Many suspected the poor critical reception of Batman v Superman would somewhat deter Warner Bros. from going ahead with their plans to release nine DC films in the next five years, yet the opposite has proven true.
In a surprising announcement, the studio bumped up the release date of Wonder Woman while also revealing two more ‘untitled’ DC films, the first of which is set for 5 October 2018, while the second for 1 November 2019.
One of the two films - likely the 2018 release - is thought to be a solo-Batman film, with Ben Affleck as the caped crusader. It was previously confirmed that the actor/director had written a script for a solo film which Affleck himself said was in development.
Meanwhile, the other release is currently thought to be a second Suicide Squad film, with DC holding off on the announcement until the first reaches cinemas. Earlier this year, it was hinted at in a report that David Ayer would once again be teaming up with Will Smith in 2017 for the film.
DC and Warner Bros. release schedule is as follows (and it is certainly subject to change):
Suicide Squad — 5 August 2016
Wonder Woman – 2 June 2017
Justice League Part One – 17 November 2017
The Flash – 23 March 2018
Aquaman – 27 July 2018
Untitled DC Film — 5 October 2018
Shazam – 5 April 2019
Justice League Part Two – 14 June 2019
Untitled DC Film — 1 November 2019
Cyborg – 3 April 2020
Green Lantern Corps – 19 June 2020
Zack Snyder recently spoke about the idea of another standalone Superman film, following Man of Steel, yet said there was currently no script. However, he did say that - if the right script came along - it would be great to revisit the character.
Meanwhile, Batman v Superman is failing to show it has legs at the box-office. Although it has passed $700 million globally, the second-weekend drop-off was at a substantial enough level for analysts to believe the overall gross could be $900 million, just short of the $925 million it needs to break even.
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