Okay, take this with a pinch of salt, but it’s been rumored that DC will release six Batman themed movies in 2019.
Six movies? All about Batman? Surely not!
But while, let’s face it, scheduling will probably leave things shuffled around a bit, it’s easy to see where these rumors are coming from. DC has recently announced that Nightwing, Batgirl, Gotham City Sirens, and The Batman are all in development, and all projects will be ready for approximately this timeframe.
In addition to this, a couple of animated movies are in the works. These are nice little earners for DC even when Batman hype is relatively low, but with a mammoth number of new Dark Knight related live action properties in the works, it makes sense that DC will want to get as many movies on-board the hype train as possible.
Now, again, I think it’s important to stress that it’s very unlikely that all of these movies will hit theaters within a twelve month period. It’s likely that some, such as Batgirl and Nightwing in particular, will be delayed a bit, if only to spread these movies out over a longer period.
But the logic here is easy to see: DC is really pushing the Gotham side of their interconnected cinematic universe. With so many Bat movies on the horizon, it almost seems as if Warner Bros is pushing to build up the most popular elements of the existing DCEU by focusing on their single most popular character and his allies and enemies.
This would make sense as a business move, not least as Batman books have been carrying the DC comics line for decades. What’s more, it could be argued that the grimdark tone of the DCEU is already entirely focused on the Caped Crusader, so it makes sense to ride that particularly style choice into the ground with similar dark characters.
In other words, if you were ever hoping for a Plastic Man movie, tough. Instead, we’ll be getting slight variations on Batman until we’re all sick of comic book movies.
Ultimately, it appears that DC isn’t interested in playing the long game. Cultivating characters for long enough to build the Justice League up? That’s too much effort. Instead, the studio would much rather focus on getting a phenomenal number of movies set in Gotham into production as quickly as possible.
This isn’t to say that these movies won’t be any good.
It’s just worth noting that DC’s current plan is exactly the same as what Sony attempted with the Amazing Spider-Man franchise, and it didn’t exactly work that time.
Fingers crossed DC has more luck, and that among these many movies, as least a few will be worth watching.