The Ultimate Guide: All Upcoming Comic Book Movies

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Posted February 5, 2014 by Guilherme Jacobs in Comic Books

There are a lot of comic book movies coming. Seriously, a lot. Now that 2013 is behind us, we can finally look at the projects that all four stuidos developing comic book movies are working on. And in this article – that will be updated as time goes on – you can check all of them. The confirmed, the rumored, the maybes, and the probable. Behold, The Ultimate Guide for comic book movies!

Warner Bros.

Confirmed: Man of Steel 2 – Also known as Batman vs. Superman, the sequel to Zack Snyder’s hit movie Man of Steel will arrive in May 6th, 2016. This movie promises big things, with the first big screen encounter of DC’s two biggest super heroes, Batman and Superman. There are a million rumors about this movie, but what we know so far is that we’ll have an older, Dark Knight Returns/Kingdom Come style Batman, and that all that destruction from the previous Man of Steel movie will play a large part into how the world views Superman. Rumors say this movie will directly lead the way to Justice League.  The cast so far has Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth.

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Confirmed: Dark Universe – Guillermo Del Toro’s (Pacific Rim) love for the craziest, scariest characters in the DCU will come to life when his Justice League Dark movie, so far called Dark Universe, premieres God knows when. Del Toro has confirmed that it will in fact be part of the cinematic DCU, and has dropped a couple of names such as John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Zatara as possible characters to show up. No details about the plot have been released.

Confirmed: Sandman – Produced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon) with David Goyer (Batman Begins, Man of Steel) writing the script, Sandman is one of the most interesting upcoming movies. The movie will adapt Neil Gaiman’s masterpiece series, “The Sandman”, who features Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams. JGL has also been rumored to star and direct Sandman, but so far the only certainty is that he will produce the movie.

Maybe: Wonder Woman, Justice League – These two have not been confirmed, but unless Batman vs. Superman totally flops and is downright terrible, they will more than likely happen. There are no details on the plot for the JL movie, but characters such as Green Lantern and Aquaman will probably be part of the team. Many expect it to be filmed back-to-back with Batman vs. Superman, going for a 2017 release. As for Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot has reportedly signed for three movies, which leads us to believe there will be a solo Wonder Woman movie after Justice League.

Reportedly confirmed: Team7, Deathstroke, Suicide Squad, Booster Gold – All 4 of these movies are reportedly confirmed. The word on the street is that they’ll be low budget movies scheduled for Springs and Falls. According to Bleeding Cool, some of these movies could go for as little as $20 million, and all of them will be under David Goyer’s umbrella. There are not a lot of details, except for the presumed budget of Suicide Squad, that is around $40 million.

 Marvel Studios

Confirmed: Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The first 2014 movie for Marvel is the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger. The Winter Soldier promises big things for the character, as he goes toe to toe with the Winter Soldier, and SHIELD. Other characters such as Black Widow, Nick Fury and Falcon will be part of the movie, that deals with Cap trying to make sense of the present day world, where enemies are not nations or flags, and you can’t really trust anyone. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the movie has Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlet Johansson as Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Anthony Mackie as The Falcon. It will open on April 4th, 2014.

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Confirmed: Guardians of The Galaxy – The craziest (so far) movie Marvel has on its schedule is James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Not much is known plot-wise, but expect the Guardians to be prisoners on the run, dealing with a lot of villains, Thanos included. The crazy line up has Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamorra, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper as the gun-totting Rocket Raccoon and Vin Diesel as Groot. Guardians will premiere on August 1st of this year.

Confirmed: Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers 3 – First of all: Avengers 3 is happening, someday, and it will probably have Thanos as the bad guy, and that’s all we know. But before that, on May 1st, 2015, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes unite again to face Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Director/writer Joss Whedon has promised to go global with the Avengers, with Africa and South Korea among the shooting locations. Besides the returning cast in the form of Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, a couple new comic book characters are going to debut in Age of Ultron, the villain himself, Ultron, played by James Spader, as well as the mutant twins Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olson and Quicksilver, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Other appearances include Don Cheadle’s War Machine and Thomas Kretschmann’s Baron von Strucker.

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Confirmed: Ant-Man – Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man has everything going for it. The director has called it a heist movie, and it will adapt the “To Steal An Ant-Man” storyline from the comics, with not one, but two Ant-Men, in the form of Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang and Oscar Winner Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym. Pym will be an older guy in this movie, but it looks like we’ll see more of his adventures throughout flashbacks. Wright has been working on the script since 2006, and we’ll finally see what’s it all about when Ant-Man premieres on July 17th, 2015.

Rumored: Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel – There are a lot of hints for all those three movies, mainly Black Panther and Doctor Strange. With Avengers: Age of Ultron shooting in Africa, the appearance of King T’Challa, aka Black Panther, is possible. And producer Kevin Feige has called Doctor Strange his “dream project”. But we’ll have to wait and see.

Reportedly confirmed: Captain America 3, Thor 3 – These two will more than likely happen. According to rumors, Marvel’s already in talks with writers and directors for both. Captain America 3 will see the return of the Russo brothers, who directed The Winter Soldier, and Thor 3 will have Thor: The Dark World’s Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost as writers. Expect more on these soon.

FOX

Confirmed: X-Men: Days of Future Past – Coming in May 23rd, X-Men: Days of Future past will adapt the classic storyline of the same title, and bring together the casts of X-Men 1, 2 and 3, as well as First Class. Director Bryian Singer has assembled one hell of a cast, as a matter of fact, too long to put here, but among the big names we have Hugh Jackman back as Wolverine, Michael Fassbender as young Magneto, James McAvoy as young Charles Xavier, and Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart reprising their roles of Magneto and Xavier. Expect lots of political tension, with Sentinels hunting the mutants in the past and future, oh, and apparently Magneto killed JFK.

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Confirmed: Fantastic Four Reboot –  Josh Trank is directing the reboot of Marvel’s First Family, as the Fantastic Four return to theaters on June 19th, 2015. Written by Simon Kinberg, the reboot will likely feature a younger version of the Fantastic Four. We expect more details soon, but names such as Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Sue Storm and Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm have popped up more than once. There’s also talk that Doctor Doom might be a gal in this. A leaked synopsis – debunked by Trank, but followed with a legal attack by FOX – indicate that the team will be treated as dangerous individuals by the US Government.

Confirmed: X-Men: Apocalypse – Yes, fanboys, Apocalypse. In 2016, Bryan Singer will bring you the movie version of the classic X-Men villain. There are plenty of Apocalypse stories, but fans have their fingers crossed to see a live action adaptation of the epic X-Men story “Age of Apocalypse”. Singer is only producing it, for now, and has said it will be more of a First Class sequel, so don’t expect Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart again. We’ll find out more when it premieres on May 27th, 2016.

Confirmed: Wolverine 3 – It seems the success of The Wolverine has given FOX the excuse to get Logan back on the big screen for a third solo movie. Director James Mangold will return for a sequel with Hugh Jackman likely to come back as well. The movie premieres March 3rd, 2017.

Confirmed: Fantastic Four 2 – Even before the reboot started shooting, a sequel! July 14, 2017 is the date. No details.

Maybe: X-Force – It’s not official yet, but it’s on deck, and it will probably happen. Kick Ass 2’s director Jeff Wadlow is currently working on the X-Force movie, produced by Mark Millar. Right now, there are not a lot of details as to what line-up we’ll see, but Cable has been confirmed as one of five mutants to represent the team on the big screen. X-Force creator Rob Liefield said that the script for the movie was “beyond impressive” and that it will give fans a lot to be happy about. Liefeld also mentioned Deadpool more than once, so the merc with a mouth might have his second shot on the movies, speaking of Deadpool…..

Maybe: Deadpool – The Deadpool movie is ready to be made. Director Tim Miller has said that the script is ready, and Ryan Reynolds is down to play the role again. So why is it not confirmed? Because FOX hasn’t said “GO” with it yet. While they wait for the green light, a couple of details have surfaced. One, the movie would (thankfully) ignore the X-Men Origins: Wolverine version of Deadpool, going for a more traditional one instead. The movie would have a low budget, allowing for an R rating.

Maybe: Gambit –  Can you picture Channing Tatum has Gambit? Well, you might be seeing that in the near future. The actor had previously said he loved the character, and wanted to play him in the rumored solo movie. Well, the movie is no longer rumored, and even though no official confirmation has happened yet, that didn’t keep the producers from talking. X-Men producer Lauren Shuler has said Tatum is on board, and that they’re now waiting for the studio to be on board as well. It’d be a smaller movie, about Gambit as thief in New Orleans.

Sony

Confirmed: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – On May 2nd, 2014, Spider-Man will face his greatest battle….or so says the poster. Marc Webb’s second entry in the franchise will feature Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) fighting not one, not two, but three super villains. Jamie Foxx’s Electro, Paul Giamatti’s Rhino and Dane DeHaan’s Green Golbin will team up to bring chaos to New York. With Emma Stone making a return as Gwen Stacy, there’s even a chance we’ll see her death in this, much like in comics, at the hand of Green Goblin. Amazing Spider-Man 2 also plans to set the ball rolling for the Sinister Six and the upcoming shared universe on Spider-Man movies.

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Confirmed: The Amazing Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man 4 – No details given, but The Amazing Spider-Man 4 might not be about Peter Parker’s Spider-Man at all. We’ll have to wait and see. Number 3 arrives on June 10th, 2016, and number 4 on May 4th, 2018.

Confirmed: Venom, Sinister Six – These are the two announced spin-off movies to expand The Amazing Spider-Man’s universe. For all we know Electro, Rhino, Doctor Octopus, Lizard and Vulture will be part of the Sinisters, with a “maybe” on Green Goblin. As for Venom, no word on whether it will be Flash Thompson or Eddie Brock.

Paramount

Confirmed: Ninja Turtles – Arriving on August 8th, the Michael Bay produced movie will reboot the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We don’t have much info on plot, but the designs for the Turtles have leaked (Paramount has asked us to not post the images). We also know Pete Ploszek is playing Leo, Jeremy Howard is Donatello, Noel Fisher will be Michelangelo, and Alex Ritchson is Raphael. Other characters include Megan Fox as April O’Neil and William Fitchner as Shredder. The movie, directed by Jonathan Liebsman has raised a lot of questions, and the answers, for good or bad, are coming.


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