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.

  • Aquaman

    Release date: Dec. 21


    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. Nicole Kidman is playing Aquaman's mother and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is taking on the villain role of Black Manta.

  • Shazam!

    Release date: TBA (but this is the next DC film set to shoot)

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    Zachary Levi will star in the film about a boy named Billy Batson who can transform into an adult superhero by uttering the magic word "Shazam!" David F. Samberg is directing, while Asher Angel is playing Billy (in child form). 

  • Wonder Woman 2

    Release date: Nov. 1, 2019

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    After the massive success of 2017's Wonder Woman, director Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot will return for round two.

  • Suicide Squad 2

    Release date: none

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    The Accountant filmmaker Gavin O'Connor is taking over directing duties from David Ayer for the sequel that will reunite the worst bad guys of the DC universe. 

  • The Flash: Flashpoint

    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), and will tackle the famous Flashpoint comic book storyline.

  • Batgirl

    Release date: none

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    Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon has jumped ship to DC and is planning a Batgirl film. "I started getting obsessed with how a young woman could get hardcore enough to need to put on the cowl," Whedon has said of what drew him to the film. While multiple characters have worn the cowl, the most famous Batgirl is Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham police commissioner Jim Gordon.

  • The Batman

    Release date: none


    Ben Affleck was once set to both star and direct a standalone Batman film, but after the actor announced he would no longer be directing the film, speculation began to swirl that he would exit as the star as well. Planet of the Apes filmmaker Matt Reeves has been tapped to direct.

  • Deathstroke

    Release date: none

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    Batman villain Deathstroke is getting his own film, with Joe Manganiello set to star in a project from The Raid director Gareth Evans.

  • 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. 

  • Black Adam

    Release date: none

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    The plan initially was to see Dwaye Johnson play Captain Marvel arch nemesis Black Adam in a Shazam! film. 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. Adam Sztykielor is attached to pen the Black Adam movie.


  • 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.

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