by Justin Cook
When Marvel announced that Captain America 3 would be officially coming to theaters on May 6, 2016, many were shocked. People were not shocked because the film had been announced so quickly after the success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but because this would mean the film would be competing against Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in its opening weekend. That’s right, two of 2016’s biggest movies were scheduled to come out on the same day. It became Marvel vs. DC in a game of chicken to see who would move the release date of their film first.
Today, DC has lost the game by moving Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice away from its original May 6, 2016 date to a new March 25, 2016 date. However,to keep themselves from looking weaker than Marvel, DC has also announced a slew of other release dates for future films.
The upcoming DC release dates look like this:
Untitled DC Film – 08/05/16
Untitled DC Film – 06/23/17
Untitled DC Film – 11/17/17
Untitled DC Film – 03/23/18
Untitled DC Film – 07/27/18
Untitled WB Event Film – 11/16/18
Untitled DC Film – 04/05/19
Untitled DC Film – 06/14/19
Untitled DC Film – 04/03/20
Untitled DC Film – 06/19/20
Untitled WB Event Film – 11/20/20
This news comes as a major surprise and it is certainly interesting to see that DC has definite plans for the future of their cinematic universe. Whether or not the films that will fill in these slots will be the ones announced by Nikki Finke, which included Shazam, Sandman, Wonder Woman, Flash/Green Lantern, and Man of Steel 2, remains to be seen.
On the news that Batman v Superman moved its release date, this comes as no surprise considering that the future of DC’s cinematic universe rides on the success of the movie. Moving its release date was a move that had to be made, especially after Marvel said that Captain America 3 would not budge.
Source: The Wrap