The DC movie universe has gone through some changes in the past few years, with new heroes like Aquaman and Wonder Woman embarking on solo adventures while Superman and Batman take a brief time out. Don’t worry – we’ll see more Batman very soon! In the meantime, the future of DC Comics movies is brighter and more exciting than ever.
Join us as we take a closer look at the upcoming DC superhero movies, the awesome filmmakers bringing them to the big screen, and the new heroes and villains we’ll meet in the superhero movies of 2021 and beyond.
We told you Batman would be back! This time around, things are a little different and there's one catch, as this movie is not tied to the other main DC movie storyline — aka the DC Extended Universe or DCEU. Reports say that THE BATMAN takes place on Earth-2, which is one of many parallel realities that have existed in DC Comics. Robert Pattinson plays the Dark Knight in the movie by filmmaker Matt Reeves (WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES). Inspired by the caped crusader’s detective origins, the new solo film features famous villains like Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz), The Riddler (Paul Dano), and mobster Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and the versions in this movie are all quite a bit different from what we've seen before. Also in the cast are Jeffrey Wright ("Westworld"), as Commissioner Gordon, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin. [March 4, 2022]
DC Comics got wild in the '60s and '70s, when it seemed like every hero in the company's lineup had a pet sidekick. Now the animated movie DC SUPER-PETS brings a collection of these crime-fighting furballs to the big screen, courtesy of LEGO BATMAN writer Jared Stern and former Disney story artist and animator Sam Levine. Superman's pal Krypto the super-dog and Batman's adopted pup Ace the Bat-Hound are the primary pooches, voiced by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, respectively. Marc Maron voices Lex Luthor, while Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, Keanu Reeves, and Jameela Jamil will all be heard, too. We don't see a lot of animated DC movies get theatrical treatment, so this is an exciting development. [May 20, 2022]
Dwayne Johnson has been attached to play DC’s Black Adam for almost a decade, and it’s finally happening. The ancient super-villain, best known as the arch-nemesis of Shazam!, is getting his own solo film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who recently directed Johnson in Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE. The movie version of the character might be a bit different from the comic book one. When he released the image above, Johnson said the character "is blessed by magic with the powers equal to Superman, but the difference is he doesn’t toe the mark or walk the line. He’s a rebellious, one of a kind superhero, who’ll always do what’s right for the people - but he does it his way." We also know that the Justice Society of America — a precursor to the Justice League — will appear, with Aldis Hodge (THE INVISIBLE MAN) playing Hawkman and Noah Centineo playing Atom Smasher. [July 29, 2022]
Ezra Miller’s speedy hero was first introduced in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, and he became an instant favorite when he joined the super-team in JUSTICE LEAGUE. Based on the comic book story "Flashpoint," in which the speedster gets a lot more than he bargained for after he tries to rewrite history by saving a life, THE FLASH is directed by IT filmmaker Andy Muschietti. This movie looks set to embrace the concept of a multiverse, with Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck both returning to play different versions of Batman — which could also help tie movies like JOKER and THE BATMAN back into the DCEU. [November 4, 2022]
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
Jason Momoa’s brawny guardian of the sea will return for another solo outing from director James Wan. The sequel is said to explore some of the other locations in the seven kingdoms of Atlantis and features returning co-stars Patrick Wilson as Aquaman’s villainous brother Orm, aka Ocean Master, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as David Kane, aka Black Manta. [December 16, 2022]
Shazam! Fury of the Gods
The first SHAZAM! was a total delight, like the Tom Hanks comedy BIG crossed with Superman. A young boy is granted immense power and the ability to transform into a superhero (played by Zachary Levi) when he shouts “Shazam!” Details on the sequel have yet to be revealed, but we know that Levi will reprise his role as the charming hero – and maybe he’ll bump into Black Adam? The other members of the superhero's family will be back as well. [June 2, 2023]
Beyond Shazam 2
These movies aren't all Warner Bros. and DC have in the pipeline. STATIC SHOCK and GREEN LANTERN CORPS are both expected in 2023 or slightly later, and there's likely a lot more to come, too. With this lineup already in the works, we'll have to wait a bit longer to learn what else the studio has in store.
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