Big News – DC Comics has been watching Marvel run circles around it on the big-screen, and now DC is getting serious. Batman v. Superman is coming May 2016. Shazam is set for July 2016 and The Sandman, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, will open December 2016. Justice League will open May 2017, and that year will also see a Wonder Woman movie and a Green Lantern/Flash movie. Then 2018 will see Man of Steel 2.
Zack Snyder’s directing Batman v. Superman, the Justice League movie, and Man of Steel 2. I genuinely hope he learned from his mistakes on the first Man of Steel.
As for the other films, Wonder Woman has no director but is being written by Michael Goldenberg, who also wrote Green Lantern, Contact, and Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix.
Sandman will be directed by JGL in addition to starring him.
Shazam! will be directed by Peter Segal (Anger Management).
No future info on the Green Lantern/Flash movie.
Star Wars – Harrison Ford got hurt while filming Episode VII, and rumor has it Simon Pegg will have a cameo. I hope Ford got off the first shot. And good for Pegg.
What I’m Watching:
Transcendence – A skilled director could have made this work. Cinematographer Wally Pfister (Inception) made his directorial debut, and he can’t quite pull off what I think they were going for. Johnny Depp, in his dullest – sorry, “most normal” – performance in ten years plays a scientist making great discoveries with artificial intelligence, but when a group of radical anti-AI activists poison him, he has his brain uploaded into a computer (and my understanding is that the science isn’t that far away from this actually being possible.) From there, his intelligence spread quickly, and he becomes more feared. Will he use his new powers benevolently, or is he the next Skynet?
I like the idea of this movie and the ideas in the movie. I also think if Christopher Nolan had directed it himself, he could have made those ideas click in a way that Pfister couldn’t.
You might find this bouncing around at $2 theaters. I saw it the second week but just got around to writing about it, if that’s an indication of how inspiring it is. It wasn’t a waste of time; it just didn’t soar.
Looking ahead at Depp’s plate, I’m glad he has a couple more original projects in the works before he starts on Through the Looking Glass and Pirates of the Caribbean 5.