The superhero film genre is the biggest around, and with so many different superhero films in the works at any given time, it can be difficult to keep things straight. We wanted to bring you a more detailed list focusing exclusively on upcoming DC superhero movies.
“Shazam!” — April 5, 2019
James Wan made the move from horror hits like “Saw” and “The Conjuring” to blockbusters like “Furious 7” and “Aquaman.” Director David Sandberg, known for “Lights Out” and “Annabelle: Creation,” is doing the same with “Shazam!” in April.
The film follows a young boy named Billy Batson (played by Asher Angel) who gains the ability to turn into an adult superhero (played by Zachary Levi) by shouting the magic word “Shazam.” Watch the latest trailer here.
“Joker” — October 4, 2019
“The Hangover” director Todd Phillips is directing this origin story based on Batman’s deadliest enemy, the Joker, played by Joaquin Phoenix. The film is anticipated to be a gritty crime drama (Martin Scorsese was once attached to produce), and has no connection to previous films.
“Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” — February 7, 2020
Margot Robbie is reprising her “Suicide Squad” role of Harley Quinn. But this time, she’s collaborating with an all-female crew of Gotham City vigilantes for example Huntress (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to take down the crime boss Black Mask (Ewan McGregor).
“Wonder Woman 1984” — June 5, 2020
“Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins is coming back for this sequel set during the Cold War. Gal Gadot is also returning to the title character, in addition to Chris Pine as Steve Trevor. Kristen Wiig will play the villain Cheetah.
The film was originally scheduled for this November, but was moved to summer 2020. The first film, which opened in June 2017, grossed $821 million globally and is the best reviewed DC Extended Universe film yet with a 93% Rotten Tomatoes critic score.
“The Batman” — June 25, 2021
“War for the Planet of the Apes” director Matt Reeves is directing the next Batman film, which will recast the character. Ben Affleck, who played the Dark Knight in “Batman v Superman,” “Suicide Squad,” and “Justice League,” is stepping away from the role. Reeves reportedly wants a younger actor for the role, according to multiple outlets, including The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.
“The Suicide Squad” — August 6, 2021
After being fired by Disney last year from Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” when offensive tweets resurfaced, James Gunn was swiftly hired to write, and possibly direct, a “Suicide Squad” sequel. Gunn wants to focus on a new cast of characters aside from Harley Quinn and Deadshot.
Idris Elba is replacing Will Smith as the latter, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Rumors have spread online that “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Dave Bautista is in talks for a character, but Warner Bros. told Business Insider it has not had discussions with him.
“Aquaman 2” — December 16, 2022
Fans will have to wait longer than expected for the “Aquaman” sequel, which is set to swim into theaters in December 2022. But meanwhile, “The Trench” spin-off is expected to arrive before that, “Aquaman” producer Peter Safran told The Hollywood Reporter.