DC Movies: A Timeline of the Upcoming Films (And What's in the Works)

10:46 AM 2/1/2017

by Aaron Couch

Can't keep all of the movies straight? Here's the latest dates and developments.

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There are plenty of DC Extended Universe moves in the works, but it can be challenging to keep up, especially with the shuffling going on behind the scenes. .

Ben Affleck is no longer directing the Batman standalone movie, while The Flash is once again looking for a new director. But 2017 looks bright, with Wonder Woman and Justice League poised to make DC fans come true, and Aquaman following a year later. There's even more in development (Black Adam, Justice League 2, Gotham City Sirens) to keep track of, and we'll keep updating the list as there's new.

  • Wonder Woman

    June 2

    After an early hiccup saw Michelle McClarin exit the director's chair, Patty Jenkins stepped to helm Gal Gadot's Amazonian warrior origin story. So far, buzz is good, with a series of well-received trailers building on Gadot's much-liked debut in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

  • Justice League

    Nov. 17

    DC's answer to Marvel's Avengers has a lot riding on it — with its marque characters assembling in live action for the first time. Director Zack Snyder's film made a bit of a course correction following the muted reception to Batman v Superman's gloomy tone. It's Comic-Con trailer emphasized banter between Batman and The Flash, and other promotional materials have shown off a more fun tone. Will this be the huge win DC needs? 

  • Aquaman

    Release date: Oct. 5, 2018


    Director James Wan is taking hold of the DC ship with Aquaman, which stars Jason Momoa as the hero. Also on board are Patrick Wilson as the villain Ocean Master and Amber Heard as Mera, while Nicole Kidman is in talks to play Aquaman's mother and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is in early talks to play the villain Black Manta.

  • The Flash

    Release date: none


    Ezra Miller's speedster was supposed to star in his own solo movie in 2018, but the film has seen two directors come and go and has essentially gone back to the drawing board, with writer Joby Harold brought on in January to do a rewrite. Rick Famuyiwa and Seth Grahame-Smith, who were both at one time attached to direct, also wrote drafts of the script. The film is also set to star Kiersey Clemons (Iris West) and Billy Crudup (father to the Fastest Man Alive).

  • Ben Affleck's Batman

    Release date: none

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    Ben Affleck is still set to star, but in January, the actor announced he would no longer be directing the film, with insiders saying Affleck and Warner Bros. execs had been unhappy with the script for weeks. No release date had been set for the Batman movie, tentatively titled The Batman, but speculation had been that it'd be some time in 2018. (That will not be the case, now.) The film, which is also set to star Joe Manganiello as the villain Deathstroke, has been seen as a key part of the DCEU strategy, with Warner Bros. prioritizing it over a Justice League sequel. In February, Matt Reeves was tapped to direct.

  • Cyborg

    Release date: none

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    The film that would star Justice League's Ray Fisher was announced back in 2014 with a 2020 target date. No director is attached and the film has no official release date. 

  • Green Lantern Corps

    Release date: None

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    DC heroes John Stewart and Hal Jordan will team up for Green Lantern Corps, which has no release, but was previously announced for 2020 back during Warner Bros.' big 2014 slate announcement. In January, news broke that David S. Goyer and Justin Rhodes would be handling scripting duties. No stars or director are attached. 

  • Shazam/Black Adam

    Release date: none

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    These to projects started life as a single film that would see Dwayne Johnson play Shazam arch nemesis Black Adam. But Johnson, who has been attached to the role since around 2008, grew in starpower and the films were eventually separated to give room for The Rock to headline his own movie. No writer or filmmaker is attached to the Black Adam movie, while  Shazam has a script being worked by Henry Gayden, according to one source.


  • Gotham City Sirens

    Release date: none

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    Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie will reteam with director David Ayer for a female-focused supervillain movie. The project is expected to also feature Poison Ivy and Catwoman. Geneva Robertson-Dworet is writing the screenplay.

  • Justice League 2

    Release date: none

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    Zack Snyder plans to continue playing in the DCEU sandbox, though it won't be for the 2019 date that was announced back in 2014. Justice League 2 has been pushed back to give priority to Affleck's Batman, and Snyder will take the time in between Justice League installments to direct the thriller The Last Photograph.

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