In late 2014, Warner Bros and DC Comics announced their initial slate of DC Extended Universe movies that would be released 2016 until 2020. Since then, there have been some important updates announced, from Aquaman being moved to October 2018 or projects like a new Batman movie being announced as in development, but for the most part, the schedule has followed along the same path. That needs to change.

Whether you love the DCEU or hate it, the franchise seems to have hit a rut, one which may not be fixed by Wonder Woman and Justice League later this year. Combined with certain behind-the-scenes troubles, it's time to reformat and reorganize the slate, whether that means delaying a movie, moving it to an earlier release date or simply dedicating more focus to something in development. Here are our suggestions for DCEU scheduling alterations.

Move Shazam Up

Shazam is the black sheep of the DC Extended Universe. Its described tone feels very much separate from the rest of the franchise so far, and aside from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson being cast as Black Adam, there haven't been any specific news about what to expect from the movie. Right now Shazam is slated for release in April 2019, but we suggest that Warner Bros and DC try to move that up as soon as possible. First off, Johnson is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood right now, and he's clearly excited to play Black Adam. Having him continue to wait around would be a waste; capitalize on his enthusiasm now! Second, Shazam could be just the breath of fresh air that the DCEU needs right now, akin to what Deadpool did for the X-Men franchise (and superhero movies in general). With all the complaints of the DCEU being too dark or not appropriate enough for younger viewers, Shazam can supply a fun, lighthearted tone to even the scales a bit.

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