The DC Cinematic Universe has this month seen some updates on a couple of superhero movies that have been awfully quiet lately. Firstly, after being rumoured last month, James Wan has been officially announced to direct Aquaman. Wan, of course, is best known to genre fans for helming the likes of Saw, the first two Insidious movies, and The Conjuring. He’s also recently directed Furious 7, a movie which took a baffling amount of cash at the box office. Wan will be working with a script from 300 and 300: Rise of an Empire’s Kurt Johnstad, with Charles Rovan, Deborah Snyder and Zack Snyder serving as producers. Aquaman himself will be played by Game of Thrones and Conan’s Jason Momoa, with the character making his debut in next year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice before his solo movie aims to make a splash on July 27th, 2018.
As for the other superhero movie referenced in that opening gambit, that would be The Flash. Despite Grant Gustin doing wonders as the Scarlet Speedster in The CW’s Flash TV series, the DCCU Flash will be a completely different entity to the small screen Barry Allen. Ezra Miller has been long-confirmed to be
“trying to “trying to carve out space for [what we’ve seen on the TV]”. If you ask us, it seems as if Warner Brothers has gotten into a pickle with this one. They want their cinematic Flash to be Barry Allen and they want it to be different to the television show, yet the TV show has done such a great job of being a near-definitive story of a modern-day Barry Allen that it’s nigh on impossible to create a great Barry Allen movie without it having some serious things in common with the TV series. With that said, this was always likely to be a problem that would come up if Warners decided to make their cinematic Flash and Green Arrow different to Gustin’s Sultan of Speed and Stephen Amell’s Emerald Archer. Hate to say we told you so, but… Either way, at present The Flash is set for a March 23rd, 2018 release, with the titular character also playing a role in Zack Snyder’s two-part Justice League, and even rumoured to make a cameo in Batman V Superman.
In one final piece of big screen DC news, it looks as if James T. Kirk could be heading to the DCCU at some point soon. Yes, Chris Pine, best known for playing Kirk in the relaunched Star Trek franchise, is in talks for a role in Wonder Woman. Now there’s two different stories on this at the moment; one suggests that Pine is in talks to play longstanding Wonder Woman love interest Steve Trevor in the Amazon’s solo film, whilst the other rumours claim that he is actually being lined up to play Hal Jordan/Green Lantern. When Warner Brothers and DC revealed their upcoming cinematic slate, Green Lantern was certainly in the fold, with a GL movie lined up. Still, it has not been clarified which actual Green Lantern the DCCU will introduce. At this stage, it seems as if it’s a toss-up between Hal Jordan and John Stewart. As for Steve Trevor, that role was one that was previously said to be Scott Eastwood’s in Suicide Squad, although Eastwood’s part in David Ayer’s villain-centric flick has now been confirmed to not be Trevor. If Chris Pine does indeed end up in Wonder Woman, he’ll be joining Gal Gadot on screen when the Patty Jenkinshelmed film is released on June 23rd, 2017.
Taking things to the small screen and there’s some sad news. Yes, it’s been an inevitability for the last few months, but Constantine has finally been completely axed. NBC chose not to renew the show a month or two back, but the hope was to find a home elsewhere. Sadly, that has not happened, and executive producer Daniel Cerone took to social media to break that news that the Matt Ryan-starring show has been completely canned. With Guillermo del Toro’s Justice League Dark movie still just about in development, in an ideal world it’d be great to see Matt Ryan’s John Constantine pop up in that. That seems slightly wishful thinking though, and that’s only if that movie ever actually happens! So with a heavy heart, we say RIP Hellblazer, thanks for the memories.
Whilst Constantine has sadly taken its last breath, Supergirl is a show in its infancy. Now confirmed for a full season order, it has again been reiterated that the series will have no crossovers with Arrow or The Flash. Starring Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El/ Supergirl, the show certainly looked a tad ropey from the initial promotional footage shown. Still, the show has managed to sway a few of us here at STARBURST in the last couple of weeks, although the way in which it dodges the shadow of a certain Man of Steel looks as if it will get a tad tiresome rather quickly. We’ll