DC Comics unleashing Flash, Wonder Woman, ton of other films

A bevy of DC superheros will get their own films as Warner Bros. lays out plans to release movies starring The Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Shazam and Cyborg.

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The Flash
The Flash will be stepping out onto big screens in 2018. DC Comics

And you thought Marvel was busy. DC Comics is about to go nuts in the cinematic realm with an announced slate of superhero films that will keep fans busy for years. It doesn't matter what your taste in superheroes is, DC will have you covered. A road map for the herd of comics-based films was unveiled at a Warner Bros. investor meeting earlier Wednesday, where "="" movies"="" shortcode="link" asset-type="article" uuid="988073fe-43e3-454c-a700-8c5faf77ee8f" slug="you-might-be-getting-a-lot-more-harry-potter-movies" link-text="news of more " section="news" title="You might be getting a lot more 'Harry Potter' movies" edition="us" data-key="link_bulk_key"> also came out.

One of the biggest announcements is the upcoming film "The Flash," which will be unrelated to the television version. Ezra Miller has been tapped to play Flash. Miller is known for his work in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and "We Need to Talk About Kevin." His dramatic jawline should fit in well with the classic comics representation of The Flash. The film is scheduled to bow in 2018.

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Moving forward into 2017, we'll get a "="" movie"="" shortcode="link" asset-type="article" uuid="1829a8dd-ce8f-42c2-95df-f727294100f8" slug="justice-league-film-to-hit-theaters-following-batman-vs-superman" link-text="" section="news" title="'Justice League' film to hit theaters following 'Batman v Superman'" edition="us" data-key="link_bulk_key"> designed to take on Marvel's super-group Avengers. Fans who have been pining for a standalone Wonder Woman film will have their wishes fulfilled in 2017 as Gal Gadot gets her own starring vehicle and doesn't have to share the glory with a bunch of guys.

The schedule keeps up its breakneck pace into 2018 with "Aquaman" to go along with "The Flash." As previously announced, Jason Momoa, best known as Khal Drogo from "Game of Thrones," will step in as the aquatic superhero. Looking into 2019, we can expect a "Justice League" sequel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson taking on the villain role of Black Adam for "Shazam."

Warner Bros. and DC aren't done yet. Remember the 2011 "Green Lantern" starring Ryan Reynolds? It wasn't very good. DC is calling a do-over and will come out with a fresh take on the ring-wearing superhero in 2020. This will also be the year we'll get some major half-man, half-machine action as Cyborg gets his own starring vehicle. Ray Fisher is already working as Cyborg for the "Batman v Superman" movie and is set to take on the standalone movie for his character. Fisher is primarily known for his theater work.

To sum up the biggest news here: The Flash is coming. Wonder Woman finally gets a date for headlining her own movie. Cyborg, an African-American character, will also break ground with his own film. It's enough to make your head spin and should give comics geeks and film fans alike plenty to watch through 2020.

(Via Wall Street Journal)