Infographic: Over the next five years, the world’s greatest rivalry will duke it out for cinematic supremacy. Who will emerge victorious?
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Oddly, DC have thrown in the towel for 2015. After 2013’s Man of Steel struggled to reach the dizzying heights of Chris Nolan’s Batman films, many questioned the future of the DC cinematic universe. Big budget movies like Man of Steel and The Avengers need to rake in ludicrous amounts of cash to warrant a follow up or sequel and, unfortunately, Man of Steel just didn’t do all that well (comparatively), making a measly $291,045,518 in total domestic box office earnings in comparison to Marvel’s Iron Man 3, which also released in 2013 and made a whopping $409,013,994.
We think DC made the right choice pulling out of 2015. Suicide Squad and Batman vs. Superman are the only two DC movies close to being made, and it’s sad to say, but neither one would have been able to step out of the colossal shadow cast by Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. To make matters worse, they would have also had Ant-Man and Fantastic Four to contend with. While these two franchises aren’t nearly as iconic as Batman or Superman, they have still generated a considerable amount of hype and would have put up quite the fight. Plus, the idea of the Fantastic Four (though we love them) beating the Bats at the box office is too sad to imagine.
It wouldn’t be fair to omit DC’s animated releases over the last few years, like Son of Batman, Batman vs. Robin and Assault on Arkham. Assault on Arkham comes especially recommended. In this animated feature, Batman takes a backseat while the psychotic Suicide Squad are dispatched to infiltrate Arkham Asylum and duke it out with some of the most maniacal inmates.
2016 is when the future DC movie lineup begins. Unfortunately, for DC it’s also when Marvel starts kicking their cinematic domination into gear. With five highly anticipated titles, Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men Apocalypse, Gambit and Doctor Strange, all due out in 2016, Marvel are playing the game of popcorn-crusted thrones, and they are playing to win.
Capitalising on the hype of Batman vs. Superman, and hopefully generating some of that same magic for Suicide Squad, is DC’s only hope in 2016.
Their plight isn’t helped by the fact that Disney and Fox have partnered up to finally bring Spider-Man to the Avengers universe in Captain America: Civil War. The long awaited announcement has amassed enough hype to cast a giant shadow over just about every other movie on this list.
While 2017 definitely belongs to Marvel in terms of quantity, DC have two massive releases set for 2017. Two movies that could be just what DC needs to reach Marvel’s god-like status. First up in June, we’re getting our first heroine-led comic book movie (from either company) with the amazonian warrior, Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman will be headed by Monster director Patty Jenkins and will star Fast and The Furious actress Gal Gadot as Princess Diana herself.
Though the rest of the Justice League, including Cyborg, Aquaman and The Flash, will join Wonder Woman on big screen later in 2017, they won’t be without some competition. The sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy (which was insanely popular) will release in 2017, as will Hugh Jackman’s last Wolverine movie, Fantastic Four 2, Thor: Ragnarok and an animated Spider-Man feature film.
2018 - 2020
It all seems so far away, but between 2018 and 2020 is when we’ll begin to some new and exciting IPs hitting the big screen. From DC’s side of the tracks, we’ll get standalone movies for The Flash and Aquaman in 2018, then Shazam (which will star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as the villain Black Atom) and Justice League: Part 2 in 2019. And then, DC will end the decade with standalone movies focusing on Cyborg and Green Lantern (no, not Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern, thankfully). That’s a pretty epic lineup for Detective Comics (DC), surely that’d be tough for Marvel to beat right?
Wrong. Because in 2018 Marvel will release part 1 to Avengers: Infinity War. In case you’ve been out of the loop, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2 will tie together just about every Marvel film of recent memory, and will likely be the final act for many of our favourite Marvel character thanks to the lilac-faced villain, Thanos, and his precious gems. These gems have appeared in just about every recent Marvel movie in some capacity and it looks like he’ll have his gigantic mitts on every one of them by the time 2019 rolls around.
DC vs Marvel
- Most Movies: Marvel
- Most Wanted: Squirrel Girl, Joseph Gordon Levitt’s Sandman and Miles Morales’ Spider-Man
- Most Sequels/Crossovers: Marvel
- Most Anticipated Movies: Wonder Woman and Black Panther
- A For Effort: DC
- Missing In Action: Batman Standalone Film, Man of Steel Sequel, Green Arrow, Venom and Sinister Six
- Overall Champion: Marvel
Marvel and DC movies to stream now (if you just can't wait)
DC & Marvel TV Shows on Netflix Australia
- Iron Man: Armoured Adventures
- Marvel's Daredevil
DC & Marvel Movies on Netflix Australia
- Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
- The Punisher
- Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow
- The Dark Knight
- Man of Steel
- Superman: Unbound
- Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
- Thor: The Dark World
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Guardians of the Galaxy