It's a story line that could come right from the pages of one of parent company Time Warner's (TWX) very own comic books. Superheroes Batman and Superman team up to muscle Warner Brothers, Hollywood's largest studio, back to the top after ending 2015 in a prolonged box office slump.
Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, which opens on March 25, is the first of more than dozen big-budget franchise-style films Warner Brothers intends to release over the next five years in a pricey bid to revive the studio's fortunes.
The film, which cost an estimated $250 million to produce and stars Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, kicks off 10 superhero films over that span based on characters from the parent company's DC Comics unit. Suicide Squad, starring Will Smith a member of a team of DC Comics' anti-heroes, opens in August.
Next year Warner Brothers is scheduled to bring out Wonder Woman and The Justice League Part One, featuring DC Comics' characters Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman.
In November, the studio releases the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and in 2017 it plans two follow-ups based on its hit animated film The Lego Movie.
The expensive rollout aims to overcome Warner Brother's string of big budget misfires last year that included the fairy tale remake Pan, which cost $150 million to produce and millions more to promote but generated only $128.4 million in worldwide ticket sales, according to the movie tracking site Box Office Mojo.