DC Movies: The Complete Timeline of Upcoming Films

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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Aquaman has swum into theaters, and now you're wondering ... what's next for the DC movie universe? We have you covered with this list, which will be updated as new release dates are announced. 

  • Shazam!

    April 5

    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). 

  • Joker

    Release date: Oct. 4

    Director Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix are bringing the Joker's early years to life in Joker. The film will be a standalone not connected to the larger DC movie universe continuity.

  • Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Feb. 7, 2020

    Warner Bros.

    Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie reprises her role as Harley Quinn and this time will be joined by Ewan McGregor as the Batman villain Black Mask in the film, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya and Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain. Cathy Yan is directing the ensemble.

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Release date: June 5, 2020


    After the massive success of 2017's Wonder Woman, director Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot will return for round two. This film is set in the 1980s and stars Kristen Wiig as the villain Cheetah, and sees the return of Chris Pine's Steve Trevor.

  • DC Super Pets

    Release date: May 21, 2021


    DC Super Pets, from directors Jared Stern and Sam Levine and producer Patty Hicks, started life as a children’s series from Capstone Publishers combining the pets of a number of DC superheroes — including Superman’s dog, Krypto; Batman’s dog, Ace the Bat-Hound; and Supergirl’s cat, Streaky — into a crime-fighting team of their own. The property also appeared as a short on Cartoon Network’s DC Nation animated block.

  • The Batman

    Release date: June 25, 2021


    Planet of the Apes filmmaker Matt Reeves is directing the tentatively titled The Batman. Ben Affleck has exited the role of the caped crusaider (he at one point was going to star in and direct this film). Reeves has said this will involve a "rogues gallery" of villains. 

    "It's very much a point-of-view-driven, noir Batman tale," Reeves has told THR. "It's told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it's going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It's more Batman in his detective mode than we've seen in the films."

  • The Suicide Squad

    Aug. 6, 2021

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    After exiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is moving over to DC to write and direct a sequel to 2016's Suicide Squad. Much of the characters are expected to be newcomers to the big screen, and Squad star Will Smith is among those not returning.

  • Aquaman 2

    Release date: Dec. 16, 2022

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    Four years after earning more than $1.3 billion at the box office, Aquaman (Jason Momoa) will be back in theaters for a sequel. 

  • The Trench

    Release date: none

    Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

    DC is branching out with a horror-tinged Aquaman spinoff, centering on the amphibious monsters who appeared in the first film. Aquaman director James Wan is producing along with Peter Safran. The project will be more modestly budget than a typical superhero movie. 

  • Batgirl

    Release date: none

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    Birds of Prey screenwriter Christina Hodson is penning a script, taking over duties for Joss Whedon, who at one time was set to write and direct. The most famous Batgirl is Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham police commissioner Jim Gordon.

  • 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.


  • The Flash

    Release date: none


    Ezra Miller's speedster was a standout in 2017's Justice League, but a solo film has not yet materialized. Currently, Game Night directors (and Spider-Man: Homecoming screenwriters) John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are attached to direct. 

  • 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.