UPDATED with information on the Harley Quinn movie!
Now that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has come and gone, the DC Extended Universe is in full swing. Suicide Squad movie will continue the absolute avalanche of DC superhero movies. The Wonder Woman movie will follow soon after, in a new June date, and it's all leading up to the Justice League movie. Two of them, in fact.
So, it's time to take a look at all of the DC superhero movies that will be released over the next few years. And trust us, there are a ton of them on the way, and we expect more details will be announced as we go forward. This has been updated with new details about Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Teen Titans, and more!
We have all the release dates for every one of 'em right here, as well as official details, the most interesting rumors, and suggestions for further reading where appropriate.
The Suicide Squad movie boasts an impressive all-star cast. Jared Leto is playing the Joker (a difficult role to step into in the wake of Heath Ledger's incredible performance in The Dark Knight). Then we have Adam Beach as Slipknot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, and Jay Hernandez as El Diablo. There are loads of other supervillains making their way into this one, too. It's a little crazy.
Warner Bros. and DC Comics have been doing everything in their power to up the Suicide Squad's profile in recent years. With recent live-action appearances on Arrow, an animated film pairing them with Batman, and a high-profile comic book relaunch, it's easy to see how characters like Deadshot and Harley Quinn could anchor a Suicide Squad movie. DC Entertainment loves synergy.
The fact that we have yet to see a Wonder Woman solo movie is almost beyond belief. We don't have time to get into the rampant short-sightedness that is keeping women from taking marquee roles in superhero movies at the moment (and that's bound to change one of these days, especially given how their fortunes have changed on TV), but just know that Gal Gadot does some serious Amazonian ass-kicking in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and then we get her solo movie on June 2nd, 2017. The movie was moved up a couple of weeks from its original release date on June 23, 2017.
Warner Bros. were clearly impressed with Ms. Gadot, as she'll be doing Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Wonder Woman solo movie, Justice League, and Justice League 2 in a fairly short amount of time. We'll know more about her soon enough!
Patty Jenkins (Monster) is directing, from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs. Chris Pine will appear as Wonder Woman's love interest, Steve Trevor.
Zack Snyder will direct Justice League, and BvS co-writer Chris Terrio is back. The villain of this one is Steppenwolf, one of Darkseid's relatives, and it focuses on Batman building a team to confront him.
This one will also introduce Aquaman's Queen Mera (played by Amber Heard), which would make sense considering that the Aquaman movie would follow the next summer.
Debuting to some more than respectable numbers, The Flash TV series is a definite fan-favorite. In the past, Warner Bros has been shy about pushing multiple live-action interpretations of their characters at the same time (the success of Smallville helped hold up new Superman films for some time, while plans to introduce Bruce Wayne on that show were scuttled as Batman Begins became a reality). Clearly, that is no longer the case.
Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Madame Bovary) has been announced as the lead for a Flash solo movie. We do know that this will be a movie about Barry Allen, but probably a very different Barry Allen than the one we currently love on TV. It's a little unclear at the moment if Flash will make his first appearance in Justice League Part One or Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, or if this film will serve as an origin story and introduction. This should become clear in coming days.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie) have been brought on board to write a treatment for The Flash movie, and Seth Grahame-Smith is directing.
Finally, Warner Bros. confirmed what everyone on the planet already knew: Jason Momoa is Aquaman. There's no doubt that they've been taking Aquaman very seriously.
Amber Heard will also appear as Queen Mera.
James Wan (Furious 7) will direct from a script by Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire).
Warner Bros. promised that their superhero schedule didn't include Batman or Superman solo films, but it didn't rule out the possibility of them down the line. Well, it looks like "down the line" might mean 2018. Ben Affleck will direct and star in a solo Batman movie. He will also co-write the screenplay with comics scribe Geoff Johns. According to THR, Affleck has already finished the first draft of the script.
The latest unconfirmed details on this one indicate that it might be an adaptation of the Under the Red Hood story. Under the Red Hood is the story of how the second Robin, Jason Todd, returned from the dead after his murder at the hands of the Joker. Todd becomes the brutal vigilante known as the Red Hood, and it's up to Batman and Nightwing to take him down.
We hear this will kick off a new trilogy of Batman movies. More details on that here.
The problem here is that October would be a weird place to drop a potential box office juggernaut like Batman. A second-tier character like Lobo, or the weird but stuck in development hell Justice League Dark/Dark Universe movie would make more sense (see down below for more info on those).
Shazam has both a writer (Darren Lemke, of Turbo fame) and a star (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as the villainous Black Adam) announced. If we end up getting to see Henry Cavill's Superman fight Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam, it's tough to imagine anyone would complain.
I've heard that this one could land well in advance of the announced 2019 release date, but I'm still looking into that.
Justice League prologue Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice hasn't counted a single dollar of ticket sales yet, and here we are, staring at a release date for Justice League 2. All we know at the moment is that Zack Snyder will be back as director on this one. We have our suspicions about that villain, though.
Please note that the above image doesn't reflect any potential lineup, but it's ridiculously crowded and felt appropriate for this piece...
Warner Bros. has set a date for another untitled DC film for November 1st, 2019, according to THR. No information was given as to the story or what characters will be featured in the film. Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill recently teased that they would love to do another Superman solo film. Could this be it?
Or perhaps that Batman solo film is actually a two-parter? If the Under the Hood rumor is true (see above), WB could ideally produce a Death of the Family movie as Part One, in which Jason Todd is killed by the Joker, and then follow it up with Under the Hood as Part Two.
There's another possibility: could this be that Lobo movie that was revealed last month? This space-faring bounty hunter would certainly arrive sooner than expected, but isn't that what bounty hunters do?
November is a safer month for high profile releases than October, and this could be a safety date if Justice League Part Two slips in the scheduling, as well.
The truth is that we just don't know what DC has planned for Nov. 2019, so we'll just have to wait and see.
And this one is the biggest surprise of them all. Ray Fisher will make his first appearance as Vic Stone/Cyborg in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and will clearly have a crucial role to play in both Justice League films if they're grooming him for a solo film.
No other details are presently available, and there are also rumors that this one might be reworked into a movie that would introduce the Teen Titans to the big screen.
Fairly or unfairly, Green Lantern has the most working against him. The 2011 film failed to kickstart the DC Universe as planned, and received a lukewarm (at best) critical and box-office reception. There are, of course, ways around this.
One way is to simply not make Hal Jordan the central Green Lantern of the movie. It was revealed at SDCC 2015 that the Green Lantern movie is now called Green Lantern Corps, and this one may focus on as many as three Green Lanterns, likely with John Stewart as the main Green Lantern of Sector 2814. Tyrese Gibson might be wearing that particular ring.
We've heard bits and pieces indicating that Green Lantern won't even show up until the end of Justice League, or possibly even Justice League 2. By the time 2020 rolls around, a decade will have passed, and by then the character won't be considered so radioactive by studio execs.
And then there are the missing pieces that are either unconfirmed or simply don't have release dates yet...
Flash and Arrow executive producer Greg Berlanti is going to executive produce and possibly direct a Booster Gold movie. Zack Stentz (Thor, X-Men: First Class, a recent episode of CW's The Flash TV series) will write the script.
Early reports described this as a "superhero buddy cop movie" that would involve Blue Beetle. We'll get you more updates on this as they become available.
Harley Quinn isn't just for the Suicide Squad. Warner Bros. is apparently developing a Harley Quinn movie, possibly one involving other female DC characters in a Birds of Prey style team-up flick. We don't know much, but everything we do can be found here.
Back on the schedule after years of being dormant, the Lobo movie may attempt to be the DCEU equivalent of Deadpool. Jason Fuchs must have impressed Warner Bros. with his work on Wonder Woman, because he's on board to write the script for this one.
We'll update this with more information as we get it, but it should be a fun ride.
Sandman isn't a superhero movie, so the fact that he wasn't involved in an announcement that primarily focused on high-profile franchises (along with the superhero slate, Warner Bros. focused on Lego movies and Harry Potter spinoffs). It isn't a DC Universe movie that will have any bearing on future Justice League films. But it is one of the most successful, enduring comics of all time.
That being said, this one is in such active development that we would expect an announcement regarding a release date sooner than later. The Sandman movie has Jack Thorne writing. Neil Gaiman and David Goyer are also involved in the process.
Dark Universe might be more familiar to comic book fans under its comic name, Justice League Dark. This one will feature the supernatural characters from the DC Universe. Characters like Swamp Thing, Demon, Deadman, Zatanna, and possibly even John Constantine.
Guillermo del Toro was attached to this one for quite some time, but had to leave the project. Now there are rumors that the team of Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado as well as Fede Alvarez are under consideration for the director's chair.
This one came as a big surprise when the rumor surfaced via Latino Review. The word is that Warner Bros., perhaps inspired by the runaway success of Guardians of the Galaxy, is looking to put together their own superheroic space opera.
Nobody has been hired. Warner Bros. have simply placed this one on the table as a DC property potentially worth developing, and are inviting writers to make pitches. To be fair, it's likely that nearly every major DC property is open for something like this, but this is the first rumbling we've ever heard about a Legion of Super-Heroes movie. It's worth paying attention to, but it's tough to imagine, even under the best of circumstances, that we'll see this before 2018...assuming it's true at all.
That being said, if it were true, it's hard to imagine a cooler way to cement the WB/DC Cinematic Universe than with a 31st Century space-opera. While Marvel-esque crossovers probably aren't going to be the order of the day with these movies, the concept of showing how the Justice League (and specifically, Superman) influenced society 1,000 years in the future is plenty unique, and adds immediate gravitas to the other superhero movies on the calendar.
Let's just say, we really hope this one is true.
Perhaps the longest of the long-shots, the Metal Men movie is something that's been in discussion as far back as 2007. It's the most bizarre concept of the bunch, involving a mad scientist and his group of sentient elemental robots, but like Suicide Squad and Legion of Super-Heroes, perhaps that uniqueness is what makes this one so appealing. Warner Bros. can't be seen to copy the Marvel model too closely, so veering away from solo outings for traditional heroes and into this kind of territory might be the very best thing they can do for the brand.
The Metal Men have also just received a New 52 facelift at the hands of writer Geoff Johns, executive producer of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and The Flash TV series. If they're a favorite of DC Entertainment's Chief Creative Officer, it would be wrong to count the Metal Men out, even if there's been no public movement on this project in recent memory.
It's worth noting that the same Wall Street Journal article where WB officially announced the Justice League movie also mentioned Shazam (at a time when everyone thought the project was dead and buried) and...Metal Men. Don't sleep on this one.