If it was not before, it is definitely official now. With recent announcements by Fox, Marvel Studios, and DC entertainment, we have reached a phase in Hollywood that is producing Superhero movies very heavily.
Due to popular success of bringing together superhero stories into one universe like the Avengers movie did with the Marvel franchise, DC Entertainment is following in those shoes. The 2013 film Man of Steel laid the groundwork for a DC Universe to create a franchise much like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At the following San Diego Comic Con, “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” was first alluded to and more additions to the announcement came in the year to follow. This 2016 film stars Henry Cavill reprising his role as Superman, Ben Affleck dawning the cape and cowl of Batman, and “Fast and the Furious” actress Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Recent casting for this movie shows that “Game of Thrones” star Jason Momoa will play Aquaman, and broadway actor Ray Fischer will star as Cyborg, or the guy that yells BOOYAH from Teen Titans. DC has recently announced a slate of nine movies until 2020 to coexist in this universe including solo movies for Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Flash, and Green Lantern, two Justice League movies, and one for a villainous team called the Suicide Squad. With speculation, this franchise will not stop there as sequels for these solo movies, more Batman and Superman movies, and more characters will keep rolling on in, so these nine movies are only the beginning.
A little friendly competition was set this past week when Marvel announced more characters and movies for their Phase 3 movies after the second Avengers arrives in theaters this upcoming spring. Marvel is trying new things with lesser known heroes such as Dr. Strange who will be portrayed by Bennedict Cumberbatch, Black Panther, and Ms. Marvel. In “Captain America 3: Civil War”, Iron Man will face off against Captain America the same spring as “Batman V Superman.” We will get more sequels for Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy, and the third Avengers movie will bring together a massive 2 film storyline called “Infinity Wars” which is based off a famous comic book and will tie together all of the movies we have had so far.
With Marvel Studios’s upcoming film lineup, Fox, who owns the X-Men Franchise is branching out with new movies. Along with more X-Men and Wolverine movies, Deadpool, the mercenary who will not shut up, will get his own movie in 2016 and speculation shows that Ryan Reynolds may take up the role. Channing Tatum is also joining the franchise (yes, ladies) where he will be portaying the crad slinging mutant, Gambit.
Films for the Spiderman franchise as well as a new Fantastic Four debut are also in the mix making is over 40 movies in the next 6 years dedicated to these superheroes that are now dominating the industry. While these companies will be battling it out in the box office almost non-stop for the next several years, us fans all win.