A Soft Reboot Of The DCEU
The more obvious sign of where the DCEU is going after Cavill's exit is towards a big, but soft reboot. While almost every DCEU film has its supporters, the only one that has been nearly universally praised is Wonder Woman. The shift of focus from Superman to Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman already appeared to be in progress before, but this is certainly the move to make. The first movie is the universe's biggest hit, Gal is their most beloved star and a great face to the brand, and there's already a ton of excitement for her sequel. If a DC cameo is still wanted for Shazam!, a quick scene with Wonder Woman may very well be the way to go.
Jason Momoa's Aquaman could also become a major face moving forward after many found his portrayal of Arthur Curry in Justice League to be a highlight. If Aquaman is a huge hit later this year, Aquaman, Mera (Amber Heard), and the entire underwater world could become the next building block for DC. The same could be said for Ezra Miller's The Flash, especially with Game Night directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein looking to bring some youthful fun to the universe.
That said, Cavill's Superman won't be the only major character at the center of this soft reboot. Ben Affleck's future as Batman is also rocky, so Matt Reeves' The Batman is reportedly focusing on Bruce Wayne's earlier years as a crime fighter and will result in someone other than Affleck suiting up.
The DCEU Movies That Are Still Happening
The DCEU may not look entirely stable at the moment of this news dropping, but they do appear to have a rough plan for the future. Aquaman is the next film out the gate, and there's reason to believe James Wan is delivering anything less than a solid entry in the universe. After that, Shazam! is confirmed to come out next April even without a Superman cameo, while Wonder Woman 1984 arrives November 2019. Those are the only confirmed plans at this moment, but WB's schedule is still full of upcoming DC productions.
One of their big priorities if Birds of Prey, which will finally get Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn back in action. The movie is directed by Cathy Yan and is currently in the process of finding other cast members, but is on track to film early in 2019. The Flash is also reportedly filming early next year. Both of these movies should be on track for 2020 releases thanks to these production schedules. Additionally, The Batman, Suicide Squad 2, and Black Adam have all been linked to 2019 starts, but only The Batman appears to be making the progress necessary to make that possible.
Other than those several films, Supergirl is obviously a priority for the studio, and a Batgirl movie has also been under consideration. Geoff Johns is also writing Green Lantern Corps now, and there hasn't been any clear indication that Ava DuVernay isn't still working on New Gods. That's not even accounting for movies like Joker that fall under the Elseworlds style "DC Dark" or "DC Black" label. All the other discussed DC movies may be part of the reset that may be on the horizon. But, if WB is willing to let their Superman go, then their entire plans may be changing, and result in some of these projects never materializing.
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Joker (2019) release date: Oct 04, 2019
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020