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Upcoming DC Movies That Are Going To Blow Everyone Away

While the DC Universe has struggled in the past to find creative success, 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. 

Whether they take place in the DCU proper or other worlds like Matt Reeves' "Batman" universe or the "Joker" universe, DC films still remain popular despite several setbacks. And Warner Bros. remains committed to establishing it further, with plenty of DCU and other DC releases in various stages of development right now. We've watched the Justice League come together, but that's only the beginning of the DC domination. What do fans have to look forward to over the next half decade or so? Let's take a look.

Updated on November 23, 2022: DC heroes are flying into theaters and showing up on streaming services on a pretty regular basis. So to keep current on all things Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, we've updated this list to show the latest developments in the DC universe. From release dates to cast and crew announcements, these are the upcoming DC movies that are going to blow everyone away.

Shazam 2: Fury of the Gods - March 17, 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."

The Flash - June 23, 2023

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. In the first teaser for the film which was released at 2021's FanDome, we saw what appears to be Keaton's Batmobile covered in a cloth that Barry whips off. The teaser also gave us a look at two Barry's standing side by side, one of whom is much more bulked up than the other and could be Reverse Flash.

Plus, Sashe Calle, who will star in the standalone "Supergirl" film down the line, will make her first appearance as the character in "The Flash." Calle made her appearance in the teaser, standing alongside the two Barrys in her full suit. 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. 

Interestingly, in October 2022, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that DC and Warner are evidently expecting such big things from "The Flash" that they've made pre-emptive steps toward a sequel. David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, best known for writing "Aquaman," has finished a screenplay for a "Flash" follow-up.

Blue Beetle - August 18, 2023

The Blue Beetle moniker has been taken up by a few different characters in the comics, but the upcoming "Blue Beetle" film will focus on the most recent: Jaime Reyes. Reyes discovers the Blue Beetle Scarab entirely by accident and takes it home. The artifact swiftly bonds with him and grants him an extraterrestrial suit of armor and a slew of powers to go with it. He's been part of several different superhero 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.

Xolo Mariduena — Miguel Diaz on "Cobra Kai" — will star as the titular superhero. Variety reports that he'll be joined by Bruna Marquezine (portraying Penny, the female lead), Belissa Escobedo (as Jamie's sister), and Harvey Guillén, best known as Guillermo on "What We Do in the Shadows," in an undisclosed role. Susan Sarandon ("Thelma & Louise," "Dead Man Walking") will play Victoria Kord, a character created specifically for the film. George Lopez will star as Uncle Rudy, and Raoul Max Trujillo, best known for his role on "Mayans M.C.," rounds out the main cast. According to The Wrap, he'll play Carapax the Indestructible Man, a villain housed in a mighty robotic body.

We also know who's making the movie. According to The Wrap, Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, who wrote the 2019 crime thriller "Miss Bala," will pen the screenplay. Angel Manuel Soto will direct, following his work on 2020's "Charm City Kings." "It is an honor to direct 'Blue Beetle,' the first Latino superhero film for DC," Soto said of this upcoming film, which hits theaters on August 18, 2023.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom - December 25, 2023

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 DCU 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 for "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom." As for the cast, Momoa, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard, Randall Park, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are all returning. 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. Plus, Jani Zhao and Vincent Regan have joined the cast, and Indya Moore will be playing a telepathic shark.

Interestingly, the "Lost Kingdom" in the title seems to refer to Necrus, if Wan's Instagram post is any indication. This teleporting, underwater city has frequently clashed with Aquaman and the denizens of Atlantis in the past. And it seems unlikely we'd get Necrus without Mongo, the city's tyrannical leader. Maybe that's who Asbaek is playing? We'll find out for sure when the film splashes down in theaters on December 25, 2023.

Joker: Folie à Deux - October 4, 2024

Not really an adaptation of any well-known comic series or graphic novel, the stark and gritty 2019 drama "Joker" was instead inspired by the long history of Batman's greatest foe. Director and co-writer Todd Phillips reimagines the character as Arthur Fleck, a struggling comedian suffering a full-on emotional breakdown. As "Joker" earned multiple Academy Award nominations and generated more than $1 billion in ticket sales, a sequel was bound to happen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, days after "Joker" opened to big box office numbers, Phillips discussed future DC Comics-based films with Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich. Rumors of a "Joker" sequel proliferated. Details were thin on the ground until June 2022, when Phillips posted a photo of a script cover page to his Instagram account, bearing the title "Joker: Folie à Deux." Phillips also snapped a pic of Phoenix reading the screenplay, and we can expect to see the star return on October 4, 2024

But Phoenix won't be alone, as the one and only Lady Gaga will be playing Harley Quinn. Apparently, she'll get to sing too, as the film is reportedly going to be a musical and set inside the imposing Arkham Asylum, according to Deadline. We also wonder if returning star Zazie Beetz and newcomers Brendan Gleeson, Catherine Keener, and Harry Lawtey (from HBO's "Industry") will get a chance to show off their singing chops.

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)

DC fans were gutted to learn Henry Cavill would 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. This was especially upsetting as we'd learned in November 2016 that a script for "Man of Steel 2" was in the works. How would the studio be able to replace Cavill? Who could possibly fill those Super-shoes and tights and cape?

Well, as it turns out, Cavill fans have nothing to fear. While there was a long period of time where it was unclear whether Cavill was really gone or not, we now have a definitive answer. DC's "Black Adam" adaptation hit theaters in October 2022, and it included a postscript in which A.R.G.U.S. director and Suicide Squad overseer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) wants the titular antihero to behave, lest she call up the services of the only force who can keep Black Adam in check. That individual? Superman, as played by Henry Cavill, in a surprise cameo. 

Then, on October 24, just a few days after "Black Adam" premiered, Cavill confirmed on his Instagram that he was indeed back as the Man of Steel (via Deadline), and that could mean a standalone movie or Warner Bros. including the character in another DC Universe entry.

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 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." And in a 2021 interview with ReelBlend, McKay still expressed hope that the film would make it to production. He hinted that "Nightwing" could be set in an alternate universe or that it might see release outside of a standard theatrical one —maybe going directly to HBO Max. We'll be waiting with bated breath to see whether Dick Grayson's solo vehicle actually makes it to production.

Lobo (TBD)

The idea of a feature film based on the near-unstoppable alien bounty hunter Lobo has been kicking around even before the DCU'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 DCU 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 DCU, 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 possibly 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" #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.

In 2022, four years after the project got underway, Koepp told Collider that while a script is written, Warner Bros. has yet to give the "Blackhawk" production a green light. "There were a lot of management changes at Warner Bros., so I think we've just been kind of waiting for that to settle down and for them to decide what they want to do with their DC Universe," he said.

Supergirl (TBD)

The DCU'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, aka 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 DCU to introduce its own awesomely-powered female lead. They've 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. Suggesting the film may arrive within the next year or two, Calle's Supergirl costume was on display at the 2022 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, per Collider.

Black Canary (TBD)

"Birds of Prey" introduced us to quite the crew of DC antiheroes. Though it was mainly put out there as a way to give Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn a chance to fly solo, it also introduced us to updated takes on several classic characters: Black Mask, Huntress, Victor Zsasz, and Black Canary, among others. That last one apparently made a good impression, as actor Jurnee Smollett has been tapped to reprise the role in her own solo film.

It's obviously still very early in development, but we do have a bit of an idea who is going to be involved in bringing a "Black Canary" movie to life. According to Deadline, Smollett is apparently reuniting with "Lovecraft Country" creator Misha Green, who's penning the script. In addition, "Black Canary" is being produced by Sue Kroll at Kroll & Co. Entertainment, who also produced "Birds of Prey."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is in development for an HBO Max release, which seems to indicate it will be smaller scale than the "pillar" DCU movies involving the Justice League. It'll be interesting to see what Dinah Lance story they want to tell.

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, which was officially confirmed during 2021's FanDome event. Randy McKinnon ("Notes From a Young Black Chef") will be penning the script.

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 DCU'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. And during 2021's FanDome, Jenkins revealed that Lynda Carter will be returning in "Wonder Woman 3" as Amazonian warrior Asteria. The original Diana Prince made a cameo in "1984," and it looks like she'll be expanding on the role in the upcoming film.

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. But progress has been made. In October 2022, The Hollywood Reporter noted that executives at Warner Bros. would be seeing a screenplay from Jenkins in the very near future.

The Batman 2 (TBD)

Warner Bros. and DC Comics know they've got one of the most lucrative franchises of all time with Batman and his vast world of side characters, colorful villains, settings, and lore. To that end, Warner has multiple Batman-based movies in the works that are totally separate from each other in terms of timeline, cinematic world, and tone. 

In addition to the comedic "Birds of Prey" offshoot "Black Canary" and the arthouse-worthy "Joker" and its sequel, there's 2022's "The Batman," starring Robert Pattinson as a just-starting-out Dark Knight, charged with stopping some particularly violent versions of familiar franchise villains, including the Penguin and the Riddler. The cast, and co-writer-director Matt Reeves, did such a good job establishing this new Batman world that Warner Bros. grew keen on expanding it, as the $770.8 million box office haul certainly proved a robust audience interest in the project.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a straight-to-HBO Max series "The Penguin," with Colin Farrell reprising his titular role is on the way. Meanwhile, according to THR, Reeves is actively conceptualizing a proper cinematic sequel to "The Batman" while also talking to other filmmakers about their ideas for more movies about additional members of the Caped Crusader's rogues' gallery. This means that over the next few years, filmgoers might be able to see movies about Scarecrow, Clayface, and Professor Pyg, among others.