There is no denying that the comic book movie is the most popular and lucrative genre in the movie business. The release of Avengers: Age of Ultron recently saw the Marvel Cinematic Universe become the highest-grossing franchise in history in less than a decade, and every year since 2012 at least three superhero movies have finished amongst the year's ten biggest earners. With that level of commercial success, no wonder the studios keep cranking them out at such a high rate.
Just between movies based on Marvel and DC characters, there are almost thirty features set to hit theaters by the summer of 2020 (and more besides planned), with the MCU expected to continue long after that. Eventually the genre is going to reach saturation point, but then, people have been saying that for the best part of a decade.
Of course, not all of these projects are going to be a success. For every billion dollar hit like The Avengers or The Dark Knight, there is a Dredd or Green Lantern that sinks without a trace. With that in mind, this article will take a look at the next ten comic book movies on the release schedule, and rank them on a scale of one to ten in terms of potential, based on everything we know so far.
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10. Fantastic Four (August 7, 2015)
What We Know: It wasn't until January that we got our first look at the Josh Trank's rebooted Fantastic Four, which ended up posing more questions than it answered. Looking more like a straight-up sci-fi than a comic book movie, it seems that the director is looking to establish a more grounded, somber and realistic tone.
The trailers did show off some neat character moments, and Trank has four great actors playing the titular team, but a recent set of rumors from the set suggest that the has director struggled with the project, and there is always the danger that the movie will stray too far into serious territory, forgetting to be fun in the process.
The Prediction: After leaving or being removed from his Star Wars movie (depending on who you believe), reports suggest that Trank was having trouble adjusting from his $12m debut Chronicle to a $150m studio blockbuster.
Words like 'erratic', 'isolated', 'indecisive' and 'uncommunicative' were used, with producer Simon Kinberg becoming heavily involved in the most recent round of reshoots. While the jury is still out on Fantastic Four, disharmony on set very rarely yields great results.
Predicted Rating: 5.5/10