DC Comics Announces Massive Slate of Upcoming Film Releases

Justice League by Alex Ross
As we reported in here back in June, DC Comics‘ film division has every intention of following in the footsteps of its wildly successful competitor, Marvel, announcing an upcoming, massive slate of 100 planned superhero films to be released over the next 30 years.

Or so it seems.

The quick recap to the uninitiated, or only vaguely concerned, is that a bunch of those superhero films that have come out over the past few years and made a mint — specifically those with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, The Avengers, and recently The Guardians of the Galaxy — are all interconnected, and take place in the same “universe.” Those are all produced by Marvel Comics‘ film division (owned by Disney; hence the movies being better than they should be, while also being wildly successful).

So now DC Comics (owned by Time Warner) is going to do the same with a bunch of its characters, in a series of flicks. The series actually started last year with the Zack Snyder directed Man of Steel. This much has been known for a while, with a rough timeline leaked this past spring.

Now, however, things have gotten official. There’s been a press release and everything.

The slate of flicks promised by DC and their overlords are as follows:

May 2016 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – directed by Zack Snyder and starring Steel‘s Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck as Batman.
2016 – Suicide Squad directed by David Ayer
2017 – Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot
2017 – Justice League Part One, w/ Affleck, Cavill, and others, and directed by Snyder
2018 – The Flash starring Ezra Miller
2018 – Aquaman starring Jason Momoa
2019 – Shazam
2019 – Justice League Part Two
2019 – Cyborg starring Ray Fisher
2020 – Green Lantern

So whew… Start lining up now for those Green Lantern tickets, as they’re bound to go fast.

DC has had somewhat recent success with Chris Nolan’s Batman films, of course, and has done fairly well on the small screen; with shows such as Arrow, Smallville, and more recently Gotham. But the emergence of Marvel‘s box office dominance has made them seem somehow behind-the-times. Will they catch up, or will the public grow sick of these movies long before they have a chance?