Warner Bros. made some exciting advancements towards expanding the DC Movie Universe this week. Not only was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s release date moved up six weeks, but the studio also announced dates for nine other DC adaptations from 2016 to 2020. Of course, WB hasn’t confirmed what these films are exactly, but a new report suggests that we will learn some of these titles by the end of the month.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly for a feature covering Batman v Superman‘s move to March 2016, Dan Fellman, WB president of domestic distribution, revealed that “some” of the new DC movies will be announced later this month. It is speculated that the announcements will at least include Shazam and Justice League. Speaking of the latter, Fellman also hinted at the ultimate DC superhero ensemble being released sooner than expected. When asked if the Dawn of Justice follow-up will be released shortly afterwards instead of two to three years later, he said, “While it hasn’t been officially announced, I think it’s a pretty good bet.” Personally, I am predicting that the June 23rd, 2017 release date is being reserved for Justice League.
EW’s feature also goes behind-the-scenes of Batman v Superman‘s move to March 25th, 2016, avoiding a conflict with Marvel’s Captain America 3 on May 6th. Fellman looked back at the Summer 2014 movie season, and despite several tentpole films being released, none of them grossed $250M domestically. “The reality now is there really isn’t a bad week to open a movie. If you look at the summer box office this year, you can see that there were so many movies, one after the other. You can start with Spider-Man, two weeks later Godzilla, and then Maleficent, and then Edge of Tomorrow, and then Jump Street and Transformers. And the one thing they all had in common, not one of them did over $250 million. We’ll be the first one up [in 2016], which is very important, and we’ll have six weeks before Captain America comes in.” As for why Warner Bros. moved Dawn of Justice into the May 6th slot in the first place, he said, “In terms of going back and reviewing the situation, it looked to us—and maybe our reconnaissance wasn’t great—that they were not going to have a movie [ready] on that date. Just that they held onto it and they might not be able to deliver. But they took another position.” Much more can be found in the link above.