By Jim Foote
It's no secret both Josh and myself do not care for the DC movie franchise, although we've always been DC guys and not Marvel. So... in the vain of fantasy booking and crazy "what if" scenarios, Josh gave me a challenge...
2. No recasting allowed.
3. A merge with the CW-verse or big Franchise shifts can only take place at the end of Phase Three (at the earliest).
4. A non-CW TV division (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc.) can be made only AFTER Phase Three.
5. Each Phase must contain at least 5 movies and no more than 7.
Obviously some issues I'm going to address right away are the killing of both Batman and Superman, Jesse Eisenberg's Luthor, and the Doomsday that looked like a CGI Vampire from I Am Legend. They will all be addressed. Oh... and one more thing. There's no Harley Quinn stand alone film. Why? Because she's not a hero, not an anti-hero and is way better utilized as part of another's movie. Also, you'll notice some parts will have dream casting, while others won't. The further we go down the rabbit hole, the more current actors will age out. You ready? THEN AWAYYYY WE GO.
2. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
3. Suicide Squad
These are all now complete canon. Thus, no changed occur.
Most of the plot has been held back, but it looks to be in the vein of Captain America: The First Avenger. You have to keep that, but I'd make sure only Circe was the villain here and not both her and Ares. I'd put a hint of Ares, but he can really hit her in the sequel. Who else are you going to put in? Cheetah?
Heroes: Wonder Woman
Credits Scene: Wonder Woman and Batman scene, building up for Justice League.
5. Justice League
We know Steppenwolf is the big bad here, but I'm going to add a few of Darkseid's Elite in the background. We're holding off on Desaad, Glorious Godfrey and Granny Goodness for now, so we'll include Kalibak (Darkseid's son) and Kanto (a master assassin). Also, Superman returns halfway into the movie at a point where the heroes are having a lot of trouble with their foes. Superman is much more colorful and stoic, but is forced to leave once he receives a signal he believes to be Krypton (yes, we're taking from Superman Returns). We also get Eisenberg's Luthor receiving mysterious letters as a small side story.
Villains: Steppenwolf, Kalibak, Kanto
Heroes: Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg and Superman
Credits Scene(s): Mid-credits, we find out the letters were sent by a returning Alexander Luthor Sr. He is none too pleased with his son. I'm going full tilt and casting Bryan Cranston. I would've gone with Patrick Wilson, but he's not old enough to be Eisenberg's father. End credits, Green Lantern comes to Earth and visits Batman, warning of a "higher power coming."
I'm not going Reverse-Flash as my villain. Instead, I'm bringing in Jai Courtney's Captain Boomerang and adding Captain Cold. In some cases, I understand the need to bring the main villain in for the first movie, but villains seem to lack development because of the time spent on the hero's introduction. I'd throw in Cyborg in here, but in a supporting role. I'm cancelling the Cyborg movie, as I have other plans for him.
Villains: Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang
Heroes: Flash, Cyborg
Credits Scene: Reverse-Flash shows up from the future, mocking Flash. He teases the world is going to go to shit and there's nothing he can do to stop "the Apokolips."
2. Superman: Warworld
We find the signal for a revived Krypton was a ploy by the villain Mongul. Superman is then trapped and must fight his way out, gladiator style. I want to keep Superman away from the other main heroes for a bit, to let him stand on his own. There's a very important component in this story and why it's included. Mongul forces Superman to kill but he refuses. We build Superman's "truth, justice and the American way" stature. Just as they did in Superman: The Animated Series, I'm including Martian Manhunter here. He's weakened and must work with Superman to get out. Manhunter, however, goes in search of his people and does not go to Earth with Superman.
Villains: Mongul, Jax-Ur
Heroes: Superman, Martian Manhunter
Credits Scene: Lex Luthor (Sr.) takes back control of Lex Corp. Eisenberg left in jail.
3. The Batman
I'm not going the death of Robin route, although we will allude to it. Batman is locked inside Arkham Asylum and must deal with several villains he has put away. We find out Joker (w/ Harley) set it up to outnumber Batman. We introduce Nightwing here, as he joins the fight with Batman. We explore how the death of Robin made Batman become what he hated and learn that's why Nightwing originally left. By the end of this, Nightwing convinces Batman to become what he strived to be and not what Joker made him.
Villains: Joker, Harley Quinn, Deathstroke, Killer Croc, Riddler, Zsasz
Heroes: Batman, Nightwing
Credits Scene(s): We get two here. Mid-credits have Nightwing revealed to be working alongside his girlfriend, Barbara Gordon. End credits scene has someone visiting Joker in Arkham... Lex Sr.
Originally I didn't have Black Manta here, but this universe needs stability. I really dig James Wan and would give him full control. I'd definitely build Orm up, along with his disdain for Arthur. Add-in a love element with Mera and there's your first flick. Cast Vinnie Chase as an older Tempest (Aqualad).
Villains: Black Manta
Heroes: Aquaman, Tempest
Credits Scene: Someone has been tracking the JL, revealed to be Green Arrow.
5. Green Lantern: Space Cops
I know most expect this to be Green Lantern Corps, but screw that. This universe needs way more humor. The trick to doing humor is to have it be a natural character quality and not forced. The relationship between Hal Jordan and John Stewart is all I need. We have Hal be recruited by John, who's already a Lantern. We get Lethal Weapon in space. Tell me you wouldn't see that movie and I'll call you a liar. We pull a Guardians and have it completely disconnected from the other characters of the DCU.
Heroes: Hal Jordan, John Stewart
Credits Scene: Superman returns to Earth, informing Wonder Woman and Batman of the upcoming Apokolips, when Future Flash comes to warn them.
6. Justice League: Apokolips
Here we go. We get Darkseid and his three, Glorious Godfrey, Granny Goodness and Desaad. This will be flat out war, so the entire Justice League is present, including newest member Green Lantern Hal Jordan. Cameos in the fight from Nightwing, Green Arrow, Tempest and Green Lantern John Stewart. The key is you can't give everyone a main battle. Heroes must play their part and go when necessary. Main battle is Superman vs. Darkseid. Many parademons for the other heroes to fight. We also find out early on, Lois Lane and Clark have broken up because man... they have no chemistry. We need to feel that relationship, and we haven't yet. Maybe breaking them up will do that. We also have a B-story of Lex Sr. setting up certain events to regain power within the US Government.
Villains: Darkseid, Godfrey, Granny, Desaad, Parademons, Lex Sr.
Heroes: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Nightwing, Tempest, Green Arrow
Credits Scene(s): Mid-credits scene has Lex Jr. (Eisenberg) pleading to Lex Sr. (Cranston) to believe him with the information he's gathered regarding the secret identity of Superman. Cranston: "I know that no man with the POWER of SUPERMAN would ever pretend to be a mere HUMAN! Such power is to be constantly exploited. Such power is to be USED!" End credits have a mysterious figure watching over the JL (Monitor).
Here, we have the battle of Wonder Woman and Ares. Clark Kent/Superman plays a supporting role, trying to dig up information on the group, Checkmate. In the B-story, we find out Jimmy Olsen wasn't the person in BvS, but a stolen identity. The real one has been held capture by a formerly dead KGBeast and the leader of Checkmate, Rick Flagg. Wonder Woman and Superman go, but are interrupted. Ares is found to have been manipulating and raising the dead, as a means to destroy Wonder Woman and anyone who aids her. We explore Ares as the former mentor of Wonder Woman, who did not go the way of a conquerer but instead dedicated to saving lives.
Villains: Ares, KGBeast, Rick Flagg (w/ Checkmate)
Heroes: Wonder Woman, Superman
2. Batman: Red Hood
We find out Jason Todd wasn't dead, but is villain Red Hood. We delve into flashbacks, including their relationship and his death. Here, we don't show his resurrection but only allude to it through dialogue. He takes control of Gotham from Black Mask & gang. We also include both Nightwing and Green Arrow.
Villains: Red Hood, Joker, Harley Quinn, Black Mask
Heroes: Batman, Nightwing, Green Arrow
Credits Scene(s): Mid-credits have Barbara Gordon suiting up as Batgirl. End credits have Batman realizing Monitor has been watching.
3. Flash 2: Cruise Control
Starring Jason Patric as Eobard Thawne. Just kidding. We'll just go with Flash 2 here. We delve into Barry vs. Thawne and explore Cyborg not feeling the recognition of a full fledged Justice League member to the point of Batman, Superman, etc. Eobard attempts to drive Barry crazy, going after Iris. Classic hero vs. villain here. Big theme is sacrifice and doing what's right for the greater good.
Villains: Reverse Flash, Trickster
Heroes: Flash, Cyborg
Credits Scene: Flash is met by other Flashes such as Jay Garrick, Wally West, and CW's Barry Allen.
4. Green Lantern/Green Arrow
Classic Lantern an Arrow team-up. We explore the political and societal themes. Arrow finds his former sidekick, Speedy, shooting heroine. Black Canary debuts on screen, working with Oliver. Amanda Waller and Checkmate (found to be the former Suicide Squad) have been discovered as part of a government cover up on surveillance of the JL. Lantern and Arrow must fight the good fight, while struggling with how their battle against a secret Government agency possibly changes their opposing views.
Villains: Amanda Waller, Rick Flagg, Deadshot and Checkmate.
Heroes: Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Speedy
Credits Scenes: Mid-credits have the Monitor murdered by an unknown figure (Harbinger) as he is about to make a move to reach the JL. Anti-Monitor shows behind Harbinger. End credits scene reveals a new figure (played by Patrick Wilson... see if you know where I'm going with this) showing up to confront Superman and the JL. Superman: "Who are you and why are you here?" Man: "My name is Alexander Luthor..."
5. Crisis on Infinite Earths (Part One)
When I came to the decision of including this, I figured it's a high chance the entire thing is a mess. The problem with adapting this story is the sheer time to introduced all of the characters and backstories. So, I'm going to consolidate and switch some spots up. For those of you unfamiliar with the original comic, go Wikipedia it. In this first movie, I'm only adding Alexander Luthor. Here, the Justice League goes up against a team of villains under the leadership of Lex Sr. This includes Joker, Metallo, Deadshot, etc. While their battle rages on against one half of the heroes, another goes to track down the Anti-Monitor. We have the battle, which claims the lives of Tempest and Martian Manhunter, before we get the big Barry Allen sacrifice when Anti-Monitor tries to destroy the partially merged Earths. We end with the heroes mourning the sacrifice of Barry and Anti-Monitor jumping back through time.
Villains: Anti-Monitor, Lex Sr., Joker, Metallo, Deadshot, possibly others.
Heroes: Alexander Luthor, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lanterns Hal and John, Green Arrow, Flash (w/ Garrick, West, and CW's Barry), Aquaman, Cyborg, Black Canary, Nightwing, Tempest, Speedy, Martian Manhunter
Note: Obviously that's a lot of characters. Most would have little cameos, building towards a battle in the second flick. It's a lot to explain in only a few sentences, so for a third time... I'll tell you to go to Wikipedia to fill in the blanks. Obviously, this is why we need two movies. If you were to ever need two movies for one story, this is it.
Credits Scenes: Mid-credits scene, Kal-L (played by Jon Hamm) and Earth 2 Lois Lane show up to confront Alexander Luthor. End credits scene has Lex Jr. (Eisenberg) concocting a plan in prison, after not being released by his father.
6. Crisis on Infinite Earths (Part Two)
We continue here, starting with the origin and arrival of Superboy Prime (I'm going comic character original origin here). Spectre unites the heroes and villains, some villains leaving entirely, refusing to help. The heroes go in time to stop Anti-Monitor, while villains go in time to stop the tech from being made. We follow the results of the comic, with the same resolution of Alexander, Kal-L, Lois, and Superboy Prime being sent to their paradise. The end scene has a funeral for each of the fallen heroes.
Villains: Anti-Monitor, Lex Sr., Joker, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, Rick Flagg
Heroes: Alexander Luthor, Spectre, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lanters Hal and John, JAy Garrick, Wally West, CW's Barry, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Speedy, Nightwing, Cyborg, Kal-L, Superboy Prime
Credits Scenes: Mid-credits scene, Clark goes back to Daily Planet and we get the classic Superman look, complete with Lois, Jimmy and Perry. End credits scene, we introduce Black Adam.
PHASE BREAK: STREAMING SHOWS
We get Nightwing and Cyborg as your main characters. Supporting cast has Batgirl, Speedy, Raven and Starfire. That's it. They may feature cameos from other characters, but those are the recurring ones. Main villain would be Deathstroke, of course.
2. Booster and The Beetle
Booster Gold. Blue Beetle. Maxwell Lord. Checkmate. It would be funnier and feature a break from the main heroes and stories.
3. The Legion of Superheroes
Set far in the future. We see the turn of Brainiac into Brainiac 5, as they battle against Ra's in the 31st century.
Both Hawkgirl and Dr. Fate are supporting characters. Shadow Thief gets the villain spot. We set it in the middle east, big Indiana Jones style feel.
The adventures of Billy Batson begin here. If possible, The Rock is your Black Adam. We keep this disconnected from the rest of the universe for the time being. No cameos, Superman, Batman, etc. As for casting of Captain Marvel... Channing Tatum? It's one of those times where it's hard to envision who would be up for it years from now.
Villains: Black Adam
Heroes: Captain Marvel/Shazam
Credits Scene: (Disconnected from Shazam) Lex Jr. setting up plan to attack Lex Sr., watching Green Arrow.
2. Aquaman 2
We revisit Arthur and watch the turn of Orm into Ocean Master. We also go back and reveal during Crisis, Ocean Master was responsible for the death of Tempest, offering to help in a flashback, but ultimately killing him and making it look like the act of Anti-Monitor. We explore the brothers' relationship and where one broke off from the other.
Villains: Ocean Master, Anti-Monitor (in flashback only)
Heroes: Aquaman, Tempest (in flashback only)
Credits Scene: Lex Sr. opens up secret facility, reveals Crime Syndicate.
We revitalize old rumored idea, putting Green Arrow into a maximum secured facility, framed by Lex Jr. He is blackmailed to kill Lex Sr., or he'll kill a kidnapped Black Canary. Oliver is then forced to work with Merlyn, Deadshot, Boomerang, Harley Quinn and Joker in order to escape. They all escape, sans for Merlyn, who is killed by Green Arrow in an attempt to double cross and kill Canary. The ending has Lex Jr. dead in jail cell. Hal Jordan in cameo role.
Villains: Lex Jr., Merlyn, Joker, Harley, Boomerang, Deadshot
Heroes: Green Arrow, Black Canary, Speedy, Hal Jordan
Credits Scenes: Mid-credits have Daily Planet (Clark, Lois, etc.) running obituary of Lex Jr. End credits reveal Ultraman murdered Lex Jr. at request of Lex Sr.
4. Superman: Infection
Superman vs. Brainiac here. We find Supergirl has been found by Brainiac and compromised in order to attack Superman. Wonder Woman in a supporting role, helping turn Supergirl. Final battle has Superman, Supergirl and Wonder Woman vs. Brainiac and Eradicator.
Villains: Brainiac, Supergirl, Eradicator
Heroes: Superman, Supergirl, Wonder Woman
Credits Scenes: Mid-credits, Clark and Lois on a date, news report of Crime Syndicate. End credits, John Stewart returns to Earth with Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner.
We get a main Batgirl story, facing off against Harley, having left the Joker and partnered up with Poison Ivy. Nightwing in supporting role. Cameos by Batman and Joker.
Villains: Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Joker
Heroes: Batgirl, Nightwing, Batman
Credits Scene: Lex Sr. tells Crime Syndicate it's time to attack.
6. Justice League: Crime Syndicate
Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern (w/ CW's Barry Allen) vs. Ultraman, Owlman, Super Woman, Johnny Quick and Power Ring. Lex Sr. in control of Crime Syndicate, although not publicly.
Villains: Lex Sr., Crime Syndicate
Heroes: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Hal Jordan, CW Barry Allen
Credits Scenes: Mid-credits, Barry (in CW world) senses a rupture within the Speed Force. End credits have random mugging. Everyone expect Superman, but SuperGIRL flies in.
Supergirl's solo adventure is here. I'm sending her into battle against Cyborg Superman. Superman will have to be incapacitated somewhere here, forcing Supergirl to save him against the Cyborg. It's important Supergirl needs to save Superman here and not the other way around. We also have a B-story of a love story with Superman's Best Pal, Jimmy Olsen! Remember, I didn't shoot him in the face and kill him off. The ending has Superman first thanking Supergirl and telling her she is just as important as him and anyone else, then with her and Jimmy on a date.
Villains: Cyborg Superman
Heroes: Supergirl, Superman
Credits Scene: Atlanteans are found to be mass murdered, with only Mera surviving. Aquaman sees an artifact of Wonder Woman's people.
2. Attack of the Red Lanterns
Space Battle! John Stewart, Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner all must work together to save the Corps (and Universe) from the Red Lanters, led by Atrocitus. He corrupts and turns Guy Gardner against them, also aided by Lobo.
Villains: Atrocitus, Guy Gardner, Lobo
Heroes: John Stewart, Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner
Credits Scenes: Mid-credits, we see Lex Sr. ready to engage on both Superman and Batman, looking to break the foundation of the Justice League. End credits, we see Aquaman and Mera ready to declare war on the Amazonians.
3. Speed Force
CW's Barry Allen joins forces (get it) with movie-verse's Jay Garrick and Wally West, against a villainous team led by Reverse Flash, previously displaced by time. He has united various Flash villains, including Killer Frost, The Rival, and Hunter Zolomon to rid all the Flashes of their powers.
Villains: Reverse Flash, The Rival, Killer Frost, Captain Boomerang, Trickster
Heroes: CW Barry Allen, Jay Garrick, Wally West
Credits Scenes: Mid-credits put CW Barry back in his world, at peace with his place in the Universe. End credits, Joker kills Alfred. Joker gets away as Alfred dies in Master Bruce's arms.
4. World's Finest
Superman and Batman must team up to face the combination of Lex and Joker. We get Lex fight Superman in full battle suit, as Batman must go through Joker's funhouse, full of surprises. Lex is finally found out to be behind various plans dating back to Crisis and others involving the Syndicate and his son's murder. Ending has Joker in Arkham and Lex in Stryker's Island. Film ends with Clark and Bruce talking about their parents.
Villains: Lex, Joker
Heroes: Superman, Batman
5. Aquaman 3
Aquaman and Mera wage war against the Amazonians. They demand Wonder Woman fight alongside them, but Wonder Woman must fight her own people for what's right.
Heroes: Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Mera
Credits Scenes: Mid-credits, an Alien STARFISH lands on Earth. End credits, we visit back to when the Amazonians invaded. A con man prays for super powers and winds up turning into a giant cricket.
6. DC's Unlikely Heroes
A team comprising of Plastic Man, Elongated Man, The Atom, Captain Carrot and Canterbury Cricket. Screw you, if I've gotten this far... people will eat this up. Even if they don't, I'm like almost 30 movies in, it isn't breaking my world. Plastic Man and Elongated Man constantly fighting each other, while the others keep the peace. I just want a scene where they have to take on a team of misfit enemies. You know what... you know who hasn't gotten much play since 1995? The Riddler is your main baddie, plus Deadshot because Will Smith?
Villains: Riddler, Deadshot, a few C and D list villains
Heroes: Canterbury Cricket, The Atom, Plastic Man, Elongated Man, Captain Carrot
Credits Scene: Entire cities begin falling off the grid, its people with starfishes over their faces.
7. JLA: The Invasion of STARRO
Here, we have the classic Justice League team of: Supes, Bats, WW, Aquaman, Hal Jordan and Oliver, with CW's Barry Allen returning... to take on the mother fucking ALIEN STARFISH STARRO. He captures and controls most of the population, even many of the other superheroes. Spectre returns and informs the Justice League Starro means to take control of Earth's people in order to conquer other galaxies. The movie ends with the Justice League and their families/loved ones celebrating/holding a dinner at Watchtower. The film ends with Hal Jordan saying, "Wait... does anyone else find it weird we just took on a giant alien Starfish? Anyone? Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K."
Well as I wrote this, jumping way too deep down the rabbit hole... I began thinking about what I've seen in the DC movies thus far and looked ahead to what's coming out within the next few years. As a lifelong DC fan, it pains me to say this... but I'm going to just remember the past and stick to that. When it comes to the Snyder-verse, I'm out. Done. Three strikes and they're out. When Wonder Woman comes out, I won't be in the theaters watching it and when Justice League comes out, I'll be somewhere watching Adam West throw Cesar Romero's Joker into the ocean or trying to get rid of a bomb.
I'm going to go rest my brain now.