Warner Bros. Pictures finally launched their DC Comics-based universe (unofficially known as the DC Extended Universe) with Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. The superhero team-up movie was a follow-up to Snyder’s 2013 Superman film, Man of Steel. The studio continued expanding their newly-formed shared universe with David Ayer’s Suicide Squad in August 2016 and Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman in June 2017 – and it all came to a head with Snyder’s Justice League in November 2017.
Justice League united the world’s finest heroes – Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) – for the first time ever on the big screen. Unfortunately, the movie’s critical and commercial performance was disappointing enough to cause significant changes in DC Films’ leadership under Warners. That doesn’t mean their schedule is changing because of Justice League, though.
Warner Bros. revealed their upcoming DCEU slate at SDCC 2017 – consisting of David F. Sandberg’s Shazam!, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 2, Gavin O’Connor’s Suicide Squad 2, Matt Reeves’ The Batman, Joss Whedon’s Batgirl, Flashpoint, Green Lantern Corps, and Justice League Dark, aside from James Wan’s Aquaman, which has already completed filming – and that slate remained the same when they presented at CCXP 2017. While that’s plenty of movies to keep the studio busy over the next few years, there are a dozen other DC movies in development with the studio that are not on that official slate of movies.
Justice League 2
When Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced DC’s film slate in 2014, the schedule included Justice League: Part 1 and Justice League: Part 2. Part 1 was scheduled to release in November 2017, with Part 2 arriving in theaters almost two years later in June 2019. However, the slate changed upon Batman V Superman‘s release. Geoff Johns announced in June 2016 that the first superhero team-up movie was simply titled Justice League, and executive producer Deborah Snyder told Screen Rant later that month that Justice League was always meant to be standalone. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t planning a sequel.
Justice League 2 is no longer slated to release in June 2019, but it’s still in the works. In fact, J.K. Simmons revealed in a recent interview that Warner Bros. is already working on the Justice League sequel’s script. Although not much is known about the potential film at this stage, or who will be returning for the sequel (seeing as Ben Affleck is looking to exit the DCEU and Henry Cavill only has one more on his contract), Justice League‘s post-credits scene seems to tease an Injustice League or Legion of Doom team-up to fight against the newly-formed superhero League.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson announced his DCEU involvement in August 2014, with him later being confirmed to be playing Teth-Adam, aka Black Adam, in DC’s Shazam! film. However, as the project progressed, plans changed, and now Johnson will no longer be appearing in David F. Sandberg’s Shazam!. Johnson will headline a Black Adam solo film first before facing off against Zachary Levi’s Shazam (formerly known as Captain Marvel) in a future film.
The Black Adam movie doesn’t yet have a director, but Rampage scribe Adam Sztykiel is confirmed to be writing the screenplay, with Johnson co-producing alongside Hiram Garcia through their Seven Bucks Productions banner. While story details are being kept under wraps, Johnson has been repeatedly teasing an ultimate showdown between Black Adam and the Man of Steel, with this movie also potentially being Henry Cavill’s last Superman film.
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