The world of DC comic books comes to life in Warner Bros. expansive slate of films, TV series, and animated shows based on the legendary superhero setting, with more added each day. From Batman to Wonder Woman, the Suicide Squad to Aquaman, Shazam to the Flash, you never know what the next premiere might bring you.
Some of these titles are actively in the works, with production wrapping up and trailers set to run. Others are are on the books but not the calendar, yet. Still, the next time Marvel snaps its fingers and puts 18 more movies on the MCU release calendar, expect DC’s list to double. Starting in 2022, Warner Bros. plans to have four DC-based movies in theaters every year, with new television series popping up on the regular. To quote DC Films 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 latest of what we know about every new DC comic movie and show.
[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.]
DC League of Super-Pets: July 29
The CG-animated DC League of Super-Pets movie will hit theaters in the summer of 2022. Starring Dwayne Johnson as Krypto the Super-Dog and a slew of other celebrities as animals endowed with superpowers, the animated feature from directors Jared Stern (Green Eggs and Ham) and Sam Levine (Wreck-It Ralph) should give kids something to chew on until they’re old enough for the edgier stuff.
The Sandman: Aug. 5
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 lord of dreams, and, among other actors, Gwendoline Christie as the literal devil.
Black Adam: Oct. 21
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been attached to the Black Adam name since 2008 and fans have been eagerly awaiting Johnson’s take on the character. A Black Adam stand-alone movie was announced in January 2017. Black Adam is one of Shazam’s arch-nemeses, but in recent comic developments, the character has turned into more of an antihero.
In 2020, Warner Bros. revealed that Black Adam will also be an introduction to several members of the Justice Society, and older incarnation of the Justice League, including Atom-Smasher (Noah Centino), Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell), and Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan).
Shazam!: Fury of the Gods: Dec. 21
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.
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 DC FanDome in 2021.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom: Mar. 17
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.
The Flash: June 23
The solo Flash movie has seen its own share of speedy shifts between directors, producers, and screenwriters and release dates. But at the moment, Ezra Miller is set to star in a film that takes some plot elements from DC Comics’ Flashpoint storyline, bouncing between different 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.
Blue Beetle: Aug. 18
DC’s first adaptation of Blue Beetle will bring the character’s third incarnation, Jaime Reyes, to the screen, marking the comic book outfit’s first Latinx-lead film. 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).
Undated, but in production
An Amanda Waller-based Peacemaker spinoff
Peacemaker will return for a second season, but that isn’t the only thing Warner Bros. has in the pipe for the extended group of Suicide Squad characters. James Gunn is developing an Amanda Waller-centric show, with Viola Davis in negotiations to return.
The Dead Boy Detectives
Edwin Paine and Charles Rowland are dead, they’re boys, and they’re detectives. Together with their friend Crystal, a teenage medium, they are the Dead Boy Detective Agency, recurring characters from DC’s Vertigo comics line who originated in The Sandman. After a guest appearance in the third season of Doom Patrol, Warner Bros. has ordered an 8-episode full season of a Dead Boy Detectives TV series for HBO Max.
Wonder Woman 3
Wonder Woman has spent a significant time in the past; between her 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 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 TV’s Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, at the 2021 DC FanDome.
The Batman 2
The success of The Batman made a sequel inevitable, and Warner Bros. signed Matt Reeves and the rest of the acting crew for The Batman 2 in 2019. Reeves has mentioned a number of possibilities for the villains and plot of the film, but as far as we know, nothing is yet set in stone.
In the meantime, Reeves is working on two The Batman spin-off TV series for HBO Max, the most developed of which is The Penguin, a series all about Colin Ferrell’s hook-nosed mobster. An untitled series about Arkham Asylum is also in the planning.