Hopes, Dreams and Expectations For DC's San Diego Comic-Con Panel
San Diego Comic-Con is almost here, thank God.
It couldn't come at a better time because the DCEU is in desperate need of a revised film slate.
The Current DCEU Film Slate:
The only movies we can say for certain that are coming out are Justice League and Aquaman.
Every other movie has varying degrees of uncertainty attached to them.
We know there will be a Justice League sequel, but we don't know when or who will be directing.
It might be a bit unrealistic to expect much beyond that. But that won't stop me.
Warner Bros. does have other films they have to give attention to like Blade Runner: 2049 and IT after all.
Without a doubt, Justice League will be the primary focus of the panel.
It's the big-daddy Warner Bros. has been working towards since 2013's Man of Steel.
It has the potential to gross $1B dollars and launch a true competitor to Marvel.
So you can bet your bottom dollar that there's going to be a new trailer. This much we know.
The trailer will presumably reveal more of the plot. Perhaps it will show Steppenwolf. Some talking to fish action.
I think it will hint towards Superman's resurrection but it won't show him outright, unlike the Kingsman 2 trailer.
The cast will show up and Ezra Miller will dress up as some crazy thing. The hype will be through the roof.
For Aquaman, I think we will get a cast photo of the principle actors in costume.
I think we might also see some concept art and hear from James Wan.
If last year's Justice League teaser is any indication, I think they will show an Aquaman teaser trailer, albeit a very raw one.
Production is still in the early stages and I imagine the effects are nowhere close to completion.
But I think they can scrap together a tiny glimpse of the movie in time for Comic-Con.
Justice League had just started filming when they cut their trailer so I think it's possible.
Wonder Woman 2 official announcement.
Patty Jenkins has made clear that she wants to do the Wonder Woman sequel and has spitballed some story ideas.
I think it gets officially announced with an intended release window of 2019/2020.
Wonder Woman is destroying the box office so Warner Bros. should capitalize by greenlighting the sequel as quickly as possible.
I think every other project gets pushed back in favor of Wonder Woman 2.
The Batman official announcement.
When Comic-Con rolls around, War for the Planet of the Apes will have been out for one week, so director Matt Reeves could be off his press tour.
I think it's possible that he makes an appearance alongside Ben Affleck to officially announce The Batman slate to release in 2019, coinciding with Batman's 80th anniversary.
I don't expect any Batman details beyond that.
The Flash director announcement.
This might be a long-shot, but we haven't heard anything about The Flash since Rick Famuyiwa left and now I think it's time to hear more about the film.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the fired directors of Han Solo, were rumored to be entertaining the notion of returning to Flash, a film they wrote the treatment for.
Now with a giant gap in their schedule, I wouldn't be surprised if they were tipped as directors.
The other top contender is Robert Zemeckis who is apparently the front-runner for the job.
Zemeckis might take longer to make the movie than Lord and Miller so it will be interesting to see which direction they take: speed or quality.
Producer Geoff Johns is very precious about his favorite character so who knows if he would trust the fired pair to helm The Flash.
1. Green Lantern casting announcement.
I would love for this to happen but I don't see it. Especially since the character isn't going to appear in Justice League, it would send mixed messages.
(Unless he has a cameo, in which case, I think they still save that as a surprise.)
My dream fancast? Bring on the Goose (Ryan Gosling) as Hal Jordan, and Idris Elba as John Stewart.
2. David Ayer removed from the premises, parking lot pass suspended.
Stop this man before he gets his filthy mitts on any more iconic Batman characters.
3. Non-Justice League members have to wait before getting their movies.
It's a cruel joke that we live in a world where El Diablo and Captain Boomerang have gotten a movie before The Flash.
Justice League Dark, Nightwing, Batgirl and the like all seem cool. But Justice League is like a commercial for future movies starring those characters.
They should take advantage of that.
Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg and Green Lantern should all receive movies before anything else.
They are the foundation of this universe. The other movies are just icing on the cake.
I don't want to see Suicide Squad 2 until after the first Batman trilogy is finished.