Showbiz reporter and scooper Nikki Finke has been languishing under a no compete since she left Penske Media’s Deadline.com, which so founded. But she’s back, and the very first scoop on her site is a purported line-up of superhero films that WB is planning for the next four years. According to Finke, this is to be announced at 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 2
Finke adds that Suicide Squad and Metal Men were also considered but now on the back burner. And as Batman v Superman will be a “Dawn of the Justice League” film, cameos for the actors playing the rest of the universe are being signed up, including Aquaman and Green Lantern.
Ambitious plans, and as DC has been searching for its very own Kevin Feige—Zack Snyder can’t direct everything—they had better continue to search. Without a cohesive hand to helm this, this is a LOT of movies to come out in a four year period.
BTW, for year Nikki has professed that she “doesn’t do geek.” That this is her first scoop tells you all you need to know about the power of the comic book movie in Burbank.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.