From The Batman to Aquaman 2

The superhero movie genre is the biggest around, and with so many different superhero movies in the works at any given time, it can be hard to keep things straight. While we have an exhaustive list of every upcoming superhero movie’s release date, we wanted to bring you a more specific list focusing exclusively on upcoming DC movies. Warner Bros. officially kicked off a DC Extended Universe with Man of Steel, which was followed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and Justice League. And after a bit of rejiggering and adjustment, Warner Bros. and DC Films have put together an ambitious slate of movies currently in the works.

Below you’ll find an extensive list of every upcoming DC movie officially in the works, including what we know so far and a status update. Not all of these movies will actually come to fruition, but it’s clear Warner Bros. has ambitious plans to mine the DC Comics library for years to come. So take a look below.

Editor's note: This post was last updated on August 6th.

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The Batman

Release Date: March 4, 2022

Status: In post-production

Director: Matt Reeves

Cast: Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, Andy Serkis, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, and Peter Sarsgaard.

What We Know So Far: There is a long, long, long development history for this one, so we'll keep it brief. After months of speculation, Warner Bros. finally got Ben Affleck to agree to direct and star in a Batman standalone movie called The Batman in July 2015, with Affleck having penned a script with Geoff Johns. However, Affleck subsequently stepped down from the director's chair, opting instead just to star in this movie while Warner Bros. set Dawn of the Planet of the Apes filmmaker Matt Reeves to take the helm instead. Rumors swirled that Affleck might exit the film altogether, and indeed in January 2019 it was finally confirmed that Batfleck was no more.

Reeves' film will introduce a younger Batman and is intended to be noir-esque in tone, with Reeves wanting to really home in on the detective aspect of the character that hasn't yet been fully explored in film. Robert Pattinson will be donning the cape and cowl, beating out other contenders like Armie Hammer, Nicholas Hoult, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Rounding out the ensemble is Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Colin Farrell as Penguin, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Andy Serkis as Alfred, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, and Peter Sarsgaard as a mystery character who may or may not be Two-Face.

Filming began in early 2020 in the UK. The film had been scheduled for release on June 25, 2021 but was pushed back to October 1, 2021 due to COVID-19 and then delayed again to March 2022.

Reeves revealed at DC FanDome that the movie takes place in Year Two of Bruce Wayne being Batman, and is a mystery thriller that follows him investigating a series of crimes committed by The Riddler. It is not another origin story.

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Black Adam

Release Date: July 29, 2022

Status: In post-production

Director: Jauma Collet-Serra

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Noah Centineo, Aldis Hodge, Sarah Shahi, Quintessa Swindell, and Pierce Brosnan.

What We Know So Far: This project first surfaced years ago, when Warner Bros. secured Dwayne Johnson to play Shazam villain Black Adam. The idea was for Johnson to star in the Shazam movie, but in the spring of 2017 Johnson revealed that they had decided to make two separate movies: one for Shazam, and one for his antagonist/antihero Black Adam. Johnson will lead the latter while Shazam moved forward separately and became a success. This one's been in development for a long time, but movement is starting to occur as Warner Bros. set Due Date writer Adam Sztykiel to pen the screenplay. The film finally found a director in Jaume Collet-Serra, with whom Johnson just worked on Disney's upcoming Jungle Cruise movie.

The film will introduce the Justice Society of America, including the characters of Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), Dr. Fate, Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), and Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell). It will be rated PG-13 but won't shy away from the intensity of the titular character, and will include a "high kill count" akin to The Dark Knight.

Filming was due to begin in July 2020 with Oscar-nominated Joker cinematographer Lawrence Sher serving as the DP, but that's now unclear due to the COVID-19 shutdown. Warner Bros. subsequently pulled the film off its original December 2021 release date and shifted it to Summer 2022, with filming finally getting underway in April 2021.

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The Flash

Release Date: November 4, 2022

Status: Filming

Director: Andy Muschietti

Cast: Ezra Miller, Michael Keaton, Ben Affleck, Kiersey Clemons, Sasha Calle, Maribel Verdú, and Ron Livingston

What We Know So Far: The Flash movie has had an incredibly long road to finally going into production. Back in April 2015, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were hired to write a story treatment with the hope that they would direct, but the duo departed to take the helm of Solo: A Star Wars Story instead. Ezra Miller remained attached to star, having been cast as The Flash for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and in October 2015 Dark Shadows screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith was hired to write the script and direct. Grahame-Smith was them removed from the project in April 2016, with WB wanting to take the film in a different direction, and Dope helmer Rick Famuyiwa was hired as his replacement. Famuyiwa cast Kiersey Clemons as Iris West and Billy Crudup as Flash's father Harry Allen, but by August 2016, Famuyiwa departed the project over creative differences.

While the film was supposed to start filming in early 2017, Famuyiwa's exit threw a wrench into WB's plans and the studio opted to slow things down while Miller went off to shoot Fantastic Beasts 2. Joby Harold (King Arthur) came on to do a page-one rewrite of the script, and in May 2017 Robert Zemeckis and Matthew Vaughn surfaced as WB's top choices to direct. The studio revealed in July 2017 that the film would be titled Flashpoint, indicating the story will be adapting the famous comics arc that sees Barry going back into the past to save his mother's life, thus creating an alternate timeline. Speculation then began that this Flashpoint twist could allow WB to "fix" some issues in the DCEU by altering the timeline.

At long last, Warner Bros. hired Vacation directors and Spider-Man: Homecoming co-writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to take the helm in early 2018, based in part on the strength of their Warner Bros. action comedy Game Night. But production was pushed once again, as Ezra Miller was originally due to shoot Fantastic Beasts 3 in Fall/Winter 2019. Filming on The Flash movie couldn't begin before that.

In March 2019, a report surfaced there was creative tension between Miller's vision (darker, gritter) and Daley and Goldstein's vision (lighter, more fun), to the point that Warner Bros. allowed Miller to write a version of the script himself with the help of Grant Morrison to show what his take would look like. The implication was that if Warner Bros. wasn't happy with the script Miller created, he could be out as Flash.

Well cut to July 2019, and Daley and Goldstein voluntarily left the project while IT and Mama filmmaker Andy Muschietti entered negotiations to take over as director—the project's fourth filmmaker in four years. Not only that, but Warner Bros. didn't like Miller's script after all and tossed it, while keeping Miller attached as the lead character. Instead, Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey) took on screenplay duties and filming was due to begin in 2020, but was pushed again after the COVID-19 shutdown.

Filming on this potentially cursed project finally began in April 2021. The movie will introduce the multiverse to DC movies and will find Michael Keaton reprising his role as Batman from Tim Burton's film, with Ben Affleck also returning as Batman. The film will introduce Sasha Calle as Supergirl, and Ron Livingston takes over the role of Barry's father Henry Allen from Billy Crudup, who departed over scheduling conflicts.

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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Release Date: December 16, 2022

Status: Filming

Director: James Wan

Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Pilou Asbæk

What We Know So Far: When Aquaman hit theaters in December 2018, it surprisingly became the highest-grossing film of the DCEU thus far, topping out at over $1.1 billion. With that in mind, Warner Bros. set about getting the wheels in motion on a sequel, though director James Wan cautioned that he wouldn't move forward on it until the script was right. Aquaman co-writer (and frequent Wan collaborator) David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick was tasked with writing the screenplay based on a story idea by Jason Momoa himself. The sequel is officially titled Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Filming began on July 19, 2021.

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Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Release Date: June 2, 2023

Status: Filming

Director: David F. Sandberg

Cast: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Adam Brody, Faithe Herman, Helen Mirren, and Lucy Liu

What We Know So Far: In April 2019, following the box office success of Shazam!, New Line Cinema hired Shazam! writer Henry Gayden to write the screenplay for a sequel, with director David F. Sandberg and producer Peter Safran also expected to return.

Sandberg revealed at DC FanDome that the title is Shazam! Fury of the Gods.

The film had been scheduled for release on April 1, 2022 and was supposed to start filming in Summer 2022, but was pushed back to November 4, 2022 due to COVID-19 and then eventually to 2023. Lucy Liu will play the film's villain and filming began in May 2021.

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Wonder Woman 3

Release Date: TBA

Status: In development

Director: Patty Jenkins

Cast: Gal Gadot

What We Know So Far: Shortly after the release of Wonder Woman 1984, Warner Bros. announced that they were fast-tracking development of Wonder Woman 3 with Patty Jenkins returning to write and direct and Gal Gadot returning to star. Jenkins has long said she planned a trilogy arc for Gadot's Wonder Woman, but her idea for Wonder Woman 3 shifted during the pandemic and she's now noodling on a new idea. It's unclear where Wonder Woman 3 will fall in her schedule, as Jenkins is also directing a new Star Wars movie called Rogue Squadron that's set for release in 2023.

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Untitled Superman Reboot

Release Date: TBD

Status: In development

Director: TBD

Cast: TBD

What We Know So Far: In March 2021, it was announced that J.J. Abrams would produce a new Superman movie to be written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The film will feature a Black Superman for the first time on the big screen, and Warner Bros. will hire a Black director.

Zatanna

Release Date: TBA

Status: In development

Director: TBA

Cast: TBA

What We Know So Far: In March 2021, Oscar-nominated Promising Young Woman filmmaker Emerald Fennell was hired to write the script for a Zatanna movie. The film will be produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company, and right now it is unknown if Fennell will also direct the movie.

Blue Beetle

Release Date: TBA

Status: In development

Director: Angel Manuel Soto

Cast: Xolo Maridueña

What We Know So Far: Gareth Dunnet-Alocer wrote the screenplay for an adaptation of Blue Beetle, which will be the first Latino superhero movie for DC. Filming is due to begin in Fall 2021 with Angel Manuel Soto directing, and the film is being planned for release on HBO Max. Xolo Maridueña will star in the title role.

Batgirl

Release Date: 2022-2023

Status: In development

Directors: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah

Cast: Leslie Grace

What We Know So Far: Warner Bros. pulled Joss Whedon over from Marvel to write and direct a Batgirl movie in Spring 2017. Whedon had said he favored hiring an unknown or little-known actress in the lead role, but his work on Batgirl was waylaid when he was tasked with taking over directorial duties on Justice League, overseeing reshoots and post-production. Then, in early 2018, Whedon announced he was departing Batgirl altogether, saying it took him a year to realize he "didn't have a story." All signs now point to WB enlisting a female filmmaker to bring Batgirl to the big screen and take over the project. In May 2021, Bad Boys for Life filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah were hired to direct the film, while Christina Hodson was tasked with writing the script. The film is being made to premiere exclusively on HBO Max.

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Blackhawk

Release Date: TBD

Status: In development

Director: Possibly Steven Spielberg

Cast: TBD

What We Know So Far: After directing Ready Player One for Warner Bros., the studio convinced Steven Spielberg to remain in-house—at least potentially—to make his superhero movie debut. The project is Blackhawk based on the DC Comic of the same name which revolved around a team of ace pilots during World War II. To be fair this is less a superhero movie than a comic book movie, and when initially announced, all we know for sure is that Spielberg is going to produce the film with the possibility of directing. This is very tenuous, as Spielberg has his fingers in a lot of pots at all times, but if the right script comes along he could certainly pull the trigger and get this thing rolling.

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Untitled Jared Leto Joker Movie

Release Date: TBD

Status: In development

Director: TBD

Cast: Jared Leto

What We Know So Far: Yes indeed, this is a separate Joker standalone movie from the Joaquin Phoenix one. It was announced in June 2018 that Jared Leto's Joker is getting his own standalone movie as well, with Leto serving as executive producer. That's about all we know at this point, and the project could very easily never happen as this announcement may have been made to appease Leto after his displeasure at WB greenlighitng Joker. Leto separately stars in Sony's Morbius movie, so make of that what you will.

Untitled Joker/Harley Quinn Movie

Release Date: TBA

Status: In development

Directors: John Requa and Glenn Ficarra

Cast: Margot Robbie and Jared Leto

What We Know So Far: Warner Bros. is developing what's described as a "criminal love story" Suicide Squad spinoff revolving around Joker and Harley Quinn, with Margot Robbie and Jared Leto poised to reprise their roles. Robbie's Focus and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot filmmakers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra have been pegged to write, direct, and produce the film. There are conflicting reports as to whether this film is the evolution of the now-dead Gotham City Sirens, or if that film is still separately in development alongside this one. But Ayer's involvement in Gotham City Sirens is unclear, whereas this Joker/Harley Quinn spinoff was announced in August 2017. Requa and Ficarra turned in their script, which they described as Bad Santa meets This Is Us, but it's up to Warner Bros. if/when they want to make it.

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Supergirl

Release Date: TBD

Status: In development

Director: TBD

Cast: TBD

What We Know So Far: It was revealed in August 2018 that Warner Bros. was putting into development a Supergirl movie, with Oren Uziel (The Cloverfield Paradox) writing the screenplay. Not much else is known at this time, but this is one that's certainly in the works.

Nightwing

Release Date: TBA

Status: In development

Director: Chris McKay

Cast: TBA

What We Know So Far: Warner Bros. revealed in February 2017 that The LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay had been signed to direct a Nightwing movie with Bill Dubuque (The Judge) writing the screenplay. The filmmaker has teased a "badass action" take on the comics character, who in comics lore is the grown-up alter ego of Dick Grayson aka Robin. McKay has said pre-production could begin in early 2018, but that never happened. Moreover, McKay seems to be hedging his bets in case Nightwing goes south, as he has since signed on to direct various other projects. We haven't had an update on this one in a while.

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Justice League Dark

Release Date: TBD

Status: In development

Director: TBD

Cast: TBD

What We Know So Far: Warner Bros. has been developing an adaptation of Justice League Dark for awhile now, with Guillermo del Toro first writing a script a few years ago before departing the project. But with the DCEU now up and running, Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity helmer Doug Liman signed on to direct in August 2016, and then left the project in May 2017 to direct Gambit for Fox/Marvel. WB is looking for a replacement and had been eyeing an A-List ensemble for the pic, which focuses on the DC superheroes with more supernatural powers as opposed to the bright and shiny heroes of the Justice League proper. The protagonists of Justice League Dark aren’t exactly antiheroes either, as the comics lineup has included folks like John Constantine and Swamp Thing.

Most recently, it was reported that J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot would be developing films and TV shows based on the Justice League Dark comics.

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Untitled Man of Steel Sequel

Release Date: TBA

Status: Unknown

Director: TBA

Cast: Henry Cavill (?)

What We Know So Far: Instead of crafting a traditional sequel to Man of Steel, Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. opted to expand the DC universe with a follow-up film called Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. And while a Man of Steel sequel has not officially been announced as on the books, Henry Cavill has expressed interest in doing another solo Superman movie and we know that Warner Bros. is quietly trying to put one together. Matthew Vaughn, the filmmaker behind Kingsman and Kick Ass, has most recently been in discussions with Warner Bros. about directing what he describes as a colorful and heroic Man of Steel 2, so it's certainly a possibility.

Then all hopes for this movie were dashed in September 2018, when it was reported that Cavill was now out as Superman and Warner Bros. is instead focusing on Supergirl and potentially rebooting the Superman property with a new actor. So who knows, this project could very well be donezo, but as recently as 2019 Cavill was saying he hadn't given up yet.

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Untitled Deathstroke Movie

Release Date: TBA

Status: Unknown

Director: Gareth Evans

Cast: Joe Manganiello

What We Know So Far: Joe Manganiello was cast as Batman villain Deathstroke for Justice League while the film was in production under the direction of Zack Snyder, and while it was reported that Deathstroke would be the primary villain of Ben Affleck's standalone The Batman, that's likely out the window now that Batfleck is no more. Matt Reeves took over as director of The Batman and is reportedly working on his own trilogy idea, but Warner Bros. entered talks with The Raid filmmaker Gareth Evans to direct a Deathstroke, standalone movie in October 2017. Evans has since said he has no idea if this project will ever happen, so we'll see.

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Untitled Lobo Movie

Release Date: TBA

Status: In development

Director: TBA

Cast: TBA

What We Know So Far: This project actually precedes the DCEU, as Warner Bros. first started developing a Lobo movie in 2009. Guy Ritchie toyed with the director's chair for a bit, then Brad Peyton (San Andreas) signed on to direct in 2012 with Dwayne Johnson in the running to star. Johnson subsequently jumped ship to play Black Adam in the DCEU instead, and in spring 2016 Pan and Wonder Woman co-writer Jason Fuchs signed on to rewrite the script. This one's still on the backburner at the moment, and Lobo shows up on the Syfy series Krypton, but Michael Bay is reportedly being eyed to direct.

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