Marvel Studios certainly has a jump start on the DC when it comes to building a cinematic universe, having been establishing itself as a brand since 2008, but don’t count the home of Batman and Superman out. In addition to having the big blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice scheduled to hit theaters in 2016, they have huge active plans for the entire rest of the decade. And this week we got a very limited peak into exactly what they have in the works.
The news first broke as Batman vs. Superman surrendering the May 6, 2016 release date to Marvel’s Captain America 3, but that news was completely drowned out when Warner Bros. and DC Comics announced that they’re developing nine mystery projects together that will be released between now and 2020. The schedule is as follows:
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 25, 2016
Untitled DC Film – August 5, 2016
Untitled DC Film – June 23, 2017
Untitled DC Film – November 17, 2017
Untitled DC Film – March 23, 2018
Untitled DC Film – July 27- 2018
Untitled DC Film – April 5, 2019
Untitled DC Film – June 14, 2019
Untitled DC Film – April 3, 2020
Untitled DC Film – June 19, 2020
This opens up a seemingly endless number of possibilities, though we do have to wonder just how accurate the previously rumored line-up was. Justice League and Wonder Woman movies sound like a sure thing, but what about Shazam or Green Lantern/Flash?
More than just revealing plans for a DC Cinematic Universe, this announcement also has a huge effect on the world of comic book movies as a whole. Including titles being made by Marvel Studios, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox and Sony, there will be 29 Marvel/DC comic book adaptations coming out between now and 2020 (an average of 5.8 per year). That’s certainly a lot of movies, but is it too much?
Clearly there is a lot to digest with this news, but fortunately my guest host this week is just as fascinated with the developments. Joining me for Hero Blend #29 is the wonderful and lovely Roth Cornet from IGN, who has some very interesting insights and theories about what Warner Bros. and DC have planned. There’s no time to lose – hit the play button above!
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