Anyone who believes the failure of Justice League means Warner Bros. Pictures has chosen to scale back the number of superhero movie projects would be mistaken. Warner Bros. recently revealed the number of DC Comics feature film projects currently in development. The tally on the films in development logs in at 26. Yes, more than two dozen DC Comics movies could be made in the next few years.
In addition to the long-established upcoming movies such as Flashpoint, Wonder Woman 2, Suicide Squad 2, The Batman, and Aquaman, other projects include Green Lantern Corps, Justice League Dark, Batgirl, and more. Not every film will be part of the DC Extended Universe. The Joker origin movie definitely won’t be part of the DCEU. The Batman was, then wasn’t, and now is back in the DCEU. Plans and speculation about the films may change in time. Development mostly involves the story planning stage. Pre-production becomes the stage in which preparation for impending filming takes place. Sometimes, fans confuse the two.
Fans must also come to grips with the fact no project in development is guaranteed an actual production. Warner Bros. could pull the plug on everything not currently in production. Even projects in pre-production may be scrapped. In truth, as long as the movies make money, they will make their way out of development and into theaters. Justice League, while a theatrical disappointment, still generates revenue from licensing, DVD/Blu-ray sales, cable and network TV rights, and more.
The main issue with the DC Comics films has been the scripts. Hopefully, the development teams choose to craft great stories and screenplays. This alone would increase the chances of the DC Comics movies both in and out of the DCEU doing better at the box office. And they really do need better box office returns.