Warner Bros. Pictures is hard at work on several DC Comics-based movies, both in live-action and animation. While the vast majority of live-action DC films remain part of the ongoing DC Extended Universe (DCEU), which launched with Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 (a follow-up to 2013’s Man of Steel), a handful of upcoming DC films are going to be standalone. Those are going to release as part of WB’s currently-untitled banner that resembles DC Comics’ Elseworlds stories.
Over the past few years, WB has released sevenDC Comics-related movies – Man of Steel, Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Aquaman and, most recently, Shazam! – and the critical and commercial reception has ranged from being overwhelmingly negative to overwhelmingly positive, with a few handing in the middle. But things are changing going forward.
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IT producer Walter Hamada will be overseeing DC Films alongside Chantal Nong as VP of DC production, and their purview extends to all corners of the DC universe on the big screen. And it looks like they have their work cut out for them. In total, there are more than two dozen DC Comics-based movies in various stages in development (including several movies that are on the official DCEU slate and some that aren’t), with only a select few slated either to release or go into production within the next few years.
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Last updated: April 19, 2019
Directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover), Joker is technically not part of the DCEU, but is instead a standalone movie set in the 1980s, with Joaquin Phoenix playing the Clown Prince of Crime. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese and inspired by Scorsese’s 1982 satirical film The King of Comedy, Joker will serve as an imagined origin story for Batman’s greatest nemesis, though Bruce Wayne himself is just a child (played by Dante Pereira-Olson). Set photos and behind-the-scenes images from Phillips have shown Phoenix wearing a red suit, green hair, and traditional clown make-up, and seemingly inciting riots in Gotham City.
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Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn will return in Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), a team superhero movie with a very long title, directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina Hodson. Birds of Prey will also star Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Rosie Perez as Detective Renee Montoya, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary. Ella Jay Basco will play the young Cassandra Cain, and Ewan McGregor will play the movie’s villain, Black Mask.
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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. So, of course, Warner Bros. decided to fast-track a sequel. Jenkins returns to direct the sequel based on a script from David Callaham (Godzilla, The Expendables) and a story Jenkins co-wrote with Geoff Johns. Wonder Woman 1984 (as you can tell from the title) takes place in the 1980s, during the final days of the Cold War, with Kristen Wiig playing the titular villain, Dr. Barbara Minerva/Cheetah.
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Moving into 2021, the first dated movie is DC’s Super Pets on May 21. An animated movie from Jared Stern (writer of The LEGO Batman Movie) and thus a more family-focused film than many on the slate, Super Pets will presumably follow Krypto the Superdog, Ace the Bat-Hound and the various other animal sidekicks of Justice League members (likely with an all-star cast).
While this will be an animated film and not a part of the DCEU main narrative, it’s still a key DC release and represents the diversification of the DC Films output going forward.
Ben Affleck originally signed on to write and direct The Batman – a standalone Batman movie film set within the DCEU – in addition to reprising his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman. In 2017, however, Affleck chose to remove himself from a creative role. And now, Affleck has officially exited the DCEU; Warner Bros. is looking for a younger actor to replace him as Batman. Cloverfield and Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves ended up replacing Affleck as writer-director, though. Reeves threw out the story that Affleck and Geoff Johns co-wrote for the movie and started the script from scratch. Although Reeves is only confirmed to direct The Batman, he’s also reportedly looking at creating a new Batman trilogy of his own.
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David Ayer’s Suicide Squad was the first movie that truly expanded the DCEU beyond the core heroes, but it wasn’t the critical success that WB or audiences expected it would be based on its impressive marketing campaign. Still, the film was an enormous commercial success, so the studio is planning on releasing a sequel, Suicide Squad 2. After Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was fired by Marvel Studios, Warner Bros. wasted little time in recruiting him to write and direct Suicide Squad 2. In addition to bringing his Guardians of the Galaxy thought process to Suicide Squad 2, the sequel is currently titled The Suicide Squad and it will feature and all-new cast. While it’s possible Margot Robbie will reprise her role as Harley Quinn in The Suicide Squad, it was recently confirmed that Will Smith won’t be appearing as Deadshoot due to a scheduling conflict, with The Suicide Squad aiming to begin production in September 2019.
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One of the latest DC movies to be put into development is Aquaman 2, which comes on the heels of James Wan’s Aquaman earning more than $1.14 billion at the worldwide box office. Aquaman 2 is currently being written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who co-wrote the first movie; Wan will return as a producer, though there’s no word on if he’s directing the sequel yet. Peter Safran is also returning to produce. While it hasn’t been announced, Jason Momoa will undoubtedly return as Arthur Curry aka Aquaman in Aquaman 2, as should Amber Heard as Mera.
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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. Directing duo Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Game Night, Spider-Man: Homecoming) later signed on to helm the film based on a script from Joby Harold (King Arthur). Due to various delays, the Flash movie is not expected to begin filming until late 2019 at the very earliest, and will not be released until at least 2021. Barry Allen actor Ezra Miller reassured fans that the movie is definitely still coming, saying, “Nothing is ever certain in this world, but as certain as things get, we’re making a f****** crazy-dope Flash movie.”
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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. Geoff Johns, who wrote a nine-year run of Green Lantern comics, will write and produce the movie. Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie was rumored to be Warner Bros.’ favorite choice to direct, and McQuarrie has said he is open to coming onboard for the right story, but no one’s officially attached to direct right now. While the film was originally given a July 2020 release date, it’s no longer slated to release on that date.
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One of the strangest (read: unknown to the general public) 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. Guillermo del Toro and Doug Liman were both previously attached to direct the film, which was once titled Dark Universe. 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.
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A Batgirl movie wasn’t on Warner Bros.’ DCEU slate until former Avengers director Joss Whedon talked to the studio about wanting to make that film. Whedon reportedly wanted to adapt The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!, but he simply couldn’t make it work, so he exited the project as both writer and director in February 2018 – almost one year after signing on for the film. Warner Bros. is looking for a female director to replace Whedon. Christina Hodson, the screenwriter behind Birds of Prey, is also penning the script for Batgirl.
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In addition to all the movies on Warner Bros.’ official DCEU slate, there are at least a dozen other projects in various stages of development, some of which are connected to the DCEU and some that aren’t. The LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay is directing Nightwing based on a story and script from Bill Dubuque (Ozark). However, that film may not release for several more years since McKay was recently hired to direct Dungeons & Dragons for Paramount Pictures (which is due out in theaters in 2021). There’s also a Supergirl movie in development, from 22 Jump Street writer Oren Uziel.
Instead of returning to helm Suicide Squad 2, David Ayer might be adapting Gotham City Sirens from a script by Geneva Dworet-Robertson (Tomb Raider, Captain Marvel). That’s just one of several projects that Margot Robbie has in development for Harley Quinn. Robbie will also potentially reprise her role in Glenn Ficarra & John Requa’s (Crazy, Stupid, Love) Harley Quinn & The Joker and an Untitled Harley Quinn movie – but there’s no guarantee that either project will be given the green light. There’s also a long-dormant Cyborg movie starring Ray Fisher that is supposedly still happening.
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Meanwhile, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will be making his debut as Teth-Adam in Black Adam, based on a script from his longtime collaborator Adam Sztykiel (Rampage). As for Lobo, Wonder Woman scribe Jason Fuchs is rewriting the screenplay, with Warner Bros. eyeing Michael Bay (Transformers) to direct. Finally, Warner Bros. is reportedly developing Justice League 2 and Man of Steel 2, though those two have basically been put on ice for now. Moreover, the studio also commissioned a New Gods movie from Ava DuVernay (Selma, A Wrinkle in Time), though the film may not be part of the DCEU. Plus, there’s the Booster Gold movie from Arrowverse co-creator Greg Berlanti that has been in development for several years, and a Blackhawk movie that will be produced and possibly directed by Steven Spielberg.
Given Aquaman‘s success and extensive world-building, an Aquaman spinoff called The Trench (about the Trench) is currently being developed by WB, which would cost considerably less than a tentpole movie and delve more into horror. If it happens, Wan has promised that it won’t affect other mainline DC films in development. This is evident by Aquaman 2 already being dated by WB.
Along with Warner Bros.’ live-action DC films, Warner Bros. Animation also has quite a few DC-based projects in development. The first to release is Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, arriving in spring 2019, followed by Batman: Hush in summer 2019, which will offer a “gauntlet of Batman villains including Poison Ivy, Ra’s al Ghul, the Joker, and, of course, the bandage-faced mystery villain Hush.” The final animated movie being planned for 2019 is Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, though we don’t yet have a more specific release window. Furthermore, WB Animation also reportedly has animated movies for Superman: Red Son and Batman Beyond in development. However, it’s unclear when those movies would release.
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