Thursday, August 7, 2014

'Batman v Superman' to hit theaters in March 2016, Warner Bros. sets dates for nine new DC films

A few months ago, fanboys across America got really excited when Marvel announced that Captain America 3 would be hitting theaters on May 6, 2016, which happened to be the same date that DC had set Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for. Everyone got pumped while fans were worried that the films would beat each other up resulting in two flops. However, most sensible people saw this for what it was: a huge game of chicken between the two biggest comic book film studios in Hollywood. And now, we have a winner. Warner Bros. announced yesterday that Batman v Superman will hit theaters on March 25, 2016. That decision moves the film away from Cap 3 and into the much less crowded month of March, where it will face off against Warcraft and Beverly Hills Cop. Marvel clearly won this battle, but the DC/Marvel feud war only heated up yesterday, when Warner Bros. announced that a whopping nine new DC films will hit theaters between now and 2020.

Marvel recently made waves when they revealed the release dates for six upcoming movies in addition to the four that were already announced. That's certainly an ambitious plan, but Marvel has proved recently that they can turn almost anything into a hit (Guardians of the Galaxy), so everyone in Hollywood has confidence in the studio. DC, on the other hand, is a pretty risky bet. The Dark Knight trilogy was a massive success and Man of Steel took in a lot of money last year, but the studio has paled in comparison to Marvel. However, DC seems eager to change that and they turned the momentum slightly when they announced nine new release dates. Here they are: 

-Untitled DC Film- 8/5/16
-Untitled DC Film- 6/23/17
-Untitled DC Film- 11/17/17
-Untitled DC Film- 3/23/18
-Untitled DC Film- 7/27/18
-Untitled DC Film- 4/5/19
-Untitled DC Film- 6/14/19
-Untitled DC Film- 4/3/20
-Untitled DC Film- 6/19/20

That's a very intriguing schedule and the speculation about what these films might possibly be has already begun. We've all heard the rumors about Dwayne Johnson playing Shazam, so I would expect that film to be in the pipeline. The August 2016 release seems very reasonable. Justice League is coming as well, and I know that Warner Bros. wants a prime release for the film. A June 2017 release is probable. After that, who really knows? Could we see another attempt at Green Lantern? Flash? A stand-alone Wonder Woman film? Nikki Finke had a report about all of this a few months back, but with these recent developments, I'm not sure if it's trust-worthy. For now, we're just going to have to wait and see. 

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