Welcome to ISSUE 2!
IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME HERE: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation and it's usually mostly about Marvel Properties. This week, it's not.
THIS WEEK: Rumor has it Warner Bros and DC have some big surprises in store with The Justice League.
Editor update: Props to Frosty at Collider for breaking the Two Green Lanterns.
It’s been quite a week for comic book movie news with the Ant-Man set visits and 20 min footage preview breaking some very WASPy sounding news as well as revealing a little more about the history of SHIELD we haven’t seen. Oh, also there seems to be another young white kid who has been cast as Peter Parker.
But this week, I’m going to back-burner those things in favor of talking a bit about the DC Cinematic Universe and some of the surprises we’ve heard rumored Warner Bros has in store for us in the (sometimes near, sometimes far) future.
You might have noticed Marvelous Da7e was absent from the site last week, and that’s because Team Latino-Review was tracking down rumors rumblings and the most possible of possibilities. Some things we heard and were going to report sounded too good to be true, so we needed to check in with our sources network.
Now, I feel a little bit better about speculating about some things and much better about the factual basis for them. Especially with Sand Diego Comic Con just a little over a month away and with Marvel Studios absent from the Hall H proceedings, it’s DC’s convention to win (besides Star Wars) like they did last year.
Because sometimes the promise of things to come is just as exciting as the first looks at things around the corner, the new hot rumor is that Warner Bros is going to go all out when it comes to the DC Cinematic Universe at this year’s Hall H presentation. Sure, Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and the still-in-production Suicide Squad are highly likely to debut some sort of footage or entire scenes (fingers crossed from some awesome Joker material from Jared Leto, since they have to know we’re super curious).
It sounds like Warner Bros is going to go a step further and commit to the full cast of the Justice League of America. The first of two Justice League installments is due to hit in 2017 and DC has gotta have the line-up locked down. I’d expect some sort of rough-equivalent to Marvel assembling the Avengers on the Hall H stage years ago, but the DC version that will includes Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Godot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, (maybe Ray Fisher as Cyborg), and...two Green Lanterns.
Yeah. Stick with me here. It’s a rumor, though one I feel comfortable writing about, that there will be not one but two Green Lanterns when Warner Bros gets around to introducing him/them into the Justice League universe. One of them, the Green Lantern we’ve already seen onscreen is Hal Jordan. The other is the Green Lantern made popular by the animated JLA TV series, the black human Green Lantern John Stewart. Apparently, some story-world approved reason why they both exist will be explained, like having Stewart be the backup Lantern while Jordan’s on the JLA or having them be Lanterns from different sectors.
Now, you didn’t misread me earlier, and these rumors don’t conflict, WB wants to line up the Justice League on the Hall H stage. That would mean that these Green Lanterns have already been locked down.
The cool thing (in retrospect) is that it looks like WB was Khaning us JJ Abrams style with the rumor that Chris Pine was in negotiations to play Princess Diana’s love interest Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman. Pine was rumored to be a candidate for Hal Jordan way back when we realized Ryan Reynolds would never float in a green suit again, and the rumors of Pine circling Wonder Woman were actually Pine closing in on the role of Hal Jordan.
As for John Stewart, both Tyrese and Common have been the most rumored names to fill that role. Common scored himself a role in Suicide Squad and if DC and WB are playing by the Disney mega-franchising rules, you shouldn’t have the possibility that a hero version of your actor could conceivably meet the villain version of your actor. I’d count Common out while also noting that Tyrese is part of the Fast and Furious franchise cast, which gives him heat in the “look at our star studded Justice League” category.
That’s gonna be quite the debut of the DC Cinematic Universe at a convention that Marvel Studios won’t even be attending. Look forward to a bunch of headlines about DC’s big moves. If they unveil a Hal Jordan and a John Stewart, they have the very slim possibility of pleasing both Green Lantern fans and representation critics in one swoop.
Justice League Part 1 is supposed to hit theaters in 2017 with over a year’s break before Part 2 in 2019. The year of 2018 has The Flash and Aquaman, but is relatively DC light with a “unknown” X-Men movie from Fox and Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Avengers Infinity War Part 1 from Disney. Turns out DC is eyeing to plop a tride-and-true character into the 2018 year to reclaim November from Captain Marvel.
Yes, the Ben Affleck project Latino-Review previous reported is still a go, aiming for November 2018 now. Chris Terrio, who has writing credits on Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and has been announced as a writer for both Justice League films will write the movie for Ben Affleck to direct himself in. It’s still called The Batman, and it still sounds like it could be amazing.