Warner Bros. and DCE Stretch Their Spandex Releasing a Marvel-esque Box Office Schedule

SHAZAM!

That could be the war-cry for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment as they charge into box-office-battle with Marvel Studios, hoping to duplicate their rival’s monstrous success – assuming that lightning can strike twice.

Warner’s ever-growing plan doesn’t just stop with men in tights, if movies are “tentpoles,” the studio may get mistaken for Ringling Brothers over these next six years based on reveals from Wednesday’s investors meeting. Adding to the ten pending comic adaptations – whose dates were released a couple months ago sans titles – WB saved the date for a three-pack of the Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as well as a trio of Lego films. I wonder if their money interlocks when they stack it?

None of that includes standalone pics for DC cornerstones; Batman and Superman, which could bump their slate up by as many as four more features during that time-frame. That means twenty productions over the six-year period, each of which likely to command budgets in excess of 150million. That’s 3billion – with a B – being spent, which does not include marketing dollars sure to be in the tens-of-millions per movie.

Why is Warner Bros. putting their money where their cowl is? Maybe Marvel proving you can make a film true to its source material that satisfies dedicated fans without alienating non-comic readers gave the Hollywood titan new-found confidence. Or the “Warners” were shitting themselves as they watched their publishing rival – Warner owns DC Comics – score win after win with only a fraction of their characters available to them. Sony and Fox control the cinematic usage of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men portions of Marvel’s catalogue.

“Wait, the guy playing me on TV’s not playing me in the movie?”

Below is a list of DC’s upcoming cinematic universe minus Big Blue and Gotham’s original man in black. At a minimum each would get one solo outing – Batman in 2018 and Superman 3 in 2020 if everything else stays the same is my educated(?) guess.

Names are attached to some of these titles – like Ezra Miller who’ll take a run at The Flash and the long-rumored Jason Momoa playing Aquaman – but with years before most even start preproduction, I won’t ask you to waste precious brain cells on credit rolls that will inevitably mutate between now and (insert release date here).

 

2016

  • BvS: Dawn of Justice
  • Suicide Squad

2017

  • Wonder Woman
  • Justice League

2018

  • The Flash
  • Aquaman

2019

  • Shazam!
  • Justice League 2

2020

  • Cyborg
  • Green Lantern

Click here for a look at the entire press release.

Now that DC & WB are making a Marvel level commitment, has a theatrical Crisis been averted? And if Grant Gustin isn’t jumping between the small and sliver screens as the scarlet speedster, can the TV and film worlds share continuity? Does the separate casting for the Flash properties close the door for a Stephen Amell cameo as the Green Arrow despite Amell revealing talks of his potential crossover? Those are my early questions. What are yours?

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Michael Pellegrini

Michael is a classic example of a child trapped in an adult’s body – and I use the word “adult” very, very loosely. With interests ranging from comic books and movies to theater and fine art, Mike has followed humble journalistic beginnings that have led to interviews, reviews, news write-ups and opinion – though it’s ever changing – pieces covering those same interests. All of that brings us here, to a site where a community of like-minded geeks can inform the rest of the world on the topics we adore.

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