Every Upcoming DC Movie & TV Series
Source: Yahoo Movies – UK
The modern era of the DC Comics movie universe launched in 2013 with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. From its very first entry, the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) made waves with bold decisions and dark choices.
With more controversial movies released within a two year period (Batman Vs Superman, Suicide Squad, Justice League) than the MCU managed in a decade, the DCEU has had a hard time staying on course.
But there are signs that Warner Bros. is steadying the ship. Next year’s tenth anniversary of the DCEU will be marked by a franchise-wide reboot in the form of The Flash. And pretty much every film leading up to it looks like a relatively safe (and fun!) bet.
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As for what comes after The Flash, it appears that new kid on the block JJ Abrams is currently focused on the small screen, with several HBO Max series in development.
So, there’s plenty of hope in the DC’s future. But is it enough to compete with Marvel?
Let’s examine every single entry scheduled for release — as well as some that are yet to secure a premiere date — to see if we can find an answer.
Black Adam (21 October, 2022)
Next up for DC in 2022, following Robert Pattinson’s emo adventures in non-DCEU entry The Batman, is Black Adam, which looks more in line with Captain America: Civil War than something like Batman V Superman.
It follows titular antihero Black Adam as he’s released from an ancient magical prison, imbued with the powers of Egyptian gods, seeking revenge against his enemies.
Watch: First look at Black Adam revealed
As with Civil War, Black Adam is a stealth team-up movie, with title star Dwayne Johnson joined by Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, and Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, as the Justice Society of America gets its big screen debut.
With each of those characters deserving of their own solo project, this could turn out to be a key title in the future of the DCEU.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods (17 March, 2023)
The original Shazam! is arguably the most fun DCEU movie (though Aquaman will probably throw a trident at us if we say that to his face), with several critics comparing it tonally to the MCU.
Thankfully, Warner Bros is sticking with the formula for the follow-up. Director David F. Sandberg will return, as will producer Peter Safran, and star Zachary Levi. Rachel Zegler, Helen Mirren, and Lucy Liu, are also set to appear.
Watch a trailer for Shazam! Fury of the Gods below
Little is known about the film’s plot, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see Black Adam pop up, as Dwayne Johnson did promise a cinematic face-off between Shazam and his nemesis way back in 2017.
Currently on the shelf after being lined up for a 2022 release direct to HBO Max, Batgirl is one of the more intriguing entries on the DCEU’s docket. Leslie Grace will star as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, alongside Zack Snyder’s choice for Commissioner Gordon, J. K. Simmons.
Michael Keaton was also set to appear as Bruce Wayne/Batman, though how this fits with The Flash’s timeline (which has been pushed back to 2023) is as yet unclear. Expect this one to move, but there’s been no official word yet.
The Flash (23 June, 2023)
Oh, The Flash. Barry Allen’s solo movie has had so many false starts we’re surprised it hasn’t been disqualified from all competitions.
First developed way back in 2013, with everyone from Greg Berlanti, to Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, to Rick Famuyiwa (and more!) dropping out of the race to direct it, The Flash will finally hit screens next year (moved from its most recent release date of 3 June, 2022), helmed by IT director Andy Muschietti.
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Inspired by iconic comic series Flashpoint, the film will follow Allen as he attempts to travel through time to prevent his mother’s murder, opening up a multiverse in the process. Think No Way Home, but with more Michael Keaton.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (25 December, 2023)
James Wan will don his scuba gear once again (what do you mean the water’s all CGI?) to direct Jason Momoa’s brilliant Aquaman in the follow-up to his 2018 smash-hit original.
The bad dudes will also be back. Patrick Wilson’s Orm Marius / Ocean Master, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s David Kane / Black Manta are set to return, as will — presumably — Amber Heard’s Mera.
The plot’s currently buried in Davy Jones’ locker, and the film has faced a number of delays.
Blue Beetle (TBC 2023)
Director Angel Manuel Soto will bring the Jaime Reyes incarnation of the (relatively obscure) Blue Beetle character to the big screen for the first time. Beetle is a superhero who utilises the power of a sacred scarab (which transforms into a magic suit for teenage Reyes) to fight crime.
Little is known about the plot of the movie, but we imagine it’ll be somewhere between Iron Man and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Xolo Maridueña (aka Miguel from Cobra Kai) will bring the character to life. Originally scheduled to go straight to HBO Max, Blue Beetle will also now hit theatres.
The Batman 2 (TBC)
After the rip-roaring success of Matt Reeves’ Dark Knight reboot ($768m and counting) a sequel to The Batman was as inevitable as the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents.
It was announced at CinemaCon 2022 Robert Pattinson would don the cowl and cape again to return as the defender of Gotham, with Reeves also back to write and direct the sequel. No other cast members have been confirmed so far, but those expecting Barry Keoghan’s Joker to turn up may be disappointed.
“It’s not an Easter egg scene,” Reeves told Variety after the release of the film. “It’s not one of those end credits Marvel or DC scenes where it’s going, like, ‘Hey, here’s the next movie!’ In fact, I have no idea when or if we would return to that character in the movies.”
One character we do know will return is Colin Farrell’s Penguin….
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