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Warner Bros Announces Big Plans!

Warner Bros Announces Big Plans!

As we reported earlier this week Warner Bros decided to bring forward the release date of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, putting it in late March 2016 for its US release, but not only did they bring Bats and Supes forward, they also threw out a bit of a major deal with a whole bunch of release dates for what they are calling either DC films or “event films” which will follow up after Batman v Superman.

The thirteen movie list as is follows;

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 Animated Film – Memorial Day 2018

Untitled DC Film – July 27, 2018

Untitled WB Event Film – November 16, 2018

Untitled DC Film – April 5, 2019

Untitled Animated Film – Memorial Day 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

Announcing this schedule of releases is quite a statement from Warners, while they’ve been playing catch-up to Marvel for what feels like forever by this point, in their own way this is a pretty ambitious schedule for a studio that has always taken more of a slow burn approach with releases from DC properties.

Speculation about the projects attached to these dates is pretty rampant but some of the safer bets include Shazam (with the Rock attached), Man of Steel 2, Wonder Woman, Justice League and a Sandman film from the vertigo published comic book series. Other suggestions include Aquaman, as well as a Flash/Green Lantern team-up movie.

So, what about the event films? Well, popular speculation right now is that they are sequels to the Harry Potter spinoff series called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The first film in that series is scheduled for November, 2016, so that would place the first sequel two years later which seems perfect timing.

The animated films? Again, popular rumour is further Lego movies, given the huge popularity of the first film, sequels have been a foregone conclusion for a while.

Well that’s quite the ambitious slate, but maybe Warners are finally gathering momentum with a cinematic DC universe, and more importantly, moving things beyond the traditional movie foundation of Batman and Superman.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.
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