This is clearly the era of the superhero film, and it’s Marvel and Disney vs. DC Comics and Warner Bros. as the heavyweights in the ring, trying to secure their best chances by locking in release dates as early as possible. When you consider the fact that Sony is expanding their Spider-Man universe in a major way, with a schedule through to 2018, and 20th Century Fox going at it with their upcoming X-Men films and Fantastic Four reboot, you can be assured that we’ll be getting inundated by superhero films for a long time to come.
Last month saw Marvel/Disney release a schedule with release dates in every year until 2019, and DC/Warner Bros. have just responded with a schedule of their own. They have also announced that Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, will no longer be going head-to-head against Marvel’s Captain America 3 on May 6, 2016. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel has been moved up to March 25.
Here is WB’s release schedule:
- March 25, 2016 – Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
- 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
- November 16, 2018 – Untitled WB Event Film
- April 5, 2019 – Untitled DC Film
- June 14, 2019 – Untitled DC Film
- April 3, 2020 – Untitled DC Film
- June 19, 2020 – Untitled DC Film
- November 20, 2020 – Untitled WB Event Film
That’s ten DC Comic movies, released two per year, starting with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. No word on what the “WB Event Films” could entail, but many are assuming that these dates will be for the second and third chapters in J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts trilogy. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits U.S. cinemas on November 18, 2016.
There’s no word on which DC films are to be released on these other dates, but it’s safe to assume that there are a few Justice League films in there, not to mention a Wonder Woman spinoff.
To compare, here’s Marvel’s line-up:
- May 1, 2015 – The Avengers: Age of Ultron
- July 17, 2015 – Ant-Man
- May 6, 2016 – Captain America 3
- July 8, 2016 – Doctor Strange
- May 5, 2017 – Untitled Marvel film
- July 28, 2017 – Guardians Of The Galaxy 2
- November 3, 2017 – Untitled Marvel film
- May 4, 2018 – Untitled Marvel film
- July 6, 2018 – Untitled Marvel film
- November 2, 2018 – Untitled Marvel film
- May 3, 2019 – Untitled Marvel film
Wow. Hold our calls for the next few years.