After Batman v Superman the next film in the DC cinematic Universe is Suicide Squad, then Wonder Woman. The worry is that Warner Brothers would begin to shy away from developing new properties and releasing existing ones already shot, given the negative response to the flagship film, and the fact that it is just not performing like they had hoped. Well fears can be alleviated, because not only are we still getting the Wonder Woman film, but Warner’s has moved it’s release date up another two weeks, so we are getting it sooner!
One of the bright spots in Batman v Superman was the surprisingly subtle and nuanced performance of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. She was sultry and feminine but still bad ass at the same time. Due to the positive response of her character, WB decided that her initial June 23rd 2017 release date just wasn’t soon enough, and have decided to move the film’s release up to June 3rd 2017. While 2 weeks may not seem like a big deal, remember that while we are all waiting the final two weeks before Rogue One comes out! So even though Wonder Woman, which is already in post production, has been moved up, WB does not carry that confidence with the rest of their DC slate. Aside from Justice League, whose release date is still November 17th, 2017 and begins shooting this week, the tentative dates for Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman are all now in question. The assumption was that we would get a Flash film in March of 2018, it now more probable that we will get a Flash film in late October 2018. Aquaman was initially slated to release in late 2018, has a more likely release date of mid 2019, and Cyborg may not get a stand alone film any longer with the news that he may just appear in the Flash film. All the while we still have no Batman stand alone film that has been greenlit and that is the only film we want to see right now.
While the DC cinematic universe is moving left and right, Warner Brothers has also made shifts in many other properties. Unfortunately for movie fans, the company has decided to eliminate a lot of properties in development and shifted focus to larger tent pole properties to try and drum up bigger profit margins. While we understand this is a business decision, and we can’t blame WB for wanted to turn a profit, it’s still disheartening to hear the cinematic middle class will not have a home at WB. That said, with the impending release of Disney’s Jungle Book film, directed by Jon Favreau, WB has decided to drastically postpone their own Jungle Book: Origins film, which was set to be directed by Motion Capture magician Andy Serkis, at least until Disney’s version is out of the minds of the viewing public. Serkis recently took to social media to voice his jubilation that WB has allowed him more time to work on his first directorial effort, but it’s unclear if he’s sincerely pumped that his first film is being pushed back from October 6th 2017 all the way to October 19th, 2018.
So what do you guys think of the news regarding Wonder Woman and Jungle Book: Origins? Are you excited for the new release dates for all of these films? Drop a comment and let us know what you think.