×
Cookies help us deliver our Services. By using our Services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Upcoming DC Movies That Are Going To Blow Everyone Away

The DC Extended Universe — or Worlds of DC, as the interconnected film franchise is now officially known — has struggled in the past to find consistent creative success, but the company's comics have been battling Marvel for market share for decades, and that didn't happen accidentally. These are seriously iconic characters with no shortage of stories just waiting to be adapted for the big screen, and there's a large audience eager to watch them being told. 

That's just one reason that despite the critical drubbing many DCEU movies have taken, this franchise is still making a lot of money — and Warner Bros. remains committed to establishing it further, with more than a dozen additional DC-derived releases in various stages of development right now. We've watched the Justice League come together, but that's only the beginning of Warners' plans for Worlds of DC domination. What do fans have to look forward to over the next half decade or so? Let's take a look at the upcoming DC movies that are going to blow everyone away.

The Suicide Squad (August 6, 2021)

Despite introducing Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, 2016's Suicide Squad was considered to be one of the DCEU's more disappointing early efforts; a wildly inconsistent tone, a final battle bogged down by poor CGI, and a poorly-received turn by Jared Leto as the Joker all contributed. But it did pretty well at the box office, and during writer-director James Gunn's temporary firing from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, DC struck while the iron was hot, securing him to mastermind a soft reboot of the property, titled The Suicide Squad

This will, we're confident, turn out to be a genius move. Gunn has retained key players from the first film (such as Robbie, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller) and built his own stellar cast around them. They include David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man and the Wasp) as Polka-Dot Man, Steve Agee (Brightburn) as King Shark, Daniela Melchoir (The Black Book) as Ratcatcher, John Cena (F9) as Peacemaker, Idris Elba as Bloodsport, and Saturday Night Live alum Pete Davidson as Blackguard. Principal photography has wrapped on the flick, and although it was a tough shoot — Gunn lost his father near the beginning, and his beloved dog near the end — the director took to social media to call the experience "the most fulfilling time [he's] ever had making a movie." 

The Suicide Squad will arrive simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max on August 6, 2021.

The Batman (March 4, 2022)

Fans have been waiting a long, long time to get a glimpse of Robert Pattinson in action as the Dark Knight in The Batman, and at DC's virtual FanDome convention in August 2020, they finally got their wish. Writer-director Matt Reeves, who had previously promised that his film would be a dark, noir-ish work focusing on the early days of Bats' crime-fighting career (and playing up his skills as a detective), dropped a dark, brooding trailer that felt remarkably satisfying, considering that only about a quarter of the film had been shot when it was pieced together.

The spot focused heavily on Jim Gordon (Jeffrey Wright, who we can already tell will inhabit the role admirably) as he works a case involving a mysterious party with a seeming grudge against the Caped Crusader. This is Paul Dano's Riddler, of whom we also got a brief glmpse. There's also Zoë Kravitz's Catwoman, who appears to have her own clandestine agenda. Most significantly, we were treated to the sight of Pattinson's Bruce Wayne in full costume, both working with Gordon and beating the ever-loving crap out of a loudmouthed thug on a dark Gotham street. 

Pattinson looks every bit as intense and batty as we'd hoped (and his Batman voice, growling "I'm vengeance" at the poor dude he just annihilated, is pretty darn good). A final shot of Wayne removing his mask to reveal his haunted, makeup-smudged eyes has us more convinced than ever that Reeves hired the right actor. Of course, there's room for more than one Batman in the DC Universe, but Bat-fans have to be pleased with how The Batman is shaping up.

Black Adam (July 29, 2022)

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been keen to play Shazam nemesis and anti-hero Black Adam on the big screen for years, and ever since a solo flick featuring the character was officially confirmed way back in January 2017, details have been rather slight. That all changed at FanDome, where Mr. Rock presented some short video clips featuring concept art for the film, and revealing some absolutely scintillating characters that we can expect to show up. 

The first clip assured fans that Black Adam will stick very close to the character's comic origins, from his beginnings as a slave in the fictional land of Kahndaq 5,000 years ago, to his rise as a powerful and feared despot, to his millennia-long imprisonment and eventual freedom. But it was the second clip that really got fans buzzing with the revelation that Black Adam will introduce the Justice Society to the DCEU as a band of heroes who are seemingly intent on helping Adam achieve his (as-yet undefined) goals, but who fail to realize that the insanely powerful anti-hero might not want their help — or consider what he might do to them if they get in his way.

Several other major DC characters will appear in the film, including Hawkman, Doctor Fate, Cyclone, and Atom Smasher. But who's actually going to play these superheroes? Well, Doctor Fate will be played by former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan, and Atom Smasher will be played by Noah Centineo, best known for starring in All the Boys I've Loved Before. Aldis Hodge of One Night in Miami and The Invisible will be portray Hawkman, and Quintessa Swindell of Trinkets will appear as Cyclone. Additionally, 13-year-old Bodhi Sabongui will show up in a "key" but unknown role, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and Deadline reports that Uli Latukefu of Young Rock fame will also be playing an important part. 

At FanDome, the Rock issued a jaw-dropping proclamation about the arrival of Black Adam into the DCEU: "The hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change... As we all know, superheroes have to exhibit a little bit of restraint in taking care of the bad guys. [Black Adam] does not practice restraint. That combination makes him explosive, very dangerous and very likable, at least to me."

The Flash (November 4, 2022)

The long-awaited solo film for the Flash (Ezra Miller) has been cooking since long before the character made his first cameo appearance in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The list of writers and directors to have signed onto (and then departed) the project is as long as our arm — but since the film has been taken over by director Andy Muschietti (It), it has finally found itself on solid ground. Not only that, it's now shaping up to be nothing less than the key to how Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment will approach their entire movie universe going forward. As we've long suspected, the flick will take its narrative cues from the iconic Flashpoint story line — and as Miller's Scarlet Speedster skips across different realities, he will accomplish the seemingly impossible feat of uniting every DC property under one mind-bogglingly complex multiverse.

Miller's Barry Allen already met up with Grant Gustin's Arrowverse version in the CW's Crisis on Infinite Earths event, and The Flash will get even crazier with the crossovers. Not only did Ben Affleck unexpectedly agree to reprise his role as the Bruce Wayne/Batman that Miller's Flash knows and admires, but Michael Keaton is reprising his role as the version of the Dark Knight we saw in 1989's Batman and 1992's Batman Returns. One of those Waynes will even design a brand new streamlined suit for the Flash, and somehow, we get the feeling that there will be many, many more appearances by different live-action versions of DC characters. Screenwriter Christina Hodson, who penned the excellent Birds of Prey, all but confirmed as much at FanDome: "The cinematic multiverse is gonna be born out of this movie," she said. "It's born out of Barry's story." 

But it isn't just Batmen (Batmans?) getting involved, either. Sashe Calle, who will star in the standalone Supergirl film down the line, will make her first appearance as the character in The Flash. Finally, it isn't a new character, but we've also learned that actor Ron Livingston will replace Billy Crudup as Henry Allen due to scheduling conflicts that forced Crudup to drop the film.

Aquaman 2 (December 16, 2022)

It wasn't really supposed to happen like it did. Arthur Curry, a.k.a. Aquaman, had been the butt of pop culture jokes for decades, owing to his seemingly lame power set (although fans knew this to not exactly be the case); shots had been taken at him on everything from Family Guy to Entourage, in which the very idea of an Aquaman movie was played for laughs. Jason Momoa's first appearance as the character in 2017's Justice League was received well, if not rapturously, and the movie itself underperformed severely at the box office.

But then a funny thing happened: James Wan's Aquaman, featuring Momoa reprising the role, became a smash hit, raking in over a billion dollars worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing film in the DCEU by a comfortable margin. It didn't take long for Warner Bros. to determine that they had a hot property on their hands, and in February 2019, it was confirmed that a sequel is in the works. The first film's co-screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick is already hard at work on the script, and Wan will be returning as a producer and director. As for the cast, Momoa, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are all returning. And we also know that Pilou Asbaek of Game of Thrones fame (the actor who played Euron Greyjoy) will be appearing in the film, per Deadline. However, we don't know yet who he's playing.

In other words, Warner Bros. is apparently taking their time to make sure they get this one extra-right. Aquaman 2 splashes down in theaters on December 16, 2022.

Shazam 2: Fury of the Gods (June 2, 2023)

Having gained plenty of superhero-ing experience during the events of his 2019 solo vehicle, young Billy Batson will be ready (we hope) to take on some new bad guys in the sequel, Shazam: Fury of the Gods. Of course, he may have a little help; you'll recall that at the conclusion of Shazam!, Batson was able to defeat Doctor Sivana (Mark Strong) by sharing his powers with his foster family, transforming them into Shazam-like heroes who will presumably have a significant role to play in the sequel.

The movie's mid-credits stinger revealed that Sivana, while currently imprisoned, is still a threat and that he may be keen to team up with that scene's cute, little, talking caterpillar, Mister Mind, a ... well, a space worm from Venus who's a heck of a lot more dangerous than that descriptor might make him sound. But while those two may possibly show up, we know for a fact that Billy Batson will be facing some brand new foes. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the always dynamite actress Helen Mirren is joining the cast as a villainous character named Hespera, the daughter of Atlas. And according to Variety, Lucy Liu will also be showing up as her nefarious sister, Kalypso. Plus, they're both being joined by Rachel Zegler (West Side Story), who will play another daughter of Atlas and is, as of this writing, unnamed. 

Shazam! was a heck of a lot of fun, but we all know that superhero sequels tend to go darker. It stands to reason, then, that whatever the nature of Hespera's involvement, young Billy is going to have some growing up to do in Shazam 2.

Green Lantern Corps (TBD)

The Green Lantern Corps movie has been a long time coming. The project was announced way back in 2014, and an early version of the screenplay was labored over by scribes David Goyer (The Dark Knight) and Justin Rhodes (Terminator: Dark Fate) for years, with their work ultimately being deemed unsatisfactory. To the rescue came comics legend Geoff Johns, who was hired to rewrite the script from the ground up in 2019 — and while his work continues, there may be a slight complication.

Johns is also slated to contribute to showrunner Greg Berlanti's Green Lantern series, which is in the works for the HBO Max streaming service. While there's no word on whether the show will connect to the Green Lantern Corps movie in any way, it sure seems like that would make sense. At the moment, though, no character or plot details have been made available for either. Johns was to have delivered the first draft of his script to Warner Bros. by the end of 2019, so there should be some forward movement on it soon. It's even been posited that J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production company, which entered into an overall deal with Warner Bros. in 2019, might get involved with the film. It's worth noting, though, that no Green Lantern projects were announced in the initial unveiling of the partnership. For the time being, we'll just have to wait to see how the long-gestating project shapes up.

Man of Steel 2 (TBD)

Perhaps no piece of superhero news has rocked the world of cinema quite like the rumors that actor Henry Cavill will be stepping down as Superman. In September 2018, news leaked that negotiations between Cavill and Warner Bros. had broken down over a cameo in Shazam!, leading to the actor removing himself from the role. Since then, Warner Bros. and Cavill's own rep have insisted that Cavill is still employed, though the star himself has played it coy, with a bizarre Instagram video being his only public response the situation.

While a script for Man of Steel 2 was confirmed as being in the works a while back, there's no telling how this potentially massive shakeup will affect the film's progress. Finding the perfect Superman is no small feat and it's hard to imagine the studio moving forward with this one until they have a replacement for Cavill (if Cavill really needs replacing at all, that is).

Ta-Nehisi Coates' Untitled Superman Project - TBD

It's starting to look like fans of Henry Cavill's Clark Kent/Superman may have seen the last of the character. We're learning more and more about the next "Superman" film, and it sounds like DC is taking the superhero in a new direction.

Here's what we know so far, thanks mostly to The Hollywood Reporter. Ta-Nehisi Coates, known for his powerful social journalism and comic book runs with "Black Panther" and "Captain America," is penning the script. J.J. Abrams and his production company, Bad Robot, are attached to the film on the production side, but Abrams isn't in the running to direct. Instead, DC and Warner Bros. are looking for both a Black director and a Black lead actor for the film. Rumored directors include Shaka King, Stephen Caple Jr., J.D. Dillard, Regina King, Ryan Coogler, and more. Actor Michael B. Jordan has already responded to rumors that he'd be donning the cape, saying he'd be flattered but was "just watching on this one."

As far as the film's plot, THR reports that it might be a "20th-century period piece," and that Coates' version of Superman is "a Kal-El in the vein of the original Superman comics." Finally, it's reported that this film will be its own thing and not part of the existing DC Extended Universe. Obviously, these are early days, and there's a lot of speculation at this point, but keep your eyes peeled for more on this new version of Supes.

Untitled Nightwing film (TBD)

This long-mooted project may have been headed off at the pass by DC Universe. The streamer premiered Titans, featuring Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites) in a lead role, in 2018. Of course, the comics incarnation of Grayson eventually goes on to take up the mantle of Nightwing, giving him an identity independent of Batman, and it's this version of the character which has long been rumored to be getting the feature film treatment.

The project was first announced in early 2017, with The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay slated to helm from a script by Bill Dubuque (The Accountant), but since then, there has been complete radio silence from Warners. McKay offered a glimmer of hope for Nightwing in late 2018, when he was asked directly whether the feature was dead on Twitter. "No. You're going to have to wait tho," he said. "Keep hope alive. To paraphrase Dick Grayson: Nightwing lives. Always." We'll be waiting with bated breath to see whether Dick Grayson's solo vehicle actually makes it to production.

Untitled Batgirl film (TBD)

The saga of the standalone Batgirl may comprise the most visible shift in course of the post-Justice League DCEU. Avengers director Joss Whedon was announced to be in talks to write and direct the picture in 2017 based on the Barbara Gordon version of the character, but stepped down when he realized he "didn't really have a story." The film appeared to be on the far back burner until Birds of Prey emerged, leading to speculation that one of the potential spinoff characters that film could be introducing might be the Cassandra Cain version of Batgirl — a notion which gained more credence when Warner Bros. tapped Birds scribe Christina Hodson to resurrect the project.

Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, Hodson seemed to promise a distinctly Dark Knight-ish take on the character. "I'm really excited — because she's Batgirl! She's all the things I love about Batman," Hodson said. "I've always been more interested in humans than supernatural things and monsters. People are capable of profound good, but also profound evil. The things that people will do when you back them into a corner are amazing, terrifying, and wonderful at the same time, and it draws out these primal things in us — good and bad."

Lobo (TBD)

The idea of a feature film based on the near-unstoppable alien bounty hunter Lobo has been kicking around even before the DCEU's inception, with a Guy Ritchie-directed version (which was subsequently scrapped) discussed as far back as 2009. The project was revived as part of the DCEU slate in 2016, with San Andreas and Rampage director Brad Peyton set to helm from a script by Jason Fuchs, who contributed to the screenplay for Wonder Woman and has also been tapped to pen the Minecraft video game adaptation. It was rumored in early 2018 that none other than Michael Bay was being eyed to take the reins, and Fuchs was still reported to be working on the script.

As is becoming a theme with the DCEU, however, the television side of things has threatened to intervene. The second season of the Syfy series Krypton features Irish actor Emmett J. Scanlan taking on the role of Lobo, leading some observers to speculate that the character's feature film prospects had dimmed — but there's been no official word from Warners, so a starring vehicle for the ultra-violent baddie could still be in the cards. Once again, the name of the game is "wait and see," but if there's one thing we know about Lobo, it's that he never quits.

Blackhawk (TBD)

DC nabbed an Oscar winner for their planned Blackhawk film. Steven Spielberg, who has taken home three Academy Awards over his expansive career, will produce and likely direct a film based on Blackhawk, the enigmatic leader of a international squadron of heroic pilots who take on the Nazis during World War II. The Blackhawk character debuted in 1941's Military Comics No. 1 and was originally published by Quality Comics before DC acquired it in 1956. 

The character, who was co-created by Will Eisner, Bob Powell, and Chuck Cuidera, headlined a number of best-selling comics in the 1940s. His World War II background makes him a great fit for Spielberg, who earned an Oscar and a number of other accolades for his work directing the World War II-based drama Saving Private Ryan. He's bringing on Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull and Jurassic Park writer David Koepp to pen the script.

Supergirl (TBD)

The DCEU's version of the Man of Steel may be a bit up in the air (no pun intended), but one project that Warners is reportedly high on is a starring cinematic vehicle for his cousin Kara Zor-El, a.k.a. Supergirl. The character is enjoying a high profile thanks to the success of her TV series set within the CW's Arrowverse, and with the MCU's Captain Marvel arriving in 2019, the time seems right for the DCEU to introduce its own awesomely-powered female lead. They've seemingly found their star in young actress Sasha Calle, who beat out hundreds of others in auditioning for the role. Calle's only major role to date is on The Young and the Restless, but she'll make her debut as the caped Kryptonian in The Flash before taking to the skies in the title role of Supergirl.

Little is known about the in-development project other than its screenwriter: Oren Uziel, who penned 22 Jump Street as well as The Cloverfield Paradox. The rumor mill has suggested that the project could be set in the '70s, in an alternate timeline which sees Kara arrive on Earth before her cousin, in order to set the film version of the character apart from her TV incarnation. Uziel has been at work on the script since August 2018, so more details are sure to surface sooner rather than later.

Zatanna (TBD)

DC is looking to bring a little magic into its cinematic universe. The studio is aiming to put Zatanna Zatara, a powerful magic-user, into the limelight with her own feature film. Considering some of the other projects being floated around the DC universe, such as Justice League Dark, Zatanna's debut fits perfectly into DC's current plans.

The project is very early in development at this point in time, but there's one important detail that's been confirmed – Emerald Fennell has been tapped to write the screenplay. Fennell's involvement was announced fresh off the buzz that her most recent film, Promising Young Woman, received from its multiple Academy Award nominations. Fennell was also the showrunner for season two of Killing Eve.

Since it's still so early on in Zatanna's development, we don't have any casting information yet. Actress Serinda Swan played the character toward the end of Smallville's run, but considering that show wrapped up over a decade ago, it seems unlikely she would be cast as the lead of the new film.

Blue Beetle (TBD)

The Blue Beetle moniker has been worn by a few different characters in comics over the years, but the upcoming film version will focus on the most recent: Jaime Reyes. Reyes discovered the Blue Beetle Scarab entirely by accident and took it home, where the artifact bonded with him and granted him an extraterrestrial suit of armor and a slew of powers to go with it. He's been a part of several different hero groups in the DC universe, so a Blue Beetle film could easily play into several different IPs, depending on what direction they choose to take the character.

We don't have any casting info yet on Blue Beetle, but we do know a bit on who's helping to bring the movie to life thanks to TheWrap. Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, who wrote 2019's crime thriller Miss Bala, is in charge of the screenplay. And Angel Manuel Soto will direct the film. Before this, his most recent directorial effort was 2020's Charm City Kings. Soto expressed a great deal of excitement that he was bringing "the first Latino superhero film for DC" to life.

Static Shock (TBD)

Fans of early 2000s animation might remember the Static Shock series, which aired on Kids' WB for four seasons. It was based on the Milestone Comics character Virgil Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who gains a slew of electrical and magnetic powers after a freak accident and becomes a superhero named Static. Interestingly, alongside DC relaunching Milestone Comics, they're also working to develop a Static Shock movie.

Reginald Hudlin is overseeing the relaunch of Milestone Comics and is working behind the scenes on the Static Shock film. Michael B. Jordan and his production company, Outlier Society, are also working to bring the film to life. Jordan told The Hollywood Reporter in October 2020, "I'm proud to be a part of building a new universe centered around black superheroes; our community deserves that. Outlier Society is committed to bringing to life diverse comic book content across all platforms, and we are excited to partner with Reggie and Warner Bros on this initial step."

Hourman (TBD)

DC is starting to pull deeper into their bag of tricks for characters they want to build films around, and their latest offbeat choice is Hourman. There have been multiple characters who've taken up that mantle, but they all center around a chemical formula that grants the user incredible abilities for (you guessed it) one hour.

We've actually seen several versions of Hourman already in the CW's Arrowverse. Rex Tyler, the original Hourman in the comics, served as the leader of the Justice Society of America on the series Legends of Tomorrow, where he was portrayed by actor Patrick J. Adams. And Lou Ferrigno Jr. also played the character in Stargirl.

Rex's son, Rick Tyler, later took up the Hourman mantle and became the most recognizable name associated with the hero (played by Cameron Gellman in Stargirl), but it remains to be seen what direction DC will go with the Hourman film. The screenplay is being tackled by the duo of Gavin James and Neil Widener. Chernin Entertainment, which also developed the most recent Planet of the Apes franchise, is producing the film alongside DC and Warner Bros.

Amazons Wonder Woman Spinoff (TBD)

Wonder Woman is generally regarded as one of the DCEU's best efforts, so it makes sense they'd want to ride the popularity of the franchise. Patty Jenkins, who directed both Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984, says that there are plenty more stories to tell about the Amazons beyond just Diana Prince's, and DC is working to bring that to life with a spinoff that focuses on the Amazons of Themyscira.

Details are scarce, but Jenkins has said that this spinoff would focus on events that occur after Diana leaves her Amazonian home. She also said that this story would help bridge the gap of events between WW84 and a third film focusing on Diana. That seems to indicate that this spinoff would release before the in-development Wonder Woman 3.

Jenkins will not be directing this spinoff, but she is involved in the film's creative development as a producer. We would expect other recurring Amazonians to reappear, but details remain tightly wrapped up at this point in time.

Wonder Woman 3 (TBD)

It should surprise no one that after the successes of both Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984, writer-director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot would be fast-tracked toward another sequel. Wonder Woman 3 will see a traditional theatrical release (as opposed to the HBO Max release that WW84 had) and is expected to be a "concluding" film to the trilogy.

That said, it could still be a long while before we get to finish out the story of Diana Prince. Variety writes that Jenkins and Gadot are both involved with a number of huge projects currently. The pair are working together on the historical drama Cleopatra, and Jenkins has also been tapped to direct Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, which is scheduled to come out for Christmas 2023. As for Gadot, she's currently attached to about a half-dozen other projects, as well. In other words, it's going to be a while, but we'll eventually get to see another Wonder Woman movie on the big screen.