Ben Affleck first teased Deathstroke's inclusion in Justice League in August 2016, with Zack Snyder teasing the character's involvement in the project one month later. Lots of actors were gunning to play the DCEU's Slade Wilson, but Joe Manganiello was always rumored to have already nabbed the gig. After months and months of teasing, Manganiello finally made his debut as the Batman villain in Justice League's post-credits scene, thus confirming his DCEU involvement.
Aside from presumably reappearing in Justice League 2 alongside Lex Luthor and the rest of the Injustice League/Legion of Doom, Manganiello will also reprise his role in a Deathstroke solo movie, with The Raid director Gareth Evans behind the camera. Although not much is known about the film at this time, Warner Bros. reportedly agreed to the project because of Evans' pitch, even though the director was originally brought in to discuss helming Justice League Dark.
In addition to Batgirl, Geoff Johns wants to build out the Batman Family in the DCEU with Nightwing. The film is being directed by The LEGO Batman Movie's Chris McKay, based on a script from The Accountant scribe and Ozark creator Bill Dubuque. McKay is planning to hold an open casting call to find the perfect candidate for the role, for the actor will need to perform real stuntwork and face grueling action throughout the filming process.
McKay most recently said that people should start hearing concrete information about the movie in February 2018, possibly even casting details. That news falls in line with his previous statements about getting the ball rolling on the film in 2018, before moving into production the year after. Considering that Nightwing wasn't on Warner Bros.' schedule, it seems the adaptation most likely won't release until 2020 or after. After all, McKay did say he wouldn't make the movie if he was tied down to a release date, because he wants to take his time and get the character and story right.
The Cyborg solo movie was originally scheduled to release in April 2020 as part of Warner Bros.' initial DCEU slate, but the film not being on the studio's schedule at either SDCC 2017 or CCXP 2017 seems to indicate that the movie has been set aside for the time being. What's interesting, though, is that things may have changed when Zack Snyder exited Justice League and Warner Bros. drastically altered the movie, since Ray Fisher said in May 2017 that the Cyborg solo film was still on track to release in 2020.
Fisher has also said that he wants a "personal story" for Cyborg in his spinoff movie, one that will see him going up against the Phantom Limbs organization, whenever the film does release. Cyborg's introduction in Justice League bridged the gap between the superhero team and the villainous New Gods, but with the Legion of Doom taking precedence in Justice League 2, it seems the superhero's connection to the Mother Boxes is no longer relevant... at least for now.
Suicide Squad wasn't critically successful, but the movie did wonders at the worldwide box office, earning it a sequel and multiple spinoffs, including one for Floyd Lawton, aka Deadshot. The current status of the DCEU's Deadshot spinoff remains murky, though, seeing as there's been no major movement on the project since the studio began considering its potential in December 2016. While the concept of a Will Smith-led Deadshot movie isn't far-fetched, perhaps Warner Bros. realizes they have too many villain/anti-hero projects in the works and would rather commit Deadshot to Suicide Squad 2 (though Smith's involvement in the sequel hasn't been confirmed yet), not only because the character is a major player in the source material, but also because he's played by Smith, who can draw in casual moviegoers.
Joker Origin (Elseworlds)
The DCEU may be in full swing, but Warner Bros. isn't letting go of making separate, standalone DC features. The first movie of that caliber is The Joker origin story, directed by The Hangover and War Dogs director Todd Philips and executive produced by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese. The project is potentially the first of many Elseworlds-type stories that will come from a new DC banner operating under Warner Bros. Pictures. Although not much is known about the project at this time, we know the studio is courting Leonardo DiCaprio for the title role, hedging Scorsese's relationship with the actor to finally get him in a DC movie, and the film is expected to start shooting in fall 2018, alongside Suicide Squad 2.
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- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019