There’s so much pressure on Warner Bros. to catch Marvel in the comic book movie industry that jockeying with them for release dates has lost its effect. Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution for WB explains, “The reality now is there really isn’t a bad week to open a movie.” Warner Bros. updated their DC Comics movie schedule this week, including dates that shoot all the way up to 2020. In a showing of superhuman confidence, the juggernaught film company listed nine as yet untitled projects. In a display of shaky insecurity, WB is still that little brother to Marvel Entertainment that’s always trying to catch up. But this move is more a sign of strength and less of a preoccupation with whatever Marvel is doing. Keep going for more, as we speculate about these mysterious movies.
Here are the official release dates for the films no one seems to know anything about. Once you’ve digested this, let the speculation begin.
• “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
When you think about it, posting release dates to things that may not exist is silly. They could be retracted, changed, expanded upon and reduced in number. Just because somebody who’s paid more than me claims to foretell the future doesn’t make it so. But let’s just say all this actually has a modicum of stability. Let’s just say there will be 9 DC movies in the next five years or so. Let’s just say it.
First of all, no matter what we keep hearing about BvS shooting, we won’t even see the movie in 2015. Nor will we see ANY DC movie in 2015. So what’s August 5th 2016 all about? What are the chances of seeing the ‘Justice League’ movie just a few months after the Justice League pre-movie? Slim. So we’re skipping to 2017 and beyond, which by that time, could be ANYTHING. Jumping past the fruitlessness of guessing what those movies could be (besides the ‘Justice League’) let’s go back to August 5. Some candidates:
The Rock teases us on Twitter and in interviews about what comic book role he’s playing. But everybody and their mother are leaning toward a Shazam movie where he’ll either play the title character or nemesis Black Adam. There’s a lot of talk about this lately, almost as if WB is pushing it toward a standalone piece or a BvS appearance. It’s a feasible idea because of the chatter. Nobody’s talking about a Hawk and Dove movie so…
It’s already being said that Sandman is cruising toward a 2016 release date. Not only that, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt is already set to direct and star. The character will no doubt share zero company with the League, but is still a DC property, and therefore counts. I’m going with this choice for Aug 5th. But just in case…
Warner Brothers wants to get that Wonder Woman movie out of the way so bad, it’s ridiculous. But her tryout will be ‘Dawn of Justice.’ If she makes a Hulk/Avengers type impression, that’s your second (added) 2016 movie. If she’s meh, they will stick with Sandman and we won’t see WW again until 2017 in the Justice League film. My guesses:
‘Shazam’ – June 23, 2017. Then, he’ll appear in…
‘Justice League’ – November 17, 2017
For that matter, I’m saying that whatever hero shines the brightest in ‘Dawn of Justice,’ we’ll see that character slide into a 2017 slot. We will be seeing lots of tryouts in that JL flick. I don’t expect a Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern because they botched that. Sure, they’ve got their resident black guy in Cyborg (because you just can’t have more than one. you just CAN’T!) but John Stewart GL could get on deck and show up sooner than later. Call it telling a different story with a different character – like how they did in the ‘xXx’ and Jason Bourne movies. Anything’s possible because release dates and information can easily be changed like it’s nothing.
Source – EW