Of course, things will get started in March 2016 with the release of their anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which will pair Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel with Ben Affleck’s Caped Crusader for the first time on-screen. Not only that, but we will also see supervillain team-up Suicide Squad that year too a few months later in August, which currently has Fury director David Ayer on board to direct.
Then, in 2017, we will see another Batman film… in LEGO form, with the recently-announced spin-off to The LEGO Movie arriving in cinemas that May. Will Arnett will reprise his voice role as the pompous version of the popular superhero in the film, to be directed by The LEGO Movie‘s animation supervisor Chris McKay and written by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter‘s Seth Grahame-Smith.
More significantly, however, is the arrival of the Justice League in November which will see Cavill, Affleck and Amy Adams reprise their roles, but the intriguing bit of news is that it will be a two-parter – Part 1 will hit cinemas in 2017, while Part 2 will arrive in 2019. Man of Steel and Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder will direct both parts.
Meanwhile, in 2018, two popular characters will be getting their own solo features – The Flash, to be played by The Perks of Being A Wallflower star Ezra Miller, will arrive in March; while Aquaman, finally confirmed to be played by Game of Thrones‘ Jason Momoa, is to follow in July.
2019, along with Justice League Part 2 in June, will be the year where Shazam, already confirmed to have Dwayne Johnson feature as villain Black Adam, will emerge into cinemas in April.
In 2020, the furthest year their schedule details, we will get a solo film with Cyborg, to be played by Ray Fisher, in April; and a rebooted version of Green Lantern – presumably to apologise for the misguided 2011 attempt with Ryan Reynolds – will follow in June.
In addition, they also announced further solo films for Cavill’s Superman and Affleck’s Batman but mentioned no release dates for either.
With all this to come over the next six years, it’s going to be a busy time for DC (though for those worrying about superhero/franchise fatigue it’s not comforting news). One wonders how Marvel is going to one-up it from here, but it seems that the rivalry is more apparent than ever before…