Justice League & DC Superhero Movie Release Dates Revealed

Published 8 months ago by , Updated August 6th, 2014 at 6:49 pm,

Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice Header Justice League & DC Superhero Movie Release Dates Revealed

Marvel Studios and Warner Bros./DC, for a while now, have each had a big superhero movie scheduled to open in theaters on May 6th, 2016 – Captain America 3 and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, respectively. As such, it was always a given that one of the studios would eventually move their own comic book movie tentpole to a different date; what may come as a bit of a surprise, however, is that WB/DC has bumped director Zack Snyder’s Batman/Superman flick up to early Spring 2016.

Batman V Superman is now scheduled to begin its theatrical release in the U.S. on March 25th, 2016, where it will face off against Beverly Hills Cop 4. More shocking, however, is that Warner Bros. has simultaneously announced release dates for nine (count ‘em, nine) additional DC movies, along with two “event” films – which are seemingly not DC-related – on November 16th, 2018 and November 20th, 2020.

Below is the upcoming DC movie theatrical release date slate, as it currently stands. Batman V Superman is the only DC movie in development that has an official release date for the time being, though based on the rumored DC movie schedule that popped up online not too long ago – combined with other DC-related rumors – we can make an educated guess about what the future of DC’s Cinematic Universe will look like.

  • Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 25th, 2016
  • Untitled DC Film – August 5th, 2016 (Shazam?)
  • Untitled DC Film – June 23rd, 2017 (Justice League?)
  • Untitled DC Film – November 17th, 2017 (The Sandman?)
  • Untitled DC Film – March 23rd, 2018 (Green Lantern/Flash or Wonder Woman?)
  • Untitled DC Film – July 27th, 2018 (Man of Steel 2?)
  • Untitled DC Film – April 5th, 2019
  • Untitled DC Film - June 14th, 2019 (The Batman?)
  • Untitled DC Film – April 3rd, 2020
  • Untitled DC Film – June 19th, 2020


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This confirmed DC movie release date schedule gels with a report from earlier this year, asserting that WB has some 11 movies based on DC comic book properties in development. It’s possible that the eleventh DC film – the one that has not had a release date claimed for them – is Guillermo del Toro’s Justice League Dark, which is currently stuck somewhere in the early stages of development.

As it stands, though, we know Snyder is currently shooting Batman V Superman and will direct Justice League thereafter (the latter may officially gain a screenwriter very soon); Joseph Gordon-Levitt has tentative plans to both headline and direct The Sandman and is currently working alongside screenwriter Jack Thorne on the project; Dwayne Johnson has been teasing a Shazam movie announcement arriving any day now; and Gal Gadot is reported to be contracted to do a Wonder Woman solo movie after she appears in Batman V Superman and Justice League.

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Beyond that, however, there are other possibilities that have been hinted at by DC personnel over the past year. Aquaman, who is all but formally confirmed to be brought to life onscreen by Jason Momoa in Batman V Superman, is seemingly being groomed for a solo movie down the line. That is, if previous comments made by such people as DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and DC President Diane Nelson are anything to judge by. Not to mention, Aquaman is already starting to become a more prominent figure in both the DC comics and the DC animated film universe.

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Until further notice, it now seems that we’ll be getting 21 (that’s right, 21) new comic book movie adaptations and/or superhero films combined from Marvel Studios and Warner Bros./DC, on through to 2020. That’s not to mention, the plethora of comic book-inspired TV shows arriving in the near future (Agent Carter, Constantine, The Flash, etc.) and developing comic adaptations from Sony – which continues to take steps towards putting together a Spider-Man Cinematic Universe – as well as 20th Century Fox’s next wave of X-Men and Fantastic Four movies.

Is that too much? It’s certainly possible (some would argue it’s a given), but so long as these comic book projects continue to diversify and branch out to incorporate multiple genres and/or artistic flavors – see, for a timely example, how Guardians of the Galaxy blends superhero tropes with cosmic adventure elements and director James Gunn’s indie cinema quirk – then we think that the future will be bright for geeky cinema.

Source: Warner Bros.

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  1. A spawn remake would beat all this stuff. Mcfarlene is god. Death to superman death to captain america.

    • You have no idea about Superman then.

  2. Judging by the history of DC character based movies I would hazard a guess that out of the 9 unannounced movies two of them might be Superman sequels and three of then will be Batman films.

  3. How can July 27 2018 be Man of Steel 2, isn’t that what Batman v. Superman is???

    • Bvs is intended sequel of MOS.

      • Well, it’s a sequel to MoS just like The Avengers is a sequel to both Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger.

        I think that these stories from the shared cinematic universes don’t technically have to be a no. 2 (or more) of any particular series within the CU. They’re just different chapters on a shared storyline. Some relate more to specific characters than others.

  4. About damn time..

    DC FTW!!!

    Hoping that BvS will not turn out to be an EMO Superhero Film again like Man of Steel.. -_-

    • Yeah, DC has a long tough road ahead, the main obstacle for them is putting their characters on screen without them looking ridiculous. Cause since most DC characters are so old, and most wear tights or at least look like they wear tights in the comics. That us what I think went wrong either Reynolds’ GL costume,. So they try to give their movies an edgier feel.

      • The New 52 basically took care of the whole tights outfits. Also a lot of their characters are like gods which is why I think they’re pushing for this hyper realistic feel mixed with surrealism.

  5. DC fans…. STFU
    Marvel fans…. STFU

    Comic book fans…. Rejoice!

    We are getting 21 comic book movies between DC and Marvel by 2020. If I read that correctly it doesn’t even include Fox and Sony properties.

    It’s good to be a fan!

    • Best comment I heard in years

      • AGREED!! Bye my count they will be 29 movies and 11 tv shows based on comic books in the next 5 years. That’s just the ones announced so far…

        • Would you mind offering a full list of what you have on that list. I’d love to see everything in one spot and it sounds like you’ve assembled more info than I’ve been on top of. Much appreciated, if you can.

          • This is what we know up till now.

            2015, May 1st – (Marvel-Disney) The Avengers: Age of Ultron
            2015, June 19th – (Marvel-Fox) The Fantastic Four
            2015, July 17 – (Marvel-Disney) Ant-Man
            2016, March 25th – (WB) Batman v Superman
            2016, May 6th – (Marvel-Disney) Captain America 3 (Untitled)
            2016, May 27th – (Marvel-Fox) X-Men: Apocalypse
            2016, July 8 – (Marvel-Disney) Doctor Strange (Unannounced)
            2016, August 5th (DC) Unannounced (Shazam?)
            2016, November 11th (Marvel-Sony) Sinister Six
            2017, March 3rd – (Marvel-Fox) The Wolverine 3
            2017, May 5 – (Marvel-Disney) Unannounced
            2017, June 23rd – (WB) Unannounced (Justice League?)
            2017, July 14th – (Marvel-Fox) The Fantastic Four 2
            2017, July 28 – (Marvel-Disney) Guardians of the Galaxy 2
            2017, November 3 – (Marvel-Disney) Unannounced
            2017, November 17th – (WB) Unannounced (The Sandman?)
            2018, (Unknown) – (Marvel-Sony) The Amazing Spider-Man 3
            2018, March 23rd – (WB) Unannounced (Green Lantern+Flash or Wonderwoman?)
            2018, May 4 – (Marvel-Disney) Unannounced
            2018, July 6 – (Marvel-Disney) Unannounced
            2018, July 13th – (Marvel-Fox) Unannounced
            2018, July 27th – (WB) Unannounced (Man of Steel 2?)
            2018, November 2 – (Marvel-Disney) Unannounced
            2019, April 5th – (WB) Unannounced
            2019, May 3 – (Marvel-Disney) The Avengers 3 (Unannounced)
            2019, June 14th – (WB) Unannounced (The Batman?)
            2020, April 3rd – (WB) Unannounced
            2020, June 19th – (WB) Unannounced

            Agents of Shield
            Agent Carter
            Dare Devil
            Luke Cage
            Iron Fist
            Jessica Jones
            The Defenders

  6. A potential, insane 28 CBM in 6 years!!!! That more than 4 on average!
    I’m speechless with unbridled enthusiasm.

    We’re all curious as to why WB/DC didn’t make this news at SDCC but here it is anyway, so why so serious…?!

    Jump for joy instead!

    I get to see BvS 2 months earlier….yeehaa woohooo do yer happy dancorwhatev’!!!

    “Never been a better time to be a CBM fan…” is fast becoming one of the biggest memes on the web :-)


    • I think a lot of big announcements will move away from SDCC now.
      It’s too easy to get your “big news” lost in the mix with all the news coming out at one time and SO many great properties coming out.
      Even if you “win” SDCC a lot of people are still talking about other movie news. Release it like this and you have the stage to yourself for a moment in time.


    • Bingo

  7. Question: why do most DC articles generate so many comments & shares? Doesn’t that show a very high level of interest in the movie?

    • Yes.
      It also shows the insane number of trolls.

    • I guess many people (like me) are not yet sold on the idea of this new DC Universe, but, as CB fans, are still interested in nice CB movies. So: if this mess of a plan DC has ends up giving birth to nice CB movies (e.g. Nolan style), we will be very happy. In the meantime, we are enjoying Marvel movies, and commenting on what a strange coincidence it is to see so many movie universes blooming in Hollywood at the same time (i.e., after Marvel paved the way and thought the others how to make it right).

      • eeek! I meant “taught”, obviously ;)

      • But why not TAS, FF or X-MEN franchises. Does it have to be about DC following in Marvel’s footsteps? DC has so many stories to tell & a gazillion ways to start a shared universe from before the existence of Marvel, so why would DC/WB follow Marvel?

      • What makes it a mess exactly? And they must play it safe after what happened when they tried to launch other DC properties under the old management. This is more of a map and why must they follow Marvel. They both have their own distinct tones and styles and I like that.

      • Marvel didn’t pave the way for CBMs, and didn’t even pave the way for team-up movies or modern CBMs.

        Don’t get me wrong, Marvel’s found its groove and it’s working out really well; but let’s not get carried away.

      • There is always someone who starts something first. This does not mean others cannot take that idea and improve it and make it better. Think of it like evolution, things start out in one form and change and adapt to become better than their original origin.

  8. I’m just glad there’s breathing room between the two, and I just hope for quality movies. as a comic book fan, and comic movie fan, I’d just like to get my money’s worth and not have to face the decision that was, about 48 hours ago concerning bvs and cap three.

  9. Every bubble bursts. It’s just a question of when.

    • The Skeptics are calling it : CBM bubble
      The Optimist are calling it : the Golden Age of CBM
      The Geeks are calling it : thank God I lived this long to finally see my favorite comic book being made into a Blockbuster movie

      It depends on what type of personality you really are.

    • It has become a genre. It will endure.

      When the dot com bubble burst, it didn’t make the internet go away.

  10. Infinite Crisis?

    • Ah! That sounds like an awesome idea. I honestly hadn’t thought of that.

  11. WB fanboys (nope, not DC cos DC doesnt make live action movies on their superheroes) are like piranhas. One small tease coming from their boy Zack and all of them are aching to comment like it was an itch that needs to scratch. Hahahaha.

    • So you’re a WB fanboy b/c you are always here. We all know that Jo2sef doesn’t look forward to BvS so why waste your time by reading pointless comments & commenting?

    • WB owns DC dude……

  12. i think its a smart move and good for all comic book fans, the reality is that the shareholders in both companies would be against both companies releasing same weekend. It s also quite good to see the DC universe now being given a line up, they have done some great movies like history of violence,V for vendetta, 300 in fact the only recent turkey has been green lantern im fairly confident that they will come good with those movies

  13. Obligatory “DC blinked” comment.

    That aside, could you please give The Question his own show?

  14. i think its crazy anyone who likes comics, or even superman, didn’t love man of steel. it was the best superman imaginable for a film.

  15. Where are those trolls that keep saying WB isn’t paying attention to DC just because WB/DC hasn’t released before any statement regarding their plans?

    You guys know who I’m talking about. The die-hard ones keeps hailing Disney because it’s the only company making plans. lol. Figures just how much they know about secrecy in business.

  16. I cannot wait to see when the justice league comes out. First batman vs superman comes out that’s the main priority. Then the justice league will come out.

  17. “As such, it was always a given that one of the studios would eventually move their own comic book movie tentpole to a different date; what may come as a bit of a surprise, however, is that WB/DC has bumped director Zack Snyder’s Batman/Superman flick up to early Spring 2016.” What a nice way of saying that DC/Warner blinked first. No way were Marvel Studios, a brand name that can’t miss going to move from that date even after being challenged by Supes and the Bat. Regardless. All the superhero movies coming out should be fun and I look forward to all of them.