The DCEU continues to expand, with the Justice League movie up next, and Green Lantern Corps, Batgirl, and more in the works!
With Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Wonder Woman now in the books, the DC Extended Universe is in full swing. It’s all leading up to the Justice League movie in November of 2017.
So, it’s time to take a look at all of the DC superhero movies that will be released over the next few years. And trust us, there are a ton of them on the way, and we expect more details will be announced as we go forward.
We have all the release dates for every one of ’em right here, as well as official details, the most interesting rumors, and suggestions for further reading where appropriate.
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Here’s how this works, because the schedule is getting a little weird. We’re starting with the dates that we know Warner Bros. has reserved specifically for DC superhero movies. You’ll find that in some cases, there isn’t officially a project attached to that date yet. Then we’ll get into the stuff that we know for 100% certain is in development, but that don’t have release dates. Then we’ll get into some of the long shots at the bottom.
Zack Snyder will direct Justice League, and BvS co-writer Chris Terrio is back. The villain of this one is Steppenwolf, one of Darkseid’s relatives, and it focuses on Batman building a team to confront him.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
July 27th, 2018 – Unknown
This was formerly the date occupied by the Aquaman movie, but that was bumped to December. At this point, with nothing aggressively in production, it’s hard to imagine anything actually making this release date. But as far as we know, it hasn’t been officially scrapped. The more likely scenario is that Warner Bros. just gives this date to a different, non-DC superhero related blockbuster.
Jason Momoa is playing Aquaman. There’s no doubt that they’ve been taking Aquaman very seriously. Amber Heard will also appear as Queen Mera. Patrick Wilson is Ocean Master and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is Black Manta.
James Wan (Furious 7) will direct from a script by Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire).
April 5th, 2019 – Shazam
Shazam has both a writer (Henry Gayden, of Earth to Echo fame) and a star (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the villainous Black Adam) announced. Lights Out director David F. Sandberg is directing, although recent talks indicate that Johnson’s Black Adam won’t be introduced here, and they’ll save the big Shazam/Black Adam throwdown for a sequel.
The movie begins production in 2018, so expect more casting announcements shortly, and it’s a safe bet to make this 2019 release date.
June 14th, 2019 – Unknown
This was long ago announced as the Justice League 2 release date, but this is apparently about to change. Director Zack Snyder would like to take on another project, and there are recent indications that Warner Bros is prioritizing the Batman solo movie over this, and that this could end up being that film’s date instead.
It’s also possible that this could end up being David Ayer’s Gotham City Sirens movie. Or maybe it will end up being the new date for…
After losing two directors/writers in Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) wrote a screenplay, and Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) this one needs some work, and potential directors now include Matthew Vaughn and Robert Zemeckis. The latest is that it’s being completely rewritten by Joby Harold and it will be based on the Flashpoint story from the comics.
Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Madame Bovary) is playing Barry Allen, but probably a very different Barry Allen than the one we currently love on TV. Billy Crudup will play Dr. Henry Allen, with Kiersey Clemons as Iris West.
November 1st, 2019 – Untitled DC Film
No information has yet been given as to the story or what characters will be featured in the film. Man of Steel 2 is back in active development at the studio. Could this be it? It’s yet another potential landing date for Ben Affleck’s Batman solo movie, too. In fact, given that movie’s ongoing troubles, this is probably its most likely arrival date.
The truth is that we just don’t know what DC has planned for Nov. 2019, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
The most critically acclaimed DCEU movie is definitely getting a sequel. Patty Jenkins will return to direct Wonder Woman 2, which will move Diana’s story forward in time…but possibly not too far forward. Expect what might be another adventure set in the past.
February 14, 2020 – Untitled DC Film
We’re not quite sure what this one is just yet, but there are a couple of possibilities down below. Either of the above two dates could be good fits for On the other hand, this could also be a good fit for Gotham City Sirens, Suicide Squad 2, or Nightwing (see below for details on those).
April 3rd, 2020 – Cyborg
Ray Fisher made his first (very brief) appearance as Vic Stone/Cyborg in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and will clearly have a crucial role to play in both Justice League movies. At one point he was supposed to feature in The Flash solo movie, too.
No other details are presently available, and there are also rumors that this one might be reworked into a movie that would introduce the Teen Titans to the big screen.
June 5th, 2020
Just like that February date, we don’t know what this is, but after Green Lantern, there are a few possibilities…
Fairly or unfairly, Green Lantern has the most working against him. The 2011 film failed to kickstart the DC Universe as planned, and received a lukewarm (at best) critical and box-office reception. There are, of course, ways around this.
One way is to simply not make Hal Jordan the central Green Lantern of the movie. This one may focus on as many as three Green Lanterns, with the main focus on a kind of buddy/cop movie with John Stewart and Hal Jordan. David Goyer and Justin Rhodes are writing the script, but there’s no director in place yet. Rupert Wyatt may be directing.
Now, let’s get into the projects that are in the works, but don’t have release dates yet. We’ve grouped these roughly in the order we expect to see them based on how far along they are.
Gotham City Sirens
Harley Quinn isn’t just for the Suicide Squad. Warner Bros. has tapped David Ayer to direct Gotham City Sirens, which will team Harley Quinn up with other female DC villain, most likely including Poison Ivy and Catwoman. It’s not totally clear if this is replacing a Harley Quinn solo movie, which we have a few details on here.
This one is on the fast-track, so it could take over that June 14th, 2019 release date vacated by Justice League 2. There are really thin rumors that Warner Bros. wants to release four Batman themed movies in 2019: Gotham City Sirens, Nightwing, Batgirl, and that Batman solo movie they keep promising us. I wouldn’t put too much stock in that just yet.
But let’s talk about two of those other Bat-themed movies for a moment…
The Lego Batman movie director Chris McKay has been tapped to direct a Nightwing movie. Bill Dubuque (The Accountant) is working on a script. No other details are currently available, and this one doesn’t have a release date yet, although there are rumors of a 2019 window. We wrote more about it here.
Joss Whedon will write, direct, and produce a Batgirl movie, one that is reportedly based on Gail Simone’s recent New 52 take on the character. We have some more details here, but there’s no casting or release date to report yet. This is another one where there are rumors of 2019 in the wind, but don’t put any stock in that yet.
While the critical response to the first film wasn’t so hot, the box office was blazing, so Suicide Squad 2 is definitely happening. David Ayer going to be too busy with Gotham City Sirens until further notice, though, and a number of interesting directors have been named in connection with the project. Adam Cozad, who wrote The Legend of Tarzan, is working on a script.
Justice League 2
Don’t be fooled by the fact that this lost its 2019 release date, Warner Bros. is still planning a second installment, since the first one is bound to make all kinds of bank. Things will stay quiet on this for a few more months.
Shazam doesn’t have a star to play its title character yet, but it sure does have a villain. And that villain, who will be played by Dwayne Johnson, is certainly strong enough to sustain his own movie. There’s no release date set for the Black Adam movie, and this is the kind of thing that could work as a nifty prequel to set up the mystical world of Shazam if they choose to go that route. We’re currently on the lookout for more info.
Booster Gold (and maybe Blue Beetle)
Flash and Arrow executive producer Greg Berlanti is going to executive produce and possibly direct a Booster Gold movie. Zack Stentz (Thor, X-Men: First Class, a recent episode of CW’s The Flash TV series) will write the script.
Early reports described this as a “superhero buddy cop movie” that would involve Blue Beetle. We’ll get you more updates on this as they become available.
And now for the long shots…projects mentioned, rumored, or that haven’t had any movement in a while.
Warner Bros. knows they have one of the biggest stars in the world already in costume, so they’re reportedly considering a Deadshot solo movie, as well.
Back on the schedule after years of being dormant, the Lobo movie may attempt to be the DCEU equivalent of Deadpool. Jason Fuchs must have impressed Warner Bros. with his work on Wonder Woman, because he’s on board to write the script for this one.
We’ll update this with more information as we get it, but it should be a fun ride.
Sandman isn’t a superhero movie, so the fact that he wasn’t involved in an announcement that primarily focused on high-profile franchises (along with the superhero slate, Warner Bros. focused on Lego movies and Harry Potter spinoffs). It isn’t a DC Universe movie that will have any bearing on future Justice League films. But it is one of the most successful, enduring comics of all time.
The latest news on this isn’t encouraging, though. It appears to be a dead project.
Dark Universe might be more familiar to comic book fans under its comic name, Justice League Dark. This one will feature the supernatural characters from the DC Universe. Characters like Swamp Thing, Demon, Deadman, Zatanna, and possibly even John Constantine.
Guillermo del Toro was attached to this one for quite some time, but had to leave the project. Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) will now direct.
Legion of Super-Heroes
This one came as a big surprise when the rumor surfaced a couple of years ago. The word is that Warner Bros., perhaps inspired by the runaway success of Guardians of the Galaxy, is looking to put together their own superheroic space opera. Nobody has been hired. Warner Bros. have simply placed this one on the table as a DC property potentially worth developing, and are inviting writers to make pitches.
Perhaps the longest of the long-shots, the Metal Men movie is something that’s been in discussion as far back as 2007. It’s the most bizarre concept of the bunch, involving a mad scientist and his group of sentient elemental robots, but like Suicide Squad and Legion of Super-Heroes, perhaps that uniqueness is what makes this one so appealing. Warner Bros. can’t be seen to copy the Marvel model too closely, so veering away from solo outings for traditional heroes and into this kind of territory might be the very best thing they can do for the brand.
The Metal Men recently received a New 52 facelift at the hands of writer Geoff Johns, the co-chair of DC Films. If they’re a favorite of DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer, it would be wrong to count the Metal Men out, even if there’s been no public movement on this project in recent memory.
We’ll keep updating this with new information as we get it!
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