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.
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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.
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.
Wonder Woman 2 – November 1, 2019
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 is returning 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 2 is expected to take place in the 1980s during the final days of the Cold War, with Kristen Wiig playing the titular villain, Dr. Barbara Minerva/Cheetah – Jenkins’ personal choice for the role.
The Flash solo movie was originally slated to release in March 2018, but it was removed from the schedule following Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa’s separate departures as directors in 2016. Then, after remaining on the backburner throughout 2017, it was revealed that the film would be titled Flashpoint.
Directing duo Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Game Night, Spider-Man: Homecoming) later signed on to helm the film based on a script from Joby Harold (King Arthur). Flashpoint is expected to start filming in fall 2018 and potentially release by early 2020 (February or April). It will also be loosely based on the 2011 comic book series of the same name, with Doctor Light serving as the main villain. Ben Affleck may reprise his role as Batman, potentially for the last time.
Suicide Squad 2
David Ayer’s Suicide Squad was the first movie that truly expanded the DCEU beyond the core heroes, but it wasn’t the critical success that WB or audiences expected it would be based on its impressive marketing campaign. Still, the film was an enormous commercial success, so the studio is planning on releasing a sequel, with The Accountant director Gavin O’Connor helming the film as well as re-writing the screenplay. Oscar-nominated producer Michael De Luca also boarded Suicide Squad 2 as a producer. The sequel is expected to enter production in October 2018, thereby indicating that the film could release in early 2020 (February or April).
Ben Affleck originally signed on to write and direct The Batman – a standalone Batman movie film set within the DCEU – in addition to reprising his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman. In 2017, however, Affleck chose to relegate himself to a starring role. Cloverfield and Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves ended up replacing Affleck as writer-director. Reeves threw out the story that Affleck and Geoff Johns co-wrote for the movie and started the script from scratch. Although Reeves is only confirmed to direct The Batman, he’s also reportedly looking at creating a new Batman trilogy of his own.
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Green Lantern Corps
Warner Bros. originally attempted to launch a cinematic universe with Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern in 2011, starring Ryan Reynolds. The film was a critical and commercial failure, which is why DC is looking to reboot the film (and team) within the DCEU with Green Lantern Corps. The Dark Knight Trilogy and Man of Steel scribe David S. Goyer is writing the script for Green Lantern Corps. Mission: Impossible‘s Christopher McQuarrie was approached to direct the blockbuster film, but it appears that he passed on the project. And while the film was originally given a July 2020 release date, it’s no longer slated to release on that date.
Justice League Dark
One of the strangest (read: unknown to the general public) properties that Warner Bros. is trying to get off the ground is Justice League Dark, based on the comic book team of the same name that protects the world from magical and supernatural forces. Guillermo del Toro and Doug Liman were both previously attached to direct the film, which was once titled Dark Universe. (That may have changed due to a conflict with Universal Pictures’ Dark Universe). Justice League Dark may not be getting the most attention at the moment, but it’s something that WB is actively trying to get made.
A Batgirl movie wasn’t on Warner Bros.’ DCEU slate until former Avengers director Joss Whedon talked to the studio about wanting to make that film. Whedon reportedly wanted to adapt The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!, but he simply couldn’t make it work, so he exited the project as both writer and director in February 2018 – almost one year after signing on for the film. Warner Bros. is looking for a female director to replace Whedon for Batgirl.
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