New DC movie & show releases: What’s coming out in 2022 and beyond
The world of DC comics comes to life in Warner Bros. extensive slate of movies, television series, and animated programs based upon the famous superhero setting, with more included every day. From Batman to Marvel Lady, the Suicide Team to Aquaman, Shazam to the Flash, you never ever understand what the next best may bring you.
A few of these titles are actively in the works, with production finishing up and trailers set to run. Others are are on the books however not the calendar, yet. Still, the next time Marvel snaps its fingers and puts 18 more motion pictures on the MCU release calendar, anticipate DC’s list to double. Beginning in 2022, Warner Bros. prepares to have 4 DC-based motion pictures in theaters every year, with brand-new tv series appearing on the routine. To price estimate DC Movies president Walter Hamada: “With every movie that we’re looking at now, we are thinking, ‘What’s the potential Max spinoff?’”
With that in mind, here’s the most recent of what we understand about every brand-new DC comic film and program.
[Ed. note: This story only contains updates on Warner Bros.’ DC projects, not the latest in CW/Arrowverse release dates, which is a whole other disconnected can of worms.]
Peacemaker: Jan. 16, 2022
John Cena will star in an HBO Max-exclusive television series drawing out of James Gunn’s The Suicide Team. Cena will repeat his function as the Peacemaker, a type of “douchey Captain America,” who was among the motivations for Watchmen’s the Comic.
The Batman: Mar. 4, 2022
The very first solo Batman movie of the brand-new DC period was revealed in October 2014. Ben Affleck was initially set to direct and co-write the script with Geoff Johns, however he apparently stepped down from directing in January 2017 to focus more on acting.
Matt Reeves was revealed as director in February 2017 and the job was formally entitled The Batman. In July 2017, he verified that he scraped Affleck’s initial script, which included Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke, and was revamping it from scratch. Reeves has not stated whether Manganiello is still included with the movie.
Ben Affleck formally left the function of Batman, and Robert Pattinson was cast in Might 2019. The brand-new movie concentrates on a young Batman safeguarding Gotham from the machinations of the Riddler, with Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz) along for the flight. Production on the movie was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, however it is now set for a 2022 release. You can see the most recent Batman trailer here.
DC League of Super-Pets: May 20, 2022
A CG-animated variation of DC League of Super-Pets series will strike theaters in the summer season of 2022. Anticipated to rope in Krypto the Super-Dog, Ace the Bat-hound, Streaky the Supercat, and more, the animated function from directors Jared Stern (Green Eggs and Ham) and Sam Levine (Wreck-It Ralph) need to offer kids something to chew on up until they’re old enough for the edgier things.
Black Adam: July 29, 2022
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has actually been connected to the Black Adam name considering that 2008 and fans have actually been excitedly waiting for Johnson’s take on the character. A Black Adam stand-alone film was revealed in January 2017. Black Adam is among Shazam’s arch-nemeses, however in current comic advancements, the character has actually become more of an antihero.
In 2020, Warner Bros. exposed that Black Adam will likewise be an intro to a number of members of the Justice Society, and older version of the Justice League, consisting of Atom-Smasher (Noah Centino), Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell), and Medical Professional Fate (Pierce Brosnan).
The Flash: Nov. 4, 2022
The solo Flash film has actually seen its own share of quick shifts in between directors, manufacturers, and film writers. However at the minute, Ezra Miller is set to star in a movie that takes some plot components from DC Comics’ Flashpoint story, bouncing in between various timelines in the DC Universe. It will star both multiple Flashes and multiple Batmans, with Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton bot set to reprise their roles.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom: Dec. 16, 2022
With the success of the first Aquaman, it made sense for a sequel to swim its way into existence. The first film, while perhaps a bit cliché, was fun as hell and a stunning visual spectacle. A sequel was all but a foregone conclusion, and Aquaman 2 was greenlit in Feb. 2019.
Director James Wan dropped a boatload of sequel teases for in Aquaman’s mid-credits scene. Despite taking a nasty fall off of a cliff, Black Manta (a.k.a. David Kane) is surprisingly still okay. Dr. Stephen Shin, played by Randall Park (Always Be My Maybe) has secured Black Manta’s suit. The two strike a deal — Shin will help Kane get his revenge on Aquaman if Kane leads him to Atlantis. While it’s unclear if Park will return for Aquaman 2, Wan told Polygon in Dec. 2018 that he hoped the actor would return.
Shazam!: Fury of the Gods: June 2, 2023
Shazam! screenwriter Henry Gayden will return to write the script for the project, with director David F. Sandberg and producer Peter Safran also expected to return given the success of the first film. Zachary Levi and Asher Angel, who played Shazam and Billy Bastion, respectively, are expected to return along with the majority of the cast from Shazam!. And maybe even Sinbad? OK probably not, but Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu are on board as the villains, a trio of ancient Greek goddesses.
Netflix’s TV adaptation of The Sandman, the legendary comics series written by Neil Gaiman and brought to life by a variety of groundbreaking artists, is well on its way, starring Tom Sturridge as the eponymous Dreamlord, and, among other actors, Gwendoline Christie as the literal devil.
DC’s first adaptation of Blue Beetle will bring the character’s third hero, Jaime Reyes, to the screen, marking the comic book outfit’s first Latinx-lead film (and perhaps the first Latinx superhero to hit the big screen). Created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers, and Cully Hamner in the 2006 miniseries Infinite Crisis, Jaime Reyes is a Mexican-American teenager with a pretty gnarly superhero origin story: he finds an alien artifact called the Scarab that attaches itself to his spine while he sleeps, giving him creepy-cool body armor and an assortment of superpowers that he is quite bad at using. His cinematic vehicle is expected to be directed by Puerto Rican filmmaker Angel Manuel Soto (Charm City Kings).
After Joss Whedon gave up on script development for Batgirl, the production entered a kind of limbo, until Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson took a crack at it. Now the movie has a star — Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon — and a home on HBO Max. DC debuted a first look at the movie and its cast and crew at the DC FanDome.
Wonder Woman 3
Wonder Woman has spent a significant time in the past; in between her very first DC Extended Universe solo film, Wonder Woman taking place during World War II and Wonder Woman 1984 taking place in … well, the 1980s. Wonder Woman director and co-writer Patty Jenkins has stated that the third film in the series will bring the heroine into the present.
“I have pretty clear plans for Wonder Woman 3,” Jenkins told Vanity Fair in January. “Whether I [direct] it or not, I see how her arc should end in my incarnation of Wonder Woman. I have great passion for that.”
And it’s definitely happening: After the very first weekend on HBO Max, Warner Bros. Pictures immediately greenlit the threequel. Jenkins announced that she’s actively at work at the movie during a conversation with television’s Wonder Lady, Lynda Carter, at the 2021 DC FanDome.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.