The DC Extended Universe has rapidly expanded in the past year and a half – especially at the box office – and it’s only going to get bigger as DC makes strides to release 3-4 superhero movies every year. Right now, we’ve got a better look at which movies in their film slate are considered high-priority.
At the Warner Bros. Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, it was revealed that a dozen projects are taking higher focus for the DCEU than others: Wonder Woman 2, Batgirl, Shazam!, Justice League, Aquaman, Green Lantern Corps, Cyborg, Flashpoint, The Batman, Suicide Squad 2, and Justice League Dark. One of those movies comes out before 2019, which will be the year where WB are expected to start releasing more movies a year after complications in 2018 led to delays in both The Batman and the project that would be reworked into Flashpoint. Aside from the obvious Wonder Woman sequel that they were clearly going to make as soon as the movie massively overperformed, none of these projects are new – but it signals that Warner Brothers want to clear out their very busy schedule before announcing even more movies.
So, what does that leave out? That list is much shorter – Nightwing, Gotham City Sirens, the Justice League sequel, Black Adam, and the next Superman movie are in-development, but they aren’t as big of a focus to these ambitious plans right now. That doesn’t mean any one of them can’t be fast-tracked at a later point in time, or that any of the twelve movies mentioned earlier can’t be pushed back, however, as WB’s plans for the DCEU have changed in a major way since they were first outlined in a boardroom meeting years ago. And Superman fans shouldn’t feel too down just yet, since it’s likely that they’re saving any major announcement about the character for after the release of Justice League (where the character will come back from the dead), and it’s been suggested that development of the script might already be underway. On another note, this also calls the authenticity of the rumor of the supposed Joker vs. Harley Quinn movie into question.
So far, we know that the movies in pre-production that actually have creative teams officially announced for them include Green Lantern Corps, The Batman, Shazam!, Suicide Squad 2, Wonder Woman 2, Justice League Dark, Nightwing, Batgirl, and Gotham City Sirens – and that’s well over half of them. Zack Snyder was in line to direct Justice League 2 – and he still is, from an official standpoint – but his family tragedy and decision to depart from both Justice League and HBO’s Watchmen (which has yet to receive a release date) suggest that he might be taking a break from DC for a while. For now, however, expect the DCEU to accomplish wonders between now and when the last of these listed movies arrive.
Justice League unites on November 17, 2017. The superhero epic features a cast that includes Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne (Batman), Henry Cavill as Kal-El/Clark Kent (Superman), Gal Gadot as Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), Jason Mamoa as Orin/Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Ezra Miller as Barry Allen (The Flash), Ray Fisher as Victor Stone (Cyborg), Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, J. K. Simmons as Commissioner James ‘Jim’ Gordon, Joe Morton as Dr. Silas Stone, Amber Heard as Mera, Billy Crudup as Dr. Henry Allen, and Kiersey Clemons as Iris West. Julian Lewis Jones and Michael McElhatton are also in the movie in unspecified roles.