Over the past eight years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has established a firm pattern of announcing sets of films known as “phases.” For example, Phase Three kicked off with Captain America: Civil War and spans 10 films (!), running through the fourth Avengers film in 2019.
So far, the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) — which is only four films deep (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and most recently, Wonder Woman) and still ironing out some of its own rough edges — hasn’t landed on a rollout plan for their future films. At the moment, there are several films with release dates but little to no indication beyond that.
There are a number of projects reportedly in the works for the DCEU that may hit theaters before films like Aquaman, Shazam, Cyborg, and Green Lantern Corps. ever see the light of day, especially if those productions encounter the same problems that The Flash is currently facing. In any case, we thought it’d be fun to take a closer look at some DCEU films without scheduled release dates that we expect (or hope) to see in the next few years.
1. The Batman
This one is a no-brainer. We already know that Ben Affleck is set to star in a solo film featuring his version of Batman with comics writer Geoff Johns. Joe Manganiello is already onboard to appear as Deathstroke, and filming will reportedly start sometime in 2017.
However, rumor has it that the film is facing some behind-the-scenes struggles. The script has reportedly undergone extensive rewrites and Affleck recently stepped down as director, raising some speculation about the issues plaguing production.
While it makes sense that Warner Bros. would be anxious to take another crack at the most financially lucrative character in DC’s history, we only hope the studio is able together the project back on track.