The most anticipated upcoming DC Extended Universe movies of 2019 and beyond

DC Extended Universe movies

If you thought Marvel Studios’ slate was busy for the next few years, you absolutely need to check out this list of the DC Extended Universe movies on the way. While there’s no shortage of the odd problematic production schedule, there’s a guaranteed raft of superheroics here that’s, quite frankly, overwhelming. From traditional Batman movies to, errr, Plastic Man, there’s a comic adaptation here for everyone. Batgirl... Supergirl... New Gods… It’s going to take a while to get into  the release schedule but the next steps for the DCEU don’t have a single montage of a man hitting a tyre in sight. 

Wonder Woman and Aquaman are only the beginning of a DCEU worth watching and even future Harley and Joker movies sound far more appealing than anything we saw in Suicide Squad. Oh, and if you’re wondering where the Joaquin Phoenix Joker film is, it’s very separate from the DCEU where our official Joker, regardless of your thoughts on him, is Jared Leto. Here, in release order until all those pesky TBCs, are all the upcoming DC Extended Universe movies.

Shazam!

Release date: April 5, 2019 

Shazam! sounds like the most ridiculous superhero movie ever planned... and yet, it’s also exactly what the DC Extended Universe needs. Shazam (aka, Captain Marvel before DC had to change his name because of rights issues with Marvel's Captain Marvel) is actually a young boy who gets imbued with the powers of Shazam and turns into an adult superhero when he yells... well, Shazam! From the look of the first trailer, this movie is about to inject some much need heart and humour into the DCEU. Directed by horror maestro David F. Sandberg and starring Zachary Levi as the grown-up superhero Shazam and Asher Angel as the young boy within, this new DC Extended Universe movie promises something most DC films have lacked so far - fun! Levi has even teased on Twitter that while the movie is a standalone that takes place after the events of Justice League, there will be plenty of Easter eggs and links to other DC movies. 

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) 

Release date: Feb 7, 2020

No, that title isn’t a joke. As revealed by Margot Robbie on Instagram, Birds of Prey (and the… oh you get the idea) follows the titular Quin after she has broken up with the Joker. I wonder how that conversation went. Regardless, she then teams up with Huntress, played by 10 Cloverfield Lane’s Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Black Canary. If that sounds like a trio to be reckoned with, it is and Ewan McGregor as Black Mask is going to have his work cut out for him. The plot so far reveals that the Birds of Prey and Gotham City Police Detective Renee Montoya come together to protect a young Cassandra Cain, or y’know, Batgirl. Directed by Cathy Yan, this is one to watch out for and definitely one of the most exciting additions to the list of upcoming DC Extended Universe movies.  

Wonder Woman 1984

Release date: June 4, 2020 

You might have seen those shots of the return of Steve Trevor already in Wonder Woman 2 but that doesn’t mean we’re getting to see Gal Gadot return as our favourite Amazon any time soon. What was once a November 2019 release date has shifted all the way to June 2020, meaning that Patty Jenkins has plenty of time to make this ‘80s-set sequel just right. Yep, I said the ‘80s which of course raises all kinds of questions about Chris Pine’s return. Patty Jenkins has already assured fans at San Diego Comic Con 2018 that this is "a very important part of [the] movie" so we’re going to have to trust her on this. Excitingly, Kristen Wiig is on board as villain Cheetah, as well as Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal who is rumoured to play a god - maybe one who can resurrect handsome army men? Plot details are mostly speculation at this point and it’ll be interesting as to whether Cheetah will be imbued with cat powers or just, err, wear fur but expect teasers and perhaps answers to start next summer.  

Green Lantern Corps.

Release date: July 24, 2020 

You’ve hopefully already forgotten the dreadful Green Lantern movie starring Ryan Reynolds. It’s telling that Reynolds actually doesn’t have to forget it, given that he never actually watched the movie. Instead, the Green Lantern Corps is slated for a July 2020 release date with a script written by none other than DC’s Geoff Johns, the man responsible for the Lantern’s excellent recent DC Comics run. Talking to Comicbook.com in 2018, he said to expect more of everything good about Hal Jordan’s battle with Sinestro in the graphic novels but he needs time. "I want to make sure I write the best script I can possibly write, so I need to go away in a cave and write that script and finish it and then come out and go 'okay' and work with the guys and really make sure we've got the best story to tell and the best way into this character,” he said. “I think we have a lot of things in it that… people know my run from Green Lantern and so they shouldn't be too surprised by seeing what we bring into it."  

Cyborg

Release date: TBC

At one point, Victor Stone, AKA Cyborg, had a set release of October 2019 for his standalone movie but there are some serious questions as to whether this is still going ahead. After the less than stratospheric success of the first Justice League movie, Warner Bros. has been particularly quiet on Ray Fisher starring in his own movie. Speaking to Screenrant in mid 2018, actor Joe Morton who plays Silas Stone, the father of Victor, in Justice League, said that there were still plans for a standalone movie but he hasn’t seen the script as yet. He also admitted that due to the problems in the production of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, with Joss Whedon coming in to do reshoots, he couldn’t confirm what Cyborg’s story would be. What was cut out of the movie may or may not become the main story of the standalone film. We’ll need to wait and see on this but it would be a shame to see this disappear from the DC Extended Universe movies roster.  

Justice League Dark

Release date: TBC

Because one Justice League just isn't enough, Warner Bros. also has planned a Justice League Dark movie, a much more villainous version of Supes and co. Guillermo del Toro originally worked on the movie, which he reportedly said would see John Constantine recruit members of the Justice League Dark - Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon - but by 2015 he was no longer attached to the project. A year later, Warner Bros. hired Edge of Tomorrow's Doug Liman to direct the film, with Scott Rudin producing, and Michael Gilio writing the script, but then Liman dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Given that it’s been musical directors chairs, hoping for this anytime soon might be wishful thinking but if you need your Dark Justice League fix, you could always watch the excellent animated movie released last year. 

The Flash

Release date: TBC 2021

The Flash movie production hasn't had much luck or any of the powers of its titular hero. Having lost two directors, it eventually pinned down duo and Spider-Man: Homecoming writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. All this uncertainty meant that it lost its confirmed release date and Ezra Miller’s Fantastic Beasts commitments have been rumoured to move it all the way to 2021. There’s been a title change too from Flashpoint, to just The Flash, but the movie is still expected to follow the timehopping alternate reality-filled Flashpoint comics story. Ezra Miller will definitely be back as The Flash after his previous scene stealing performances as the speedy superhero but everything else at the moment is up for debate. 

Untitled Deathstroke movie

Release date: TBC

If all of this is starting to sound like everything is in development hell, it absolutely is. Deathstroke, or Slade Wilson, has been circling the DCEU rumours for years, eventually cropping up in the Justice League post credits scene played by Joe Manganiello. This one eyed antihero was originally meant to star in Ben Affleck’s The Batman and has been rumoured to get his own movie since late 2017. Raid and Apostle director Gareth Evans was signed on to direct this standalone title but apparently he’s pretty busy until 2020 which means we might have a really long time to wait. 

Untitled Justice League sequel

Release date: TBC

This new DC Extended Universe movie was originally intended to be the second, and concluding part, to Justice League - Part 1, directed by Zack Snyder and slated for June 14, 2019. As you can see, it's been pushed back indefinitely and turned into an untitled and unspecific Justice League sequel instead. With that in mind we literally know nothing about it and there's even some speculation that it might not happen at all now given the bad reaction to the first Justice League film. Don't write it off just yet though. While Justice League might not have been a big hit with critics and some fans, it still made a killing at the box office and the critical success of Aquaman might just have reignited the desire for more where that came from. 

The Batman

Release date: TBC

With a development more tragic than the Dark Knight’s origins story in an alleyway next to a theatre, this is another new DC Extended Universe movie which feels very much up in the air.  As well as reprising his role as the Dark Knight, Affleck was originally set to write and direct the movie but eventually stepped down from directorial duties to focus on the lead role. It’s been quiet recently but according to new director, Cloverfield's Matt Reeves, reported talking on a panel by Slashfilm back in August 2018, The Batman will be a “noir driven definitive Batman story.” He also said that despite loving the comic personally, this won’t be a Year One story and it will have a place in the canon. “There are ways in which all of this connects to the DC universe as well,” he said. “We’re one piece of many pieces so I don’t want to comment on that except to say that I’m focused very specifically on this aspect of the DC world.”

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