legendFeeling 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.

Superhero Overload



  1. Is it really fair to include non-superhero animated films or even live-action stuff like Star Wars and Harry Potter, though?

  2. It’s hard to decide which cautionary example to use …. The flood of superhero comics that came out in the early 1940s, reduced to a trickle by the 1950s? The flood of western films that came out in the 1950s, reduced to a trickle in the 1970s? The flood (in terms of units at least) of superhero comics that came out in the 1990s, reduced to a trickle in the 2000s? Or – this being Hollywood – maybe we should be looking out for a big-budget tentpole superhero film that dramatically “underperforms”, putting every other similar film production in jeopardy?

  3. Is it really fair to say 69 when some of the “Unknown DC” films will obviously match up with the ones with no date given at the top of the year? Still a big glut of films. I know I’ve skipped a few in theatres already I wouldn’t have dreamed of a few years ago due to there being too many, but then again there are people in my office already making plans to see ALL of these, so the studios thinking is there are enough of them to balance out those viewers they lose to fatigue.

  4. On the heels of GOTG, Captain Marvel, and the Inhumans, Warner Brothers will be releasing Legion of Super-Heroes in 2021! I will start working on my script tonight.

  5. Yup.
    Movie dates are fluid. Just look at Doctor Strange, or BvS.

    I included the bigger animated movies, as well as the major geek films. (Yes, Disney animated features are now “geek” certified, at least for females. Lots of Elsas wandering the show floors… and did you see the female action figures in the Big Hero 6 assortment?!?!!!)

    I haven’t seen all the movies of any particular series. (Thor 2, X-Men DoFP, any Wolverine) I did see Snowpiercer… and Howard the Duck on opening day back when we were happy to have ONE superhero movie a year!

    In addition, it’s rumored that Jaden Smith might be featured in a “Static Shock” tv series.

    Oh, and the other shoe which hasn’t dropped yet:

    Oh, I just realized… I haven’t looked at IMDB for BD and GN inspired movies!

  6. Just to reiterate:
    Warner Brothers/DC Entertainment has not linked ANY superhero movies with any specific dates post-Batman vs. Superman.
    Given the difficulties getting Wonder Woman produced, I would not be surprised if Marvel beats DCE with Captain Marvel.

  7. “one more reason [Sony] don’t mind lending Spidey out to Marvel for the MCU.”

    Wait, what? Did I miss an announcement or something that Marvel can use Spider-Man in the MCU movies now?

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