For the last few months, many have speculated about what will happen in May 2016 when Marvel’s Captain America 3 was set to go head-to-head at the box office with DC/Warner Bros’ highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Given the power DC wields by having their two most recognizable star players in the same film, conventional wisdom seemed to state that Marvel was going to move Captain America 3 to a new date, a notion that seemed even likelier after Captain America: The Winter Soldier cleaned up at the box office following its April release. But now, thanks to a new report from The Wrap, it seems DC has blinked first.
According to the article, Warner Brothers has opted to move the Man of Steel follow-up to March 25th, 2016. The shift makes sense as the Captain America sequel proved there’s blockbuster money to be made for spring released superhero films, and Warner Brothers doesn’t want to risk losing any ticket sales to Marvel while they’re trying to build a foundation for the DCCU.
But the release date insanity doesn’t stop there as the following list of untitled DC and WB films was released as well:
Untitled DC Film – 08/05/16
Untitled DC Film – 06/23/17
Untitled DC Film – 11/17/17
Untitled DC Film – 03/23/18
Untitled DC Film – 07/27/18
Untitled WB Event Film – 11/16/18
Untitled DC Film – 04/05/19
Untitled DC Film – 06/14/19
Untitled DC Film – 04/03/20
Untitled DC Film – 06/19/20
Untitled WB Event Film – 11/20/20
Holy cats, that’s a lot of release dates! This is almost certainly a direct response to Marvel carving out a swath of release dates through 2019 for themselves as DC/WB doesn’t want to be seemingly left behind. It’s currently unknown if these “untitled DC films” are the ones rumored to be on DC’s cinematic slate, but leaked plans for films through 2018 including Shazam, Sandman, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Flash/Green Lantern, and Man of Steel 2, but even though the dates don’t line up exactly, the large amount of titles does. As for the two secret WB event films, rumor is they’ll be sequels to the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The studio isn’t about to go into the continuation of one of its biggest properties half-cocked, and securing two dates for potential future sequels is the right move. Still, that leaves plenty of room for speculation as to exactly what those films might be.
All-in-all, this has been one crazy afternoon for Warner Brothers, and also for fans of their films. One thing’s for sure, though, spring 2016 just get way more interesting.
What films do you think WB and DC plan on releasing in the future? Let us know in the comments below.