It’s no secret. Marvel is kicking the sh*t out of DC in the movie department. Having already established a shared universe with Captain America, Thor, Iron and crew, fans are now treated to Avengers and other, lesser known heroes like Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming Ant-Man.
So, is DC finished? Should they just give up at this point? Answer: absolutely not. Look, Marvel is winning the battle but this is a war that’s going to last for quite some time. I will say that much hinges on DC’s gamble with their “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” film. No, Supes and Bats are not in a court case. However, they plan to include other characters in this movie, including Wonder Woman, Cyborg and Aquaman. Attempting to set up their own universe and lead into a Justice League movie. Very ambitious Warner Bros. is indeed. They wanna play catch up without really bringing about solo movies. Some may say this is a mistake but do we really need another solo movie detailing a well known characters origins again? How many times do we need to see how Bruce Wayne became Batman? Kal-El to Supes, etc. Lesser known characters will get their due in solo movies after they make their initial appearances in Bats V Supes. Personally, I’m okay with this strategy. If Bats V Supes is a solid movie then you can expect a bunch of green lights to occur with other character movies.
Oh, I almost forgot. “Suicide Squad” is being made with an all star cast and looks to also solidify DC’s presence at the box office. Everything looks ripe for DC to get in the game but most everything hinges upon Bats V Supes succeeding.
There is going to be a lot more superhero movies at the theaters in the next few years. Here’s how the future looks:
Avengers: Age of Ultron – May 1, 2015
Ant-Man – July 17, 2015
Fantastic-Four – August 7, 2015
Deadpool – February 12, 2016
Captain America: Civil War: May 6, 2016
X-Men: Apocalypse – May 27, 2016
Gambit – October 7, 2016
Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016
Sinister Six – November 11, 2016
Wolverine 3 – March 3, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017
Fantastic Four 2 – June 2, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok – July 28, 2017
Black Panther – November 3, 2017
Avengers: Infinity War (part one) – May 4, 2018
Amazing Spider-Man 3 – May 27, 2018
Captain Marvel – July 6, 2018
Gambit – July 13, 2018
Inhumans – November 2, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (part two) – May 3, 2019
That’s a LOT of movies. From the trailers we’ve seen I’m most concerned about the “Fantastic-Four” reboot and “Ant-Man”. FF’s trailer is probably the most ominous pile of sh*t trailer I’ve seen. Ant-Man just looks okay. I wish they kept Edgar Wright at the helm. Hell, it was his idea to get the Ant-Man movie off the ground in the first place.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 25, 2016
Suicide Squad – August 5, 2016
Wonder Woman – June 23, 2017
Justice League (part one) – November 17, 2017
The Flash – March 23, 2018
Aquaman – July 27, 2018
Shazam – April 5, 2019
Justice League (part two) – June 14, 2019
Cyborg – April 3, 2020
Green Lantern – June 19, 2020
Sandman – announced but no official date
You could say this list is tentative because, again, a lot rides on the success of Bats V Supes. If all pans out for DC, they are looking to compete at the same level by 2019. Yeah, that’s forever away but hey, Marvel was the first to really get the ball rolling with their properties. Moreover, you can expect more movies to branch out of these properties just as it is being done with Marvel.
If all else fails for DC, they are at least ahead in TV shows and animated movies.
Here’s a fun statistical comparison (written in August 2014) courtesy of the Verge.