash movie. Flash is one of my favorite characters on DC comics. I heard they are working on the script. Casting choice for Barry Allen? Jensen Ackles or Chris Pine. And I hope WB DOES NOT!!! cast Armie Hammer as Batman!!! Karl Urban or Jake Gyllenhaal as Batman.
BackwardGalaxy - 11/6/2012, 1:30 PM
It would be nice if we actually got a semi-faithful adaptation of an actual story from the comic books. I mean, Nolan definitely incorporated many elements into his amazing trilogy, but that's still its own thing. I didn't get the idea from watching it that I was watching a comic book come to life. When I watched The Avengers... I got that feeling... and I really enjoyed the hell out of it.
FirstAvenger - 11/6/2012, 1:32 PM
I'll believe it when the trailer comes out.
billytwohats - 11/6/2012, 1:35 PM
If Star Wars episode VII is decent then it will eat the JLA and the Avengers for brekkie.
ATrueHero1987 - 11/6/2012, 1:35 PM
I don't think we will hear anything "official" about JL until MOS comes out & does well both critically and financially.
GoILL - 11/6/2012, 1:37 PM
In agreement with PantherX and cipher, can't really take anything too serious without an official WB announcement.
Name - 11/6/2012, 1:41 PM
If Star Wars episode VII is decent then it will eat the JLA and the Avengers for brekkie.

JohnnyKrypton - 11/6/2012, 1:47 PM
Whether GL made it's money back is HIGHLY debatable- that would require some creative accounting.
JohnnyKrypton - 11/6/2012, 1:48 PM
"If Star Wars episode VII is decent then it will eat the JLA and the Avengers for brekkie."

Agreed- provided the OT cast is back
marantaz - 11/6/2012, 1:52 PM
Obviously a delusional SW fanboy, Name. SW would have to be the best movie ever made and released in competition with the Avengers II to do damage to its box office... and that's not happening because Disney isn't going to release one against the other. Such a silly thing to say.
billytwohats - 11/6/2012, 2:01 PM
Phantom menace adjusted for inflation took more than Avengers and that was a steaming pile. If the new Star Wars movie is good and gets good word of mouth and reviews add in 3d money. Star Wars will take f**k tons of cash simple arithmetic.
DarthTesla - 11/6/2012, 2:05 PM
I for one would prefer GDT's Heaven Sent over any of the aforementioned movies.
Wanna see those, too, but that potential Heaven Sent sounds frakking epic.
Tony93 - 11/6/2012, 2:12 PM
I believe STARWARS will make more money than either Avengers 2 and JLA..
the level of anticipation for a new STARWARS is probably even higher than it was before REVENGE OF THE SITH.
Everybody is talking about it and its not due until 2 and a half years..
MisterMagurlypse - 11/6/2012, 2:16 PM
Good luck to them and hurry the frick up!!!
superotherside - 11/6/2012, 2:34 PM
Great write up bro. ;)
caveman - 11/6/2012, 2:34 PM
Ya know, some Aquaman would be nice but whatevs. I at least want to see a hint at him to lead into a sequel
saintjan - 11/6/2012, 2:41 PM
nobody proof reads these articles before they get posted?
BubblesShedAndBreakfast - 11/6/2012, 2:43 PM
Nice write up. Funny thing to me is WB/DC has done so many animated movies but are so scared to make a live action movie. Just give it to Bruce Timm he's the only one at WB that understands the characters and source material!
GuardianAngel - 11/6/2012, 3:15 PM
Dammit! I'm getting sick of Batman movies! Give it a break, WB. You have tons of other characters that can have their own successful movie.
PerlaB4 - 11/6/2012, 3:32 PM
There have been many different people who have taken a crack at the script including Marc Guggenhime who told us on the Cadmus Podcast, "I really really hope The Flash movie sees the light of day, because I'm really quite proud of it. I think it was the right take for the character. It has a lot of the same elements that people are responding to in Arrow. The nice things about Screenplays is they don't age."

113 - 11/6/2012, 3:35 PM
Wally West > Barry Allen
Cosmic1 - 11/6/2012, 3:43 PM
I don't see what's so difficult about doing flash, the tv show was, good for the time period, the suit was advanced for that time especially for a TV show, so take that formula and update it, make it relate able for today's audience, as much of a Marvel fan as I am I have always been a fan of flash, even the wonder twins could work if done right.
AraxisHT - 11/6/2012, 3:48 PM
I want to see a solo Aquaman flick.
mctrinket - 11/6/2012, 3:53 PM
Why would WB rehire the writers from the GL script to write a second GL script when the first was such dogshite?
MyInnerDork - 11/6/2012, 3:54 PM
My source says that you're source is late with that rumor about a shared DC universe being hinted at in Man of Steel. That's been a rumor for months and months now.
SugarYumYum - 11/6/2012, 4:07 PM
Thanks for the article. Had no idea but the rumored WW cameo. :0

Oh and Guggenhime, you can keep your damn screenplay. Comparing it to Arrow? REALLY? Like that's a standard to live up to?! Rather have had the generic TDK comparison tbh.

@blackandyellow: "I'd like to see a Captain Marvel movie. More so than Flash, Wonder Woman or another Green Lantern."

In complete and total agreement. It absolutely boggles the mind that they're still sitting on that property. The potential is so great, the concept is something that'd automatically appeal to kids then you have The Rock a box office draw in himself wanting to be the villain.... UGH DAMN U WB. >:(
DanteSparda - 11/6/2012, 4:12 PM
Once again the fate of the DC Universe rest in the hands of Superman, but this time it's the fate of the DC movie universe, seriously, if Man of Steel fails to impress, then most surely all of the DC movie plans may fall apart, then again if it succeds we could be geting the DC shared universe that WB should have created years ago.
manofmidgard - 11/6/2012, 4:12 PM
cut the wonder woman cameo since they cant be sure if whoever they have in the part will also play ww in the jla movie. continuity is key. the cameo might be a deleted scene whenever the dvd makes it out.
FrozenJoy - 11/6/2012, 4:12 PM
Not going to happen.
FrozenJoy - 11/6/2012, 4:13 PM
I want an EPIC movie. But, it's WB, so yeah, not going to happen.
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