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Since 2008, Marvel Studios has built up their cinematic universe with some of the most popular movies being produced in Hollywood, but DC Comics and Warner Bros. are in the midst of creating something huge and competitive. The release of Zack Snyder's Man of Steel in 2013 kicked things off, and now we are slowing watching the construction of the DC Extended Universe.
But what are the titles that are going to help fans dive into this vast comic book world? Who are the filmmakers making the movies, and who will be starring? Well, we've organized all that information for you below, so read on to have your big questions answered!
Justice League -- November 17, 2017
Warner Bros. and DC Comics have been working for years to try and make a Justice League movie, and a few years ago even lined up an entire ensemble for a production that was to have director George Miller at the helm. Delays of a wide variety have prevented the project from happening, but the wait will soon be over. Thanks to the growing DC Extended Universe, we will soon see one of the greatest superhero teams of all time unite for the first time in live action on the big screen: the Justice League.
In late 2017, audiences will finally get to see the top tier heroes of DC Comics unite as the Justice League to take down Steppenwolf, an enemy hinted at in deleted scenes from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Directed by Zack Snyder (with assistance from Joss Whedon), the film will bring together the first big-screen Justice League line-up that will include Batman (Ben Affleck), a back-from-the-dead Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa). Get the latest news and information about Justice League HERE.
Aquaman -- December 21, 2018
In 2018, star Jason Momoa and director James Wan will take audiences to the depths of the ocean and see DC Comics' King of Atlantis at the center of his own solo film. Joining Momoa is The Get Down's Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as the villainous Black Manta, Patrick Wilson as the king's brother, Orm, and Amber Heard has been confirmed as Aquaman's wife, Mera. One also can predict struggles for the throne and battles between those from sea and those from land. Oh, and plenty of big, epic battle scenes featuring lots and lots of water. It really just wouldn't be an Aquaman movie without it.
This project has a particular challenge ahead of it, if not just because its central character has been the butt of jokes for a few decades now -- most mocking his somewhat silly water-based powers. That being said, DC Comics has done a great deal to redeem the character since the big comic book relaunch The New 52, and now many fans see him as an underwater badass (complete with a harpoon spear for a hand). The fact that one of the toughest and most terrifying Game of Thrones stars is playing Aquaman doesn't hurt either. The character is first getting his taste of big screen action in Justice League, this will be his big moment in the spotlight. Get the latest news and information about Aquaman HERE.
Untitled DC Comics Movie -- April 5, 2019
It's in the year 2019 that the future of the DC Extended Universe gets a bit hazy. As you will see as you keep scrolling down this page, the franchise has already carved out a number of big release dates, and they have a large number of projects in development... but there is very little information available concerning which movie will be released when. Initially it looked like Shazam would be the first movie to come out in the DCEU's seventh year, but now it's more likely that the spot will belong to The Flash or one of the many Batman related projects that are currently in the works.
Untitled DC Comics Movie -- June 14, 2019
Much like how Shazam was initially planned for early 2019, DC Comics and Warner Bros. did have "firm" plans for their summer 2019 release date when it was first announced. The difference is that the plans may still work out despite nothing being official right now. It was announced that the companies were aiming to have their Justice League sequel come out during the blockbuster season, and that still might be in the cards. The big determining factor will be the success of Zack Snyder's Justice League, and the level of demand it creates for a follow-up. Otherwise, as we'll get into, there are plenty of other possibilities on the table.
Untitled DC Comics Movie -- November 1, 2019
While both Marvel Studios and the X-Men franchise are already getting to "three movies a year" status, it looks like DC Extended Universe won't be getting there until 2019. It's not hugely surprising, but just like the other set dates with no titles there are many options that can be explored. Depending on how the first Justice League movie does with its November release date, Warner Bros. may decide to make Justice League 2 a fall blockbuster, which would open the summer slot to a different project. It's entirely possible that Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman 2 could be ready, but the studio may be motivated to keep that in the fall. And, of course, there is the X-factor that is The Flash's empty director's chair, which is currently delaying that feature indefinitely.
Untitled DC Comics Movie -- April 3, 2020
Not managing to put together a second film in time for 2018 release has put the DC Extended Universe a bit off track, but after a big 2019, the year 2020 is where things can get back on track. Depending on what gets made in the previous year, the franchise can continue with its original plan on giving all non-Batman Justice League characters their own solo movie, which means that the April 3 slot may still belong to Cyborg starring Ray Fisher (though that film doesn't have a director yet).
Untitled DC Comics Movie -- July 24, 2020
There are a lot of eyes on what the DC Extended Universe winds up doing with the flag they've planted in July 2020, because that was originally going to be the release date for Green Lantern Corps - the big screen reintroduction of the Emerald Knights following the disastrous adventure back in 2011. If Warner Bros. decides that it's not yet time to go back to the Lantern well, however, there are a number of other projects that most definitely could be ready by summer 2020. Let's take a look at them, shall we?
Following his appearances in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League, Ezra Miller's Barry Allen is expected next to be featured in his very own solo Flash film. Unfortunately, a lot of behind the scenes drama has created a situation where we have no idea when we will actually see the movie. Initially it was writer Seth Grahame-Smith who was set to make his directorial debut with the blockbuster, but then Warner Bros, handed the reins over to Rick Famuyiwa -- known for directing the indie hit Dope. Sadly, he left the movie several months after signing on, citing "creative differences." Because this was shortly before the film was originally set to go into production, now the project sits in limbo.
Another big question mark that surrounds the Flash movie is how it will be competing with the very popular television series about the same character that is currently on the air. By the time the DC Cinematic Universe Flash is running around in your local cinema, Grant Gustin will be permanently cemented in pop culture for playing the role. How will the movie manage to feel fresh and original, particularly after we've seen so many classic villains adapted? We'll just have to wait and find out. Get the latest news and information about The Flash HERE.
Green Lantern Corps
Following the unfortunate Green Lantern movie that came out in 2011, Warner Bros. and DC Comics are rebooting the story of the famed intergalactic peace keeping force by making a team movie instead of just focusing on a single Emerald Knight. Not much is known about the project yet, though it's been announced that the film could actually feature both Hal Jordan and John Stewart in addition to other famous versions of the character.
What's interesting and unclear about Green Lantern's role in the DC Cinematic Universe is exactly when he will be introduced. It's surprising to many fans that he is not being included as part of the original Justice League lineup, as he has always been portrayed as a founding member, but there haven't been any official announcements regarding who will be playing any of the Green Lanterns just yet. We may have to wait until Green Lantern Corps gets a firm release date before we hear anything about casting. Get the latest news and information about Green Lantern Corps HERE.
Of all the founding Justice League members in the DC Extended Universe, Cyborg is probably the most foreign to general audiences - but he will soon get his time in the spotlight thanks to a planned solo film. While we can't say what the film will be about at this point, it looks like the canon version of the hero will be based on the New 52 reboot - which sees Victor Stone (Ray Fisher), a gifted football player, become half-machine by his S.T.A.R. Labs scientist father, Silas Stone (Joe Morton), following a laboratory explosion. Given that the character will be featured in Justice League, and, according to reports, The Flash, it's doubtful that the solo adventure will be an origin story.
When the Cyborg movie was initially announced, Warner Bros. didn't have plans to release it before the year 2020 - which explains why we have heard so little about its development. As of now, the project does not currently have a director, and it has not been revealed who is penning the script. Get the latest news and information about Cyborg HERE.
Justice League 2
The future of the DC Extended Universe will very much depend on what happens with Zack Snyder's Justice League - and there is no individual project for which that's more true than Justice League 2. As noted earlier, it was originally intended that the team-up sequel would be released in the summer of 2019, but those plans existed back when The Flash was still coming out in 2018. Now we don't really know what the future holds for the Justice League sequel - but we do have an idea of what story it will follow.
Obviously the events of Justice League could change every prediction that currently exists, but given that the film's villain will be Steppenwolf- the leader of the Parademon army - it's easy to imagine that the sequel will finally give the god-like Darkseid the chance for a live-action debut. After all, Steppenwolf is powerful, but still an underling on the planet Apokolips. As for the heroes, we can assume Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman will be in action, but who knows who lives or dies up to this point in the timeline? Get the latest news and information about Justice League 2 HERE.
Batman is unquestionably one of the most beloved pop culture icons of all time -- so we know that it won't be long until Ben Affleck's version of the character gets a solo movie of his very own. Unfortunately, what's unclear is exactly when we will see that happen, as while we know that a new film about the Caped Crusader is now in development, we have no idea when it will actually start production or arrive in front of audiences.
While Ben Affleck was originally attached to direct based on a script he co-wrote with Geoff Johns, he stepped away from the director's chair, and now it's Matt Reeves who is steering the ship through development. We have no idea how much the project has changed since its inception, but there were firm plans to have the movie's villain be Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke. The response to both Justice League films could define the future for this project, and when it will land on Warner Bros' release schedule. DC could fast track this project, or hold off on it; neither option would surprise us.
Given the popularity of the entire Bat Family, it seemed inevitable that DC would finally decide to give Barbara Gordon her moment in the spotlight. Now we know not only that a Batgirl movie is now in development, but that it will be both written and directed by Joss Whedon (who made his jump from Marvel to DC when he agreed to complete the post-production process for Zack Snyder's Justice League). Whedon obviously has a very strong track record with female heroes, so our hope remains high that this project comes together sooner rather than later.
The announcement of Matt Reeves as the new director for the solo Batman movie appears to have gotten the ball rolling on a renewed emphasis on The Bat Family in the DCEU. To capitalize on that, a Nightwing movie was announced in the winer of 2017, with The LEGO Batman Movie's Chris McKay attached to direct. Very few plot details related to the Nightwing movie have been revealed, but it's a project that fans of the DC mythos have waited decades to see.
Man Of Steel 2
When Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was first announced, it appeared from the outside that it would also serve as Man of Steel 2. As the project moved through development, however, it very much morphed into something else (a.k.a. the setup for Justice League), and while it will deal with consequences from the 2013 Zack Snyder movie, fans are going to have to wait for a legitimate second Superman solo film. Of course, what Man of Steel 2 will be about will entirely be defined by where it winds up landing in the timeline. It's been rumored that notable Superman baddies Darkseid and Brainiac could wind up playing key roles in the Justice League titles, so where would that leave a new Superman movie? Metallo? Cyborg Superman? Bizarro? We'll have to wait and see. It's been rumored that the directing gig could go to Matthew Vaughn, but that has yet to be confirmed.
Wonder Woman 2
To the surprise of only idiot executives who couldn't understand the potential of a female-driven superhero movie, Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman was a monster hit in the summer of 2017, and as a result a sequel is now in the works. Patty Jenkins has confirmed that she will come back for the follow-up, and has said that the movie will take place in America, but what has not yet been officially said is what time period the blockbuster will be set in. As a follow-up to the World War I-centric adventures of the first Wonder Woman, could the sequel take place during World War II? It probably won't be long until we have some firm answers.
Suicide Squad 2
Although David Ayer's Suicide Squad was critically beaten down, 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 is stepping down as the franchise's director to focus on a different DC Comics property (more on that in a second). This means that DC's first order of business has been to come up with a new filmmaker to take the reins on the project. So far no director has been confirmed for the project, but the shortlist has been narrowed down to an eclectic group of names such as Mel Gibson, as well as Orphan's Jaume Collet-Serra.
Gotham City Sirens
Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn was a standout from David Ayer's Suicide Squad, and the studio and actress have been working hard to figure out her next cinematic steps. Screenwriter Christina Hodson recently has been hired to pen a treatment for a Gotham City Sirens movie, and it's been confirmed that David Ayer will be taking the helm. that would also serve as a Birds of Prey heroic vehicle, meaning a lot more powerful female roles could be coming to the DCEU. Going by the title and comic book history, it's assumed that the feature will center on the adventures of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy - though there has been no word on who will be getting that plum DC Extended Universe role. Gotham City Sirens is currently only in development with no release date, and, unlike Suicide Squad, let's hope it's able to get a proper script together before jumping into production.
The announcement of Suicide Squad 2 and Gotham City Sirens was accompanied by the reveal that DC intends to move forward with a solo movie centering on Will Smith's Deadshot. However, unlike Suicide Squad 2 and Sirens, we haven't heard much about this film since the announcement and we know little about it other than the fact that it's going to happen. Given that Smith is still one of the biggest movie stars in the world, it makes sense that Warner Bros. and DC Comics would want to utilize him as much as possible - but we don't really know what kind of adventure the project will follow.
Shazam is a project developing at a strange pace. Although the project has yet to find an actor to portray the role of the titular hero, Dwayne Johnson has signed on to play Black Adam in the project -- a role he's wanted for years. Rumors have persisted for some time that Lights Out's David F. Sandberg will take on the directing duties for the project, but as of right now there's no definitive confirmation as to whether or not that's going to happen.
Warner Bros. and DC Comics have been trying to develop a Shazam film for years now, and the wait continues. Said to be more comedic than other titles in the DC Extended Universe, the plot will center on a young boy named Billy Batson who, thanks to the teachings of an old wizard, can transform into an adult superhero after saying the titular word. Get the latest news and information about Shazam HERE.
While Shazam has certainly become one of the most intriguing DC movies that is currently in development, nobody expected a Black Adam movie to be announced. However, the star power of Dwayne Johnson has apparently motivated Warner Bros. to get a solo film into development (one that may come out before Shazam). The character has a long history as an anti-hero in the comics, and DC has already proven that it's willing to give villains their moment in the spotlight (read: Suicide Squad). We're excited to see what they can do by giving this iconic villain his own solo adventure that may or may not be set in ancient Egypt. No plot details or even potential directors have been announced yet.
Justice League Dark
Once the proper Justice League receives its introduction into the DCEU, the franchise will be introducing audiences to the more magical counterpart from the comics. Originally Justice League Dark was going to be directed by Guillermo Del Toro, and then it was going to be Doug Liman... but now the project exists without a director. The property focuses on a group of anti-heroes (led by detective John Constantine) who face off against supernatural and magical threats -- as opposed to the more scientific and extraterrestrial threats the Justice League battles. No plot details have been announced, and we don't know anything yet about casting.
While it's not necessarily going to be part of the DC Extended Universe, there is another key DC Comics adaptation in the works over at Warner Bros. A big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman has been in the works for some time now. The film will tell the story of Morpheus -- also known as Dream -- as he manages to escape the bonds of an occult ritual that has kept him imprisoned for 70 years. He returns to find that the empire he had built is destroyed, and simultaneously works to rebuild all that he has lost, and also seek retribution. Not being a part of the DCEU, it could be a while before this one gets going, as the source material isn't terribly easy to adapt. Still, if Watchmen could be brought to the big screen after many failed attempts, Sandman may eventually do it as well. Originally Joseph Gordon-Levitt was attached to take the helm of the project, co-writing the script with David Goyer, though he wound up splitting from the movie due to creative differences with the studio.
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