Since 2008 Marvel Studios has been—with great success—cultivating a self-sustaining group of film worlds into its Marvel Cinematic Universe. Most people knew it would only be a matter of time before the world’s other major comic book/film company, namely DC, would join the fray. Rumors have swirled for weeks about when this big announcement would finally take place. Well, last week it finally happened.
During a shareholder meeting, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara publicly announced that DC and Warner were going ahead with a DC Cinematic Universe. Tsujihara announced 10 films that would kickstart the creation of DC’s universe. This world is set to be part of the same one already introduced in “Man of Steel.”
In 2016, “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which will introduce Ben Affleck as a new iteration of the Dark Knight, DC is introducing a plethora of characters that have never been seen on the big screen. 2016 will also see the release of “Suicide Squad,” a group of super villains who are sent on dangerous black ops missions in order to repay their debt to society.
The following year Gal Gadot will be introduced as Wonder Woman in the “Man of Steel” sequel. She’ll take up the mantle of the Amazonian princess in Wonder Woman’s first solo film adaptation. That same year Zack Snyder will direct the first in a two part Justice League film, aptly titled “Justice League: Part 1.”
In 2018, two DC characters will get their debut with “The Flash” starring Ezra Miller (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) as the titular character and Khal Drogo himself, Jason Momoa, starring in an Aquaman solo movie.
2019 will see the sequel to “Justice League” with Zack Snyder again at the helm in “Justice League: Part 2.” The mystical world of “Shazam” is also slated to enter the fray in 2019. As previously reported in the Tennessee Star Journal, the film will see Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson take on the role as the villainous Black Adam.
In 2020, two more films have been slated with ties to the new DC Cinematic Universe. “Cyborg” will be the debut of the half man half machine character (who also goes by Vic Stone) and the reboot of Green Lantern, which will not be set in the previous Ryan Reynolds-centric universe version.
This is big news in the comic book movie world. For the first time Marvel will have competition at the box office. Only time will tell whether this massive amount of superhero films will add more to the soaring popularity of the genre or over-saturate the market. Either way, expect the 2010s to be the decade of the superhero movie.