All 30 Upcoming & In-Development DC Films

Warner Bros. Pictures is hard at work on several DC Comics-based movies, both in live-action and animation. While the vast majority of live-action DC films remain part of the ongoing DC Extended Universe (DCEU), which launched with Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 (a follow-up to 2013's Man of Steel), a handful of upcoming DC films are going to be standalone. Those are going to release as part of WB's currently-untitled banner that resembles DC Comics' Elseworlds stories.

IT producer Walter Hamada will be overseeing DC Films alongside Chantal Nong as VP of DC production, and their purview extends to all corners of the DC Universe on the big screen. And it looks like they have their work cut out for them. In total, there are 26 DC Comics-based movies in various stages in development (including nine that were on Warner Bros.' official DCEU slate), with only a select few slated either to release or go into production within the next few years.

Aquaman - December 21, 2018

Acclaimed horror filmmaker James Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7) is directing Aquaman from a script written by Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and based on a story Wan co-wrote with current DC Films co-chief Geoff Johns. Starring Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, among others, Aquaman takes place shortly after the events of Justice League and follows Arthur as he tries to be the bridge between two worlds: the "surface dwellers" and the Atlanteans that live beneath the water.

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Shazam! - April 5, 2019

The DCEU is known primarily for having darker films, but Shazam! changes all that by being the shared universe's most lighthearted movie so far. That's because the film follows 14-year-old Billy Batson (Asher Angel) as he obtains superpowers and transforms into the adult superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi), while also combating the supervillain Dr. Sivana (Mark Strong). There's more to it, of course, and Annabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg appears up to the task of bringing the superhero's story to life on the big screen, based on a script from Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke.

Read More: Shazam Movie: Every Update You Need To Know

Joker - October 4, 2019

Directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover), Joker is technically not part of the DCEU, but is instead a standalone movie set in the 1980s, with Joaquin Phoenix playing the Clown Prince of Crime. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese and inspired by Scorsese's 1982 satirical film The King of Comedy, Joker will serve as an imagined origin story for Batman's greatest nemesis, though Bruce Wayne himself is just a child (played by Dante Pereira-Olson). Set photos and behind-the-scenes images from Phillips have shown Phoenix wearing a red suit, green hair, and traditional clown make-up, and seemingly inciting riots in Gotham City.

Read More: Joker Origin Movie: Every Update You Need To Know

Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) - February 7, 2020

Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn will return in Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), a team superhero movie with a very long title, directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina Hodson. Birds of Prey will also star Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Rosie Perez as Detective Renee Montoya, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary. Ella Jay Basco will play the young Cassandra Cain, and Ewan McGregor will play the movie's villain, Black Mask.

Read More: Birds of Prey Movie: Every Update You Need To Know

Wonder Woman 1984 - June 5, 2020

After first appearing in Batman v Superman, Gal Gadot reprised her role as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman film in 2017, which became an astounding critical and commercial success. So, of course, Warner Bros. decided to fast-track a sequel. Jenkins returns to direct the sequel based on a script from David Callaham (Godzilla, The Expendables) and a story Jenkins co-wrote with Geoff Johns. Wonder Woman 1984 (as you can tell from the title) takes place in the 1980s, during the final days of the Cold War, with Kristen Wiig playing the titular villain, Dr. Barbara Minerva/Cheetah.

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Key Release Dates
  • Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
  • Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
  • Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
  • 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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