Sony Pictures may be planning to build out its Spider-Man Universe without having the web-slinger actively involved in most of its planned films, but Warner Bros. and DC Films are taking a different tact in developing their Batman-based movie line-up. In fact, fans of the hero and his costumed kin’s current comic book line-up may find themselves pretty pleased once the full slate of Batman films comes into focus.
In a recent interview with IGN, DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns played coy about the full extent of Warner Bros.’ plans for the Bat-family’s corner of the swiftly expanding DC Extended Universe, though he did offer a rather intriguing piece of new information.
“We haven’t gone out there and said what our slate is and that’s because we’ll do it when we’re ready and we have the films that we’re excited about,” Johns said. “But for Batman, what I will say is that Batman is more than just Batman and, you know, it’s been way too long since we’ve seen an expansion of that universe, and Batgirl — we are doing Batgirl with Joss Whedon — it’s going to be super exciting. He’s going to start that next year, and that’s just the start. We want to explore the Batman universe in a very big, new way… Matt Reeves is coming on to do Batman now, and we don’t want to do the same thing that has been done before. We want to build it out just like we built it out in the comics.”
The key phrase here is “just like we built it out in the comics.” While that probably doesn’t mean fans should expect every single Bat-family comic to get a corresponding movie, it does indicate that Warner bros., DC Films and Johns see strength in making sure ties between the Bat characters are more than just in name alone. Hence, it’s likely that Batman will appear in the Nightwing film to some degree, and Dick Grayson is likely being considered for a role in Whedon’s Batgirl.
Johns comments may also lend further credibility to a recent rumor that Warner Bros. is planning on releasing multiple films per year. In April, a report surfaced claiming that the studio was eyeing slots for as many as four standalone movies starring Gotham City’s super-powered residents in 2019 alone. While one of those four films, The Batman, has since slipped further and further behind schedule, a recent report claims it’s still being targeted for a 2019 release.
Whatever the specifics may be, it’s clear Warner Bros. and DC Films have major, major plans for Batman and his family. With the studio making its annual appearance in Comic-Con International’s Hall H later today, and Johns openly teasing said plans in interviews at the show, there’s a good chance we’ll learn more before the weekend is over.
Via Screen Rant
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