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
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, 2016, Variety reported that Warner Bros. had bumped the release date for Aquaman back from July 27, 2018, to Oct. 5, 2018, perhaps freeing up the July date.
Several months later, Warner Bros. moved Aquaman‘s release date again, 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.
After Justice League opened to mixed reviews and worse than expected box office numbers, DC fans are looking to this next film in the Warner Bros. lineup for something better. Unfortunately, the Atlantis scenes in Justice League were among the most confusing, with Mera and Aquaman apparently having to enter an underwater air pocket to speak to one another. Wan distanced himself from the move, saying underwater dialogue will work differently in his version of Atlantis. While the lack of continuity between the back-to-back releases is a little baffling, it’ll be interesting to see how Wan tweaks the details in the standalone film.
💪🏋️♀️ Fret not, no “air bubbles for dialogue” in my underwater world. https://t.co/rRbWp2Ejfd
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) November 21, 2017
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.
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 movie 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, 2017, 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.
Variety reported on Jan. 16, 2018, that Spider-Man: Homecoming screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have been tapped as the new directors. Neither have directed an action movie or big-budget film before, although they co-directed the Ed Helms comedy movie Vacation and an upcoming murder mystery called Game Night.
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 2020.
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Shazam, April 15, 2019
What do we know about Shazam so far? Very little. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, was set to star as the villain/ anti-hero Black Adam, but Warner Bros. has since made it clear that he’ll debut the character in a (yet to be scheduled) standalone film instead of Shazam. Johnson was for years the focal point of excitement for Shazam, so his absence leaves a considerable hole for Warner Bros. to fill.
Zachary Levi, who played Fandral in the Marvel’s Thor movies, will jump to the DCEU in the role of adult Shazam, while Asher Angel will play his younger counterpart, Billy Batson. Grace Fulton (Annabelle: Creation) has also been hired for the film, and Warner Bros. is reportedly in talks with Mark Strong (Kingsmen: The Golden Circle) to take the role of the villain.
Levi said at Heroes and Villains Fan Fest in early December 2017 that he expects the film to have a more lighthearted tone than what we’ve seen so far from the DCEU, comparing the film to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Henry Gayden (Earth to Echo) and Darren Lemke (Turbo, Jack the Giant Slayer) have been tapped to write the screenplay. On Feb. 17, the Wrap reported that Swedish horror director David F. Sandberg will direct. Filming is scheduled to start in early 2018.
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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 Two 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, July 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. Ayer previously directed Suicide Squad, which also has a sequel in the works. Despite rumors that Gotham City Sirens could be replaced by a film starring Harley and the Joker, Warner Bros. says the film has been delayed, not canceled. In fact, Warner Bros. is developing the Harley/Joker romance 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. But we’re not done. Joss Whedon is in talks to direct a Batgirl movie. There’s a Harley Quinn standalone movie Margo Robbie says she’s been working on for two years. And DC resurrected Justice League Dark on its upcoming movie slate though an animated version of the story just released in February 2017.
On Feb. 23, 2017, the Hollywood Reporter revealed Warner Bros. is also working on a Nightwing movie with The Lego Batman Movie‘s Chris McKay now set to direct. He’s already reportedly working on a script.
You can also keep an eye out for a standalone Black Adam movie starring Dwyane Johnson.
Editor’s Note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.
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