The Marvel and DC rivalry is as old as modern pop culture time. They are the two biggest comic book publishers on Earth with the largest catalog of superheroes and stories between them. While DC has the most iconic heroes with Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, Marvel has the most fun and hip heroes such as Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America. The two companies go back and forth with their dominance on pop culture, while Marvel is the clear cut winner when it comes to superhero movies.
Marvel not only started much later in the movie game, but they also changed the way superhero movies are made and enjoyed with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a film series that is interconnected and shared. DC, as of late, is trying to "catch up" with viewers' changing tastes after disappointing movies like Green Lantern have failed to live up to what Christopher Nolan did with the Dark Knight trilogy. DC movies are also darker than Marvel movies, which are lighter, more fun, and appeal to broader audiences. For years, Marvel has steamrolled over DC with quick movie releases that stretch as far as 2019, but now DC and Warner Bros. are telling the world that they can also play the shared universe game as well.
Recently, Warner Bros. and DC announced nine movie release dates to untitled projects. These release dates go as far as 2020 and shows that the movie studio is planning to release two movies a year to keep up with Marvel and to give general audiences what they want, more superhero movies. Conversely, Marvel also plans to release two movies a year between 2015 and 2019 with three movies to come in 2017. Marvel is planning 10 movies between 2015 and 2019, while DC is also offering 10 movies between 2016 and 2020.
A few weeks ago, movie reporter Nikki Finke's inside sources revealed Warner Bros and DC's plans for the future. She reported that the movie studio was planning to release seven movies through 2018, while Latino Review revealed Warner Bros and DC might have another movie ready for 2019. Let's rundown what these new untitled DC movie release dates might be, shall we...
No superhero movies from Warner Bros and DC throughout 2015.
March 25, 2016: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (official)
August 5, 2016: Shazam (unofficial)
June 23, 2017: Man of Steel 2 (unofficial)
November 17, 2017: Sandman (unofficial)
March 23, 2018: Wonder Woman (unofficial)
July 27, 2018: Justice League (unofficial)
April 5, 2019: Aquaman (unofficial)
June 14, 2019: The Batman (unofficial)
April 3, 2020: Flash and Green Lantern (John Stewart) team-up (unofficial)
June 19, 2020: Justice League 2 (unofficial)
If you notice a pattern here, then you're very keen. Aside from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was pushed from May 6, 2016 because of Marvel's Captain America 3 opening, Warner Bros. and DC might release established movie properties like Batman, Superman, and Justice League during the summer movie season.
Meanwhile, unproven properties like Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the Flash and Green Lantern team-up movies get less risky spring release dates. Shazam is an expectation because supposedly, it will star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and an August release date is almost a dumping ground for summer movies. It wasn't until Guardians of the Galaxy hit that the perception of an August release date has changed.
What do you think? Do you think DC will race ahead of Marvel in the eyes of the general public? If true, do you think Warner Bros. and DC have a strong superhero slate for the next six years?