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.
Upcoming DC Comics movies: Calendar through 2020
Justice League Part One, Nov. 17, 2017
After Wonder Woman hit it out of the park in her solo adventure, 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 Johns 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.
On May 22, Snyder unexpectedly stepped down from the film, following the tragic death of his daughter. Avengers director Joss Whedon agreed to finish out post-production on the film. Over the summer it became clear Whedon was doing a bigger overhaul on the project with significant reshoots. He now also has a writing credit on the film.
Here’s the official plot 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.
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.
In January, Wan 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.
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.
Flashpoint, no release date
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 2016 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, and Warner Bros. announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 that the movie we be titled Flashpoint after the popular comics story arc that sees The Flash travel back in time to save his mother. The film has yet to find a director, though Matthew Vaughn (X:Men First Class) and Robert Zemeckis (Castaway, Back to the Future) have both been floated as possibilities.
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.
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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 has been tapped 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—at least for now. 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.
Wonder Woman 2, Nov. 1, 2019
Wonder Woman 2 will once again be directed by Patty Jenkins. This time around, Jenkins will co-write the script with DC Comics stalwart Geoff Johns, and The Expendables screenwriter Dave Callahan. Warner Bros. hasn’t announced any new cast members yet, but we can expect to see more of the Amazons, along with a possible reappearance from Wonder Woman villain Dr. Poison (Elena Anaya). It may be another historical drama to avoid overlapping with the contemporary Justice League movies, but we’re unlikely to know more until 2018.
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.
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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. had two open slots in its movie lineup: July 27, 2018, and Nov. 1, 2019. Wonder Woman 2 has now claimed Nov. 1, and seeing as how production on a Batman movie won’t even start until 2018 due to Reeves’ schedule, it’s unclear where a possible Batman solo flick might land. Affleck himself seemed uncertain about his future as the character, recently telling reporters that he’s “contemplating” the role, and “You don’t do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it.”
Deathstroke, no release date
Gareth Evans is in talks to direct a Deathstroke spinoff starring Joe Manganiello, who was originally slated to play Deathstroke in Ben Affleck’s Batman movie. Known for directing the hyperviolent martial arts movie The Raid, Evans is an ideal choice for this action-focused character.
The Wrap reports that Evans is pitching his own ideas for the character, planning to write as well as direct. While the spinoff hasn’t officially been announced by Warner Bros., Evans teased his involvement by posting a Deathstroke mask on Instagram.
Other DCEU movies in the works
There’s a Harley Quinn-led spinoff tentatively titled Gotham City Sirens in the works, now confirmed with director David Ayer. Despite rumors that it could be replaced by a movie starring Harley and the Joker, Warner Bros. says the film has been delayed, not canceled. In fact, Warner Bros. is developing the Harley/Joker movie separately, in addition to a possible unrelated solo Joker spinoff that could be helmed by The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips. Are you confused yet? We sure are.
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 relevance.
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