Warner Bros. has just revealed essentially its entire slate of upcoming DC Movie release dates, also confirming a ton of other news in the process. Here’s a brief overview:
- Suicide Squad will be the first DC movie after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, opening in 2016 and confirmed to be directed by Fury helmer David Ayer.
- Wonder Woman will be released in 2017.
- The Flash starring Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Aquaman starring Jason Momoa will be released in 2018.
- Shazam starring Dwayne Johnson will be released in 2019.
- Zack Snyder will direct Justice League Part One for release in 2017 and Justice League Part Two for release in 2019.
- Cyborg and Green Lantern will be released in 2020.
Hit the jump for much more on this exciting news.
The battle between Marvel Studios and Warner Bros./DC has been brewing for some time, but WB took a page out of Marvel’s playbook a couple of months ago when it announced DC movie release dates for nine untitled films. Marvel likes to stake out release dates way in advance and wait a while until unveiling exactly what those movies are, but today WB essentially laid all of its cards on the table by saying exactly what each of these DC movies will be.
First up will be Suicide Squad, which will be the first DC movie to be released after Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, taking the August 5, 2016 slot. This is actually a pretty smart play. Dawn of Justice is a massive event movie, so Warner Bros. intends to switch things up by following that with a lesser known title. Fury director David Ayer had been rumored to be helming the Suicide Squad movie—which follows a group of supervillains—and Warner Bros.’ press release today confirms that he will indeed be directing the comics adaptation. A highly exciting choice.
After Suicide Squad we get Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017, which is shaping up to be the very first female-led superhero movie of the modern era. Gal Gadot has already been cast as the character with her first appearance poised to be in Batman v Superman, and it’s strange to think that even though Marvel has already had an 11-film head start on DC, the latter will be the first out of the gate with a female superhero movie.
Justice League Part One will be released on November 17, 2017 with Zack Snyder returning to direct and Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Amy Adams reprising their roles as Superman, Batman, and Lois Lane respectively. Moreover, Snyder will also direct Justice League Part Two for release on June 14, 2019.
2018 will give us two brand new superheroes, as Ezra Miller will lead The Flash for release on March 23, 2018 and Jason Momoa will lead Aquaman for release on July 27, 2018. Momoa is already confirmed to appear as his character in Batman v Superman, and I would not be surprised if Miller is introduced briefly as The Flash in that film as well. This casting news can also further put to rest any speculation that the DC television universe and the DC movie universe might be connected, as The CW’s The Flash will continue to be its own thing.
Dwayne Johnson will make his superhero debut in Shazam, opening on April 5, 2019, and as previously reported Johnson will be playing the villainous Black Adam in the comics adaptation.
Then in 2020, we will get another double dose of new superhero movies as Cyborg opens on April 3, 2020 and a Green Lantern reboot opens on June 19, 2020. Ray Fisher has already been cast as Cyborg to appear in Batman v Superman, but the new star of Green Lantern has yet to be announced.
Phew, that’s some pretty massive news huh folks? Marvel Studios is definitely going big with a Civil War storyline for its next phase, but DC has some tricks up its sleeve as well. I, for one, am excited to see Warner Bros. build out its own superhero universe, and this slate of films is certainly a promising start. We’ll start to get a very good idea of what this DC Movie Universe will look like when we see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theaters on March 25, 2016. Sound off with your thoughts on this flood of news below!
One more time, here’s what your upcoming DC movie slate looks like:
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 25, 2016
- Suicide Squad – August 5, 2016
- Wonder Woman – June 23, 2017
- Justice League Part One – November 17, 2017
- The Flash – March 23, 2018
- Aquaman – July 27, 2018
- Shazam – April 5, 2019
- Justice League Part Two – June 14, 2019
- Cyborg – April 3, 2020
- Green Lantern – June 19, 2020