Every Upcoming DC Movie (2019-2022) | Screen Rant
Warner Bros. Pictures has 28 DC Comics-based movies in development that exist within and outside the DCEU. Here's every upcoming DC movie.
Last Updated: May 20, 2020
Warner Bros. Pictures is hard at work on lots of 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 in 2016 (a follow-up to 2013's ), a handful of upcoming DC films are going to be standalone, in the vein of Todd Phillips' origin movie.
Over the past few years, WB has released eight DC Comics-related movies - Man of Steel, Batman V Superman, , , , Joker and, most recently, - and the critical and commercial reception has ranged from being overwhelmingly negative to overwhelmingly positive, with a few landing in the middle. But things look to be on a good path going forward.
IT producer Walter Hamada is 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 of 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.
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. (as one can tell from the title) takes place in the 1980s, during the final days of the Cold War, with Kristen Wiig playing villain Dr. Barbara Minerva/Cheetah, and Pedro Pascal playing fellow bad guy Maxwell Lord. Chris Prine also returns as Steve Trevor, although exactly how he'll do that is still unexplained.
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, . After Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was fired by Marvel Studios, Warner Bros. wasted little time in recruiting him to . It's still not clear what The Suicide Squad's plot will be, but it won't be a complete reboot, as Margot Robbie will return as Harley Quinn, and Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, and Viola Davis will also reprise their roles of Rick Flag, Captain Boomerang, and Amanda Waller, respectively. Some of the new names added to the cast in unspecified roles are John Cena, Idris Elba, Nathan Fillion, and Michael Rooker.
Ben Affleck originally signed on to write and direct - a standalone Batman 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. went looking for a younger actor to replace him as Batman, and eventually chose Robert Pattinson, with the look of his new Batsuit being revealed in February 2020. Jeffrey Wright has also been cast as Commissioner Gordon, while Colin Farrell is onboard as The Penguin. Cloverfield and Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves ended up replacing Affleck as writer-director. Reeves threw out the story that Affleck and Geoff Johns co-wrote for the movie and started the script from scratch.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson will be making his debut as Teth-Adam in , based on a script from his longtime collaborator Adam Sztykiel (Rampage). Jaume Collet-Serra, who also directs Johnson in Disney's Jungle Cruise movie, will helm the project. Black Adam was originally planned to make his movie debut in Shazam!, but it was eventually decided to save that for his own solo film. Johnson's Black Adam will be the more modern anti-hero rendition of the character, instead of a straight-up villain, and is confirmed to introduced the Justice Society of America to the DCEU. Cyclone, a member of the JSA, will also reportedly be part of the cast.
After years of fan demand and social media campaigns, Warner Media has finally confirmed the Snyder Cut will be released, and made available on the HBO Max streaming service. It doesn't have a specific release date yet, but the fabled Snyder Cut will arrive sometime in 2021.
is an animated movie from Jared Stern (writer of The LEGO Batman Movie) and thus a more family-focused film than many on this slate. DC 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.
Featuring Ezra Miller's return as the titular hero, movie has been in development for what seems like forever, and has gone through directors at a speed even Barry Allen would admire. Thankfully, with IT's Andy Muschietti now at the helm, things actually appear to be moving forward, with a summer 2022 release date being announced in December 2019. Plot and casting details are still scarce at the moment though, although elements of the Flashpoint comic arc will come into play. In a cool recent development, Miller's Flash made a guest appearance during the CW crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths, effectively confirming that the DCEU is canon in the Arrowverse.
is on the way in 2022. It's no surprise, as Shazam! was both a critical and commercial hit, and fans clearly want more of Zachary Levi's childish superhero. Plot details haven't been released, and neither has additional casting, as the movie was only announced at the end of 2019. Still, one assumes all the major cast members will return to their roles.
One of the most anticipated DC movies in the works is , which comes on the heels of James Wan's Aquaman earning more than $1.14 billion at the worldwide box office. is currently being written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who co-wrote the first movie; Wan is also onboard to return as director. Peter Safran is returning to produce. Jason Momoa is of course reprising his role of Arthur Curry aka Aquaman, and both Mera (Amber Heard) and Orm (Patrick Wilson) are expected to come back as well.
A 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 .
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 . 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.
One of the strangest (read: unknown to the general public) properties that Warner Bros. is trying to get off the ground is , 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. To that end, it was recently reported that J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions is developing ideas for possible Justice League Dark movies and TV shows.
DC's movie is set to be directed by Ava DuVernay (A Wrinkle in Time), who'll also co-write the script alongside acclaimed comics writer Tom King. There's been no official casting announced, and no release timetable has been established yet. However, DuVernay did confirm that Darkseid will be the primary villain, and will be accompanied by The Furies, his extremely loyal group of female warriors.
Given Aquaman's success and extensive world-building, an spinoff called (about the titular monsters) is currently being developed by WB, which would cost considerably less than a tentpole movie and delve more into horror. If it ultimately 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.
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 based on a story and script from Bill Dubuque (Ozark). However, that film may not release for several more years since for Paramount Pictures (which is due out in theaters in 2021). There's also a 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), although the project is currently paused. 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 movie - but there's no guarantee that either project will be given the green light. There's also a long-dormant movie starring Ray Fisher that is supposedly still happening.
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 and Man of Steel 2, though those two have basically been put on ice for now. Plus, there's the Booster Gold movie from 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.
Along with Warner Bros.' live-action DC films, Warner Bros. Animation also has a few DC-based projects currently in development. Currently set for release sometime in 2020 are Superman: Red Son, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, and Superman: Man of Tomorrow. DC announces new animated movies all the time, so one assumes this slate will expland sooner rather than later.
More: How to Watch Every DCEU Movie Online