Some new release dates have been announced by Warner Bros. for some pretty big movies, including Green Lantern, the final Harry Potter film, Sherlock Holmes, Jonah Hex and Clash of the Titans. The dates range from late 2009 all the way to summer 2011, and one of these movies picked a date that will make things interesting as far as a box office battle (if the date sticks).
Sherlock Holmes - December 5, 2009
Clash of the Titans - March 26th, 2010
Inception (Christopher Nolan's next film) - July 16, 2010
Jonah Hex - August 6, 2010
Sucker Punch (Zack Snyder's next film)- October 8, 2010
Green Lantern - December 17, 2010
Harry Potter - July 15, 2011
Clash of the Titans will be directed by Louis Letterier (The Incredible Hulk) and it seems pretty clear that we won't be getting another Batman film for a while with Chris Nolan tackling Inception next (described as a sci-fi action film). Zack Snyder will follow up Watchmen (which at this point people aren't hazarding a guess whether it will be huge or bomb) with Sucker Punch, which Snyder describes as "Alice in Wonderland with machine guns."
One interesting release date is the one assigned to Green Lantern. A Christmas release for a superhero movie? That is quite strange and I don't know what significance we can ascribe to that at this point. Right now Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) is still slated to direct.
What box office battle am I referring to? Well back in September, Marvel announced its Avengers movie release date: July 15, 2011.
So what is Warner Bros. thinking with releasing the final Harry Potter film (Deathly Hallows part 2) on the same date as The Avengers? Are they trying to get Marvel to move their date? Do they think these two films cater to completely different audiences so it doesn't matter? Or are they really spoiling for a box office showdown?
Source: ERC Box Office via Cinematical
Image: Joe Bergeron