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.