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Predicting DC's 2020 Release Slate

Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984 - June 5, 2020

It didn't take long for WB to greenlight a Wonder Woman sequel after Patty Jenkins' first Wonder Woman movie became an astounding critical and commercial success, while also becoming the highest-grossing superhero origin movie at the time. Wonder Woman 2 ended up being titled Wonder Woman 1984, since it takes place in the 1980s and sees Gal Gadot's Diana Prince take on Kristen Wiig's Cheetah (as well as possibly another villain) at the height of the Cold War. Furthermore, Wonder Woman 1984 brings back Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, though it's unclear how the sequel will explain his return considering the character died in 2017's Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman 1984 started filming in June 2018 - one year after the first Wonder Woman hit theaters - and wraps production in December 2018. Although Wonder Woman 1984 was originally scheduled to release in November 2019, it was ultimately pushed back to June 2020 in order to take advantage of the same prime summer date that the first Wonder Woman movie released on. It's an interesting choice, since that means two DC movies - Joker and Birds of Prey - will have gone into production after Wonder Woman 1984 yet will release before the Wonder Woman sequel hits theaters. This is all part of DC Films' new plan that is being overseen by former New Line Cinema producer Walter Hamada.

The Batman - July 24, 2020?

Ben Affleck as Batman in Batman V Superman

Update: The Batman is now releasing in June 2021, with Ben Affleck being replaced by a younger actor.

One of the most anticipated and questioned DC Films movies in development is The Batman. After Ben Affleck stepped down as writer and director, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes mastermind Matt Reeves took over, with rumors swirling that Affleck's time in the cape and cowl had also come to an end. What followed was months of conflicting rumors, with everything from Jake Gyllenhaal taking over as Batman, to Affleck having a change of heart and returning to the role, to the film taking place completely outside of the DCEU. Unfortunately, there's still quite a bit that remains unclear about Reeves' The Batman, including who's starring in it and when it will release in theaters.

One thing is clear, however - Warner Bros. desperately needs The Batman to work, and they need it soon. In the aftermath of Justice League, DC's two cultural titans - Batman (Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) - have somehow ended up in cinematic limbo. At the moment, there's no telling if Affleck will remain in the role as Batman, but there's still very much a future for the Caped Crusader in the DCEU. Reeves reportedly finished The Batman's script in September 2018, and will now do some rewrites before reportedly entering production in summer 2019. If it stays on schedule, then The Batman could very well take WB's July 2020 release date (a date previously held by Green Lantern Corps), which would fall on the same weekend that Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises released on in 2008 and 2012, respectively.

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In Hollywood, with release dates in an almost constant state of flux, anything can happen between now and 2020. At the moment, DC Films currently has two movies confirmed to release in 2020, with another two release dates open for any movie to come swooping in. Of course, DC Films may choose to just release Birds of Prey and Wonder Woman 1984 in 2020 and remove the other two release dates from their schedule. After all, there's no need to rush out movies.

More: All 30 Upcoming & In-Development DC Films

Key Release Dates
  • Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
  • Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
  • Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
  • Joker (2019) release date: Oct 04, 2019
  • Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) release date: Feb 07, 2020
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