Updated with new information on The Batman solo movie, Shazam!, Black Adam, Green Lantern Corps, and more!
Now that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad have both come and gone, the DC Extended Universe is in full swing. The Wonder Woman movie is next up in June, and 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.
Click the blue links to go to articles containing everything you need to know about the movies!
The fact that we have yet to see a Wonder Woman solo movie is almost beyond belief. We don’t have time to get into the rampant short-sightedness that is keeping women from taking marquee roles in superhero movies at the moment (and that’s bound to change one of these days, especially given how their fortunes have changed on TV), but just know that Gal Gadot does some serious Amazonian ass-kicking in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and then we get her solo movie on June 2nd, 2017. The movie was moved up a couple of weeks from its original release date on June 23, 2017.
Warner Bros. were clearly impressed with Ms. Gadot, as she’ll be doing Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Wonder Woman solo movie, Justice League, and Justice League 2 in a fairly short amount of time. We’ll know more about her soon enough!
Patty Jenkins (Monster) is directing, from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns. Chris Pine will appear as Wonder Woman’s love interest, Steve Trevor.
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.
This one will also introduce Aquaman’s Queen Mera (played by Amber Heard), which would make sense considering that the Aquaman movie will follow the next fall.
At this point, it’s a safe bet that this isn’t going to make that March release date. 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. The latest is that it’s being completely rewritten by Joby Harold. Meanwhile, no replacement director has been found.
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. Ray Fisher (Cyborg in Batman v Superman and Justice League) will also appear.
Now, about that release date change…there’s now an empty space in July that Warner had previously reserved for a different DC superhero movie…
July 27th, 2018 – Unknown
This was formerly the date occupied by the Aquaman movie, but that was bumped to October. At one point we thought this could end up being the debut of Ben Affleck’s Batman solo movie but that film has just hit its own production problems, with Mr. Affleck bowing out as director. Maybe The Flash, which is likely about to hit some production delays will just get a few months of breathing room? Or will Warner Bros. just use this for something else entirely that has nothing to do with superheroes? We’ll probably find out very soon.
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. There are reports that Black Manta is the film’s villain.
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. If we end up getting to see Henry Cavill’s Superman fight Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam some day, it’s tough to imagine anyone would complain.
But like other projects on this calendar, this doesn’t seem to be on the fast track, and with a recently announced Black Adam solo movie with Dwayne Johnson now in development (more on that in a bit), it’s not clear what that means for the immediate future of Shazam.
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, and we have more on that down below.
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.
There’s one interesting possibility: could this be that Lobo movie that was recently announced? This space-faring bounty hunter would certainly arrive sooner than expected, but isn’t that what bounty hunters do?
November is a safer month for high profile releases than October, and this could be where the now-rescheduled Justice League 2 ends up, although we suspect it will be a bit longer than that.
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.
April 3rd, 2020 – Cyborg
And this one is the biggest surprise of them all. 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 films if they’re grooming him for a solo film. He’s going 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.
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. It was revealed at SDCC 2015 that the Green Lantern movie is now called Green Lantern Corps, and this one may focus on as many as three Green Lanterns, likely with John Stewart as the main Green Lantern of Sector 2814. David Goyer and Justin Rhodes are writing the script, but there’s no director in place yet.
We’ve heard bits and pieces indicating that Green Lantern won’t even show up until the end of Justice League, or possibly even Justice League 2. By the time 2020 rolls around, a decade will have passed, and by then the character won’t be considered so radioactive by studio execs.
And then there are the missing pieces that are either unconfirmed or simply don’t have release dates yet…
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.
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.
Shazam doesn’t have a director or 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.
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.
Suicide Squad 2
While the critical response to the first film wasn’t so hot, the box office was blazing, so Warner Bros. isn’t taking Suicide Squad 2 off the table. David Ayer is likely going to be too busy with Gotham City Sirens until further notice, though, so no word on when we’ll see this.
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 via Latino Review. 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. To be fair, it’s likely that nearly every major DC property is open for something like this, but this is the first rumbling we’ve ever heard about a Legion of Super-Heroes movie. It’s worth paying attention to, but it’s tough to imagine, even under the best of circumstances, that we’ll see this before 2018…assuming it’s true at all.
That being said, if it were true, it’s hard to imagine a cooler way to cement the WB/DC Cinematic Universe than with a 31st Century space-opera. While Marvel-esque crossovers probably aren’t going to be the order of the day with these movies, the concept of showing how the Justice League (and specifically, Superman) influenced society 1,000 years in the future is plenty unique, and adds immediate gravitas to the other superhero movies on the calendar.
Let’s just say, we really hope this one is true.
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 have also just received a New 52 facelift at the hands of writer Geoff Johns, executive producer of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and The Flash TV series. 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.
It’s worth noting that the same Wall Street Journal article where WB officially announced the Justice League movie also mentioned Shazam (at a time when everyone thought the project was dead and buried) and…Metal Men. Don’t sleep on this one.
Published at Mon, 06 Feb 2017 02:01:00 +0000