4/06/2016

Two More DC Comics Films Announced As Warner Bros. Considers Releasing Fewer Movies


With an ambitious number of DC Comics films slated all the way through 2020, Warner Bros. is putting a lot of faith in them to carry a significant part of their business. Despite 'Batman v Superman' suffering a disturbing drop at the box office, which should be a cause for some concern, they're going to be leaning on these movies even more at the detriment of everything else, it seems.

First off, Warner Bros. has announced two more untitled DC Comics movies to be released on October 5th 2018 and November 1st 019. What are they? Well they could be just about anything. Perhaps one is a placeholder for the solo Batman movie they're trying to convince Ben Affleck to direct? Or what about a sequel to Suicide Squad, which is reportedly already in the works? Meanwhile, Wonder Woman has been bumped up June 2nd 2017; a good sign for the Gal Gadot-led flick. And Andy Serkis' Jungle Book: Origins has been knocked back a full year to October 19th 2018, probably so audiences aren't still thinking about Jon Favreau's film. 

Unfortunately, more DCU means less of Warner Bros.' other flicks. According to THR, the studio is deciding to cut back on making as many movies in order to focus on tentpoles and anything directed by Christopher Nolan, Clint Eastwood, Affleck, and Todd Phillips. It's hard to argue with the decision in light of mega-flops like In the Heart of the Sea, Jupiter Ascending, and Pan, all in the span of a single year. And while some of the negativity towards 'Batman v Superman' is warranted, the film is going to break $800M+ when all is said and done, so it makes sense to put money on what works. 

The impact this will have is pretty obvious. Less original content (not exactly what WB was trafficking in much anyway) and less work for filmmakers all around. And of course, the studio says this isn't their plan at all. We'll see. They've got nearly 40 films hitting theaters over the next two years. If any of them fall by the wayside this could be a reason.