The DC Extended Universe is a fluid situation. Every time a new piece of news drops -- Patty Jenkins prepares to sign on the dotted line for Wonder Woman 2 -- another newsflash arrives that changes the tentative plans of the cinematic universe's upcoming slate. I truly feel like we could write one story a day on potential movies in the DCEU. And yet, if we step back and assess what's sure to come, these are the six movies that have taken enough of a step forward that we might call them definite.
A lot can change between now and the next DCEU movie, which is Justice League, dropping on November 17. Will that be the catalyst for the pending wave of DC blockbusters? Or will more news drop, altering the direction of the DCEU on a post-JL landscape. For now, these are the movies that have enough cards on the table that I think we can pencil them in. The bigger question marks on the DCEU radar, I left for the last page.
James Wan's Aquaman is a done deal. The movie's almost done filming, and even brought some footage to San Diego Comic-Con in July. A trailer for the adventure likely will be attached to Justice League, giving fans the first full look at Aquaman's (Jason Momoa) underwater lair. Wan's movie will introduce the full scope of the Atlanteans -- though they have a major role to play in Justice League. The story is supposed to be set after Justice League, and will focus on two villains -- Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen) and the Ocean Master (Patrick Wilson).
Release Date: December 21, 2018
While the competition over at Marvel Studios averages three movies a year, DC is pumping its brakes a tad, releasing one movie -- Aquaman -- in 2018. After that, Shazam grabs the first official release-date slot, landing in theaters in April of 2019. Some view this as an odd movie to drop right after Aquaman, as several key members of the Justice League haven't even received their own solo movies (looking at you, Flash and Cyborg). If you are going to branch out, wouldn't you at least have the Green Lantern Corp introduced in 2019? Instead, Shazam will arrive, from Annabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg. Though it need a star, as Sandberg has said Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Black Adam will not be part of his movie.
Release Date: April 5, 2019