In this golden age of superhero franchises, it’s no small task to keep up with what movies are hitting theaters and when.
Like Marvel, DC is bringing dozens of characters to the silver screen in interwoven storylines. Creating this expansive universe takes some serious planning, and that's why Warner Bros. and DC have their release schedules plotted for years to come.
Here are all of the DC movies you can mark on your calendar through 2020. This list will be updated as premiere dates are added or moved by the studio.
Wonder Woman, June 2, 2017
The next movie in the DC lineup breaks new ground: It's the first-female led superhero movie in the current generation of the genre. With Captain Marvel sidelined until 2019 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Wonder Woman occupies a lonely space, and her impression on audiences could influence studios's willingness to produce female-led superhero movies in the future. Fortunately, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman already has a fan following, especially after she stood out as one of the few bright spots in Batman v Superman. With director Patty Jenkins, best known for the critically acclaimed Monster, behind the wheel, Wonder Woman could very well be the movie that silences second-guessing about the ability of female heroes to lead a box-office success.
Justice League Part 1, Nov. 17, 2017
Wonder Woman fans won’t have long to wait before seeing Gal Gadot back on the big screen in DC’s superhero team movie. She, along with Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and Aquaman (Jason Momoa), will form DC’s formidable superhero troupe. Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth) will also make appearances in the film. That’s about as much as we know about Justice League so far.
Batman v Superman was essentially a prequel to Justice League, but after it suffered a critical pummeling and unimpressive box office returns (trailing both Captain America: Civil War and the surprise hit Deadpool for domestic gross), DC Entertainment shook up its operations, tapping DC executives Jon Berg and Geoff Johnston to head a new division called DC Films. The studio also named Ben Affleck an executive producer on Justice League in the fallout.Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder and writer Chris Terrio survived the culling, rolling cameras on Justice League Part 1 in April 2016. Irons has already gone on the record to say that the movie will be more linear and less “muddled," which should reassure fans.
The Flash, March 16, 2018
Clark Kent aside, it’s pretty rare for superheroes these days to cross the line from television to the silver screen. But DC seems to be making an exception for the Flash, a character who has been delighting TV audiences on the CW since 2014.While Grant Gustin takes the starring role of Barry Allen in the ongoing television series, Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) will be the youthful face of the cinematic version of the character. In fact you’ve already seen him in the role during a brief cameo in Batman v Superman.
Following the departure of writer/director Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) over creative differences, Warner Bros. decided to tap up-and-coming writer/director Rick Famuyiwa. Famuyiwa recently helmed indie darling Dope and the Emmy-nominated HBO original movie Confirmation (starring Kerry Washington).
Though Famuyiwa was an exciting choice, his work on The Flash was short lived. In early November he parted ways with the studio citing—you guessed it—creative differences.
In a public statement, he said, “I pitched a version of the film in line with my voice, humor and heart. While it’s disappointing that we couldn’t come together creatively on the project, I remain grateful for the opportunity.”
Expect a new director announcement soon, or the release date could get bumped.
Aquaman, Oct. 5, 2018
Aquaman, a superhero who can telepathically communicate with sea life, has been the butt of superhero jokes for decades. No more. Fans were immediately impressed with the king of Atlantis when they saw photos of the brawny Jason Momoa in the title role.Though nothing has been released about the script, director James Wan (Saw, Furious 7) recently said the movie would have a lighter tone than the dark and gritty fare commonly associated with DC movies. Of course he could have been making a joke about the challenge of lighting underwater sets. Either way, we'll take our Aquaman comedy where we can find it.
In August, the Wrap reported that Aquaman would face off against his archenemy, Black Manta, in the film.
On Dec. 2, Variety reported that Warner Bros. bumped the release date for Aquaman back from July 27, 2018, to Oct. 5 2018, perhaps freeing up the July date for a yet-to-be-announced but definitely happening Batman movie.
Shazam, April 5, 2019
What do we know about Shazam so far? Very little. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who will star as the villain Black Adam, is the only announced member of the cast. (He's also producing the film with partner and manager Dany Garcia via their Seven Bucks Productions company.)
Garcia told Newsweek in August that fans shouldn't worry that the lighthearted Shazam might not fit in what has so far been a relatively dark DC universe.
“We don’t feel fettered by, or constrained by, the successes or failures and challenges of the other projects. That was a key component to our participation—that we be able to control the tone and the voice, and do it the way we want to," she told Newsweek.
Garcia said they're in the process of getting draft scripts, and they're taking care to make sure the tone for Black Adam is just right.
Justice League Part 2, June 14, 2019
Director Zack Snyder is slated to return for the second installment of the Justice League movie, which will presumably feature the original lineup and perhaps an appearance by Shazam and the Flash.
Cyborg, April 3, 2020
We got our first, brief look at Cyborg, played by stage actor Ray Fisher, in a pretty disturbing scene in Batman v Superman. DC will continue to develop the character in the pair of Justice League movies before Cyborg takes the lead in his own solo film.Green Lantern Corps, June 19, 2020
Though Ryan Reynolds instantly won audiences over as Deadpool, his portrayal of Hal Jordon in 2011’s Green Lantern fell flat. But DC isn’t ready to give up on the classic character—and this time, as the title indicates, the focus will be on the whole division of super-powered interstellar cops.
No cast has been announced for this reboot.
Among the yet unscheduled films coming for DC are a Batman movie, directed by Ben Affleck. Affleck, who is working on the script with DC's Geoff Johns, said in a recent interview that he's considering The Batman for the title. Joe Manganiello has been cast as the villain Deathstroke for the film.
There's also a Harley Quinn-led spinoff in the works, now confirmed with director David Ayer. The studio has two open slots in its movie lineup: July 27, 2018, and Nov. 1, 2019. Affleck's Batman film is a good bet for one of these dates.
Editor's Note: This article is regularly updated for relevancy.