All the New DC Comics Movies Coming to Theatres in 2021 and Beyond
2/23/2021 • 5 min read
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.
The Suicide Squad
Don’t call it a comeback – but it’s not quite a sequel or a reboot, either. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY director James Gunn is putting together a new crew featuring returning stars Joel Kinnaman as Squad leader Rick Flag, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. There will be several new members, as well, played by Idris Elba, John Cena, “SNL” star Pete Davidson, Gunn regulars Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn, ANT-MAN’s David Dastmalchian, Storm Reid, and many more. James Gunn’s SQUAD seems thrilling and hilarious, big and wild and weird — exactly what we would hope to see based on his previous work. [August 6, 2021]
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. It's like JOKER in that way, at least for now. Robert Pattinson plays the Dark Knight in the upcoming film from 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. We don't yet know what four-legged friends will feature in this ferociously friendly fiction but expect to encounter both Superman's pal Krypto, the super-dog, and Batman's adopted pup Ace the Bat-Hound. We don't see a lot of animated DC movies get theatrical treatment, so this is an exciting development. [May 20, 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]
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]
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. [Release Date TBA]
Beyond Black Adam
These movies aren't all Warner Bros. and DC have in the pipeline. There's an adaptation of Jack Kirby's NEW GODS, directed and co-written by Ava DuVernay, with comic book super-scripter Tom King also working on the screenplay. There's also the AQUAMAN spinoff THE TRENCH, which was put into development just after Jason Momoa's last adventure hit theatres. There's likely a lot more to come, too, but with this lineup already in the works we'll likely have to wait a bit longer to learn what else the studio has in store.
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All images courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.