Despite negative critic reviews, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice still had a pretty explosive first weekend at the box office, setting the March record with $166.1 million domestic opening.
But after that the superhero team up had a HUGE drop off — 69 percent to be exact, a drop largely attributed to poor word of mouth.
While we’re still waiting to see if the DC comic flick will turn a profit after its rumored $250 million budget and $150 million in advertising, it’s clear the movie won’t be quite the success Warner Bros hoped for.
Rampant speculation that WB might not release quite as many movies as a result of the disappointment — along with recent cape-less failures Jupiter Ascending and In the Heart of the Sea.
With so many DC superhero movies already slated for the next few years, could this mean that the studio could be stalling or scrapping certain films?!
Regardless of these rumors swirling, the studio insists that the BvS‘s lack of success has NOT had an impact on their release slate. In fact, Warner Bros. just bumped up the release date of Wonder Woman and added two new untitled DC films to their release schedule! The company released a statement addressing these concerns saying:
“Warner Bros. has historically had the biggest, most diverse slate in the motion picture industry. We did last year, we will this year, and we will continue to do so into the foreseeable future.”
That means WB is sticking with the plan of releasing 18 movies this year, then 19 in 2017.
As for Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman, it’s now slated to be released June 2, 2017 instead of June 23, 2017 and we’re guessing it’s because her character in BvS was one of the few things critics praised — along with Ben Affleck‘s Batman.
As of now, the studio’s DC movie plans are as follows:
Suicide Squad ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ August 5, 2016
Wonder Woman ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ June 2, 2017
Justice League: Part 1 ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ November 17, 2017
The Flash ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ March 16, 2018
Aquaman ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ July 27, 2018
Untitled DC Film ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ October 5, 2018
Shazam ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ April 5, 2019
Justice League: Part 2 ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ June 14, 2019
Untitled DC Film ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ November 1, 2019
Cyborg ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ April 3, 2020
Green Lantern ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ June 19, 2020
The studio also added an untitled film that most likely won’t be a DC property and set its release date for October 6, 2017.
If we had to speculate, it’s likely one of the Untitled DC Films could be Affleck’s solo Batman flick (the other could even be its sequel).
However, there has been talk that director Zack Snyder is still interested in doing another solo Superman film — and let’s not forget about those Lego DC movies either!
Warners’ next couple big flicks this year could help boost their lack of success as they’ll be releasing the highly anticipated Suicide Squad in August and then J.K. Rowling‘s next Harry Potter universe movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in November.
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