The DC Extended Universe has been struggling to achieve the right tone to match wits with its Marvel counterpart, but despite a few hiccups, the franchise doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Warner Bros. has still got quite a few new films on the roster for future development that might just turn things around once and for all, so here’s what DC has in store for superhero movie lovers next.
He’s been a joke for years, but James Wan’s Aquaman film looks to finally bring some respect to the man who talks to fish. Of course, casting burly Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa in the title role didn’t hurt. The film will give the eponymous hero a few central foes, including Aquaman’s half brother the Ocean Master and arch-nemesis Black Manta. Making a feature-length film about the sea hero is a risky venture, but Wan intends to breathe new life into the watery comic character. Considering how well he’s handled everything from horror films to racecar dramas, audiences will likely be in for an action-packed adventure when this movie hits theaters December 21st, 2018.
Wonder Woman 2 :
The first sequel to the summer’s smash hit Wonder Woman was finally given an official announcement at San Diego Comic-Con, with a release date set for November 1st, 2019 shortly thereafter. After months of keeping fans in the dark, director Patty Jenkins confirmed in early September that she is officially set to return for the sequel, and rumors suggest her salary could be historic.
Jenkins and DC Studios head Geoff Johns are teaming up with The Expendables’ Dave Callaham to work on the script, based on a treatment from Jenkins and Johns. With Jenkins saying she wants to take Diana to America and rumors saying the film could take place in the 1980s, Wonder Woman 2 seems like it will be an amazing ride. And now that embattled producer Brett Ratner is out of the picture, Gal Gadot is officially a go for it, too.
It’s been in the works for years, but for a while there it seemed like the long-awaited adaptation of Shazam! Might never actually come to pass. Initial reports had Dwayne Johnson attached to the film as the villainous Black Adam, but DC later revealed that Johnson’s character would get his own film. Instead, it’ll be Chuck alum Zachary Levi who handles the title role, with Annabelle: Creation’s David Sandberg directing the picture. Levi has described the picture as being akin to Tom Hanks’ 1988 comedy favorite Big … only with superpowers instead of a wish machine. The movie is expected to launch production in 2018, so get ready to giggle when Shazam! hits theaters on April 5th, 2019.
Green Lantern Corps :
The Green Lantern has certainly had a rough history in Hollywood, with the Ryan Reynolds-led adaptation arriving as a laughing stock in 2011. But DC isn’t done trying to make Hal Jordan happen. David Goyer and Justin Rhodes are working on a script to revive the fallen franchise, with plans for the film to take flight on July 24th, 2020.
There’s no word yet on the plot of the new take, but it has been described as “Lethal Weapon in space,” and is reportedly based on a comic book origin story. We also know it’ll focus on two different characters: the popular Lanterns Hal Jordan and John Stewart. Bringing Stewart in is a wise move since he’s a fan favorite, and getting him in the mix will help this film stand apart from its predecessor.
DC’s Flash movie, starring Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, has had a bit of a rocky road. The film first found a director in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Seth Grahame-Smith, but he dropped out and was followed by Rick Famuyiwa, who also left. Rumors have put Matthew Vaughn, Robert Zemeckis, and Sam Raimi in the mix, although it’s unclear as of the writing this article if talks are moving forward with any of them.
The script has also undergone quite a few rewrites, with reports saying it was being completely overhauled. Concrete details about the film finally began to be released at this year’s Comic-Con, when DC officially announced that the movie would be titled Flashpoint. This seems to suggest that the movie will cover the famous 2011 comic storyline, which is a move that could have huge ripple effects across the rest of the DCEU. Miller has been a consistent favorite in everything he’s appeared in so far. So, the pressure is on to get the speedy superhero to the theaters sooner than later.
By the time Cyborg shows up in his solo movie, fans should be pretty familiar with him. After making half a cameo in Batman vs. Superman, Ray Fisher’s version of the character will appear in Justice League and will appear in Flashpoint. While details are still slim as to what his solo movie will entail, Fisher has said that if he had his pick of the villainous litter as to who he’ll fight it’d be the Phantom Limbs.
The Batman :
Batman has long been the cash cow of the DC universe. But as much as Warner Bros. wants to get a standalone movie going with Ben Affleck’s version of the Dark Knight, the project has been very troubled. Not only have there been numerous script rewrites and Affleck stepping back from the director’s chair, he’s now said to want a “cool” way to escape the cape altogether. He’s since clarified that he’s still planning to take the role, but reports on his commitment to being the Caped Crusader have given DC fans a bit of whiplash.
Meanwhile, the film has tapped War for the Planet of the Apes’ Matt Reeves to take the helm, and he’s supposedly got a guy in mind to take over for Affleck if the situation calls for it. Whether “Batfleck” takes flight again or not, Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke is expected to be the central villain, which should make for one beefy bonanza indeed.
Justice League 2 :
Warner Bros. originally penciled this one in for 2019, though it’s since been bumped to an unspecified date to clear out some space for The Batman. But of all the projects at the far end of DC’s master plan, it stands to reason another Justice League is one of the most bankable. The Avengers has become a flagship franchise for Marvel, and DC is looking to leverage Justice League the same way. It’ll just have to wait until after a couple of stand-alone films.
Suicide Squad 2 :
A proper Suicide Squad sequel is in development, but there’s been no word on when it’ll actually hit the big screen. Despite terrible reviews, the first film still made a whole lot of money-and introduced characters like Robbie’s Harley Quinn, and Will Smith’s Deadshot. The Accountant’s Gavin O’Connor has officially signed on to direct and rewrite the script, so with a behind-the-scenes team finally coming together, it looks like the rumored Fall of 2018 production start date isn’t so unreasonable after all.
Black Adam :
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been attached to co-star in a Shazam movie for years, playing the villain Black Adam, but Warner Bros. is now developing a full-fledged Black Adam spinoff film, which will split the character off into more of an antihero. It remains to be seen how DC will juggle a two-pronged side section of the DCEU while they’re still trying to establish the main universe-but in the meantime, we’ve done a little Photoshop to imagine how Johnson will look in character.
Joker’s Origin Story :
The Joker is one of DC’s most popular characters, so it makes sense that they’re taking yet another stab at bringing him to the big screen-and this time, with a planned solo movie about the character’s origins. The movie is said to explore what it took for the Joker to become a criminal mastermind, using an ’80s setting as a backdrop.
While it will obviously draw heavily from the comic books, it’s supposedly intended to feel more like a gritty crime drama than a superhero film, and is said to be separate from any other iteration of the Joker in the DCEU.