Friday, December 16, 2016

DC Extended Universe - Current Spoilers & Rumours

This week has been something of an interesting one for the ongoing DC Extended Universe as several things seemed to be confirmed almost all at once. The highlights.

In the least shocking news ever, it seems that Margot Robbie's hope for a Harley Quinn movie have become a reality. Running with the title of Gotham City Sirens, Robbie will reprise her role as Harley Quinn and will be teamed up with both Poison Ivy and Catwoman (both yet to be cast), potentially against the Birds of Prey (that bit is speculation). The movie will be directed by Suicide Squad's David Ayer from a script currently being penned by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider reboot). Robbie will also served as an executive producer along with Geoff Johns. The movie is also being fast tracked with a 2018 release in mind for it. This movie was rumoured back in May and it's nice that seven months later, it's pretty much a confirmed reality. I definitely cannot wait to see who gets cast in this movie.

Elsewhere on The Batman front, we've had stories this week of Ben Affleck admitting that he's not going to rush the movie's release but at the same time, we've also been told that the Justice League sequel may be delayed a little to make way for the movie. Aside from also knowing that Joe Manganiello is playing Deathstroke, we've had next to no new information on the movie either, although rumours are that filming will begin next year for a 2018 release. Whatever is going on with the movie, I do hope it isn't rushed as it's definitely going to be the most anticipated release from the DCEU in the next two years regardless.

Meanwhile Aquaman seems to be further steam ahead. More filming for the movie will take place in Australia next year but the biggest news items this week came courtesy of Jason Momoa showing some new filming clips in his short movie and the casting of Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, who will be the main antagonist of the film. Wilson is no stranger to the DC universe, having previously portrayed Nite Owl in the 2009 movie, Watchmen as well as voicing the role of the US president in Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice earlier this year. The movie is also slated for an October 2018 release now.

- The Flash meanwhile has lost it's director. Rick Famuyiwa has left the project and a replacement has yet to be announced for the movie.
- Doug Liman however will be directing a Dark Universe movie but aside from that, no new information on this potential project has surfaced.
- Along with the Sirens movie, it's also been announced that a Deadshot movie is also being considered.
- Armie Hammer is also being rumoured to be joining the DCEU but no confirmation on which character he'll be playing as of yet.
- Wikipedia still has Shazam, Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps as potential projects along with sequels to both Suicide Squad and Man Of Steel (the latter confirmed a few weeks back).

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Right now, there definitely does seem to be a good few projects to look forward to in the next two to three years. I do wonder/fear that some of these projects might not come to light or be delayed/stuck in development hell but the signs are definitely good for both Batman and Harley Quinn's movies, which will definitely be the bigger draws outside of next year's Wonder Woman and Justice League movies.

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