ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

Wow! Now this is what I - and many other fans - expected three months ago!

Indeed, with all the truly gigantic announcements, it truly felt like we were trapped in a time warp and San Diego Comic-Con is going on.

Let's see, at least partially to trump DC/WB's historic meeting of "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" on March 25, 2016 , it was announced earlier in the week that it was all but a done deal that the Marvel Cinematic universe's two most popular heroes would be clashing in "Captain America 3", out on May 6, 2016.

Oh, and as if that weren't enough, there were rumblings that it would be based on the much clamored for "Civil War" story line.

We weren't even analyzing that when DC/Warner Brothers didn't make just one atomic bomb of an announcement, they made 15 of them! Actually 17!

Let's face it all of DC/WB's announcements are huge! Really, really ginormous stuff!

As in 10 films starring their superheroes, with year confirmed and some talent - as well as at least a solo film each for each of their top 2 heroes - Batman and Superman! TWELVE DC superhero films by 2020!

Oh, that also includes their most popular female character, Wonder Woman, getting her own solo film confirmed at long last and 2 "Justice League" films!

As if that weren't enough, Warner Brothers announced three more "Lego" films AND 3 films spinning off from the most successful franchise in film history, "Harry Potter"!

Here is a complete list of the films DC/WB announced that will, they are gambling, have people wearing out their credit cards ordering tickets from Fandango from now until 2020 (confirmed talent is also attached):

1.) Lego’s “Ninjago,” (2016) Charlie Bean will direct.

2.) “Suicide Squad,” (2016) directed by David Ayer.

3.) “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (2016) David Yates will direct and JK Rowling will be making her screenwriting debut.

4.) “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017)

5.) “The Lego Batman Movie” (2017) Chris McKay will direct.

6.) “Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams confirmed to reprise their roles from 2013's "Man of Steel" (2017)

7.) “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2” (2018)

8.) “The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018)

9.) “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018)

10.) “The Lego Movie 2″ (2018)

11.) “Shazam,” with Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam (2019)

12.) “Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019)

13.) “Cyborg,” starring Ray Fisher (2020)

14.) “Green Lantern” (2020)

15.) “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3” (2020)

16.) Untitled "Man of Steel" sequel (No date confirmed)

17.) Untitled Batman reboot

Wow! Those are some biiiig films right there! That doesn't even count the long announced "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice".

It's hard to argue with the "Lego" sequels and especially the "Harry Potter" spinoffs. I'll talk more about them in the future.

But a dozen huge, blockbuster superhero films slated for a five-year period.

Very impressive.

But you know what?

I still feel Marvel Studios has the advantage.


1.) By announcing the films and years so far in advance, DC/WB is boxing themselves in. If, say, "Suicide Squad" bombs and "Batman v. Superman" under performs, they can't say, "Let's change direction" without the public knowing they are questioning their vision. If, say, a "Black Widow" movie bombs in 2016, and that causes them to be hesitant about a "Captain Marvel" movie, no one will know. Neither film has been penciled in yet.

2.) By committing so much of their films' cinematic future to Zack Snyder - whose work on "Man of Steel" was mixed, to say the least, DC/WB is taking an unnecessary - and possibly unwise - gamble. If "Batman v. Superman" under performs and they want to make a change - again, they can't do so without publicly letting the world know they've decided to fire him. Heck, Joss Whedon isn't confirmed for more than one film at a time at Marvel Studios.

3.) It stiil feels like they're rushing "Justice League" instead of showing the patience Marvel did building toward "Avengers".

4.) The success of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" showed that Marvel's properties increase in popularity as they become more familiar to people. They are used to seeing Chris Evans as Cap three times now - and Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man four times (five if you count his "Incredible Hulk" cameo) and Chris Hemsworth as Thor three times and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow three times. They're characters people have proven with their wallets that they want to see more of.

With their most popular characters, DC/WB does not have that built-in fanbase. The three most popular characters they have - Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman have appeared in exactly one film so far. Henry Cavill starred in "Man of Steel", which drew a lot of negative reaction and Affleck and Gadot are still question marks as to whether people will pay to see THEIR versions of the characters.

Superman fighting Batman may be cool, but it's not the same as the screen versions of Cap and Iron Man that we've gotten to know for years slugging it out on the big screen.

5.) At the same time, Marvel proved with "Guardians of the Galaxy" that fresh, new characters - with the right marketing campaign and a good film can do even better than some of their established properties - and "Man of Steel". Will DC/WB's offerings not seem as fun or exciting as Marvel's new properties down the road?

6.) By not announcing so many films so early, Marvel is able to create more buzz later down the line. We already know the films - or most of them - DC/WB will be putting in cineplexes up to six years from now. That leaves room for Marvel to surprise with a "Gamora" film, for example, where DC/WB can't/

7.) By announcing their schedule so early, DC/WB has left Marvel room to be beat them to the punch in many things. There almost certainly will be a "Black Panther" film by 2020, when "Cyborg" is scheduled to hit. Moreover, Marvel more likely than not will have a name like Chadwick Boseman attached, whereas DC/WB has committed themselves to the relatively unknown Ray Fisher.

8.) Marvel now has an opening to have a "Black Widow" or "Ms. Marvel" film hit screens before "Wonder Woman" in 2017.

9.) While DC/WB is still depending on characters over 70 years old, Marvel can counter with fresh franchises like "New Warriors", "Namor", "Runaways", "Moon Knight", "Nova" and countless others.

10.) There is no "Justice League Dark" film scheduled. No horror-themed film at all from DC/WB. That can inspire Marvel to again take advantage by green lighting at least one of their horror characters like "Blade" and "Werewolf by Night" into a film.

11.) Besides possibly "Shazam", there are no films o the DC/WB slate for kids. Perfect opportunity for Marvel to again be first with a "Power Pack" movie.

12.) Who knows what may happen to some of these actors in the next few years that are attached to DC/WB properties??

What do all of you think? Hmm?


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