DC announces full slate of comic book movies #Flash #Aquaman

DC 52 Flash comicThat sound you hear right now is me hitting my head against my desk.

Further reinforcing why they are a distant second place in the comic book movie arms race, Warner/DC announced that a standalone Flash movie is coming to theaters in 2018 and will be starring Ezra Miller and Aquaman solo movie starring Jason Momoa is also set for 2018.

ezra millerLike every other character, Miller is now rumored to get some coffee or wave on camera for a random cameo in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” set for release in May 2016 unless it gets pushed back to find a way to work in a cameo by the entire Legion of Superheroes…

the-flash-fastest-man-alive-episode-2 - barry allenThe problem is twofold. “The Flash” debuted last week to the best ratings in five years for the CW and star Grant Gustin is handling the role of Barry Allen just fine thank you. Given another four years and he’ll come to define the character like Stephen Amell has with Arrow, another CW DC Comics show that has been putting out the best live-action DC action (rivaling the Batman Nolan films) in a decade.

DC/Warner’s chief rival, Marvel/Disney is showing that movie and TV properties can co-exist and even help each other out and create buzz beyond the two a year blockbuster movies.

My other issue is Miller is a fantastic amazing actor, but there’s a much better DC character for him to play – Dick Grayson/Nightwing. I even pitched for him here.

wonder woman jim leeBeyond those announcements, Warner announced the full roll-out of films:

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – directed by Zack Snyder starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck (May 2016)

Suicide Squad – directed by David Ayer (2016)

Wonder Woman – starring Gal Gadot (2017)

Justice League: Part 1 – starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams (2017)

The Flash – starring Ezra Miller (2018)

Aquaman – starring Jason Momoa (2018)

Shazam – starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (2019)

Justice League: Part 2 – directed by Zack Snyder (2019)

Cyborg – starring Ray Fisher (2020)

Green Lantern (2020)

DC/Warner is never going to catch “The Avenger” franchise, which had a far bigger blockbuster announcement on Monday. Its only hope is people eventually get tired of well-planned out films with well-written characters….