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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 a whole host of DC films due for years to come.
Here's all the DC movies heading your way, from James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad (2021) reboot/sequel, The Batman (2022), The Flash (2022) and Dwayne Johnson’s superhero debut in Black Adam (2022).
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.
The Suicide Squad UK release date: 30 July 2021
Unrelated to Ben Affleck’s retirement-then-reinstatement as the DCEU’s Dark Knight for 2022’s The Flash, Robert Pattinson will become the seventh actor to don Bats’ iconic cowl.
The Batman isn't set to be part of the DC Extended Universe. 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 the brooding teaser trailer revealed – it promises to be bracingly dark and twisted.
The Batman UK release date: 4 March 2022
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 UK release date: 29 July 2022
DC League of Super Pets UK release date: 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 UK release date: 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.
DC films on the horizon
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom UK release date: 16 December 2022
DC Fandome 2021 Update: The King of Atlantis returns with some familiar faces in the sneak peak of what looks to be a 'maturer yet still retaining it's fun' film and dialling up the exploration of new exciting worlds to 11. The film has only recently begun shooting however from what we can gather, the set pieces are bigger and the stakes far greater than the first movie. It's inspiring to see that the cast and crew are passionate about this franchise and we are too!
Shazam: Fury of the Gods UK release date: 2 June 2023
DC Fandome 2021 Update: Shazam: Fury of the Gods is still filming, but DC continued to spoil us with a sneak peak of the sequel to the hilariously fun Shazam 2018 film. The film looks to be diving deeper towards the Greek mythology side of the DC Universe introducing creatures such as Minotaurs and Harpies, and the Villainous Goddesses Hespera and Kalypso who are played by none other than Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu - easily one of the best castings to play villains.. ever.
Wonder Woman 3 was confirmed by Patty Jenkins at DC Fandome 2021 with Gal Gadot reprising her role as the title character and Lynda Carter confirmed to be reprising her role as Asteria from Wonder Woman 1984.
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