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DC vs Marvel: Which movies are going head to head through 2020?

- October 15th, 2014

Do you know what you’ll be doing in 2020? Don’t worry, Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. have you covered.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Warner Bros. and DC executives revealed their full slate of superhero movies through 2020.

Leading off the previously announced Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League titles, DC also confirmed fans should expect to see stand alone Wonder Woman, Flash, Shazam, Green Lantern, Cyborg, and Aquaman films, too, along with more individual Superman and Batman films.

The news comes just days after rumours flooded the internet that Marvel was pairing up Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) and Captain America (Chris Evans) for the third instalment of the latter’s popular movie franchise to launch the Civil War story arc.

The overload of news, rumours, and casting whispers has caused a foggy haze to settle over fans eyes. The most important question, still, is when the films will be released?

And in subsequent, which Marvel movie will go head to head with which DC movie?

Although certain dates have been announced, Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios have left the majority of their slots blank, but that didn’t stop us from trying to crack the less than cryptic code.

Note: This list will ignore Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron as DC doesn’t have any films scheduled until 2016. Marvel wins that round via forfeiture.

2016:

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice versus Captain America 3

The amount of controversy surrounding the release date of these two films is unbelievable. Both have been previously slotted for earlier or later dates, but changed to better secure a successful weekend win at the box office.

In the end, Warner Bros. and DC decided to take Batman v Superman out of the spring/summer box office game altogether, slotting it for a safe March 26 release date. Post Oscars and pre-blockbuster season will cement its massive financial payday.

If the two were going head to head, however, our bets would be on Captain America 3, which is scheduled to be released on May 6. While Batman v Superman has the curiosity angle where audiences are concerned (who doesn’t want to see if Ben Affleck can pull off the Caped Crusader), the launch of Civil War, easily the most important mini-saga in the Marvel universe, will win over the majority of theatre goers.

Doctor Strange

Casting rumours are always a little hectic, but the amount of names being thrown in the pot for one of Marvel’s oldest superheroes is a little over the top. With that being said, it’s obvious there is no shortage of anticipation for the film. With no DC heroes slotted to take on the wizard, Marvel automatically wins the summer season.

WINNER: Marvel

2017:

First unannounced Marvel film – Hulk movie (May 5)

Considering Hulk is one of the most successful characters to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe re-framing, it’s only a matter of time until Marvel Studios Executive Kevin Feige and his team announce the green monster’s stand alone movie. Marvel isn’t going to want to throw a Hulk movie into the middle of blockbuster season, however, and May has always been testing grounds for the studio.

Summer: Justice League (June 23) versus Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (July 28)

As popular as Guardians of the Galaxy is, all bets are on Justice League taking home the summer box office. Much of this depends on how Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice does in 2016, and how much people are willing to complain about director Zack Snyder again on Twitter. The Guardians sequel will undoubtedly pull in bags of money for Marvel, but it’s not a Justice League versus Avengers scenario. Most theatre goers will choose the massive DC team for the first time on screen over Chris Pratt and company’s return.

Winter: Wonder Woman (November 17) versus Ant-Man 2 (November 3)

Like Marvel and the possible Hulk standalone movie, DC isn’t going to risk putting Wonder Woman as their number one contender when it comes to summer blockbuster competition. The November slot is perfect for action buffs who are trying to find a decent movie to watch while in the thrall of horror and Oscar season, guaranteeing a payday for the studio. As for Marvel, they don’t like to keep their franchises too far apart in release dates. November 3 would be almost two and half years after the first Ant-Man is released in 2015, making it the perfect spot for its sequel to debut.

WINNER: DC

2018:

Pre-blockbuster season: Aquaman (March 27) versus Avengers 3 (May 4)

It may seem odd for a movie like Aquaman, not even one of DC’s more popular characters, to go up against the third Avengers movie, but there’s little doubt that’s what Marvel has scheduled. The top of May spot has always been used for an Avengers movie when it’s an Avengers year (alternating otherwise between Captain America and Iron Man), and 2018 will see the third instalment of the film. DC slotting Aquaman a couple of months earlier is their way of retaining as much profit as they can before Marvel’s financial beast is released.

Summer: The Flash (July 27) versus Doctor Strange 2 (July 6)

With the third Avengers movie out there, Marvel could slot whatever they wanted to and still win every weekend at the box office. 2018 would see the appropriate time for Marvel to release a Doctor Strange sequel, and it would be a great Avengers-team free follow up for Marvel fans. This summer belongs to Warner Bros., though, with the Flash’s debut. Starring Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), The Flash is easily the most hyped up DC film following Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.

Winter: Howard the Duck (November 2)

Remember the ferocious little duck from the ‘90s, or at the very least the fearsome looking duck from the post-credits scene in Guardians of the Galaxy? This is his time. With no competition from any major blockbuster character, Marvel slotting an unusual character like Howard the Duck toward the end of the year would be their best bet at getting him off the ground.

WINNER: Marvel

2019:

Pre-blockbuster season: Justice League 2 (April 5) versus first Civil War installment (May 3)

Again, May has historically been a massive part of Marvel’s movie roll out. After unveiling they were going to try and bring their beloved Civil War story to the screen, questions immediately poured out from fans about whether that meant they were negotiating securing partial rights to use Spider-Man from Sony. If the latest rumours from the Sony camp are true, Marvel is heading toward that right now. 2019 will give the studios enough time to sort out the legalities and bring Spider-Man into the Avengers universe.

DC will try to give Marvel a run for their money with the Justice League sequel, but if Spider-Man does make it onto the big screen with Captain America and Iron Man in an all out comic book war, there’s no hope for the latter company.

Summer: Shazam (June 14)

Usually, putting a character like Shazam up as the main attraction mid-summer would be a risky decision. With no competition from the Marvel camp, however, it’s a guaranteed success.

WINNER: Marvel

2020:

There’s no competition from Marvel this year (or at least there isn’t yet), so be sure to keep an eye out for the standalone Cyborg film on April 3 and the revamped Green Lantern film on June 4.

WINNER: DC

Dwayne Johnson teases Shazam role in new tweet

- July 25th, 2014

Bam Shazam!

On Thursday, Dwayne Johnson tweeted out a photo that has the blogs blogging, the tweeters tweeting and Comic Con cheering.

 

Like I said, bam Shazam.

If this isn’t confirmation Johnson is about to get his own Shazam movie, or a role in the upcoming Justice League film, I don’t know what is.

People have been speculating about the former wrestler’s role within the DC universe since December of last year, when he sent out yet another cryptic tweet regarding the possibility of a major upcoming role.

To sweeten the deal, Johnson told Screen Rant he had found a character that would not only allow him to explore his acting capabilities and personalize a beloved member of an enormous franchise, but one that would be able to stand on par with Superman.

“…the most important [quality] is that he had to be a badass motherf—– and on a Superman level of power where he could throw down,” Johnson said. “I’m happy we’ve found that character and right now we’re out to a lot of writers.”

DC has been looking to expand their movie franchise for years, entrusting studio veteran Zack Snyder with crafting the future of their cinematic world.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled to release in 2015, and we already know a Justice League movie is in development.

The only remaining question is when we’ll recieve actual confirmation from studio executives that Johnson is playing Shazam.

Answer? It might be sooner than expected.

 

Johnson tweeted out Friday that he had made a “surprise” visit to Comic Con to celebrate the release of his most recent film, Herclues, with his fans.

If he’s at Comic Con, though, chances are we’re going to get a final declaration of confirmation sometime today or tomorrow.

Keep an eye out, internet, Twitter may just explode.

‘Justice League’ to be directed by Zack Snyder

- April 27th, 2014

Warner Bros. has announced that Justice League will be directed by Zack Snyder. The long-rumoured superhero team-up film, which brings together characters from the DC universe, will follow Batman vs. Superman.

“It will be a further expansion of this universe,” Warner Bros. president of worldwide production Greg Silverman told the Wall Street Journal. “Superman vs Batman will lead into Justice League.”

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The script is reportedly still in development with no release date set. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Znyder will shoot the films shot back-to-back.

Last year, Will Beall’s treatment for Justice League was axed.

Following Snyder’s JLA, we’ll likely see solo films featuring Batman and possibly Wonder Woman, who will be played by Gal Gadot in Batman vs. Superman.

“With the right script, that could be viable,” Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing, told the WSJ. “The world is ready for her.”

Other characters from the DC universe are expected to have cameos in Batman vs. Superman, with Ray Fisher the latest addition to the cast. He’ll play Cyborg (a member of the Teen Titans who was hinted at in Man of Steel). There’s also no word on how Warner will handle Ryan Reynolds, who played Green Lantern in the 2011 big screen flop. It’s unlikely he’ll be included, but because of his high profile, the character could be added to Justice League for a possible reboot.

This isn’t the first time DC has eyed bringing the JLA to the big screen. In 2007, George Miller (Mad Max) had Justice League: Mortal ready to go with Armie Hammer as Batman, Adam Brody as The Flash, D.J. Cotrona as Superman and Megan Gale as Wonder Woman. That film was shelved in 2008.

Batman vs. Superman will open against Captain America 3, May 6, 2016.

Gina Carano: Wonder Woman needs to be done correctly

- August 15th, 2013
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Gina Carano. Reuters File

 

Speculation has been mounting for months that Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel would be the film that will help DC Comics get Justice League off the ground.

Much like how Marvel used Iron Man in 2008 to launch a series of superhero films that culminated with The Avengers, this summer’s Superman reboot was supposed lay the building blocks for a JLA team-up.

Since Man of Steel was announced, there were rumours that another DC hero would make a surprise cameo, including Gina Carano as Wonder Woman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Batman.

None of those happened, but at last month’s San Diego Comic-Con, Snyder did reveal that Man of Steel 2 will be a joint Superman/Batman film, and it will be followed by Justice League.

Carano, who was seen recently in Fast & Furious 6, is still the leading candidate for Wonder Woman and in an exclusive interview with ComingSoon.net, the MMA star called her rumoured involvement an “incredible compliment.”

Saying that she has been getting into comic books, Carano did offer up her thoughts on playing the character.

“[Wonder Woman] is the ultimate superhero for a woman. No matter what, no matter who ends up being Wonder Woman someday, I just hope it’s something that is done correctly. I know it’s there and that it could definitely be done correctly. It’s just a matter of getting the right people and having the right vision come together. A director and producer and writer have to see the beauty in it and make it real.”

Carano did hint that she has been getting into the “comic book space a little… [and has] some really good prospects about what [she] might do there.”

A few years back, David E. Kelley tried to launch a Wonder Woman TV series over at NBC with Adrianne Palicki (it fizzled). An origin series, Amazon, was being eyed by the CW network for this fall (it’s on hold).

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What do you think? Would you want to see Carano as the Amazonian princess, or should the part go to someone else? Watch Carano kick ass in this clip from Haywire, and sound off in the comments.

Is ‘Man of Steel 2′ going to be Superman vs. Batman?

- July 24th, 2013
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Batman – the dark knight falls

So unless you were living under rock last weekend, you’ve no doubt heard that DC is skipping Man of Steel 2 to make a joint Superman/Batman movie instead.

Henry Cavill’s Superman will be joined by a still-to-be-named actor playing Batman. Man of Steel director Zack Snyder will direct and co-write with David S. Goyer, with Christopher Nolan exec producing.

The film is due out in 2015.

At a separate Comic-Con panel celebrating Superman’s 75th anniversary, ComicBook.com reveals that Goyer said the movie would have one of two titles: “We’re actually not sure whether the title is Superman vs. Batman or Batman vs. Superman but yes, it’s–that rematch, that combination, the two guys onscreen and that’s happening.”

So it seems that Superman and Batman won’t be a team-up – at least initially. It’ll be more of a battle. But I’m wondering in that instance, who’ll be the villain?

The folks at ComicBook.com did some further research and found out that the domain BatmanVsSupermanMovie.com redirects to warnerbros.com.

Batman and Superman have teamed up many times in the comic books, perhaps most famously in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns in 1986. There was even a planned film in 2003 that was to be directed by Wolfgang Petersen (Troy).

As he announced the new film at Comic-Con, Synder invited Harry Lennix (who played General Swanwick in Man of Steel) onstage to read the line from the comic: “I want you to remember, Clark,” he said before the flickering images of a Superman and Batman logo flashed on the screen. “In all the years to come. In all your most private moments. I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.”

Snyder said that his upcoming movie won’t be an adaptation of Miller’s series, but it will help influence the story.

“We’re not adapting this thing, but it is the thing that will help us tell that story,” Snyder said.

Man of Steel dropped several hints of a shared DC universe including signage for Wayne Enterprises, LexCorp and Utopia Casino.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. will release The Flash in 2016 and Justice League in 2017.

So that’s what we know. What storyline would you like to see in the upcoming Superman/Batman film? Let us know what you think in the comments.