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Revenge Report: “Here’s How DC Is Going To Control The Narrative”

By Mario-Francisco Robles

Yesterday, I reported some insights into WB/DC’s creative process and shared with you how the company is going to start making changes in an attempt to control what’s being shared about their upcoming projects. Also in that report, I promised you that today I would shed some light on DC’s upcoming slate since it’s been the cause of great confusion and uncertainty.

But before I can get into what I’ve learned about DC’s actual slate, I’ve got exclusive intel for you:

I’ve learned exactly how DC Entertainment plans to control the narrative, and it’s not merely by turning up the heat on leaks.

Here’s what I was told earlier today by someone close to the situation:

“There is a DC news show coming. Similar to DC All Access, but daily and exclusive stuff. Major news will be released through this portal.”

So keep an eye out for an official announcement about this new show, which will be their most aggressive play at controlling what’s being said about them and to set the record straight whenever possible.

Sounds like a great idea, and it’s further proof that they’re not going to let unchecked rumors and reports run rampant anymore. It really is, as I stated in yesterday’s RTF Exclusive report, the start of a new era at DC and I’m thrilled to be the one to share that with you- as the DCU is something I’m unreasonably passionate about.

Now, let’s talk about the slate a little, shall we?

Back in November, prior to the release of Justice League, I was told that DC was going to make some large, sweeping announcements about their slate in January. It was going to include dates, directors for several gestating projects, and it was going to specify which of the many-rumored films that have been spoken of in recent years is actually coming.

On that official slate was going to be a release date- and possibly other information- about Man of Steel 2. Mind you, it’s not going to be called Man of Steel 2, but- regardless- they were loving the responses to Cavill’s Superman in Justice League‘s test screenings and they were hoping to ride that positive wave right into an official announcement in January.

Then Justice League came out, fell on its face, and got mired in controversy rather than celebrated in jubilation.

I’m told that this had an impact on the Man of Steel 2 announcement. It’s unclear what kind of impact, though I suspect it’s possible that the tepid response to Justice League could’ve hurt them in their negotiations with a director, but the plan still seems to be that there’ll be an official announcement with a release date and a director pretty soon.

Here’s the slate I referenced yesterday, of films that have been thrown around as being “in development by DC”:

  • Aquaman
  • Shazam!
  • Suicide Squad 2
  • The Batman
  • Justice League Dark
  • Batgirl
  • Green Lantern Corps
  • Flashpoint
  • Wonder Woman 2
  • Man of Steel 2
  • Nightwing
  • Lobo
  • Cyborg
  • Deadshot
  • Deathstroke
  • Black Adam
  • Booster Gold
  • Untitled Todd Philips Joker Movie
  • Untitled Joker/Harley Quinn Movie
  • Gotham City Sirens
  • Birds of Prey

I can tell you that the real slate, as of this writing, is:

  • Aquaman
  • Shazam!
  • Wonder Woman 2
  • Suicide Squad 2
  • Flashpoint
  • The Batman

And not necessarily in that order.

There are a couple of films that will soon become official, and one of them I already mentioned:

  • Untitled Superman Sequel
  • Nightwing

And that’s it for now.

That’s not to say that those other films aren’t happening. Some of them very will may. But as I stated in yesterday’s report, they’re still in the incubation stage. Writers and producers are working on them, developing them, and- once they’re ready for primetime- certain ones will get the official green light. But many of them are directly, and indirectly, competing against one another- like the three non-Suicide Squad 2 Harley Quinn movies.

Nightwing, in particular, is very close to getting a major, official update.

And that’s what I’ve got for you today.

I, for one, can’t wait for DC to launch this new news portal so that we can start getting these kinds of announcements straight from the horse’s mouth.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for making the first week of this site’s existence such an exciting one!

See you on Monday!



Mario-Francisco Robles

Editor-In-Chief and Co-Founder of Revenge of The Fans. Previously, he's written for Latino-Review, IGN, Moviehole, and The Splash Report. In late-2017, with the popularity of his solo endeavor (the El Fanboy Podcast) reaching an all-time high, he decided it was time to launch a proper site for his scoops and analysis. Welcome to RTF!

  • Uriah Montfleury

    is the big announcement from dc coming this week?

    • Star-Lord

      i just want MoS sequel announcement its longoverdue and an extended contract for Cavill and Adams, Lane, Fishburne

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  • nelson

    Is Matthew Vaughn still in the mix to direct Man Of Steel 2? Or has that ship sailed?

    • Frank Dirscherl

      Good question.

      I know Jurassic World 2s JA Bayona is a huge Superman fan. He could/should be looked at by the studio. And why not Richard Donner?

      • Mario-Francisco Robles

        Bayona is definitely an intriguing option. I suspect they’ll want to see how JW:FK does before considering him. But who knows? By then they may have already pulled the trigger and hired someone else.

        My top choice for a while has been Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol).

        Though, honestly, with the way he nailed him in JL, IMO, I wouldn’t be upset if Whedon got the job.

      • Frank Dirscherl

        So, when is this MoS 2 announcement likely to come, Mario?

    • Mario-Francisco Robles

      I haven’t heard otherwise. I know there’s interest on both sides. It all boils down to scheduling and money.

      • Star-Lord

        i am very excited about the news about the MoS sequel. this is the DCU movie so many has been waiting for. this should have been a no brainer for them. his reception in JL has been great by DCU and non DCU fans. Cavill and Adams has so much chemistry. They certainly need to extend their contracts too so they can play these icons in more Supes adventures. Hope the announcement is soon. What are you hearing about Batman is Affleck still Batman or is these clickbait rumors true about him wanting out ? how will they make the swith to another actot though. All the other DCU actors are perfect and want to play these parts for many years to come. Incl the Suicide Squad actors.

  • Jason Keller

    DC just does not know what to do…. Most of thes “confirmed films” are lame and I mean LAME. They can’t even get the main heros squared away and already are doing flashpoint to get rid of Afflack. I have been so pumped for DC but after the drama with BvS and how that film got hammered and then how WB ruined JL and Afflack is leaving only to be “replaced” and yet another new batman I’m so done.

    • Mario-Francisco Robles

      Sorry to hear that, Jason. I really think the future has some great potential. Fewer cooks in the kitchen and a focus on better standalone stories are always good things.

      • QTN

        Problem is this aint the first time they’ve promised less cooks in the kitchen and more leadership. See post-GREEN LANTERN when Kevin Tsujihara reportedly streamlined the green lighting process. See post-BVS when Berg and Johns got promoted, with Johns trotting out the “more hope and optimism!” line in public interviews. Now again.

      • Mario-Francisco Robles

        That’s a very good point. Which is why, personally, I think they need a more systemic philosophical change. It’s something I’m going to cover next week on the site.

      • CommunistMario3

        Do you think it’s good that Geoff Johns is no longer the head honcho, because I certainly do. He’s too comic book-ey and puts too much emphasis on “hope and optimism” instead of just making good movies.

      • Star-Lord

        he is still the head honcho next to Hamada. these 2 oversee DCU now. Snyder is producer for them still also. it does sound very promissing

      • oliver_chang

        in the variety report it says he’s back to (pre-BvS) advisory role, so the most he can do is like, WW? script/story contribution and characters advice.

        but the new variety report re:hamada says geoff will work closely with hamada, so that’s an interesting chance of statement, may be PR, or maybe he’ll have a bit more than pre-BvS, but less than JL?

  • Dave

    Wait. So there is rumor that DC is stopping the rumors? lol

    • Mario-Francisco Robles

      Yeah lol I addressed the delicious irony of that in Part I of this report.

      Gotta love it!

  • Ecstasy

    We need Man OF STEEL 2. Superman was the best part of Justice League. I have no interest in DCEU if they will not do more Superman movies.

    • Mario-Francisco Robles

      Then you’re in luck 😉

      • Star-Lord

        don’t tease us. A MoS sequel should be announced soon. Its teh one movie so many are waiting for and after JL even more so. They have struck gold with Cavill and Adams for Clark and Lois and they need to get behind that MoS was also a pretty well done movie. and Cavills Supes is right up there with Gadot’s WW and Robbies Harley.

      • JVerve

        Yeah, don’t tease us about MoS 2! It’s the only thing I wish from the so called DCEU! I’m eager for more news (hopefully, soon).

    • QTN

      Its absurd that at the earliest we’ll get that in 2020, 7 years after MOS. And that was a hit film!

  • Jeffrey

    Most of the films in that slate have already been announced or confirmed. I’m not really sure how a DC Entertainment show is going to control the narrative and prevent leaks or rumors.

    • Mario-Francisco Robles

      Well, the point was that many other films have also been announced- in some form- and this slate is what’s actually getting made. Not the 21 that have been spoken of on and off for the last two+ years.

      And DC creating its own daily news show, where they’ll give the official lowdown on a daily basis, is a great way for them to take control of things. It’ll do away with a lot of the secrecy and speculation.

      • Jeffrey

        Respectfully, Mario-Francisco Robles, the slate doesn’t seem all that “exclusive” and secretive. Anyone without sources could’ve put together such a slate. Aquaman’s already wrapped filming. A Wonder Woman sequel is a foregone conclusion at this point. Suicide Squad 2 already got a new director and has been gearing up in post-production, and so has The Batman. Shazam has also been getting a lot of movement and casting done lately. It just seems like you are putting the very obviously active DC Entertainment film projects that are already well known and out there together in a group.

        For example, if this is the slate, what does this do to the other projects that were actively getting developed? Are Gotham City Sirens, Birds of Prey, Joss Whedon’s Batgirl, Green Lantern Corps. all on hold right now? Are they cancelled? What about Cyborg?

        Your own article states that the early testing for Justice League increased WB’s confidence in putting forward a Superman movie, and then the movie came out and it no longer seemed to be the case. So why will the untitled Superman sequel still get confirmed soon? It seems like a weird choice based on your article. Why will that film get done over Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman or Green Lantern Corps? Why is Nightwing about to get “official” as a film on the slate next over Whedon’s Batgirl?
        I’m not saying you are wrong on these, I’d just like to know more about what’s made those two a priority over the other dozen or so they are tossing around.

        How exactly will a DC news show truly prevent secrecy and speculation?
        How exactly will it do that? Does it mean they will break this type of news on their show on a daily basis instead of bloggers and trades getting it? Aren’t you concerned that could prevent you from getting these type of exclusive reports?

      • QTN

        The Wrap (El Mayimbe) just recently reported that GCS is effectively dead, with Birds of Prey taking its spot in the pipeline albeit its one of several Harley Quinn projects right now. Thus we’ve gone from SUICIDE SQUAD’s ending writing her (and Joker) out of that franchise….to putting them back into SS2 so they can set up Franchise Viagra’s arrival to the DCEU.

      • Jeffrey

        OK, but EW reported just last November that Joss Whedon’s Batgirl was still happening. But has that changed and is that now dead as well?

      • QTN

        Considering it’s not on the slate this author claims is in the immediate pipeline…I don’t know what to tell you. Maybe WB cooled it’s jets on Whedon after JL and it’s box office since his “fixing” was supposed to increase box office, not decrease?

      • Jeffrey

        Sounds like it did its job to increase what was already an awful film.

      • oliver_chang

        If you read into the responses from various bloggers/journalists regarding Batgirl now, you’d know that Batigirl’s just cover for hiring Whedon to work on JL, the timing matches up perfectly.

        and Whedon doing Batgirl in a post-Weinstein world is just a project waiting to be burned on its arrival, his ex won’t miss this opportunity.

      • Jeffrey

        That makes no sense.

      • oliver_chang

        Ya too bad you can’t read between lines nor the political landscape.
        Did you even know Whedon’s ex accused him of using his feminist status to take advantage of his crew?
        Did you even know he started working on JL around the time he was hired as the director of Batgirl?

      • Jeffrey

        I’ve read the story, that’s not what she said. Also, just because his ex-wife said those things doesn’t mean he’s never going to get a major project ever again.

        Ben Affleck has also had allegations recently, and yet WB still offered him the directing gig for Flashpoint, which he turned down.

      • QTN

        my rule of thumb: when there is trouble on some DC film front, new projects magically get out(via controlled leaks) as public knowledge. See backlash at FLASH movie directors hiring, see “hey BIRDS OF PREY kids!”

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  • Weresmurf

    Suicide squad 2 is already happening isnt it? Kinneman showed pics of himself, Hernandez and two new guys working out, prepping for part 2?

  • I wonder if this upcoming DC news show is the reason that DC All Access has been on hiatus for so long. Is DC All Access going to continue at all? They’ve broke some news in the past on that show, but that hasn’t been the main focus of it, so I’m not sure if they’d feel it was redundant to have two. I love DC All Access, so I hope it sticks around as well.

    I think it would be a huge missed opportunity for them not to name Man of Steel 2 “Man of Tomorrow”. That would be such a great title for it!

    • Star-Lord

      i think just “Superman” would be a perfect title. Because he IS now SUPERMAN 😉

      • We’ve already had a movie simply titled “Superman”, and it came out 40 years ago. Even if we hadn’t gotten a film with that title 40 years ago, I still wouldn’t want that to be the title of Man of Steel 2, though. Personally, I really don’t like titles that are just the hero’s name. They just make it confusing. In 1989, Batman came out. If someone were to say, “I like Batman”, are they referring to the character or the movie? That’s why people don’t refer to that Batman film as just “Batman” — we have to refer to it as “Batman ’89”. If you’re going to wind up having to change the title when you talk about the film colloquially anyway, why not name it something else from the start?

      • Ecstasy

        Yeah, now he is truly Superman, but we’ve already had a movie titled Superman in 1978…
        I prefer more present day titles like:
        SUPERMAN:Darkseid Saga,
        Superman:Brainiac Saga

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  • razorstar90

    This is the thing though. If I’m a director of caliber, like a Matthew Vaughn I want the Matt Reeves treatment. I want complete control and my own Superman and supporting cast. Why would I want to play with Snyder’s broke toys?

    For this Superman movie to sell we need a big name. Not like those meh directors on Flashpoint. We need someone with some gravitas. If I’m a director with some clout I don’t want Snyder’s leftovers. Which makes me believe that WB is just going to hand Superman off to some mediocre director that’s in their stable. Probably the guy that did a random movie for New Line or something

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  • JVerve

    Man of Steel 2 must happen!!

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