Warner Bros have just announced that they will be making 10 movies based on DC Comics characters from 2016 to 2020, starting with Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, and to be followed by two Justice League movies, one Suicide Squad movie, and solo movies for Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Cyborg.
While the announcement was certainly an earth-shaking one, it begs the questions – aren’t WB kind of counting their chickens before they hatch by announcing 10 follow-up movies before Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice has even been released (in 2016!)?
Also, how will Marvel react to this news? Well, one suspects they probably won’t be sweating to much over it, and here’s why:
1. Marvel already has a head start
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice comes out in 2016. By that time, Marvel will have had an EIGHT year head start on their rivals, and would be rolling out Phase THREE of their cinematic universe, starting with Avengers: Age of Ultron next year, and followed by Ant-Man and Dr. Strange.
So yeah, Marvel’s success didn’t happen overnight. They’ve had six years to build up their characters, while DC are trying to do that with 10 movies in 4 years. What if Batman versus Superman bombs? What if people hate Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman? Will they can the Wonder Woman movie if that happens? Good luck with that, folks.