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DC superheroes muscle in on Marvel at the movies

The Justice League will get two live-action movies, at least.
The Justice League will get two live-action movies, at least.

Superman has company

Take that, Marvel. Warner Bros. today muscled in with its DC Comics superhero slate through 2020, reports Deadline.com. We know about Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in 2016, starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. But also that year comes “Suicide Squad,” an adventure of reformed villains from “Fury” director David Ayer.

Then in 2017: Lego Batman in May, Wonder Woman in June and Snyder’s “Justice League,” with Affleck and Cavill again, in November. In 2018: The Flash with Ezra Miller and Aquaman with Jason Momoa. 2019: Shazam with Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam and “Justice League — Part 2.” In 2020: Justice League member Cyborg gets his own film, starring Ray Fisher, and Green Lantern gets a reboot.

That’s on top of Disney’s moneymaking Avengers (latest news: Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. will appear in 2016’s “Captain America 3”) and, from Sony and 20th Century Fox, more Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and X-Men flicks. All told, we’ll be overrun with 30 comic book movies in the next six years.

Good Jobs?

Speaking of Batman … ex-Dark Knight Christian Bale is ready to become Apple founder Steve Jobs, Variety reports. Bale has to be better than Ashton Kutcher in last year’s sad “Jobs.” This one is based on Walter Isaacson’s biography, it’s directed by Danny Boyle and it’s written by Aaron Sorkin. So far so good.

‘Toy’ for the holidays

The “Toy Story” gang found such success in their Halloween TV special last year that they’re returning for Christmas. “Toy Story That Time Forgot” is set to air at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 on ABC, says Entertainment Weekly. This time, during a post-Christmas play date, they get into trouble when “the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional.” It’s up to Trixie the triceratops to get everyone home safe. All the regulars are returning, including Tom Hanks as Woody and Tim Allen as Buzz.

‘Mortal’ not so mortal

Lily Collins’ “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” tanked at the box office last year, but Cassandra Clare’s young-adult fantasy series may have new life as a TV series, says The Hollywood Reporter. No word yet on which network would pick it up.

| Sharon Hoffmann, shoffmann@kcstar.com

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