Warner Bros. Pictures have today announced an alteration in the release schedule of their upcoming superhero crossover film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as official launch windows for not one, not two, but nine new films based on DC Entertainment properties coming to cinemas between 2015 and 2020.
Before we reveal the aforementioned, hugely ambitious release schedule in its entirety, let's first momentarily analyse the Dawn of Justice update. It's all too easy to forget that here in the UK, Dawn's release date was already shifted to April 29th, 2016 so as for Warner Bros. to avoid it clashing with the domestic première of Captain America 3 on May 6th that year, yet by moving Dawn forward to March, the studio has taken a bold step in their campaign to secure and capitalize on the project's box office potential. Given that Prometheus 2 is the only other major blockbuster due to launch that month, it seems a fairly safe assumption that the much-anticipated Justice League of America prequel will dominate both the domestic and Stateside box offices right from the outset.
When it comes to ambitious moves, though, Warner has far bigger fish to fry, as evidenced by their acquisition of almost ten key release dates for further as-of-yet-untitled DC superhero movies (Shazam, Justice League of America and Man of Steel 2 likely amongst them). Will their increasingly desperate attempts at kick-starting a fully-fledged DC Cinematic Universe pay off? Until we've witnessed Dawn in a year and a half's time, passing informed judgement on the matter is challenging to say the least, but what we are able to assert at this juncture is that for all its faults, Man of Steel demonstrated more potential as the foundation for an enlarged narrative continuity in its opening sequences than Superman Returns or its classic predecessors ever achieved. If nothing else, we can't fault the studio's sheer audacity in confirming these dates so far in advance, even if using the adjective 'risky' to describe this multi-tiered slate of blockbusters would represent the understatement of the year. Here's the full release schedule for Warner Bros.' upcoming superhero films as it currently stands:
- BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE - March 25th, 2016
- TBC DC FILM - August 5th, 2017
- TBC DC FILM - June 23rd, 2017
- TBC DC FILM - November 17th, 2017
- TBC DC FILM - March 23rd, 2018
- TBC DC FILM - July 27th, 2018
- TBC DC FILM - April 5th, 2019
- TBC DC FILM - June 14th, 2019
- TBC DC FILM - April 3rd, 2020
- TBC DC FILM - June 19th, 2020
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