Batman Vs Superman is simply the beginning of a long string of DC Universe films Warner Bros. has plans for. With Man of Steel technically being the first of the series, Guillermo del Toro says that the production company has plans for the entire DC universe.
This could be good or bad. Man of Steel was released to mixed reviews from critics and fans, and the controversial reveal that Ben Affleck will be playing Batman was shocking enough by itself. Many are still undecided on that casting choice, though Hollywood veteran Kevin Smith has had nothing but positive things to say.
There is also much controversy over the mere concept behind Batman Vs Superman. Batman has beaten the man of steel twice in the comics though, realistically, Superman should wipe the planet with the caped crusader. Superman can survive outer space and punch planets, while Batman needs his gadgets and suit to do anything beyond his human limitations.
That debate will be solved on the big screen in 2015.
Guillermo del Toro, the man behind the summer epic Pacific Rim, is currently at work on Justice League Dark, a film which features Swamp Thing, The Demon, John Constantine, Deadman, and Spectre. Zatanna and her father Zatara are expected to be in it as well. Of course with del Toro involved, we can also expect to see Ron Perlman and Santiago Segura, two actors he uses in nearly every film.
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Since Guillermo del Toro told us that Warner Bros. is planning to make films based on the entire DC universe, we can more than likely expect a movie about Arkham Asylum. There are a lot of villains going through there on regular rotation. Also expected is a movie about Aquaman, which would be a challenge in itself just to get audiences interested in seeing it.
Warner Bros. is definitely trying to mirror what Marvel is doing, though they have a lot of damage to make up for. They were the ones behind the “could have been better” Batman Forever and the abysmal pun-fest known as Batman and Robin. Even after Man of Steel, Warner Bros. still has a lot to prove, beginning with Batman Vs Superman.
Here’s what del Toro had to say about the future of the DC Universe in film:
“We’re still on (Justice League Dark), writing, and hopefully it will happen but there are no developments that are new. We’re still at Warner Bros., they are making plans for the entire DC universe. All the superheroes, all the mythologies, and part of that is Justice League Dark. They’re planning on TV, movies, and all the media, so we have to fit into that plan.”
Warner Bros. has their work cut out for them, beginning for now with Batman Vs Superman, due to hit theaters in 2015.