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Upcoming Comics-Based Movies: The Full Schedule

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Upcoming Comics-Based Movies: The Full Schedule

There are a lot of comic book-based movies on the way in the next six years. Dozens that are widely known. Likely dozens more being discussed in studio circles but not yet publicly revealed. Lots and lots of superhero fare, yes, but also material from outside the genre.

To help make sense of it all, here’s CBR’s list of upcoming comics-based films — including all the big Marvel and DC Comics movies, next year’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “The Peanuts Movie” and more. Plus, a look at a few films that have been reported as in development, but haven’t found their way to a release date yet.

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  • April 3, 2020: “Cyborg” (presumed based on release date previously claimed by Warner Bros. for a DC Entertainment film) (Warner Bros.)
  • June 19, 2020: “Green Lantern” (presumed based on release date previously claimed by Warner Bros. for a DC Entertainment film) (Warner Bros.)


Also In Development: 25 Films (Estimate)

Beyond those films with (relatively) firm dates, there are quite a few that have been reported to be in some form of development, but with no concrete time frame yet. Among those include several potential offerings from Sony including an “Amazing Spider-Man 4,” plus a film featuring both Venom and Carnage expected for 2017 and a Spidey spinoff starring an unspecified female lead targeted for the same year.

Both “X-Force” and “Gambit” films have been reported to be in development with Fox — with “Kick-Ass 2” writer/director Jeff Wadlow attached to write the former and Channing Tatum expressing interest in starring in the latter — but there’s no timeline yet for either one.

Warner Bros. has intimated that standalone Superman and Batman films — not included in the scheduled revealed earlier this month — are likely also on the way. A “Justice League Dark” film has been discussed since 2012 with Guillermo del Toro attached, and the acclaimed director maintained that he’s still working on the film as recently as July 2014. A movie based on the seminal Vertigo title “Sandman,” has Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached as director, and comic book series writer Neil Gaiman publicly described the project as active as recently as last week.

Beyond Marvel and DC, a number of comic book properties from independent publishers are in development as films. Earlier this month during New York Comic Con, it was revealed that production company New Regency — also working on an adaptation of Charles Burns’ “Black Hole” — optioned “Wytches”, the recently launched Image Comics series by Scott Snyder and Jock. Image Comics co-founder Todd McFarlane has made it clear he’s planning on a new “Spawn” film. Additionally, a more faithful adaptation of James O’Barr’s “The Crow” is being developed with Luke Evans attached to play the lead.

As usual, multiple Mark Millar projects are active in Hollywood. Beyond “Kingsman,” out early next year, the writer has “Superior”, “Starlight” and “Nemesis” all at 20th Century Fox. “G.I. Joe” and “Transformers” producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has optioned Millar’s series “MPH.”

Dark Horse Comics, which has seen many of their works adapted into movies in the past two decades, has “Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem” in the works with Andrew Adamson on board to direct. Oni Press series “Queen & Country” is at Fox, with Ellen Page attached to star. Just this week, it was reported that production was underway on an adaptation of “Abattoir,” published in 2010 and 2011 by Radical Studios. BOOM! Studios, which has a first-look deal with Fox, has “The Foundation,” “Malignant Man,” “Rust” and “Rochester” at that studio, and “Day Men” at Universal. This isn’t an exhaustive list of in-development comics-based films, but certainly an indicator that the era of the comic book movie isn’t ending any time soon.

Keep reading CBR for the latest news on these films and more. And if you notice something we’ve missed, let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to our list!

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