In a surprise announcement days after New York Comic-Con, DC Comics unveiled a detailed timeline for Superhero movie releases, giving movie releases all the way up until 2020. A-List heroes like Superman and Batman will be featured first, in a movie directed by Zack Snyder set to star [emuze]Gal Gadot[/emuze] as Wonder Woman. This will help lead into a Justice League movie to be released in 2017. B-list Supers like Shazam, set to star [emuze]Dwayne Johnson[/emuze], and Cyborg, to be played by Ray Fisher, are also set to be making appearances in their own feature films.
DC Comics seems to be attempting to garner the same success as Marvel’s recent movie endeavors. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, a sci-fi adventure featuring an entirely new cast of characters, provided the greatest opening weekend for a summer film, and dominated the box office for its entire stay in theaters. DC hopes to steal this thunder with its own B-List superhero team, the Suicide Squad, a group of ragtag villains forced to do missions for the American Government as a way to shorten their prison sentences. That being said, Guardians of the Galaxy had several years of Marvel success to go off of, whereas Suicide Squad will be the second movie in the DC Cinematic Universe, after a new Batman vs. Superman film starring [emuze]Ben Affleck[/emuze] and Henry Cavill.
It will be interesting to see if the DC films can garner the same reception as the Marvel Universe, but I for one am very excited by the all-star cast they have lined up for these movies. Those who have watched HBO’s hit series, “Game of Thrones” will recognize Jason Momoa, who played the ruthless Khal Drogo, as Aquaman. Many fans believe that Momoa will be able to revitalize Aquaman, a character who is generally forgotten by those who don’t religiously follow the comics. Among the others cast is Ezra Miller, most notable for his performance in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” who will be playing the role of The Flash.
As all of these Superhero movies are announced, one can only wonder if a Superhero burnout will occur. Will these movies continue to be popular all the way into 2020? Or will the genre fizzle out before DC has a chance to steal some of Marvel’s glory? The only thing that can be sure is that the next several years should be some of the most action packed years of cinematic history.