Last week, former Deadline reporter Nikke Finke dropped a bombshell on geeks everywhere when she posted a supposed list of the DC comics films that Warner Brothers were planning to announce at San Diego Comic Con. The list included a whopping seven films to be released from 2016 to 2018, an unprecedented amount of output from WB, who have been a bit slow at the superhero game thus far. Here is the list of films that Finke claims are coming down the pipeline:
May 2016: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
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
Now, as exciting as that list was, it seemed highly unlikely that it would be true, just judging by Warner Bros.’ strategy thus far of working on one or two films at a time. However, according to Kevin Smith, that list is completely accurate.
Smith may not be involved in any of these movies (that we know of), but he’s proven to be a reliable source so far, after having the scoop on the new Batsuit design months before it was finally revealed to the public. So, it’s safe to assume that he knows what he’s talking about. He may not have intimate knowledge of all the goings on at the studio, but he may just have an idea of their larger blueprint, and suggests that Finke is right on the money.
In a recent episode of his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, co-host Ralph Garman brought up Finke’s claims to Smith, to which he said:
“I’m not allowed to say, but they showed me. Remember, I talked about a little bit about it. I talked a couple shows back about like this universe that they are building. I looked at [Finke's] list though, and I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s what I heard. That’s what I was told.’”
In fact, he did say that WB was planning “five or six movies,” which would all be “Justice League oriented,” telling “one massive story.” Finke’s report gave more weight to his claims, and the both of them together make a pretty intriguing picture about WB’s larger DC movie universe plans.
Of course, despite Smith’s track record for being right about these things, we still need to consider this blueprint as a rumor until something is officially announced by Warner Bros. It could be that they want to release these films, but won’t announce them all at once. Plus, with two years to go before Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives, and at least three to go before we finally see Justice League, anything could happen.
Tell us, what do you think of Smith’s comments? Do you think he knows what he’s talking about, therefore confirming Finke’s report? Let us know in the comments below!