The DC vs. Marvel debate is a staple for comic fans and moviegoers and while comparing quality or preference of films is a dangerous game, comparing the number of films is easy. Marvel - with its film licences scatted among several studios - has nearly a dozen confirmed projects with release dates over the next four years. DC Entertainment, has zero.
This is about to change for the better as the imminent greenlight for a sequel to Zack Snyder's Man of Steel approaches along with some clarity for the years worth of rumors regarding Justice League and other potential character movies. And it could be as soon as tomorrow at San Diego Comic-Con 2013.
AICN has the scoop and claims to have received a "corporate document" from an unnamed company that works with studios on their releases that lists both Batman and Justice League as Warner Bros. projects for 2015. It also includes Ant-Man and a new Trolls movie which suggests the unverifiable source works on the marketing or merchandising front across multiple studios.
The timing of the rumor coincides with Warner Bros.' highly anticipated Comic-Con panel tomorrow which runs two hours and will feature Godzilla, 300: Rise of an Empire, Seventh Son, Gravity, The LEGO Movie, and Edge of Tomorrow. The impressive high profile lineup however is going up against Fox's X-Men heavy panel later in the day and the headline event in Marvel Studios' surprise-loaded panel for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World and more.
With Man of Steel still in theaters and proving a major success for Warner Bros., Legendary and DC Entertainment, the obvious hopeful speculation is that the studio will take the opportunity to announce their plans for the future of the series, something they've so far remained mum on. In April, Jeff Robinov, president of Warner Bros., did tease that such news would be coming:
"We'll announce something in the next several weeks that will hopefully position the DC characters and the movies we're going to be making."
Previous rumors and reports indicated that Man of Steel 2 was being fast-tracked with Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer attached and that it could release as soon as 2014 with Justice League the year after. All of these rumors coincide with the first release date rumor that had JL taking on The Avengers 2 in 2015.
The best way for Warner Bros. to compete against the multiple studios running with Marvel movies (Sony, Fox & Disney) is to announce their own slate and a Superman sequel along with Justice League would need to be a part of it. A new Batman would be used to introduce a new take on the character with a new actor, possible - if another rumor is true - based on Batman Beyond.
What would you like to see Warner Bros. showcase tomorrow?
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