As you can see DC has officially set in motion what can be considered its "Phase One" with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad. with the DC lineup revealed there are two questions that come to mind. The first: Is Marvel's reign at the box office going to come to an end? The second: Are we getting too many super hero movies?
With 54 Marvel and DC adaptations in less than two decades (counting this years releases), the end must surely be in sight.
If the lineups above are any indication of years to come, then at least for the next five years we are going to be jam packed with superhero movies. Don't forget Fox's X-men franchise has 2 coming out this year alone, and Marvel's version of Spiderman, and the Ant-man sequel are not included in the photo above.
We are all fully aware that what Marvel Studios did with their phase one was something incredible. The entirety of it's line up (with the exception of The Incredible Hulk) all felt like they were in the same universe and felt connected. It was somewhat surprising that Phase 2 fell short on almost every sequel. That isn't to say the movies themselves weren't good. Thor 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ant-Man all had one thing in common. They did little to progress the story in terms of the overall franchise. Iron-man 3 dealt with Tony Stark's PTSD and life after the Avengers, and Captain American 2 set forth the destruction of shield. So when Age of Ultron came many people knew it was going to be hard to match, let alone surpass the original, and this sequel did neither. So how can DC survive or even excel in a market of over saturation? Two words: Suicide Squad
DC has the opportunity to hit the ground running with something marvel could never offer. A movie based solely on the villains. Could you imagine a movie where all of Marvel's cinematic villains team up? Okay, seeing Loki, Ronan, and Thanos together would be cool, but it couldn't hold an entire movie by itself. DC has such a diverse, and rich well to pull from in terms of it's villains. Joker, Doomsday, Black Manta. The list goes on and on, and it's in these characters DC can offer something different. If you aren't convinced check out the trailer below.
Don't think that i'm all about DC though. While i'm incredibly excited for both BVS and Suicide Squad, the approach they're taking with their franchise is vastly different from the MCU and quite honestly seems rushed. With the rumored inclusion of a full Justice League at the formers climax, we can't help but wonder what is actually in store for us.
With billions of dollars in global box office, a steady flow of quality films, it's no wonder Marvel is the current authority on superhero film. With the Russo brothers taking over directing responsibility of Avengers: Infinity War 1 & 2, and Captain America: Civil War acting as Avengers lite, the next few months will provide us with a more certain answer of who will reign supreme, or if we even need to make a choice between the two in the first place.