Despite all of the starts and stops, and the ever shifting long term strategy, DC Entertainment and Warner Brothers seek to bring more of their DC Comics superheroes to the big screen besides Batman, Superman, or related spin offs. This effort was intended to start in 2011, but "Green Lantern" bombing seemed to stall those plans. However, "Man of Steel" from last summer did well enough that it is now considered the foundation to a DC cinematic universe, no matter what. To this end, "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" is set for March 25th, 2016 and is looking less like a "Man of Steel" sequel (even if most of the cast will reprise their roles) and more like a "Justice League" prequel.
Additional evidence for this theory was reported earlier today by Tech Times, which noted that Warner Brothers has purchased and registered the domain names for four new websites. "JusticeLeagueFilm.com" seems to be a no brainer, but more curious ones are "WonderWomanTheMovie.com", "ShazamMovie.com" and "AquamanMovie.com". While a "Justice League" film has been formally announced (as directed by Zack Synder and intended for a 2017-2018 release date), no other DC superhero film has been announced beyond rumors. Although Warner Brothers have announced a slew of projected film projects featuring DC Comics characters from 2016 to 2019 (at a rate of 2-3 films a year), none of them are titled or have been officially announced.
However, this backs up a slew of rumors circulating about DC Entertainment for some time. Last month, it was theorized that not only had Jason Momoa ("Conan the Barbarian", "Game of Thrones") been eyed to star as Aquaman, but that work had begun on a script for his own film. Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson's teases at being either the lead or lead villain for a "Shazam" film have only become more pronounced to the point of inevitability. These rumors are atop of the confirmed facts that Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman for "Batman v. Superman" and Ray Fisher is expected to also appear as Victor Stone, the man who ultimately becomes Cyborg, in what is speculated as a cameo role.
Naturally, all of this is dependent on how well "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" performs. Although "Man of Steel" was profitable, it wasn't such a big hit that Warner Brothers felt confident simply drafting a sequel outright before making sure to put their reliable franchise kingpin, "Batman", first and foremost within the title of their next caped venture. Warner Brothers are so eager for this film to succeed that the studio blinked from a showdown with Marvel Studios' third "Captain America" film for summer 2016 and instead chose to release "Batman v. Superman" at the start of spring. Both industry speculators and most common film goers can almost taste the desperation to compete with Marvel Studios here, and it will remain to be seen whether offering darker, grimmer, less funny caped superheroes as an alternative to films about talking space raccoons will bare fruit.