Feeling a little overwhelmed by the vast movie slates announced by Sony, Marvel and WB? So are we, but here’s a chart helpfully put together by our own Tireless Torsten Adair that will help you plan out the next six years of your life even more. NOTE: I’ve made some corrections to the chart with correct dates for the DC movies, and removed some duplications. To everyone’s relief there will be only 58 superhero/comics/cartoon/Star Wars/Harry Potter movies between now and 2020. That works out to 9.66 movies a year. At $12 a pop… well, let’s just say I hope they have matinees near you.
Of course in reality there will be even MORE than 58 ovies because this chart doesn’t count Universal or Paramount or the COUNTLESS CGI kids movies about tapirs and kangaroos, and the endless supply of Mark Millar movies, and the doubtless to come indie IMage movives and more Dark Horse and Boom and………MORE MORE MORE
Throw in that there are now so many comic-book based TV shows on that I don’t even have room to record them all—Walking Dead, Arrow, Gotham, The Flash, Agents of Shield and Constantine—and…well, it is either a Golden Age or a Golden Glut.
As someone already noted in the comments, the western died, the jungle picture died, the disaster movies died. Are superheros a finite genre that will fade away like Gene Autry movies? Or are they a sturdier genre like “horror” to be endlessly updated and re imagined?
One thing is sure, not every one of these superhero movies will come out. Sony’s slate is already considered incredibly iffy, one more reason they don’t mind lending Spidey out to Marvel for the MCU. DC’s slate is similarly “tentative” until they have a glimmer of hope that their slate will be accepted by the public.
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.