In the wake of rumors about Marvel heading into Civil War, Warner Bros. and DC Comics have announced a slate of superhero movies through 2020.
In today’s Time Warner investor’s meeting, Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara revealed a slate of ten DC Entertainment films, many previously unannounced, that will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema.
Most exciting to me is a Wonder Woman solo film, due June 23, 2017. So far Marvel has yet to announce a solo female character film, so unless they can squeeze one in before that date, DC wins the round on getting a solo female character to screen first.
There are also 2 Justice League movies on the slate. Those were my favorite DC Comics series growing up, and it’ll be interesting if they can turn the movies into the well-balanced multi-character story that Marvel’s Avengers was.
The press release also states there will be more movies added to the schedule, including stand-alone Batman and Superman movies, in addition to the already announced Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Here’s the list of movies announced so far by WB and DC:
March 25: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (directed by Zack Snyder; starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Gal Gadot)
August 5: Suicide Squad (directed by David Ayer)
June 23: Wonder Woman (starring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman)
November 17: Justice League (directed by Zack Snyder; with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles)
March 23: The Flash (starring Ezra Miller as The Flash)
July 27: Aquaman (starring Jason Momoa as Aquaman)
April 5: Shazam (starring Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam)
June 14: Justice League 2 (directed by Zack Snyder)
April 3: Cyborg (starring Ray Fisher)
June 19: Green Lantern (not starring Ryan Reynolds)
What are your thoughts on this list of movies? I think a lot rides on how Batman V Superman performs at the box office, since how well Affleck performs as Batman has yet to be seen. My guess is The Flash and Aquaman will be introduced during Justice League #1.
And Suicide Squad may be DC’s answer to Marvel’s Guardians, as it is a separate entity from the Justice League-affiliated superheroes. The characters of Suicide Squad are part of an antihero team of incarcerated supervillains who act as deniable assets for the United States government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences.
It’ll be interesting to see how this slate of DC Comics films stacks up to the previously announced line-up of Marvel movies.
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