Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Future of the Warner Brothers' DCEU

Jason Book and I discuss the potential slate of movies post-Aquaman in the DCEU Justice League Universe from Warner Brothers.

We touch on the following films:
The Flash
Gotham City Sirens
The Batman
Suicide Squad 2

Wonder Woman 2
Man of Steel 2
Green Lantern Corp

Justice League Dark
Shazam/Black Adam

Just for pure fun, below is my rough prediction of the DCEU order of release:

  1. Man of Steel (2013)
  2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
  3. Suicide Squad (2016)
  4. Wonder Woman (2017)
  5. Justice League (2017)
  6. Aquaman (2018)
  7. The Batman (2019)
  8. The Flash (2019)
  9. Gotham City Sirens (2019)
  10. Justice League Dark (2020)
  11. Wonder Woman 2 (2020)
  12. Batgirl (2020)
  13. Man of Steel 2 (2020)
  14. Green Lantern Corp (2021)
  15. Shazam / Black Adam
  16. Suicide Squad 2 (2021)
  17. Nightwing (2021)
  18. Justice League 2 (2022)
  19. Cyborg (2022)
Oh boy, that's a lot of movies! And with Marvel and Fox also ratcheting it up to around 3 per year, I think by 2019 or 2020 there is a real danger for oversaturation. I think superhero movies will still be successful beyond that, but I don't think they'll be able to be as consistently big hits.

I should also say that I think quite a few movies on this WB list are going to be more modest budgets. I think some might still get around $200 Million or more (e.g., Wonder Woman 2, Justice League 2) but several will get closer to $100 Million (e.g., Justice League Dark, Suicide Squad 2). I think this year's Wonder Woman is a great example of reducing the budget slightly ($149 Million instead of $225-250 Million) and still keeping the quality and SFX strong. Moves like that bode well for the future of the genre and will make sure that we keep getting these movies that we love.

1 comment:

  1. By the way, I did a poll on Twitter about most anticipated DCEU movie post-Aquamand and got 318 votes. The results show that, even though he's had lots of exposure in the past, the plurality of people were most pumped for The Batman (48%). Next was The Flash (25%), the direct sequels (MoS2, WW2, SS2), and then Gotham City Sirens (12%).

    Note that this was a biased sample -- predominantly my Twitter followers, who love BvS.