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Prediction: We'll Get a Justice League Movie in 2016

With all the casting rumors , Fool contributor Tim Beyers says it's likely that Time Warner (NYSE: TWX  ) and DC Entertainment are under way with plans to bring a Justice League movie to theaters by 2016.

The latest rumblings have either Dwayne Johnson or Denzel Washington in line to play the Green Lantern John Stewart, and Josh Holloway up for Aquaman. All potentially solid choices, Tim says.

But the bigger news may be that we're hearing anything at all. DC and Warner have their hands full with Arrow, which returned from midseason hiatus this week, a pilot for The Flash TV series starring Grant Gustin, and 2015's Batman vs. Superman. Gal Gadot will star as Wonder Woman in that film, joining Ben Affleck's Batman and Henry Cavill's Superman. With so much going on already, it's hard to imagine adding more characters to the mix -- unless the plan is to shoot Justice League right after Batman vs. Superman, building momentum for the DC Cinematic Universe.

Tim says that's likely, and preparing for it now is smart business. Marvel signed most of its stars to multipicture deals just as it was building out the universe. In one extreme case, the comic book king agreed to a nine-picture deal with Samuel L. Jackson to play S.H.I.E.L.D. boss Nick Fury. DC may be taking the same approach by courting Johnson, Washington, and Holloway now, before an official Justice League film is in the works.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. Who would you choose for the next Green Lantern? Who would you want as Aquaman? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take, and then leave a comment to let us know whether you would buy, sell, or short Time Warner stock at current prices.

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  • Report this Comment On January 18, 2014, at 10:59 PM, delfra wrote:

    Actually RDJ had a 5 picture deal originally that expired after "Iron Man 3", and now of course he's signed for "Avengers 2 & 3". "Winter Soldier" is SLJ's 6th picture, so he's has 3 films left on his contract and two of those films will be the 'Avengers' sequels I'm pretty sure. The place DC should really copy Marvel is by signing all their main players to multiple contracts, get that out the way and they'll have no contract issues and disputes down the road. But "Justice League" definitely won't see the light of day in 2016 since "BatmanvsSuperman" and now been pushed back to the same year, but I can see "Justice League" releasing in 2017 possibly.

  • Report this Comment On January 19, 2014, at 12:48 AM, WarriorDL wrote:

    Batman vs Superman has been pushed back by 10 months. That tells me that it will turn into the Justice League movie and not be a MoS sequel per sey.

    By pushing it back, *maybe* something else is getting hotshotted to the forefront and green lit, like a Wonder Woman movie to intro her properly.

  • Report this Comment On January 19, 2014, at 1:27 AM, dlcornelious wrote:

    I think Warner is going to mess up the DC cinematic universe. They're jamming together too many characters too soon. There will not be proper character development (unless the movie is a Peter Jacksonian 4 (+) hours), and back-story to transcend from MoS to whatever the 2016 film turns out to be.

  • Report this Comment On January 19, 2014, at 9:58 AM, hectoruno wrote:

    This may sound like a racist comment but maybe someone reading will know the answer. When did the Rock (a Hawaiian) turn black? He played Roadblock and in line to play John Stewart.

  • Report this Comment On January 19, 2014, at 10:09 AM, delfra wrote:

    @WarriorDL - You could be right and it could definitely play out that way, eventhough I've heard rumors of them planning on shooting BvS and Justice League back to back. To be honest I have no idea what WB is up to lol.

  • Report this Comment On January 19, 2014, at 1:57 PM, HerbieJPilato wrote:

    Chris Pine should play the new Green Lantern.

  • Report this Comment On January 19, 2014, at 3:53 PM, PAJohnDoe wrote:

    Rock is half black and half Samoan. That comment sounded less racist and more "I'm in a hurry to comment and point this out without actually looking first".

  • Report this Comment On January 19, 2014, at 7:16 PM, dizzystate wrote:

    Dwayne's father is Black Nova Scotian origin and mother is Samoan heritage

  • Report this Comment On January 19, 2014, at 7:19 PM, dizzystate wrote:

    I would like to see more of the "minor characters" like Black Lighting or Atom or someone instead of Superman or Batman all the time (imho)

  • Report this Comment On January 19, 2014, at 10:06 PM, ReasonDisciple wrote:

    Denzel for Green Lantern

  • Report this Comment On January 20, 2014, at 2:45 AM, rabbit55 wrote:

    Why am I the only person in America that thinks Samuel L. Jackson sucks and shouldn't be Nick Fury. He sucks as an actor (same character, no change of emotion or personality) and he ruined (or helped ruin) the latest Star Wars Prequels. And Aquaman, really? I would rather see the Wonder Twins and their monkey than a guy whom rides seahorses. Denzel would never sign a multi-picture deal and since we are being made to SETTLE for Affleck as Batman....maybe the movie shouldn't be made.

  • Report this Comment On January 20, 2014, at 10:49 AM, PAJohnDoe wrote:

    Rule #1 of the internet, particularly as it pertains to geek culture, and ESPECIALLY when it comes to superhero movies and their casting: Everything is the worst thing ever until it's the best thing ever. There is no in-between (it's either one or the other) or admission of ever having doubted the decisions of people that are a lot better at making decisions that can make or lose many millions of dollars for their companies or studios than we are. Does that seem about right?

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Tim Beyers first began writing for the Fool in 2003. Today, he's an analyst for Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova. At, he covers disruptive ideas in technology and entertainment, though you'll most often find him writing and talking about the business of comics. Find him online at or send email to For more insights, follow Tim on Google+ and Twitter.

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