All Upcoming DCEU Films

The DC Extended Universe has been riding some euphoric highs in recent years. Just look at 2017’s box-office smash, Wonder Woman and the fantastically feelgood surprise that was 2019’s Shazam!

Happily, that wave shows no sign of slowing down with the 22 August DC FanDome 2020 event triggering the release of a bunch of tantalising teasers for the roster of DC films due for years to come.

So put a Do Not Disturb sign on your personal Fortress of Solitude/Batcave/Themysciran villa and join us for a rundown of all the DC movies heading your way, from Wonder Woman 1984 (2020), to James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad (2021) reboot/sequel, The Batman (2022) and Dwayne Johnson’s superhero debut in Black Adam (TBC).

Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984 UK release date: 16 December 2020

Wonder Woman 1984 in a nutshell

Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot follow up 2017’s Wonder Woman – an origin story set during the global chaos of World War One – by coming (a bit more) up to date, to the day-glo, volumised 1980s. The immortal Diana Prince has been quietly keeping watch over the world of Man for 66 years, but her greatest challenge is yet to come as a megalomaniac businessman and former friend with newfound powers join forces to bring the world to its knees.

Wonder Woman 1984 – DC FanDome news

The big news at DC FanDome was a brand-new, full-length trailer that added weight to one theory, confirmed a cute role reversal, and revealed one of Wonder Woman 1984’s new characters in their full, feline glory:

  • The disintegrating friendship between Diana Prince and bestie Barbara Minerva and the fierce battle that ensues between their alter egos, Wonder Woman and Cheetah, dominates the new trailer. This suggests Wonder Woman 1984’s plot may well be inspired by the 2016 Wonder Woman: Year One graphic novel.
  • New (and funny) scenes showing 1918 Steve Trevor struggling to get to grips with 1980s technology and fashion confirm that his and Diana’s knowledgeable guide/fish-out-of-water dynamic that gave the first movie its biggest laughs is going to be swapped around this time. Clever.
  • After taunting us with glimpses of Barbara Minerva’s smoky-eyed, apex-predator Cheetah look, the DC FanDome trailer finally shows us what Cheetah’s fully feline transformation looks like. Furry and fierce, she’s clearly more than a match for Wonder Woman in the new fight scenes. Just try not to think of Tom Hooper’s Cats…

The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad UK release date: 6 August 2021

The Suicide Squad in a nutshell

We’re very excited about The Suicide Squad. Writer and Director, James Gunn knows a thing or two about turning also-ran comic book characters into household names – he’s responsible for Guardians of the Galaxy Vols 1 and 2. And now he’s working his ensemble-cast movie magic on DC’s crew of very reluctant heroes, the Suicide Squad, in what’s being billed as both a sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad and a soft reboot of the franchise.

The Suicide Squad – DC FanDome news

It’s too early for a full trailer for The Suicide Squad, so instead DC FanDome dropped a fantastic roll-call of the new (and heavily expanded) Suicide Squad, plus a wonderfully unhinged behind-the-scenes teaser of what’s to come.

  • If you thought 2016’s Suicide Squad was busy, just wait until you get a load of the sequel. We count 16 new and returning members of the squad, and that’s just characters James Gunn currently deems important for us to know about. Viewers are being advised not to get too attached to any of this unhinged crew so expect a lot of comic book collateral damage before the credits roll.
  • Returning characters Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) and Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) are joined by the likes of Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Blackguard (Pete Davidson), Peacemaker (John Cena), The Thinker (Peter Capaldi), and James Gunn’s Guardians mate, Michael ‘Yondu’ Rooker as Savant.
  • With a plot that appears to feature an explosion-rich, South American jungle war, The Suicide Squad is rocking a 1970s blood ‘n’ thunder war movie aesthetic that we can’t get enough of.    

The Batman

The Batman UK release date: 4 March 2022

The Batman in a nutshell

‘Who is the Batman?’ isn’t just a fearful question whispered by Gotham’s criminal underworld – it’s a legitimate query in the face of Ben Affleck’s retirement-then-reinstatement as the DCEU’s Dark Knight for 2022’s The Flash, and intriguing on-set glimpses of Robert Pattinson in Bats’ iconic cowl.

So how does Pattinson’s turn in The Batman fit into the DC Extended Universe? Short answer: it doesn’t. Director Matt Reeves’ take on Batman is a standalone movie set during a young Bruce Wayne’s second year as Gotham’s Caped Crusader and, as DC FanDome’s brooding teaser trailer revealed – it promises to be bracingly dark and twisted.

The Batman – DC FanDome news

The Batman’s teaser trailer was the news at the DC FanDome event – with only a third of the film shot before the COVID-19 lockdown began, it’s frankly impressive that the first glimpse of the movie looks so well fleshed out.

  • Can we just take a moment to acknowledge what inspired casting Jeffrey Wright is as James Gordon? And while we’ve yet to see Andy Serkis as Bruce Wayne’s friend and mentor Alfred Pennyworth, the unmistakable sound of his voice over the trailer is the stuff of major goosebumps.
  • After Affleck’s middle-aged ‘unit’ of a Batman, seeing Bats as a lean, mean proto-Goth is quite a revelation. But it works. Pattinson delivering the smackdown to a henchman is brilliantly brutal. Gotham (and filmgoers) are in good hands.
  • After years of minimal on-screen sleuthing, it looks as though The Batman will see the self-styled World’s Greatest Detective actually living up to the title, thanks to a trail of clues and bodies left by headline baddie, The Riddler (Paul Dano).
  • But The Riddler’s not alone on Gotham’s streets. With Colin Farrell playing Oswald Cobblepot AKA The Penguin, and Zöe Kravitz playing Selina Kyle (Catwoman) – and rumours that The Joker may also make an appearance – Batman is going to be up to his pointy ears in trouble. 

Black Adam 

Black Adam UK release date: TBC

Black Adam in a nutshell

Don’t know who Black Adam is? You will. This DC anti-hero is part of the Shazam universe (Shazamziverse?) and he’s about to be played by none other than box-office behemoth, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Black Adam has quite the epic backstory – over 5,000 years’ worth – but in essence, Black Adam has the same powers as Billy Batson/Shazam, but is a lot less concerned about being good and moral. Over the years, Black Adam and Shazam have been sworn enemies and begrudging allies. But which Black Adam will we meet?  

Black Adam – DC FanDome news

Principal photography for Black Adam is not due to start until early 2021, but that didn’t stop Dwayne Johnson and DC from dropping a concept art-filled teaser trailer that served to set the scene for what promises to be a thrillingly moody Shazam spinoff. 

  • The trailer’s concept art was created by DC legend (and Chief Creative Officer) Jim Lee and fan artist turned sought-after pro, BossLogic. It depicts Adam’s journey from slave in the ancient fictional kingdom of Kahndaq to superpowered people’s champion Mighty Adam to tyrant Black Adam.
  • We also see the original wizard Shazam, defeating Black Adam, plus a glimpse of his resurrected, modern-day form. With Johnson’s growling voiceover declaring “No-one will ever stop me again.” it’s hard to know whether he’s referring to Black Adam’s enemies or his own career. We’re delighted, either way.
  • The JSA (Justice Society of America) will feature in Black Adam. Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Cyclone and Atom Smasher have all been confirmed so far.

DC films on the horizon

Super Pets – Due 20 May 2022

Brought to the big screen by Jared Stern (who wrote Lego Batman and The Lego Ninjago Movie), for now, little is known about this CG animated adventure inspired by DC’s Legion of Super Pets (really, it’s a whole thing). But rest assured, as soon as we know which of the super good boys and girls are in Super Pets we’ll let you know.

The Flash – Due 4 November 2022

While Ezra Miller’s first solo adventure is a way off it’s potentially one of the most intriguing DC movies yet. Director Andrew Muschietti has described it as a time-travel story and it looks likely to embrace the fashionable multiverse theme that’s been a staple of comics for decades and that’s also being explored by the MCU with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

In practice this leads to a pretty epic reveal: that, inspired by the DC comic storyline Flashpoint, The Flash 2022 could well feature not one but two Batmans (Batmen?) – Ben Affleck’s current DC Extended Universe Batman and Michael Keaton’s 1989 Batman!

Aquaman 2 – Due 16 December 2022

Returning director James Wan says the Aquaman sequel will be "a little bit more serious, a little bit more relevant to the world that we're living in today." That’s all we have for now.

Shazam: Fury of the Gods (AKA Shazam 2) – Due 2 June 2023

For now, all we have is the title. More details as soon as they’re released.

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