DC Comics v Marvel battle is ON
Warner Bros and DC Comics have announced plans to release more than ten superhero movies between 2016 and 2020. The titles include new Superman, Batman, and Justice League features but will also see the solo outings of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and The Flash.
"In a massive expansion of the Studio's DC Entertainment-branded content, Warner Bros Pictures and New Line Cinema will release a slate of at least ten movies – as well as standalone Batman and Superman films – from 2016 through 2020 that expands this prized universe of characters", a statement from DC and Warner Bros read.
The wave of DC spin-offs in 2016 will start with Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). The feature is currently shooting, with Ben Affleck as the caped crusader and Henry Cavill reprising Superman's role. The film will introduce Israeli actress and model Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa, best known for Game Of Thrones as Aquaman and Ezra Miller, star of 2011 drama We Need To Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), who will bring to life The Flash.
The move is meant to challenge rivals Disney and Marvel's dominance of the superhero film market. Needless to say, superhero films are big business. For instance, Marvel's 2012's The Avengers banked over $1bn, which is slightly more than last year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier's tally of more than $700m.
Moreover, besides being a commercial success, both features enjoyed critical success. But how much more appetite does the public have for superhero-centered titles? Plus, isn't there a risk that this abundance of films might cause an oversaturation of the said market? Zack Snyder's 2013 Man of Steel did bring in $668 at the box office, despite a lukewarm reception from critics. But Sony's Amazing-Spiderman 2 choked so badly, it made the company shelf a standalone Venom project and pushed back the proposed release date of a third Spidey pic from 2016 to 2018. But, we will just have to wait and see, and 2016 is really not such a long time away.
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In the meanwhile, does anybody care to hear Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu's take on the topic? It might hurt though, so be warned: the twice Oscar-nominated director has condemned superhero films as "cultural genocide", despite conceding that they do "go well with popcorn".
So, what precisely seems to be the problem with superhero movies? "The problem is that sometimes they purport to be profound", based on some Greek mythological kind of thing", challenged Iñárritu in a recent interview for Deadline. "And they are honestly very right-wing."
"I always see them as killing people because they do not believe in what you believe, or they are not being who you want them to be. I hate that and don't respond to those characters. They have been poison, this cultural genocide because the audience is so overexposed to plot and explosions and shit that doesn't mean nothing about the experience of being human."
He added: "Superheroes… just the word hero bothers me. What the fuck does that mean? It's a false, misleading conception, the superhero. Then, the way they apply violence to it, it's absolutely right wing. If you observe most of those films' mentality, it's really about people who are rich, who have power, who will do the good, who will kill the bad. Philosophically, I just don't like them."
But, for the unconditional lovers of superhero films, Warner Bros Pictures and New Line Cinema have released the full schedule, which you can check below.
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
- Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer (2016)
- Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot in the lead (2017)
- Justice League Part One, directed by Zack Snyder, which will see Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
- The Flash, featuring Ezra Miller (2018)
- Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa (2018)
- Shazam, featuring Dwayne' The Rock' Johnson as villain/anti-hero Black Adam (2019)
- Justice League Part Two, directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
- Cyborg, starring Ray Fisher (2020)
- Green Lantern (2020)