BUILD­ING THE dc movie uni­verse

Warner Bros launches its big screen coun­ter­strike to Mar­vel . Saxon Bul­lock has the de­tails …

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The wait­ing is over – Warner Bros and DC En­ter­tain­ment have un­veiled their su­per­hero movie plans, and the re­sult­ing fiveyear pro­duc­tion slate is both highly am­bi­tious… and highly risky. With almost twice the movies that Mar­vel pulled off in Phase One, this is Warner go­ing all out to con­struct a cin­e­matic DCU, fi­nally de­liv­er­ing a big screen line- up that uses their big­gest and bright­est he­roes. Whether any of th­ese up­com­ing fran­chises will let Warner beat Mar­vel at its own game re­mains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: when 2020 ar­rives, no­body will be com­plain­ing about a lack of su­per­hero block­busters in their lives.


Di­rec­tor: Zack Sny­der The Pitch: The follow- up to 2013’ s Man Of Steel, BvS will pitch the last son of Kryp­ton against an older, more sea­soned Dark Knight, while also in­tro­duc­ing Won­der Woman. And Lex Luthor. And Aqua­man. And Cy­borg. And pos­si­bly some other DC icons… The Prom­ise: From the first press re­lease, Warner has set fan hearts a- quiver by promis­ing the film will strongly ref­er­ence the Bat­man/ Su­per­man con­flict in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Re­turns. With its doomy of­fi­cial images, DKR- in­spired Comic-Con teaser trailer and ru­mours that Jena Malone may play a Miller- style fe­male Robin, it’s al­ready giv­ing ev­ery im­pres­sion of match­ing Man Of Steel’s re­lent­lessly bleak tone. How it’ll also pull off be­ing an over­crowded Jus­tice League pre­lude is any­one’s guess, es­pe­cially as the en­tire Warner slate de­pends on every­body loving BvS as much as The Avengers. No pres­sure, Zack Sny­der, no pres­sure at all…

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