Warner Bros. Moves Up ‘Batman V Superman’ Release Date, Reveals Vague Movie Schedule Through 2020
It appears that the dawn of justice will happen a little bit earlier than originally predicted.
DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have moved up the release date of director Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice from the traditional summer-movie territory of May 6, 2016 to March 25 of that year. The move means DC's big franchise film won't directly compete with one of that year's Marvel films, Captain America 3, which is also slated for that date.
Along with the news of the Batman V Superman move, Warner Bros. also announced a list of release dates for projects through 2020, but with no titles. Here's what Deadline is reporting:
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice – 03/25/16
Untitled DC Film – 08/05/16
Untitled DC Film – 06/23/17
Untitled DC Film – 11/17/17
Untitled DC Film – 03/23/18
Untitled DC Film – 07/27/18
Untitled WB Event Film – 11/16/18
Untitled DC Film – 04/05/19
Untitled DC Film – 06/14/19
Untitled DC Film – 04/03/20
Untitled DC Film – 06/19/20
Untitled WB Event Film – 11/20/20
Prior to San Diego Comic-Con a "leaked" schedule circulated that listed projects through 2018, including Shazam, Wonder Woman, and a Flash/Green Lantern movie, along with Man of Steel 2. The dates for the leaked schedule don't quite sync up with the confirmed schedule, with no Christmas movie slated for either 2016 and 2017.
Much speculation surrounds the two "WB Event Films" scheduled for November 2018 and November 2010. The term could conceivably refer to DC crossovers like a possible Justice League movie, but we expect that to happen sooner than 2018; possibly in June 2017. More plausibly, "WB Event Film" may refer to another Warner Bros. franchise such as the Harry Potter spin off Fantastic Beasts. The first in that series is scheduled for November 2016.
Deadline speculates that a solo Aquaman movie could be in the cards, as the character has been cast with a fairly well-known name, Jason Momoa, but that seems...shaky. Perhaps the first instalment in a rumored DC "dark" movie universe, to be headed up by Guillermo del Toro, is included here. Maybe there'll be a solo Affleck Batman movie. Maybe there'll be two movies starring women (!).
It's all just guesswork right now. But hey, if you were worried at all about there not being a whole heck of a lot more superhero movies between now and the end of the decade, you can set your mind at ease.