After things settled down, following the announcement that Warner Bros. had secured nine new superhero movies through 2020, we can now take a better look at what will be going on in the comics universe in the next few years. One thing is certain, 2017 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for fanboys and girls.
Up until now, 2015 was going to be a big year at the box office with some of the most anticipated films in recent years, including Star Wars Episode VII, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Fast & Furious 7, and Jurassic World. If that’s not enough to get you excited to go to the movies, the outlook for 2017, with eight superhero movies announced, will most definitely catch your attention.
Disney, Warner Bros., and 20th Century Fox have seven titles planned, with Sony’s one unnamed film rounding up the eight superhero movies expected to be released in 2017. We are talking about blockbusters here, not small films by any means.
This is what we know so far, Marvel has picked May, July, and November of 2017 for their superhero movies, while DC claimed June and November. Not to be left behind, Fox has plans for sequels to The Wolverine and Fantastic Four, and Sony is said to be working on a female Spiderman spinoff.
As you see, 2017 superhero movies will have something for everyone. The only potential conflict could be with the November 2017 dates chosen by Marvel (November 3) and DC Entertainment (November 17), however, they avoided claiming the same date after the Batman v Superman/Captain America face-off, which forced Warner Bros. to back down and change the release to March 25, 2016.
Warner Bros. move with Batman v Superman is a clever one, as March is farther away from the summer blockbuster madness and the studio has done well with other major films, including 300 and Watchmen. They also went a whole year farther than Marvel’s announced plans. What say you Disney?
All these strategic moves come in the heels of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice success at San Diego Comic Con, where it was named the most talked about film of the convention, obscuring Marvel. The unusual happening left everyone surprised, considering there were no major news at the time, except the nice surprise Zack Snyder had for fans when Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Gal Gadot came on stage.
Now the question is, with eight superhero movies in 2017, can the studios live up to fans expectations?
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