In improvement to developing a number of upcoming DC TV programs, Warner Bros. has 7 upcoming DC flicks introducing in theater. Here's each of them.
There are tons of work in various stages of development, nevertheless currently, Warner Bros. has 7 DC flicks introducing in theater after Zack Snyder's Justice League. By conclusion of the 2010s, superhero flicks managed the movie industry on both the significant as well as likewise little screens, and likewise judging by Hollywood's upcoming films, it seems the 2020s won't be any different. Marvel Studios is getting underway with Phase 4 of their Marvel Cinematic Universe; Sony Pictures is beginning to flesh out their Spider-Man spinoff universe; as well as DC Films has their massive slate of DC movies.
In addition to continuing to build upon the DC Extended Universe with new sequels for Aquaman and Wonder Woman, among others, Warner Bros. is also looking to expand with a variety of DC projects that don't have any explicit narrative connection to the shared universe – not that it would matter considering everything technically exists in one multiverse. All of that makes the future of DC movies very exciting; whereas before all films needed to continue off one another in some way, shape, or form, that's no longer the case. Filmmakers can create a movie that's distinctly theirs without much care for how things will shakeout down the line.
So because of the freedom the multiverse presents, DC Films has all sorts of movies in development – from The Amazons and Green Lantern Corps to New Gods and a Superman reboot – but the following movies are the only ones that are far enough in development to be officially put on the studios' release schedule. Most of them actually have release dates they will likely hit, with the exception of one that's currently being moved around due to the ongoing pandemic.
Coming in-between Guardians of the Galaxy films is James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, a long-delayed sequel to David Ayer's Suicide Squad from 2016. Although the original movie didn't win over critics, it became a massive financial success worldwide. So Warner Bros. commissioned a sequel, but getting it through production took some effort as the story and creative team kept changing. Now Gunn is on board with a story that takes Task Force X to the island of Corto Maltese, where they will destroy the Nazi-era prison Jotunheim.
A handful of characters from the first film are back in the sequel – Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Rick Flag, and Amanda Waller – but the cast is mostly comprised of franchise newcomers, including but not limited to Idris Elba as Bloodsport, Peter Capaldi as Thinker, and John Cena as Peacemaker, who's also getting his own HBO Max spinoff in the near future. The Suicide Squad releases on August 6, 2021, in theaters and on HBO Max (for one month).
DC initially planned a Justice League spinoff for Ben Affleck's Batman, but when he exited the standalone film, Matt Reeves signed on to create a separate trilogy of his own with Robert Pattinson as the new Caped Crusader. Taking place in Batman's second year of crime-fighting in Gotham, The Batman movie will see Bruce Wayne face Riddler for the first time on-screen since the 1990s. Although the movie won't be in the mainline DCEU, it will still have a fleshed-out world of its own, with there already being hints of other superheroes existing in the same universe.
New versions of Alfred Pennyworth and James Gordon will join Pattinson's new iteration of Batman, alongside Catwoman, Penguin, and Carmine Falcone. Production first began in January 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it didn't wrap until March 2021. As long as everything stays on schedule, The Batman should release in theaters on March 4, 2022. And shortly thereafter, HBO Max will release its prequel series tentatively titled Gotham PD, which will be set one year before The Batman.
The good thing about superhero movies in the 2020s is that studios can now experiment with wacky stories, like the animated film DC Super Pets, which is based on the team Legion of Super-Pets. Like its name suggests, the team consists entirely of superpowered pets, particularly Krypto the Superdog, Beppo the Super-Monkey, Streaky the Supercat, and Comet the Super-Horse. It's unclear where the story will go in the movie, but it's possible it could adapt the Silver Age incarnation of the characters, in which they fought the alien species Brain-Globes, but that information will be revealed in due time. Jared Stern is writing and directing DC Super Pets, with Sam Levine co-directing. It's currently scheduled to release in theaters on May 20, 2022.
The Flash has been retooled a number of times since its original announcement in 2014, but it's finally coming in November 2022 with DC Films hiring Andy Muschietti to shepherd the project to completion. Inspired by the Flashpoint storyline from the comics, The Flash movie sees Ezra Miller return as Barry Allen in a multiverse adventure that's expected to unite Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck's versions of Batman, as well as introduce Sashe Calle as the DCEU's Supergirl.
James Wan's Aquaman is one of the few DC movies ever to break $1 billion at the box office. It was such a success that Warner Bros. saw it as a no-brainer to resign Wan for the sequel and give him the opportunity to spin off the film with a story on the Trench, the lost kingdom. Part of that new movie may be set up in Aquaman 2 seeing as the sequel is expected to explore more of the Seven Kingdoms of Atlantis, with Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry at the forefront as the new king of the seven seas.
Amber Heard will return as Mera in the sequel, which also sees Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Patrick Wilson reprise their roles as Black Manta and Orm, respectively. Of course, Aquaman 2 will likely include other returning characters alongside a handful of new faces, but neither has been revealed yet. Filming will begin sometime in 2021, which should give Aquaman 2 ample time to make its release date of December 16, 2022 – four years after the first Aquaman came out.
Perhaps one of the most unique movies to come from DC Films in recent years is Shazam!, an action-comedy that saw a teenaged Billy Batson transform into the superhero Shazam by exclaiming the word “Shazam”, after getting his powers from the ancient sorcerer… Shazam. And now there will be even more Shazam as the film returns with a sequel from director David F. Sandberg in June 2023, titled Shazam!: Fury of the Gods. Asher Angel will reprise his role as Billy, with Zachary Levi also returning as the titular superhero. They will be joined by the rest of the Shazam Family, who made their surprise debut in the final act of the original movie.
Not much is known about the sequel's story at this point, but given the first movie's post-credits scene setup, it's possible Mister Mind will return as one of the villains. Rachel Zegler has also been cast in a mystery role, perhaps a villainous one, but nothing has been confirmed on that end yet. Filming is scheduled to begin in May 2021, and while that's over three years after when the first movie entered production, neither Sandberg nor Warner Bros. have expressed concerns about the ages of the young cast.
Sure, people have been waiting for The Flash since 2014, but Dwayne Johnson has been waiting since 2008 to make the Black Adam movie a reality. He first started developing the project the same year The Dark Knight released in theaters, and it's now finally coming to fruition with Jaume Collet-Serra at the helm as director. In addition to seeing Johnson play the eponymous character, who is expected to one day come to blows with Zachary Levi's Shazam (seeing as the two characters are archenemies), Black Adam will also feature the Justice Society of America, a precursor team to the Justice League in the comics.
So far, Noah Centineo, Aldis Hodge, and Quintessa Swindell have been cast as Atom Smasher, Hawkman, and Cyclone, respectively, with Doctor Fate also joining the film, though that role has yet to be filled. Atom Smasher and Hawkman both have previously appeared in live-action on TV – in fact, both exist in the Arrowverse on The CW – but none of the characters in this film have ever starred on the significant screen. Unfortunately, it might take some more time for the project to be completed than expected due to the pandemic. Black Adam was supposed to launch in December 2021 however is now unscheduled. It's expected to begin filming in April 2021, so it'll at least stand a chance at hitting film cinemas by 2023.