Given how the reaction to ARROW spin-off THE FLASH has proved to be so positive, it’s no wonder that Warner Brothers and DC are keen to get The Flash involved in their cinematic world. And today brings the word on just who will be playing the big screen Scarlet Speedster. In news that only further distances the small screen ARROW and FLASH world from the DCCU, it’s been officially announced that Ezra Miller (shown below) will be playing The Flash that we’ll see rubbing shoulders with Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman. Miller is best known for the likes of WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN and THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER. Not content with that news, Warner Brothers revealed the full line-up of films that they have lined up for the next few years, including some big DC news.
Ezra Miller, aka DCCU's Flash
The news was revealed by Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara at the Time Warner Investor Day. Including a rebooted Green Lantern, finally official word on Jason Momoa as Aquaman, a Wonder Woman movie, a Cyborg movie, that Suicide Squad movie gets confirmed, and the fact that JUSTICE LEAGUE will be a two-parter, a key abstract of a WB press release reads as follows:
As part of his presentation, Tsujihara announced a bold expansion of the industry’s broadest theatrical slate, built around the largest, most important global franchises. Warner Bros. Pictures will release three LEGO-branded films over the next four years, building upon the enormous success of this year’s “The LEGO Movie” ($468 million worldwide box office), starting with “Ninjago” in 2016, directed by Charlie Bean and produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Batman will take a star turn in “The LEGO Batman Movie” in 2017, directed by Chris McKay, and the sequel, “The LEGO Movie 2,” will debut in 2018.
The Studio will release three pictures, in 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s original story and screenwriting debut, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Set in an extension of her familiar wizarding world, featuring magical creatures and characters inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook and its fictitious author, Newt Scamander, “Fantastic Beasts” will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, and reunite the filmmaking team of David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.
And, in a massive expansion of the Studio’s DC Entertainment-branded content, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema will release a slate of at least 10 movies–as well as stand-alone Batman and Superman films–from 2016 through 2020 that expands this prized universe of characters:
- “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
- “Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (2016)
- “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017)
- “Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
- “The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018)
- “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018)
- “Shazam” (2019)
- “Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
- “Cyborg,” starring Ray Fisher (2020)
- “Green Lantern” (2020)
So yeah, quite a lot to take in. In fairness to recent rumours, the above details match up pretty accurately with the recently speculated slate for WB and DC, although the idea of a Green Lantern and Flash team-up seems to have been dropped.
Expect to be hearing a whole lot more on all of these projects as they develop.
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