While the groundwork for the DC Cinematic Universe was laid down in Man of Steel, this new franchise of superhero movies from Warner Bros. really kicks into high gear with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The action-adventure features two of the most iconic DC Heroes together for the first time, as The Dark Knight and The First Son of Krypton go head-to-head in the greatest fight ever brought to the big screen. The hard-hitting adventure will introduce several other DCCU characters, including Wonder Woman in her first ever DC movies appearance.
The other DC Superheros to be introduced in Batman v Superman include Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg. They will form the Justice League before moving onto an epic ensemble that sees all of these DC comic characters working together to fight an evil force that wants to destroy the entire world. Each character will then get their own DC Comics Movie over the course of the next 5 years, with a total of 10 releases planned. There are also rumors that a Batman solo adventure will be announced, making it a total of 11 movies before the year 2020.
It is possible that the Batman solo film will expand into a trilogy, with Ben Affleck reprising his on-screen role, while directing and co-writing each installment. Superman, who was introduced to the new DCEU (DC Expanded Universe) in Man of Steel, was supposed to get a proper sequel that instead became Batman v Superman. At this time, there are no plans for a Superman standalone sequel. But that could change before 2020.
The superheroes aren’t the only ones that get to have fun. Suicide Squad, which releases a few months after Batman V Superman, will introduce a group of DC Villains to the screen as they work with the government on a do-or-die mission that could win them their freedom. The other DC Comics Movies that we’ll be seeing throughout the last half of the decade include, in order of release, Wonder Woman and Justice League Part 1 in 2017, The Flash and Aquaman in 2018, with a possible Batman solo movie being lined up for that year. Shazam and Justice League Part 2 in 2019, and then 2020 will wrap up with Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps.
Warner Bros.’ DC Comic Movies will also expand to the Vertigo line, which includes Sandman, Dark Universe (which is also known as Justice League Dark), and Legions of Super-Heroes, which is described as the Guardians of the Galaxy of the DCCU. There are also rumors that a Metal Men movie is in the works.
- June 14th, 2013
- 148 mins
A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.
- March 25th, 2016
- 151 mins
Fearing the actions of a god-like superhero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman vs Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
- August 5th, 2016
- 130 mins
It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?
- June 2nd, 2017
- 141 mins
Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that's raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.
- November 17th, 2017
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
- March 16th, 2018
The Flash is a movie in early stages of development about Barry Allen as The Flash. The film is the sixth film in the DC Extended Universe. There are rumurs of the first human Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) appearing in the movie either as a supporting character in the story or simply making a cameo.
Ezra Miller will play Barry Allen in The Flash, debuting in 2018. The actor will likely have a cameo appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where the entire Justice League team will presumably be revealed for the first time.
- October 5th, 2018
Ben Affleck and DC's chief creative officer Geoff Johns are teaming up to write an Untitled Batman Reboot, which the actor will also star in as Batman and direct. Warner Bros. and DC apparently have much bigger plans for Ben Affleck's Batman. There are claims that studio is now developing a new Batman trilogy of stand alone Dark Knight movies, in which Affleck would direct and star in.
- December 21st, 2018
Aquaman is a planned movie and is the seventh film in the DC Extended Universe about Arthur Curry's destiny as the King of Atlantis.
Sunrise Entertainment's producers Alan and Peter Riche are devoloping Aquaman to the big screen for Warner Bros. Pictures. Ben Grant, a first time scribe, was hired to write the screenplay. However the film fell through. In 2007 Santiago Cabrera was cast as Aquaman in its upcoming JLA film. However, later in the year the movie was shelved. In July 2009 it was reported that Aquaman is in development at Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way. Warner chairman and CEO Barry Meyer says that the Aquaman film is in development.
The project was announced on October 15, 2014 with Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Orin, Aquaman.
- April 5th, 2019
Shazam is an upcoming film and the eighth film in the DC Extended Unikverse about Billy Batson becoming Shazam. A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was originally considering taking the role of Captain Marvel. However, he was approached by comic books fans who explained the villain, Black Adam, to him in an attempt to persuade him to take that role instead. The combination of the fans' request and the fact that the character seemed more interesting prompted Johnson to take that role instead.
- June 14th, 2019
Justice League: Part Two is the upcoming sequel to Part One. It will a part of the DC Extended Universe, and will be directed by Zack Snyder and would unite the DC comic characters Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman, Green Lantern and Flash.
- November 1st, 2019
The sequel to 2016's Suicide Squad. DC and Warner Bros. have not yet greenlit this movie.
- April 3rd, 2020
A DC Comics solo adventure centered on Ray Fisher as Cyborg, which arrives in theaters following his debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League - Part 1 and Justice League - Part 2. Cyborg is a movie in early stages of development and the 10th film in the DC Extended Universe.
- July 24th, 2020
A reboot of the Green Lantern franchise, and an extension of the DC Extended Universe franchise. Rumor has it, Tyrese Gibson may be in the lead role for Green Lantern himself.
The Green Lantern Corps are an intergalactic police force that patrols the 3600 sectors of the universe. The organization was founded and, for several billion years, led by the Guardians of the Universe. After the events of Rise of the Third Army and Wrath of the First Lantern, leadership of the corps passed to the Templar Guardians and Hal Jordan. Early rumors that the movie would center not on one Green Lantern but on multiple Green Lanterns in the Green Lantern Corps.