Warner Bros. and DC comics seem to be finally ready to catch up with Marvel Studios and Disney in terms of films based on their various superhero properties. According to a rumor began by Deadline founder Nikki Finke, the film schedule looks like this:
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (May 2016)
Shazam (July 2016)
The Sandman (Christmas 2016)
Justice League (May 2017)
Wonder Woman (July 2017)
Flash/Green Lantern team up film (Christmas 2017)
Man of Steel 2 (May 2018)
Needless to say, there were a lot of surprises here. We all knew about "Batman vs. Superman," and a "Justice League" film following that former's heels was pretty much a given. A "Wonder Woman" solo film has been desired by fans for what seems like an eternity, so it seems a little unreal that it looks like we will finally be getting one.
But a "Sandman" film based off of Neil Gaiman's literary epic? That is completely unexpected, and leaves me a bit cynical about the validity of the list. But if it turns out to be true, I can't help but wonder how they will adapt it. I'm guessing they will be starting with the "Preludes and Nocturnes" arc, or something completely original altogether. If the former, I'm looking forward to how horrifying the Dr. Destiny sequences will be onscreen (though his past as a Justice League villain will likely be cut).
"Shazam" is likely to be geared more towards a younger audience, or at least it should be. T"Man of Steel" wasn't as kid-friendly as the Marvel films, and it looks like the general tone will stay the same throughout the Justice League-related features. But hopefully this is an indication that we'll be getting some diversity in tone and subject matter. And I'm all over a Flash/GL "buddy cop" movie.
Looks like this a good time to be a DC comics fans.