There’s lots more Batman, Wonder Woman, and, yes, even Aquaman, on the horizon.
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.
With the premiere date now just a few months away, Wonder Woman is now doing a round of test screenings. You should view the results with a big grain of salt (because test audiences are legally prohibited from commenting, and things could be tweaked before the final cut), but the buzz is that the reactions so far are fair to positive.
Justice League Part One, 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. This will also be J.K. Simmons’s debut role as longtime Batman ally Commissioner Jim Gordon, while Ciarán Hinds will appear as Steppenwolf, the film’s antagonist. Aquaman’s crew will be rounded out by Willem Dafoe as Aquaman’s friend Nuidis Vulko and his wife and queen of Atlantis, Mera (Amber Heard).
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 in 2016), 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.
While we don’t yet know much about the plot of Justice League, fans have been circulating plenty of speculation, which you can read more about here.
Aquaman, Dec. 21, 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.
Amber Heard (Drive Angry, The Danish Girl) has signed on as Mera, Queen of the Sea, while Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, The Conjuring) will be Aquaman’s evil half brother Orm Marius, also known as Ocean Master. Though little has been released about the script, director James Wan (Saw, Furious 7) 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.
Wan recently tweeted a photo of Momoa, Heard, and Wilson at a table read of the script.
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-scheduled but definitely happening Batman movie.
On March 16, Warner Bros. moved Aquaman‘s release date from Oct. 5 to Dec. 21, 2018. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie fills an Avatar 2-sized hole in the schedule during the lucrative holiday season, after James Cameron announced his Avatar sequel wouldn’t come out in 2018 after all. The move also sets up a bit of a superhero showdown: Dec. 21, 2018, is also the release date for Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie featuring black-Latino comic hero Miles Morales.
The Flash, no release date (2019)
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.”
On Jan. 26, Variety reported that Warner Bros. hired screenwriter Joby Harold to give the script a complete rewrite.
The Flash had been scheduled for a March 16, 2018 release date, but due to this shuffling behind the scenes, the project is now too far behind to realistically make that date and will likely come out sometime in 2019.
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.)
Darren Lemke (Turbo, Jack the Giant Slayer) has been tapped to write the screenplay, while longtime Hollywood exec Toby Emmerich has signed on as executive producer. On Feb. 17, the Wrap reported that Swedish horror director David F. Sandberg was in talks to direct.
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.
In December, Johnson and Superman actor Henry Cavill posed for a photo together, celebrating their mutual inclusion in the DC Extended Universe club.
Johnson might become more of a DCEU presence than initially expected. According to The Hollywood Reporter, New Line Cinema executives decided to make the most of Johnson’s superstar status by offering him a Black Adam spinoff movie.
Justice League Part Two, June 14, 2019
Director Zack Snyder is slated to return for the second installment of the Justice League movie. Snyder has said on multiple occasions that Justice League Part One and Justice League Part 2 would be separate, distinct movies, not a single film cut in half for length.
On March 3, 2016, producer Chris Roven told EW Justice League Part Two could be the first appearance of Warner Bros. rebooted Green Lantern.
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.
The Batman, no release date
Among the unscheduled films coming in the DCEU is The Batman, which was supposed to star Ben Affleck in addition to him producing and directing the movie. As of late January, Affleck announced he was stepping down from the director’s chair to focus instead on his performance. Affleck worked on the script with DC’s Geoff Johns. On Feb. 23, Warner Bros. announced that it had hired Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Dawn of Planet of the Apes) to take over as director. Joe Manganiello has been cast as the villain Deathstroke for the film.
Warner Bros. 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.
Other DCEU movies in the works
There’s also a Harley Quinn-led spinoff in the works, now confirmed with director David Ayer.
On Feb. 23, the Hollywood Reporter revealed Warner Bros. is also working on a Nightwing movie, with The Lego Batman Movie‘s Chris McKay in talks to direct. He’s already reportedly working on a script.
Editor’s Note: This article is regularly updated for relevancy.
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