Warner Bros has finally confirmed that a Justice League movie will be released in 2017.

The announcement - along with confirmation of numerous other movies based on DC Comics characters - was made by Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara during a shareholders' meeting on Wednesday (October 15).

Zack Snyder will direct the movie, featuring the cast of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and "other well known-and highly-anticipated superheroes", according to Tsujihara.

A second instalment in the series will follow in 2019.

Following the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the David Ayer-directed Suicide Squad will premiere in 2016.

Described by Tsujihara as "a gritty story of a team of supervillains who take on black ops mission for the US government", four A-List stars are said to be in talks for the picture.

A Wonder Woman solo outing is tipped for release in 2017. Gal Gadot will play the character in the forthcoming Dawn of Justice movie.

Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) has been cast as The Flash, who will appear in a standalone movie in 2018.

An Aquaman film, with Jason Momoa now confirmed in the title role, will debut that same year.

Shazam will follow in 2019, while a new Green Lantern project and Cyborg are in development along with standalone Batman and Superman titles.

The full lineup of Warner Bros's DC Comics movies is as follows:

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
    Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer (2016)
    Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot (2017)
    Justice League Part One, directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
    The Flash, starring Ezra Miller (2018)
    Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa (2018)
    Shazam (2019)
    Justice League Part Two, directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
    Cyborg, starring Ray Fisher (2020)
    Green Lantern (2020)

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The dates were announced by Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara, speaking yesterday at the Time Warner investors’ meeting.

He also confirmed reports that the first instalment will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films.

The trilogy, an adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, was first announced last September. Rowling said at the time:

    "Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.

    The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt [Scamander]’s story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway."

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Although The Wolf of Wall Street's Margot Robbie was said to be up for the role earlier this year, Deadline is now reporting that Lucy and Marvel's The Avengers's Scarlett Johansson has been offered the leading role in DreamWorks' live-action adaptation of the popular manga Ghost in the Shell. Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders will helm the feature from a script by William Wheeler, based on the series by Masamune Shirow.

Produced by Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul and with the backing of Steven Spielberg, the rights to Shirow's original 1989 complex futuristic thriller, about the members of a covert ops unit that takes on technology-related crime, were picked up several years ago with plans to use the latest 3D technology to film it. In Japan, the huge success of the comics led to a number of anime film adaptations, a TV series and a series of video games with DreamWorks releasing the second anime film in North America.

It remains to be seen whether or not Johansson will take the part, although Robbie is now said to be out of the running altogether, instead targeting a role in director David Ayer's upcoming DC Comics adaptation, Suicide Squad.

Johansson, who also starred this year in Under the Skin and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, will soon be reprising her Marvel Cinematic Universe role in next summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron.


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Warner Bros has announced plans to cut costs by $200 million a year.

CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced at the Time Warner investor presentation that the studio will be streamlining across the board.

Variety estimates that the company will cut up to 1,000 jobs, or 10% of its workforce.

Film and television production will be ring-fenced from the cuts.

Time Warner division Turner Broadcasting - which includes CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and TNT - announced last week that it will be cutting 1,475 jobs.

The investor presentation also saw the announcement of Warner's DC Comics film slate, including solo Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Flash films.

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Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Tom Hardy and Ryan Gosling are wanted for Warner Bros' Suicide Squad.

The actors have been approached for David Ayer's DC Comics adaptation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Tom Hardy and Ryan Gosling are wanted for Warner Bros' Suicide Squad.

The actors have been approached for David Ayer's DC Comics adaptation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

They are led by the amoral government operative Dr Amanda Waller.

Gosling is also reported to have been approached about Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange.

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Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Academy Awards.

The four-time Tony Awards host will make his Oscar debut on February 22, 2015 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Harris said in a statement: "It is truly an honour and a thrill to be asked to host this year's Academy Awards. I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show.

"To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true."

Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron added: "We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars. We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage.

"To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage."

Harris also shared a short video on social media that showed him ticking 'Host the Oscars' off his bucket list.

The actor is coming off a banner year, which saw him earn a Tony Award for his acclaimed performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Harris brought his long-running CBS series How I Met Your Mother to a close in the spring, and is currently appearing in the blockbuster thriller Gone Girl.

He will now be following in the footsteps of the 2013 Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres, whose ceremony was watched by 43.74 million worldwide in March.

It has already been announced that the 87th Academy Awards will include the prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award being given to Harry Belafonte.

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Christian Bale is reportedly in talks to join director Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic.

The upcoming film will be written by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin, and will chronicle Jobs in the run-up to three important Apple milestones.

Bale will apparently shoot this project in the spring if he ultimately signs on, according to Variety.

Boyle and Sorkin's film will be an adaptation of author Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography Steve Jobs.

Leonardo DiCaprio had been tipped to star in the film, only to drop out earlier in October to take a hiatus from acting.

The Apple icon's life was previously immortalised in Jobs, which starred Ashton Kutcher in the title role.

Bale will next appear on the big screen in Exodus: Gods and Kings and Knight of Cups.

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JK Rowling has confirmed the meaning behind her recent cryptic tweet.

Tweeting a riddle made up of an anagram on Monday (October 6), the author was flooded with responses from fans expecting a new Harry Potter-related project.

When one Twitter user correctly deducted the real meaning behind "Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won't tolerate this nonsense", Rowling was quick to respond "YES!!!!!!!!!!!! People, we have a winner!".

Other Twitter users got excited when they discovered the anagram could also be arranged into "Harry returns! Wont say any details now. A week off. No comment," but it is now known that Rowling's original tweet was referring to the screenplay for the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Rowling finished her Twitter clue session by thanking fans for playing along and enjoying the puzzle.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will come in the form of a trilogy, and follows character Newt Scamander, the fictional author of Rowling's book of the same name.

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Paul Feig has been confirmed for Ghostbusters 3, and will re-team with his writer on The Heat, Katie Dippold, for the project.

Feig was first tipped in August to be directing the long-rumoured sequel, which will re-launch the franchise with a female-centric team of Ghostbusters.

The pair's comedy The Heat made more than $229 million at the box office in the summer of 2013.

Feig confirmed his and Dippold's involvement by tweeting today (October 8): "It's official. I'm making a new Ghostbusters & writing it with @katiedippold & yes, it will star hilarious women. That's who I'm gonna call."

Ghostbusters 3 has been in various stages of development for over two decades.

The project appeared to be stalled following the death of star and co-writer Harold Ramis earlier in the year, but the project has taken a new direction in recent months.

Feig responded to suggestions that a female-centric Ghostbusters 3 was a "gimmick" in August by questioning why that criticism is never made against male-led films.

Ernie Hudson - who played Winston Zeddemore in the first film - later expressed his opinion that a female-led Ghostbusters team is not a good idea.

Original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman also recently told Digital Spy that he stepped aside from the sequel so it could have "a fresher approach".

No release date has been set for Ghostbusters 3.

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The Maze Runner director Wes Ball has said that the YA film series won't be following in the footsteps of The Hunger Games and Divergent by dividing its final movie into two parts.

A recent Hollywood trend - kick-started by Harry Potter and Twilight - has seen producers extend the lifespan of franchises by splitting the final source novel of a series into two separate movies.

Speaking to Digital Spy, director Ball said that James Dashner's initial trilogy - The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure - would only be adapted into three films.

"I think three is the number; beginning, middle, end, that's it. Four? I think there's something off about four. For me, if I have any say in it, there's three movies basically.

"We're not going to [split a book in two], no way. I think three movies is the right number, Star Wars!"

Dashner has also penned Maze Runner prequel novel The Kill Order and will release follow-up The Fever Code in 2016.

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