When Marvel and WB both picked May 6, 2916 as a release date—Marvel aggressively moving Captain America 3 to the same date as the long expected Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice—we all knew someone would blink.
And it was WB. They have just announced that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will move up to March 25, 2016.
Spring openings used to be less prestigious than summer, but are now no knock on a movie’s earning potential. Still, symbolically, pulling out of the lucrative summer season is a little bit of a retreat on the WB’s part.
BUT, proving that they have actually learned something from Marvel Studios success, they also announced a thrilling slate of nine brand new….release dates.
Aug. 8, 2016,
June 23, 2017
Nov. 17, 2017
March 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
April 5, 2019
June 14, 2019
April 3, 2020
June 19, 2020
SO THERE. You’ll recall that Marvel released a similar list of release dates with no movies. That’s one and a half World Cups and THREE Olympics and TWO presidential elections worth of WB superhero movies! Not that we have a clue what any of them are, but I hear April 3, 2020 will be Metal Men, and June 19, 2020 will be Power Girl.
Latino Review actually has a round up of all the rumoured movie dates from Marvel, DC and Fox. Here’s what we KNOW:
May 2015 – Age of Ultron
June 2015 – Fantastic Four
July 2015 – Ant-Man
March 2016 – Batman v Superman
May 2016 – Captain America 3
May 2016 – X-Men: Apocalypse
July 2016 – Dr. Strange (implied)
After that things get…mysterious.
So that’s where we’re at right now. The superhero movie business is now so lucrative and frnatic that people are competing to see who can announce the most DATES without actually announcing movies.
As a reminder, it’s New Comic Day and you can find many fine books at your local comics seller, such as the incredible How the World Was by Alan Guibert. One of the most touching memoirs I’ve read in a long time.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.