Move over Marvel: the list of upcoming DC movies featuring the likes of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman is plenty long, and filled with interesting titles. A new Caped Crusader, played by Robert Pattinson, will be protecting Gotham City in The Batman, while the next Man of Steel will be Black. And Wonder Woman 3 will reunite Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins for another lasso-tastic adventure.
The upcoming DC movies also include introductions of new superheroes, such as Black Adam. And a bunch of projects are in development centered around Batgirl, Zatanna and Nightwing.
Here’s a rundown of all the upcoming DC movies, including ones that are still in the early stages of development
Upcoming DC movies with release dates
The Suicide Squad (Aug. 6, 2021)
Director James Gunn takes a break from his Guardians of the Galaxy duties to reboot this title. Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn, as do Viola Davis as Amanda Walker and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag. But otherwise, this is a new team getting together. Joining the villainous fun this time around are Idris Elba as Robert DuBois/Bloodsport, John Cena as Peacemaker and Peter Capaldi as Thinker.
The Batman (March 4, 2022)
Robert Pattinson has taken the indie route since his Twilight days … until signing on to play Batman. The film, from director Matt Reeves, has been in the works for years — so long that Ben Affleck was originally going to star in it. He stepped aside, allowing Reeves to find a younger Dark Knight. The story reportedly takes place in Year Two of Bruce Wayne’s time as Batman and it’s a noir thriller that sees him investigating a series of crimes committed by The Riddler.
Black Adam (July 29, 2022)
Dwayne Johnson looks so much like a superhero, you’d expect he’s already played a few. Instead, he embarks on his first superhero movie — as a villain. He’s starring as Teth-Adam, in a role that’s described as more of a modern anti-hero. The movie will also introduce the Justice Society of America, including the characters of Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), Dr. Fate, Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), and Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell).
The Flash (November 4, 2022)
The Ezra Miller vehicle has been in the works about as long as The Batman, with directors joining and leaving the project through a revolving door. But IT’s Andy Muschietti has finally taken the helm. And he’s bringing the multiverse to the DC Extended Universe, with both Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck returning as their versions of Batman. The Flash is also bringing Supergirl into the mix, played bySasha Calle.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (December 16, 2022)
James Wan’s Aquaman became the highest grossing DC movie of all time, so a sequel was a no-brainer. All major cast members are back, including Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Orm, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta. Filming begins this summer.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods (June 2, 2023)
The first movie, starring Zachary Levi as the titular superhero, was a hit, so DC naturally placed a sequel on the fast track. The pandemic slowed things down, but the movie is going forward. The main cast, including the teen actors, will return. And joining the fold are Helen Mirren as the villain Hespera and Lucy Liu as Kalypso.
Upcoming DC movies in development
Wonder Woman 3
Patty Jenkins will return to write and direct, with Gal Gadot on board to reprise her role as Diana Prince. It will be set in the present day.
Untitled Superman reboot
Ta-Nehisi Coates is attached to write the script, with J.J. Abrams producing. Warner Bros. reportedly is looking for a Black director and a Black star to play the Man of Steel.
A film centered on Kara Zor-El / Supergirl, starring Sasha Calle, who will be introduced as the character in The Flash (2022).
The powerful sorceress may finally get the spotlight. Promising Young Woman writer/director Emerald Fennell is attached to write the script, and the movie will be produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company.
DC’s first Latino superhero movie is slated to begin filming in fall 2021, with Angel Manuel Soto directing off Gareth Dunnet-Alocer’s script.
The project first came into existence because Joss Whedon wanted to make it. Even after he exited the project, Warner Bros. didn’t let it die on the vine. The studio hired directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Bad Boys for Life) to shepherd it.
Could Steven Spielberg really direct a superhero movie? It’s possible! He’s producing this adaptation of the comic that follows a team of ace World War I pilots. And he just may decide to step in as director, too.
Director Chris McKay (LEGO Batman Movie) is attached to direct based on a script by Bill Dubuque. However, very little has happened with the project since 2018.
Untitled Jared Leto Joker Movie
Also back in 2018, Warner Bros. revealed it planned to make a standalone Joker movie starring Leto (separate from the one starring Joaquin Phoenix). But it’s unclear if it’s actually moving forward.
Justice League Dark
This project, which revolves around the tititular team that battles magical and supernatural forces, has been kicking around since 2016. Guillermo del Toro and Doug Liman have both come and gone. The latest news is that J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions is developing ideas for a Justice League Dark universe, starting with an HBO Max TV series.