Upcoming DC Movies: What's Next For Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, And More

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There is no genre in the movie world right now bigger than superhero blockbusters, and it's obviously a space in which DC Films is a massive force. We have been watching a new cinematic era for the brand play out going back to the release of Zack Snyder's Man of Steel in 2013, and while there have been certain ups and downs during that period, work is still being done. It’s not the original DC Extended Universe as anybody planned it, but there is still an interesting future waiting to unfold for Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and company.

So what are the upcoming DC movies 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 in them? Well, we've organized all that information for you below, so read on to have your big questions answered!

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Black Adam - October 21, 2022

Dwayne Johnson has been talking with Warner Bros. for years about playing Shazam villain Black Adam on the big screen, and the actor has spent a long time spreading news about plans for a Black Adam solo movie. After a long period of development, it's finally happening. Following up on the success of Shazam!, the supervillain-centric blockbuster is on the way with Jungle Cruise director Jaume Collet-Serra at the helm.

Black Adam will detail the origins of the titular anti-hero/villain including his beginnings as a slave, and then will fast forward 5,000 years in the future to see him go toe-to-toe with the first big screen version of the Justice Society. Noah Centineo has been cast to play Atom Smasher, and he will be joined by Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan), and Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell). Originally the film was being planned as a 2021 release, but COVID-19-related production delays resulted in the film being temporarily taken off the schedule. Now it is on track to be the second DC live-action film released in 2022, hitting theaters in October 2022.

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Shazam! Fury Of The Gods - March 17, 2023

While not as big as some other blockbusters about costumed crusaders, David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! made a respectable amount of money in spring 2019, ultimately bringing in $363 million globally. That’s a good thing, because Warner Bros. didn't have a lot of time to waste hemming and hawing about whether or not they should make a Shazam! 2. The young cast, including Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, and more, aren’t going to stay young forever, so the studio needed to work fast. Fortunately, the sequel is now just months away, and the project even has an official title: Shazam! Fury Of The Gods.

In addition to the returning stars from the first movie, Lucy Liu and Helen Mirren are attached to be the principal villains in the film (namely Kalypso and Hespera), and production on the film wrapped in August 2021. Because the film is coming together at the same time as Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam movie, there is speculation about potential connections between the two blockbusters... but we'll have to wait for answers when the blockbusters hit theaters.

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The Flash - June 29, 2023

Following his appearances in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League, Ezra Miller's Barry Allen will next to be featured in his very own solo Flash film. Unfortunately, a lot of behind the scenes drama has let a lot of time lapse. 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." That led to Game Night duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein boarding... but now they are gone as well, and the film is now set to be made by IT's Andy Muschietti.

It has been confirmed that screenwriter Christina Hodson is essentially creating a special big screen version of Flashpoint, complete with time travel and alternate timelines. The blockbuster will feature not just one, but two different versions of Batman (played by Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton), and the eponymous hero will be getting a brand new suit designed for him by the Caped Crusader. What's more, the film will also be introducing a brand new version of Supergirl, who will be played by Sasha Calle.

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Blue Beetle - August 13, 2023

In an age when blockbuster superheroes are getting more and more diverse, it’s surprising that neither DC nor Marvel has released a solo film about a latinx character – but that's finally changing with DC's Blue Beetle movie. The big screen adventure centers on the Jaime Reyes version of the hero, and while it was originally planned as an HBO Max exclusive, it is now set to be a theatrical release.

Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (2019’s Miss Bala) was first reported to be taking care of the script back in 2018, and Angel Manuel Soto (Charm City Kings) signed a deal to direct the movie in February 2021. Cobra Kai's Xolo Maridueña was cast as the titular hero in August that same year, and the project has since added Harvey Guillén, Bruna Marquezine, and Belissa Escobedo to the supporting cast.

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Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom - December 25, 2023

In an age when blockbuster superheroes are getting more and more diverse, it’s surprising that neither DC nor Marvel has released a solo film about a latinx character – but that's finally changing with DC's Blue Beetle movie. The big screen adventure centers on the Jaime Reyes version of the hero, and while it was originally planned as an HBO Max exclusive, it is now set to be a theatrical release.

Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (2019’s Miss Bala) was first reported to be taking care of the script back in 2018, and Angel Manuel Soto (Charm City Kings) signed a deal to direct the movie in February 2021. Cobra Kai's Xolo Maridueña was cast as the titular hero in August that same year, and the project has since added Harvey Guillén, Bruna Marquezine, and Belissa Escobedo to the supporting cast.

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Joker: Folie à Deux - October 4, 2024

Todd Phillips' Joker was a massive hit when it came out in 2019, getting wide-spread critical acclaim, making over $1 billion at the global box office, and earning star Joaquin Phoenix his first Academy Award. There was zero expectation that Warner Bros. would leave money on the table by not producing a sequel, and thus we are getting Joker: Folie à Deux in 2024.

Little is known about the Joker sequel plot-wise, but it has been confirmed that Lady Gaga is set to co-star in the film as Harley Quinn, and it's expected that she will be playing a very different iteration of the character compared to what Margot Robbie has been doing in the DC Extended Universe movies.  

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Static Shock

First introduced to the pages of DC Comics in 1993 by creators Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Michael Davis, and Derek T. Dingle, Static became a fan-favorite character in the modern era thanks to the Emmy-winning animated series that launched in 2000 – and while there has been talk for years about bringing him into live-action, only now does it actually seem like it's really happening. It was announced at DC Fandome in August 2020 by writer/director/producer Reginald Hudlin that a solo film centering on Static is now in the works (as of March 2021, Randy McKinnon is developing the screenplay). 

Unfortunately we don't have a release date yet, and it hasn't been announced who will be playing the lead role in Static Shock, but certainly adding to the excitement of the project is that Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan came aboard as part of the production team in October 2020.

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Wonder Woman 3

Following her first four appearances in the DC Extended Universe, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman remains as popular as ever, and her adventures on the big screen will soon continue with the in-development and untitled Wonder Woman 3. Patty Jenkins, who directed both Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984, is set to once again be in the director's chair, but part of the reason why the upcoming blockbuster doesn't have a release date yet is because she is hitting pause on her DC trilogy to make a movie in the Star Wars universe (namely Rogue Squadron, which is presently on indefinite hold). 

What will happen after Diana's lifechanging adventure in the mid-1980s? What will become of Barbara Ann Minerva a.k.a. Cheetah? We're just as excited as you are to find out.

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Amazons

DC fans had the chance to take a brief return trip to Themyscira recently thanks to the flashback prologue in Wonder Woman 1984, but if you're dying to see more of Paradise Island on the big screen you're in luck. In addition to Wonder Woman 3, Warner Bros. is also currently developing a spin-off film that will be entirely about the Amazons with whom Wonder Woman grew up. 

Patty Jenkins, who is producing the Amazons movie, has said that the film will take place between the events of Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984, but star Connie Nielsen (who plays Queen Hippolyta) told CinemaBlend that the scope of the project won't just be limited to that time period, and will feature origin elements as well.

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Zatanna

Emerald Fennell is a remarkably hot talent in Hollywood following her phenomenal directorial debut Promising Young Woman, and in the wake of that success her talents are being applied in furthering the world of DC Comics on the big screen. Specifically, Fennell will be working with Warner Bros. to create the first ever feature film version of Zatanna – the fan-favorite stage magician/actual magician introduced to the comics back in 1964.

As of March 2021 she was only signed on to write the screenplay for a Zatanna movie, but we'll see how things develop, and keep our fingers crossed that she becomes so passionate about the material that she requests to direct as well.

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J.J. Abrams-Ta-Nehisi Coates Superman Movie

It remains unclear what is to become of Henry Cavill's Superman – especially with the futures for Ezra Miller's Flash, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa's Aquaman being open ended – but that's not stopping Warner Bros. from developing a new version of the Man of Steel in the meantime. In February 2021 it was announced that J.J. Abrams is set to produce a new Superman blockbuster through his Bad Robot banner, and Ta-Nehisi Coates (who has written Black Panther and Captain America comics in recent years) has been tapped to pen the script. While little is known about the project, it is expected that it will feature the first Black interpretation of the legendary hero.

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Plastic Man

DC definitely seems to be past its whole “dark and gritty phase,” and few upcoming projects suggest that more strongly than the in-development Plastic Man feature. This is unquestionably one of the silliest characters in the DC canon, and it’s impossible to imagine any film about him being anything but a straight-up comedy. Warner Bros. first hired newcomer Amanda Idoko to pen the screenplay in December 2018, but in the years since then the pen has changed hands, and as of December 2020 filmmaker Cat Vasko is working on the script.

Not much is known about the specific vision for the movie, but what's interesting given the title is that it is reportedly being developed as a feature with a female lead.

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Gotham City Sirens

Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn began her big screen life as a standout in David Ayer's Suicide Squad, but the status of her future as a more standalone character is a bit up in the air following the less-than-stellar opening of Birds of Prey. The psychotic villain most recently appeared in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, but also still potentially on the table is Gotham City Sirens, another Harley-centric project that Warner Bros. wants to make. 

It’s been reported that David Ayer will be taking the helm of the project, and 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. In February 2020 Robbie expressed her continued interest to get the film made.

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Nightwing

A Nightwing movie was announced in the winter of 2017, with The LEGO Batman Movie's Chris McKay attached to direct. Since then we have heard scattered reports about the project continuing to exist in development, but not much else has been said about the movie. It’s not known currently when the film might be gearing up to start filming.

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Booster Gold

DC has been teasing fans with the possibility of doing a Booster Gold film for years, and while it remains totally unclear if the project will ever come together, we do at the very least know that a script for it exists. It was reported in May 2019 that Zack Stentz, whose previous writing credits include X-Men: First Class, has penned a draft of the movie. We’ll continue to await new updates about it, but it’s definitely the kind of feature that we expect the studio will hold off on until the franchise is on more stable ground.

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Lobo

As you may have noticed reading this feature, DC has been able to attract a lot of big names to direct movies based on their properties, but this one is a special case. Reports in early 2018 revealed that Michael Bay is working with Warner Bros. to potentially take the helm of Lobo – a film that would center on DC’s wackiest intergalactic bounty hunter. We’ve heard nothing about the project since then, so where the movie exists in terms of development is unclear, but you can be sure that this one has our attention.

Released Movies DC Extended Universe

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Man Of Steel – June 14, 2013

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 20, 2016

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Suicide Squad – August 5, 2016

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Wonder Woman – June 2, 2017

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Justice League – November 17, 2017

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Aquaman – December 21, 2018

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Shazam! – April 5, 2019

Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) logo

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Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) – April 5, 2019

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Wonder Woman 1984 – December 25, 2020

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The Suicide Squad - August 6, 2021

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The Batman - March 4, 2022

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DC League of Super Pets - July 29, 2022