Like Marvel Studios, Warner Bros would like to release at least two superhero films a year. Last year, the studio released Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. This year they will be releasing Wonder Woman and Justice League. Next year puts that plan in jeopardy as they only have Aquaman scheduled for release. However, they clearly want to put one of five films into production, so they can keep releasing two a year. While we still don’t know if the film is going to be The Flash, Suicide Squad 2, Dark Universe, Gotham City Sirens, or Green Lantern Corps, there is a rumor that WB wants David Goyer to be the director of one of them.
More on the story below.
The rumor comes to us from Jeff Snider of Meet the Movie Press podcast (via /Film). Obviously, we should take all of this with a grain of salt as these are unconfirmed rumors. But according to them, Goyer is on track to direct either Suicide Squad 2 or Green Lantern Corps, the latter of which he is writing with Justin Rhodes. The film would focus more on the intergalactic police force that keeps the galaxy safe, and have a buddy cop tone. Should he direct, he would have to put a cast together pretty quickly.
As for Suicide Squad 2, the film recently hired The Legend of Tarzan scribe Adam Cozad to pen the script. But if Goyer is being considered to direct, it could mean that Mel Gibson is out of the running. Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows) is also said to be in the running.
Goyer is responsible for the script for Batman Begins, and worked on the story for The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, the latter of which is easily the weakest installment of The Dark Knight trilogy. He also contributed his writing efforts to the script for Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Probably not the best films, but his work on those films inspire more confidence than Cozad’s hiring.
While he may have experience writing some of the films of the DCEU, directing may be something way out of wheelhouse. That being said, if he had to direct a DCEU film, it should be Green Lantern Corps. After all, he is writing the thing. So just give it to the guy who knows the script the best. But giving a blockbuster film to a guy who would be making his directorial debut would be a huge risk. We’ll keep you posted on who gets the job.
[Source: Meet The Movie Press via /Film]