Posted on Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Warner Bros has announced a bunch of new release dates, including dates for the following films: Green Lantern, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Zack Snyder‘s Sucker Punch, Jonah Hex, Christopher Nolan‘s Inception, Clash of the Titans and a new date for Guy Ritchie‘s Sherlock Holmes. The big shocker is that Warner Bros has decided to go head to head with two of Marvel’s big comic book adaptations. So the question is — will you see the next film from Christopher Nolan or Thor? The final Harry Potter film or The Avengers?
Green Lantern: Martin Campbell’s big screen adaptation of the DC comic book will hit theaters on December 17th 2010. Sony currently has the computer animated feature adaptation of Smurfs on the same date.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: With the first part of the final chapter set to hit theaters on November 19th 2010, Deathly Hallows Part II will be released just eight months later on July 15th 2011. DreamWorks Animation’s Master Mind is scheduled to hit theaters four days earlier, but the big shocker is that Warner Bros decided to go head to head with Marvel’s superhero teamup The Avegners. I’ve always had the feeling that Marvel will have to push back the release date of The Avengers since it was prematurely announced following the release of Iron Man. And Warner Bros putting the last Potter film in that slot furthers this theory.
Suckerpunch: The first live-action film directed by Zack Snyder not to be released on Snyder’s lucky week – the second week of March. Warner Bros has instead decided to release the film on October 8th 2010.
Jonah Hex: The big screen adaptation of the DC Comics western comic book starring Josh Brolin is now set to hit theaters on August 6th 2010, a week following Zack Snyder’s animated adaptation of Guardians of Ga’Hoole.
Inception: Christopher Nolan’s next film is scheduled to hit theaters on July 16th 2010, going head to head with Marvel’s Thor. This is the second of the newly announced release dates that goes head to head with a Marvel comic book film property. I wondering if Warner Bros is intentionally gunning for Marvel or if these dates are more strategic.
Clash of the Titans: Louis Leterrier’s remake of the myth of Perseus now has a March 26th 2010 release date, going head to head with DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon and Law Abiding Citizen.
Sherlock Holmes: The Guy Ritchie adaptation of the mystery classic will now hit theaters on December 25th 2009, about a month later than originally announced. Christmas is a big date, with Disney’s return to 2D animation with The Princess and the Frog and the Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel.
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