Warner Bros.’s massive, 10-film superhero announcement shocked people for a number of reasons.
Obviously, there’s the sheer scope and ambition of the plan. Marvel has always let movie announcements trickle out one-by-one. This was unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, not only in superhero movies.
But Marvel says they have a plan that extends even beyond the reaches of WB’s DC slate. Where the Justice League has the Avengers beat, however, matters a lot more than the number of sequels, spin-offs and team-ups.
When the official list dropped yesterday, Twitter users were quick to point out that the DC slate included standalone movies led by a woman (Gal Gadot), an openly queer actor (Ezra Miller), and an African American man (Ray Fisher).
The celebration in diversity also brought with it several observations that Marvel has yet to follow through on its talk about non-white and female superheroes.
To be fair to Marvel, they have only officially announced their film slate through early 2017, so it's possible that a Captain Marvel movie could hit theaters the same year as "Wonder Woman," or a Black Panther film years before "Cyborg."
Either way, the announcement helped set a new standard for more representative superheroes, and hopefully, it is a sign of things to come.
"Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice" opens in theaters on March 25, 2016.