Captain Marvel TV premiere to bizarrely start with 3-Day DC movie marathon

Superhero film premieres tend to be huge gets for cable television networks intending to stand out of the dwindling-but-persistent channel browsing audience. So snatching the rights to a Marvel or DC comics best deserves some excitement. Which is why, on Wednesday, TNT announced that it would have the honor of airing the television best of Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. ET.

But that wasn’t all: To pull out the stops for its big exclusive, the network revealed it would also program a huge comic book movie marathon. Just not Marvel titles. Instead, all weekend long in the lead up to the premiere, TNT will air DC movies like Justice League, Suicide Squad, Batman Begins, Wonder Woman, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Man of Steel.

Is this the most epic troll in tv history or an admission by WarnerMedia (owner of TNT) that the DC movie universe needs to siphon off Marvel’s energy to survive? There’s no editorial clarity in TNT’s announcement — this is just what it’s doing, because those are the movies it’s got, I guess. Either way, I gasped.

Not only do DC and Marvel both have characters named Captain Marvel — and the stories behind both are fascinating comics history — but the two now feel linked in an even more diabolical corporate move, albeit one that, admittedly, does not matter and that I may forget by the time the best rolls around on the Jan. 10. However for this split-second, consider this comic book movie #fan in awe of the audacity to set a weekend of nonstop Justice League content in the lead up to a Marvel film that made nearly $250 million more than the ultimate throwdown promised by Batman v Superman. Damn! What the hell!

Here’s the marathon schedule

Justice League
Friday, Jan. 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET and Saturday, Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m.ET

Suicide Team
Friday, Jan. 8 at 10:30 p.m. ET and Saturday, Jan. 9 at 3:00 p.m. ET

Batman Starts
Saturday, Jan. 9 at 12:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. ET

Wonder Female
Saturday, Jan. 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET and Sunday, Jan. 10 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Sunday, Jan. 10 at 11:00 a.m. ET

Male of Steel
Sunday, Jan. 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Captain Marvel, certainly
Sunday, Jan. 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.