UPDATED ANALYSIS: Batman-Superman News & 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Further Shake Up 2015's Massive Potential
July 22 Update: News out of San Diego Comic-Con this weekend hit the online movie crowd with expected haste: Warner Bros. is planning a Batman-Superman crossover film for 2015. Later that weekend, the first details of the Avengers sequel--now titled Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron--also presented themselves at the con.
While the latter was covered in our previous analysis of what lay ahead for 2015, and with little-to-no news about a Man of Steel sequel to report, the former wasn't. Now we know why.
One of the first questions that comes to mind is: where will a Batman-Superman movie fit on the 2015 release calendar? As BoxOffice's Phil Contrino pointed out, the coveted mid/late July weekend is still up for dibs. It seems to be the most likely spot for Warner Bros. considering they have unofficially owned it since 2007.
Necessity being the mother of all invention, WB's strategy here makes sense. Some of their major franchises have ended in recent years (and other one next year with the final Hobbit). Moreover, there is an understandable desire to let Chris Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy ferment before anyone is bold enough to reboot a standalone Batman series. And while Man of Steelhas been one of this summer's big successes, its holding power failed to impress (especially in the domestic market). Part of that can be chalked up to a higher-than-usual level of competition in the June market, but critics were divided over the film and some audiences/fans feel they may have over-corrected for Superman Returns' lack of adrenaline. The future of the franchise has been increasingly bright since the day Man of Steel opened, but the level of audience enthusiasm for it has been much tamer compared to that of Batman Begins... (more)
From AVENGERS & STAR WARS to BOND, PIRATES, & MOCKINGJAY--How Big Will 2015 Be?
Throughout the past few months, you've probably noticed an avalanche of release date announcements and/or changes that have begun filling up 2015's box office calendar. It should stand out with good reason, too: the year has a number of highly reputable and lucrative franchises returning to (or debuting on) the silver screen.
So many, in fact, that it's not a stretch of the imagination to say that 2015 is seemingly being built to break box office records. For that reason, among several, we figure now is as good a time as any to see how 2015 is shaping up so far.
As what has become the unofficial warm-up session for summer, March will see the release ofThe Fantastic Four reboot from Chronicle director, Josh Trank. That franchise posted respectable success in the mid-2000s thanks to playing to the kiddie audiences, something that Fox isn't expected as to do as blatantly this time around. The brand wasn't particularly huge compared to other superheroes, but the comic book genre is a golden box office ticket these days. Disney's re-imagination of Cinderella and DreamWorks' The Penguins of Madagascarspin-off will follow later on that month, so March already looks busy.
Then comes the current keynote of the year.. (more)
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Edited by ShawnMR, 22 July 2013 - 03:57 PM.