The superhero movie genre is the biggest around, for the past decade, Marvel has dominated the superhero box office with one record-breaking movie after another. While the DC Extended Universe might be struggling to find some creative success and has struggled to maintain a consistent pace, but the company's comics have been battling Marvel for market share for decades. Now that the first chapter of Marvel's cinematic success is coming to a close, It seems that DC might be plotting a bid for revival and to back it up DC's iconic characters with no shortage of stories are just waiting to be adapted for the big screen.
Below you’ll find an all Exclusive list of every upcoming DC movie officially in the works, including what i know so far and a status update, it’s clear that Warner Bros has ambitious plans to mine the DC Comics library for years to come. So take a look below
1. Aquaman - December 21, 2018
Acclaimed horror filmmaker James Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7) is directing Aquaman from a script written by Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and based on a story Wan co-wrote with current DC Films co-chief Geoff Johns. Starring Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, among others, Aquaman takes place shortly after the events of Justice League and follows Arthur as he tries to be the bridge between two worlds: the "surface dwellers" and the Atlanteans that live beneath the water.
Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, and Willem Dafoe
2. Shazam - April 5, 2019
Shazam! has been in the works for years, but for a while, it seemed as though the movie was being permanently stalled, and after a whole lot of false starts, it looks like it might finally happen. The studio still hasn't picked out a specific release date, but it was officially announced in July 2017 that Lights Out's David F. Sandberg has been locked in as the director of the superhero adventure film, and that it would be the next DC Extended Universe movie to go into production. With the movie reportedly headed into production in early 2018 (and Levi basically living at the gym bulking up in the meantime), this movie seems like it'll be magical.
Cast: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, and Mark Strong
3. Wonder Woman 2 - November 1, 2019
After first appearing in Batman V Superman, Gal Gadot reprised her role as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman film in 2017, which became an astounding critical and commercial success. After months of keeping fans in the dark, director Patty Jenkins confirmed in early September that she is officially set to return for the sequel, and rumors suggest her salary could be historic. And while rumors have swirled about a potential 1980s-set sequel revolving around the Cold War, Jenkins crafted the story with Geoff Johns and the two are co-writing the screenplay with writer David Callaham (The Expendables). Casting is now underway, as the surprisingly bold choice of Kristen Wiig has been tapped to play the film’s villain, Cheetah.
4. Flashpoint - 2020
The Flash solo movie was originally slated to release in March 2018, but it was removed from the schedule following Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa's separate departures as directors in 2016. Then, after remaining on the backburner throughout 2017, it was revealed that the film would be titled Flashpoint.
Concrete details about the film finally began to be released at San Diego Comic-Con in 2017, when DC officially announced that the movie would be titled Flashpoint. This seems to suggest that the movie will cover the famous 2011 comic storyline (from DC head Geoff Johns), a move which could have huge ripple effects across the rest of the DCEU.
At long last, Warner Bros. hired Vacation directors and Spider-Man: Homecoming co-writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to take the helm in early 2018, based in part on the strength of their Warner Bros. action comedy. Despite the creative problems DC has had behind the scenes, the decision to make the movie a Flashpoint film is bold and exciting, As the CW's hit Flash series has proven, there's an audience out there. The pressure is on to get them in theaters.
Cast: Ezra Miller, Kiersey Clemons, and Billy Crudup
5. The Batman - TBD
Ben Affleck originally signed on to write and direct The Batman, Batman is easily the cash cow of the DC universe, and Warner Bros. seems keen to get a standalone movie. In 2017, however, Affleck chose to relegate himself to a starring role. Cloverfield and Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves ended up replacing Affleck as writer-director.
Things got complicated once again, though, when reports started to surface that Warner Bros. was looking for a way to transition Affleck out of the Batman role, with Reeves reportedly planning a trilogy that the actor is unlikely to be a part of. Affleck denied these rumors at San Diego Comic-Con, saying that Batman is the "coolest f***ing part in any universe," and praising Reeves as a director. Still, though, with the introduction of Flashpoint as an already established way to recast the role, anything could happen with Affleck's involvement with the film. It still remains to be seen whether or not Affleck will stay on and whether or not Reeves' re-written script will keep Joe Manganiello's Deathstroke as the primary villain, but it seems like it is going to be a while before The Batman hits the big screen.
6. Green Lantern Corps - July 24, 2020
Warner Bros. originally attempted to launch a cinematic universe with Martin Campbell's Green Lantern in 2011, starring Ryan Reynolds. The film was a critical and commercial failure, which is why DC is looking to reboot the film (and team) within the DCEU with Green Lantern Corps. The Dark Knight Trilogy and Man of Steel scribe David S. Goyer is writing the script for Green Lantern Corps. No casting has been announced, but the studio is actively working this one behind the scenes, No word on the plot, but it's described as "Lethal Weapon in space," and is reportedly based on a comic book origin story. We also know it'll focus on two different DC characters: the popular Lanterns Hal Jordan and John Stewart. Bringing Stewart in is a wise move. He's a fan favorite, and getting him in the mix will help this film stand apart from the previous, critically panned Green Lantern flick. Considering the fact that Jordan was set up alongside the other primary members of the Justice League in the new DC Comics intro that played before Wonder Woman, it seems he'll play an important part in the DCEU going forward.
7. Dark Universe - TBD
Sometimes known as Justice League Dark during development, this project is set to focus on the mystical side of the DCEU, featuring characters such as John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and Etrigan the Demon. One of the strangest properties that Warner Bros. is trying to get off the ground is Justice League Dark, based on the comic book team of the same name that protects the world from magical and supernatural forces.
Edge of Tomorrow's Doug Liman was initially signed on to direct, but he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts; the film has yet to find a new director. Still, trade sources say the film is likely one of the next few DCEU movies to go into production. Considering the success Marvel had with Doctor Strange, it stands to reason Warner Bros. will be keen to get this one off the bench soon
Justice League Dark may not be getting the most attention at the moment, but it's something that WB is actively trying to get made.
8. Suicide Squad 2 - TBD
Though Suicide Squad wasn't much of a hit though the film was still successful enough to warrant a sequel. Not much is known about the project at this point, other than the fact that David Ayer won't be returning to direct, Despite anemic reviews, the first film still made a whole lot of money—and introduced characters like Robbie's Harley Quinn, and Will Smith's Deadshot, both of whom will almost certainly pop back up in the DCEU down the line. After months of rumors, The Accountant's Gavin O'Connor officially signed on to direct in September of 2017. He's also set to rewrite the script, which had an early draft from The Legend of Tarzan's Adam Cozad. With the behind-the-scenes team shaping up, it looks like the rumored fall of 2018 production start date should be a go.
Warner Bros. and DC are still searching for a filmmaker who can take on the bad guy-driven team blockbuster. I do know that Suicide Squad 2 will follow Shazam at the box office.
9. Justice League 2 - TBD
Warner Bros. originally penciled this one in for 2019, though it's since been bumped to an unspecified date to clear out some space for The Batman. This one might not be penciled in anywhere at the moment, but of all the projects at the far end of DC's master plan, it stands to reason another Justice League is one of the most bankable. The Avengers has become a flagship franchise for Marvel, and DC is looking to leverage Justice League the same way. Of course, there are a lot of standalone movies and spinoffs to make in the meantime.
Now i don't really know what the future holds for the Justice League sequel, as it doesn't even seem to be a project that is in active development right now.