Upcoming DC movies and TV shows: every DCU title coming soon

Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn in Joker 2
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There are so many upcoming DC movies and TV shows in the works that it can be hard to keep track. James Gunn and Peter Safran's DCU Chapter One: Gods and Monsters is set to kick off this year with Creature Commandos, an animated show that will stream on Max. Then, 2025 will see the release of Superman: Legacy, which will introduce a whole new Man of Steel to the world. After the release of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the DCEU has officially come to a close, so it's time to look to the future. 

We've rounded up all of the upcoming DC movies and TV shows below, which includes the Elseworlds projects like Joker 2. So, for everything you need to know about the next phase of DC on screen, head to the below. If you're just in the mood for a movie marathon, though, then see our guide on watching the DC movies in order.  

Upcoming DC movies

Joker: Folie á Deux

Joker: Folie a Deux

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Release date: October 4, 2024 

Joaquin Phoenix returns as Arthur Fleck, AKA the Joker, and this time he's joined by Lady Gaga's Harley Quinn in Folie á Deux. The intriguing title refers to a clinical term for a mental disorder shared by two people, which suits Harley and Joker just fine. 

The film will be a musical set in Arkham Asylum, though, per Variety, it's reportedly more like A Star is Born than In the Heights, so expect the music to be naturally integrated into the movie. Joker 2 will also star Brendan Gleeson in an unknown role. Catherine Keener is also part of the line-up, with Zazie Beetz returning as her character from the first film, Sophie. Set videos have also confirmed what appears to be multiple Jokers, though given Arthur's creative imagination, there could be more than meets the eye here.

More set photos have revealed Arkham on fire, Gaga in costume as Harley Quinn, and Harley and Joker dancing on those famous stairs. You can also hear Gaga singing in one clip. 

Director Todd Phillips has also recently shared a new look at the film, featuring Arthur looking up into a downpour. 

Beyond that, not much else is known about the sequel, which will also be released as a DC Elseworlds title, just yet.  

Superman: Legacy

All-Star Superman #1 cover art

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Release date: July 11, 2025

Superman: Legacy is the first movie in the new slate and will be released globally on July 11, 2025. Written and directed by James Gunn, it will focus on Superman balancing his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing.

"This is really the start of the DCU," Safran said in a statement, per Deadline. "It’s not an origins story, it focuses on Superman’s balancing his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing. He’s the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way, he’s kindness in a world that thinks of kindness as old fashioned." 

David Corenswet will play Clark Kent, while Rachel Brosnahan is Lois Lane. Meanwhile, three other heroes have been cast: Nathan Fillion will play the Green Lantern Guy Gardner, Edi Gathegi will play Mister Terrific, and Isabela Merced will play Hawkgirl. Skyler Gisondo has also joined the line-up as Jimmy Olsen. 

The Batman 2

The Batman

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Release date: October 3, 2025

Just what the follow-up to Matt Reeves' The Batman will focus on is an enigma for now, but a sequel is in the works – along with two spin-off TV shows, one about the Penguin and another about Arkham Asylum. Reeves is returning to write and direct the sequel and Robert Pattinson will don the cowl once again, though beyond that, there are no confirmed cast members. Plus, per The Hollywood Reporter, Reeves is meeting with writers and directors to create a range of villain movies, with Professor Pyg, Clayface, and Scarecrow namechecked.  

Despite the big shake-up at DC, this film is said to be safe – and Gunn and Reeves have denied claims that Pattinson's Batman would be incorporated into the main series of films. Instead, the films will remain part of their own separate universe, which is now being referred to as DC Elseworlds.

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow

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Release date: TBC

As part of Gunn and Safran's new DC slate, we're getting a new look at Supergirl. Based on Tom King's comic book series of the same name, this "science fiction adventure" will introduce a Supergirl that "viewers are not used to seeing."

"We see the difference between Superman, who was sent to Earth and raised by loving parents from the time he's an infant," Gunn told Variety. "Versus Supergirl, who was raised on a rock chip off of Krypton, and watched everyone around her die and be killed in terrible ways for the first 14 years of her life."

A recent report indicated that actors are soon set to screen test for the role of Kara Zor-El, including Zombies' Meg Donnelly, Locke & Key's Emilia Jones, and House of the Dragon's Milly Alcock. The hunt is also on for a director. Per Deadline, Supergirl will "likely" cameo in another DC project ahead of the solo movie. 

The Brave and the Bold

Michael Keaton in Batman

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Release date: TBC

The movie will follow Batman and his son, Damian Wayne, as Robin, giving us our first new look at the duo since Joel Schumacher's 1997 cult classic that starred George Clooney and Chris O'Donnell in the titular roles. Andy Muschietti will direct. 

"It's a strange father and son story about the two of them and based on Grant Morrison's run of the Batman," Gunn explained.

Though casting is yet to be announced, this particular Batman won't be Robert Pattinson's Batman and will have no connection to the Matt Reeves film.

Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing Green Hell #1

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Release date: TBC

Information on the new Swamp Thing movie is still limited, but it will focus on the origins of the mysterious DC character. From what's been revealed so far about this one, it's expected it will be tonally darker than the other DC projects.

The Authority

The Authority

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Release date: TBC

Another new upcoming movie from DC Studios is The Authority, which will see WildStorm characters join the DCU. They'll be taking "matters into their own hands to do what they believe is right," per the official synopsis.

Ta-Nehisi Coates' Superman

Man of Steel Superman suit

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Release date: TBD

Last year, it was widely reported that J. J. Abrams and Black Panther scribe Ta-Nehisi Coates were joining forces to develop a Black Superman movie. In late 2022, Warner Bros. Discovery assured fans that it was still on the cards but we've not heard anything since. 

Add in the fact that James Gunn didn't outright mention it in his DCU Chapter One announcement, and the project looks to be a little up in the air. One thing's for certain, though, Henry Cavill won't be signing on as the titular hero.

Scrapped DC movies: Man of Steel 2 and more

Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel

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A new Superman movie starring Cavill was reportedly in the works following the character's appearance in Black Adam, but that's no longer happening as the actor is officially finished as Superman. According to an earlier report from The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. was keen to get Cavill back for another solo movie that would essentially be Man of Steel 2, and prolific DC producer Charles Roven was already onboard, and the search was on for writers. Cavill later teased his return on Instagram

The Flash director Andy Muschietti was even said to be interested in helming the project, with a tone similar to Richard Donner's Superman. A slightly conflicting report from Deadline indicated that the studio did hear a pitch from Roven and an unknown writer, but wasn't keen on it, instead opting to wait for Gunn and Safran's plans. Now they have taken hold of the DC universe, Man of Steel 2 is dead.

We've also seen Dwayne Johnson reveal that Black Adam 2 won't be happening anytime soon. The actor issued a statement saying he met with Gunn and Safran and was informed that Black Adam was not a part of their DC plans, but he could perhaps be back one day in the multiverse. The hierarchy of power in the DC universe has changed – just not in Johnson's favor.

It also looks like Wonder Woman 3 will no longer be happening, with Gadot reportedly out as the hero. That's despite Gadot indicating she would return. It was previously reported that a Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman 3 would not be moving forward, which would have seen Lynda Carter return.  Jenkins issued a statement on the situation confirming that her vision for Wonder Woman 3 was not being made.

Upcoming DC TV shows

The Penguin

The Penguin

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Release date: 2024 

Starring Colin Farrell, The Penguin is a spin-off of The Batman and will consist of 8 episodes. It's coming to HBO Max in 2024. The first trailer shows Oswald Cobblepot in full Scarface mode

Matt Reeves has also teased that the show will set up The Batman 2. "There's actually a whole little fabric of things we're wanting to do, the way we're doing with [the] Penguin and how that comes back into how that will lead into the sequel, and what that sequel is going to be," he told Collider. The Penguin, then, looks like essential viewing. 

Creature Commandos

James Gunn

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Release date: 2024 

If there's anything James Gunn, the writer-director behind Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy's movies, loves, it's a ragtag team of misfits, so it should come as no surprise then that he's adapting J. M. DeMatteis' kooky comic series Creature Commandos.

For now, it's one of the only projects lined up so far that has been confirmed to be an animation, but we'll be sure to keep you posted if that changes. Confirmed to be seven episodes long, it's set to follow Amanda Waller as she creates a black ops team out of monstrous prisoners, from Frankenstein's monster and a vampire to a werewolf, a gorgon, and a human team leader. 

It will be the first project of the new DCU, arriving ahead of Superman: Legacy, and Gunn has confirmed it's still on track to release in 2024 despite the strikes. 

Waller

Viola Davis as Amanda Waller in Black Adam

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Release date: TBC

Peacemaker season 2 has officially been put on hold, as several of its characters are now set to appear in Waller, a new DC series. According to Gunn, it'll be a direct continuation of Peacemaker, which ended with Leota Adebayo (Orange is the New Black's Danielle Brooks) revealing Amanda Waller's role in Task Force X.

Per Variety, the series will be produced by Doom Patrol creator Jeremy Carver and see Viola Davis reprise the role as the titular character. Gunn called the show "the greatest ever". There's no release date yet.

Booster Gold

Booster Gold

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Release date: TBC

Booster Gold is a hero many may not be familiar with, despite the fact that he's shown up in Smallville and Legends of Tomorrow before. According to the announcement, the show will follow Booster, who's also known as Michael Jon Carter in the comics, as he uses basic technology from the future to help him pretend to be a superhero in the present day. (We're guessing this one will have serious comedy leanings).

In DC's slate announcement, Gunn described Booster Gold as the living embodiment of "Imposter syndrome."

Paradise Lost

Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta and Lilly Aspell as Diana in Wonder Woman (2017)

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Release date: TBC

According to Gunn, Paradise Lost is set to be a Game of Thrones-esque series about the Amazons and Wonder Woman's home, Themyscira. While we know next to nothing about the plot, the filmmaker says the story will feature "all the darkness and drama and political intrigue" you can imagine goes on within a society of only women.

"How did this society of women come about? What does it mean? What are their politics like? What are their rules?" he said of its overarching themes. "Who's in charge? What are all the games that they play with each other to get to the top?"

Lanterns

Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern

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DC Studios has announced a new Green Lantern project as part of its slate of new movies and shows.

As per Variety, DC Studios co-CEOs described the Green Lantern TV series, which will be more broadly titled Lanterns, as an "HBO-quality event in the vein of True Detective." It'll focus on Hal Jordan and John Stewart in a series that "plays a really big role leading us into the main story that we're telling across our film and television." While Nathan Fillion will play Guy Gardner in the DCU, it's not actually confirmed just yet if he'll be in the show. 

Previously, it had been reported that a Green Lantern HBO Max series focusing on multiple Lanterns was being reworked and that John Stewart was set to be the primary focus on the show instead. Given the new information, it seems safe to assume that that show will no longer be moving forward at DC.

Arkham Asylum

The Batman

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Release date: TBC 

There are no plot details at the moment, but we're certainly intrigued at what Reeves could have up his sleeve with this show all about Arkham Asylum. Interestingly enough, Gunn has confirmed that this project is not part of Reeves's Bat-verse, but is actually in the new DCU


For even more to look forward to, check out our guide to all the upcoming superhero movies flying our way and our breakdown of all the upcoming Marvel movies coming soon.

Molly Edwards
Entertainment Writer

I'm an Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, covering all things film and TV for the site's Total Film and SFX sections. I previously worked on the Disney magazines team at Immediate Media, and also wrote on the CBeebies, MEGA!, and Star Wars Galaxy titles after graduating with a BA in English. 

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