If you’re hoping the superhero movie was just a fad or a phase, I have some really terrible news for you. Box Office Mojo reports that in addition to moving the release date of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. has unleashed a huge list of untitled films slated for release between now and 2020, including nine movies and two “event movies.” Looks like DC Entertainment is finally getting its act together.
Here’s the list, as of right now:
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 WB Event Film – November 16, 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
Untitled WB Event Film – November 20, 2020
Good God, that’s a lot of stuff. Fans have been calling for DC to “catch up” with Marvel for years when it comes to the film side of things, and it looks like they finally have a plan in place to make themselves a contender in that arena. They’re putting out two films a year from 2016 to 2020, and they could actually be dropping three films a year in 2018 and 2020 if you factor in those “event films.” So let’s run through these a little bit. Here’s the list of supposedly leaked titles from a few months ago:
May 2016 – Batman v Superman
July 2016 – Shazam
Xmas 2016 – Sandman
May 2017 – Justice League
July 2017 – Wonder Woman
Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2
It seems like this leaked schedule doesn’t exactly line up, but that doesn’t mean the films won’t end up being the same. It’s a safe bet that one of these untitled films will be Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and it seems like another possibility is that there’d be a Justice League 2 in there somewhere. We’ll probably also see Sandman (since Joseph Gordon-Levitt is directing) and Shazam (since Dwayne Johnson has been hinting about that one for a long time), and there will probably be solo Wonder Woman and solo Batman movies in there somewhere, along with a direct sequel to Man of Steel.
But what about those “event films”? Slashfilm posits that they could be new Harry Potter movies – or, at least films set in the Harry Potter universe. I think that’s a great guess, especially considering the November release dates set aside for those event movies are the same week that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is scheduled to drop in 2016. Fantastic Beasts was always envisioned as a trilogy of “megamovies,” so it makes sense that sequels are already being planned out for the future.
This is a big step for Warner Bros., and it shows that the studio is actively trying to compete with Marvel, who just released a list of release dates of their own through 2019. What do you think these movies could end up being? Please throw your own speculation into the comments below.
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