Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice may not have affected the impending DCEU slate, but it has altered Warner Bros.' entire movie slate in general. Because of the epic adventure's lackluster performance at the box office, the studio is now focusing solely on tentpole blockbusters. And with this comes two more unnamed DC movies, which will expand the planned DECU through the year 2020.
Way back in October 2014, to counter what Marvel Studios was doing with its planned Phase 3, DC and Warner Bros. announced their own epic slate of movies coming between 2016 and 2020. Since that time, nothing has officially deviated until now, even though there had been rumors of other DC movies being added to this cinematic universe. A year and a half later, they have decided to add two more movies to this already overflowing plate.
These two currently untitled DC movies will arrive on October 5, 2018 and November 1, 2019. DC and Warner Bros. have also decided to give Wonder Woman a slightly earlier release date, moving it from June 23 to June 2 of next year. Where it once had the weekend all to itself in 2017, it will now be facing off against Bad Boys 3, Captain Underpants and Barbie. The first new DC movie currently has no October competion for that whole month. The same goes for the 2019 release.
DC and Warner Bros. will now have three movies coming out in both 2018 and 2019, which matches Marvel Studios plans to release three movies during those years as well. In 2017, they will only have two releases, as they did this year with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, which hits theaters this August. Arriving next year will be the aforementioned Wonder Woman in its new release slot, along with Justice League Part 1 arriving November 17, 2017.
In 2018, we will get The Flash standalone movie on March 16 followed by Aquaman on July 27. In recent weeks, it has been rumored that the Untitled Batman Reboot will arrive in 2018. The film already has a script written by Ben Affleck who will star and direct. But the movie has never been officially confirmed by DC and Warner Bros. If we had to guess, it would be this movie that is arriving in this newly announced October 5 slot.
In 2019, we're getting Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam in Shazam!, which, while confirmed to be part of the DCEU, is being released by Warner Bros.' sister company New Line. Justice League Part 2 is set for June 14. And then that puts the untitled DC movie arriving in November. Guessing this title is a little harder. Most speculators have their money placed on Suicide Squad 2. But we might also see Lobo land here. It doesn't sound like Warner Bros. is at all interested in moving forward on Man of Steel 2, especially with how Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been mauled by the critics, and the epic drop-off it experienced at the box office in its second weekend.
Rounding out the DCEU slate in 2020 is Cyborg, a character who will reportedly appear in The Flash movie. Green Lantern Corps. brings this Phase of the DCEU to a close in summer 2020. These latest two additions to the DCEU line-up will surely keep fans guessing until they are revealed, but Warner Bros. hasn't been too fast in officially announcing these movies. And that might be because they don't yet know what will fill these slots themselves. Also on the docket are Dark Universe, also known as Justice League Dark. Blue Beetle and Booster Gold is a good guess too, and we can't forget about Legion of Super-Heroes, DC's galactic answer to Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. So, what do you think?