The DC Extended Universe - The Known Projects

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Wonder Woman (2 June 2017)

Wonder Woman conquered 2016's Comic Con with a trailer that signaled a change of tone for the shared universe. Gal Gadot, though some think she may not be the best choice to portray the warrior princess, fit the role perfectly. The rumors that Ares was going to be the main antagonist made the prospect of this solo flick even more appealing.

A couple of trailers later, Wonder Woman still seems to be the DCEU's best chance to get on the right track. And the fact that we still don't know for certain who the main antagonist is makes it even better.

And this is in spite of the rumors saying that Wonder Woman is, like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, a convoluted mess. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this one, and I hope that Warner Bros. didn't do an excellent job solely with the trailers, as has happened before.

Justice League (17 November 2017)

This is one of the changes made after the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and after Zack Snyder's role in the DCEU was greatly diminished. Instead of being Justice League Part One, this will just be Justice League. The powers that be denied the rumor that previous plans have been scrapped and that the plan has been for two separate Justice League flicks all along. But we do know better than this"¦

With the release date closing in, we saw a teaser-trailer at last year's Comic Con, with a first full trailer rumored to be released this spring. Flash looks awesome (just like his powers), while the Batman and Wonder Woman seem to be the team leaders (Snyder, on the other hand, said that this position will be in dispute between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel).

On the other hand, people don't know what to make of the new Aquaman - even if Jason Momoa is playing the role. This character, inspired by the "˜90's version of the comic book character, is certainly Zack Snyder's own creation.

We still haven't seen the resurrected Superman, and Steppenwolf is the main antagonist. I am wondering how Snyder will juggle so many characters and timelines (since there will be multiple flashbacks, with the history of the Mother Boxes). Time will tell"¦

The Flash (27 July 2018)

I guess we can safely say that this movie will be delayed. Back in 2014, we heard that Seth Grahame-Smith would direct - however, he dropped out due to creative differences. In 2016, Rick Famuyiwa was announced as director - with Dope being a critical hit, he seemed like the best choice. And Famuyiwa took starting the process of casting and scouting for locations seriously: Kiersey Clemons will portray Iris West and Billy Crudup will portray Henry Allen.

However, in October of the same year, Rick Famuyiwa announced that he was leaving The Flash due to creative differences. Apparently, Warner Bros. wanted no more experiments, and it seemed that this was what the director came up with.

At the moment, despite the scheduled release date, The Flash has no director. The fact that Cyborg will also be squeezed into the movie makes me wonder what’s going on. Sure, the studio could say that Cyborg is being tested, and having him in a film about a better known Justice Leaguer might make the audiences more receptive.

But…what is going on here?!?

Aquaman (5 October 2018)

Of all of the big names involved in the DCEU, Jason Momoa seems to be the most excited about his solo project. Directed by James Wan of Furious 7, Insidious, and Conjuring, Aquaman will also star Amber Heard as Mera (she looks awesome in costume) and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko. And Patrick Wilson (who appeared in Insidious and The Conjuring, and voiced POTUS in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) will play the main antagonist, Orm.

The Aquaman synopsis teases an origin story in which Arthur Curry learns that he’s the rightful ruler of Atlantis and his people need him to lead. And this will put him on a collision course with his half-brother Orm Marius, also known as Ocean Master.

Jason Momoa looks ferocious as Aquaman, and it remains to be seen what the future holds for him. However, given the state of the DCEU, I wouldn't be too surprised to see the King of Atlantis used to reboot the entire shared universe.

How? Via a Flashpoint adaptation in which Aquaman will clash with Wonder Woman and bring the destruction of the world (to be noted, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman doesn't really care for the Man's World as a whole, as revealed in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice).

Shazam (5 April 2019)

When Shazam was announced, it was clear that the DCEU would be based on the new 52 comic book character versions. And this was fine for many. The fact that Dwayne The Rock Johnson had teased a role in the DCEU for ages, and that this role ended up being Black Adam, made the fans even more excited.

As it turned out, they shouldn't have been. The wrestler turned actor said that he'd play an anti-hero rather than a straight-up villain, and then later said that Black Adam was one of the best comic book heroes.

We know literally nothing about Shazam, other than The Rock connection. There is no director attached, and people said for a couple of years that this solo movie won't be tied in with the rest of the DCEU (which didn't make sense at all).

Henry Gayden (Earth to Echo) was announced last year as scriptwriter. And that's about it…Given the flick’s release date (if it will indeed be made at all), this is understandable.

Cyborg (3 April 2020)

Cyborg was one of the big surprises of the initial DCEU slate announcement, but it won't be an origin story. And besides the return of Ray Fisher as the titular superhero (after appearances in Justice League and The Flash), we really know nothing about the movie.

So will it happen? I doubt it. After the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. said that they were testing the character in order to see the how audiences responded. And this is the reason why Cyborg will also appear in The Flash.

So if the initial plan saw him starring in his standalone flick, now he is just being tested. And, given the rumors of a Teen Titans movie, maybe a Cyborg standalone flick shouldn't happen. Maybe Warner Bros. should bet on an ensemble movie - as Suicide Squad proved, ensemble flicks work pretty well at the box office, if nothing else.

No, I don't think Cyborg will have a movie.

Green Lantern Corps (24 July 2020)

Initially called Green Lantern, the plan for this movie changed with the appearance of the first rumors that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a mess. So now we’ll have a Green Lantern Corps movie.

Initial reports said that the flick would feature multiple Earth-based Green Lanterns. However, it was announced in the beginning of 2017 that it would feature just Hal Jordan and John Stewart (and for many fans, this sounds a lot like a buddy cop movie, in the vein of Lethal Weapon - which isn't necessarily a bad idea).

Shortlists of actors for the part of Hal Jordan surfaced, and quite a few big names were included (Jake Gyllenhaal was my favorite for the role, based on his numerous great performances).

Other than that, this won't be an origin story, which is great news yet again. And rumor has it that Green Lantern Corps will throw audiences straight into a war with the Sinestro Corps (and, obviously, there are plenty of rumors out there concerning which comic book storyline will be adapted). Even more, Mark Strong confirmed that he is willing to return as Sinestro, after portraying the character in 2011's Green Lantern).

And now - the other projects that have been announced, but still lack release dates!

The Batman

When the first nine DCEU movies were announced in 2014, the biggest surprise was that there was no Batman reboot in sight. However, Ben Affleck proved to be a capable Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so the studio changed its initial plans (apparently, this is the Batman Extended Universe, as some fans say).

Deathstroke, played by Joe Manganiello, was confirmed to appear, and Jared Leto also teased on Instagram that he would appear. Ben Affleck will co-write, star, direct, and produce - so there’s a lot of pressure on him, especially since he said that his movie would include multiple villains from the Dark Knight's rogues gallery (does this mean that we’ll head deep into Arkham?)

At this moment, we don’t know what the story will be about - but it’s rumored that it will be either a Red Hood or a Serious House adaptation.

Warner Bros. wanted to release The Batman (as it’s now called) in late 2018. But since Ben Affleck said time and time again that the script isn't perfect yet, and that he doesn't intend to fail with this one, it's safe to say that his solo movie will be delayed"¦

Justice League 2

"¦and Warner Bros. delayed Justice League 2 to make room for The Batman. It's pretty chaotic, isn't it?

Initially, this was supposed to be the second part of Justice League. But those plans were scrapped after the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Zack Snyder won't direct this one, even though he was announced to helm both of the Justice League movies (I guess Warner Bros. has had enough). So, right now, nothing is certain about this project.

We can assume that, after Steppenwolf's arrival this year, Darkseid will also make an appearance. And maybe it’s for the better for Justice League 2 to be released after 2020 - that way, the full superhero team will be there to greet him, including Green Lantern and Shazam (if Shazam is made, of course).

A while ago, Zack Snyder teased the existence of the Anti-Life Equation in the DCEU. So who knows? We’ll wait and see whether the Flashpoint happens before or after Justice League 2.

Gotham City Sirens

Well before Suicide Squad was released, it was reported that Warner Bros. was satisfied with Margot Robbie's performance, and they intended to give her a spin-off focused on her Harley Quinn character. Suicide Squad may have been a critical disaster, but the studio eventually green lighted the project.

However, it won't be a Harley Quinn standalone flick. Instead, with a script written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (her IMDB page has only future projects listed), the film will focus on Harley and other DC female baddies. Called Gotham City Sirens, we suspect that it will also feature Catwoman and Poison Ivy. Furthermore, the rumors say that Harley will break up with The Joker in this one, so we can expect that Jared Leto might drop in.

David Ayer will direct - and, at this point, I don't know what to make of that. He is a skilled director - however, big budget movies don't seem to be his thing.

Justice League Dark

This project has been cooking since 2013, when Guillermo del Toro teased it for the first time. Back then, he said that he was writing a Dark Universe movie for Warner Bros., and that he was going to direct it, as well (obviously, like Shazam, it wasn't supposed to be included in the DCEU). But then del Toro had to drop out - but maybe it was for the better, especially if his script remained.

Constantine, Swamp Thing, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, and Zatanna were confirmed to appear in the flick.

I said that maybe it was for the better that del Toro exited the project because Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) was later attached to direct. That aside, we don’t know when Justice League Dark will be released. But yes - it’s part of the DCEU and Warner Bros. considers it a priority.

And speaking of priorities"¦

Man of Steel 2

Man of Steel was the first DCEU movie, but there was no sequel. The projected second part of his solo franchise was transformed into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Russell Crowe revealed that an entire Man of Steel trilogy was scrapped with the BvS announcement). Afterward, Henry Cavill said that the studio shouldn't hurry, because Superman was too powerful and too complex - a Man of Steel sequel should arrive much further down the line, when the entire universe has been established.

But after the release of Batman v Superman, the studio said that Man of Steel 2 is a priority. Back in October of 2016, Amy Adams revealed that work on the script had begun, with Henry Cavill also assuming the role of producer.

Will we see Brainiac? Will it introduce Supergirl? Nobody knows. However, this next villain/anti-hero/hero will most likely appear in it.

Black Adam

This was the biggest surprise of them all: Black Adam will receive his own solo flick, most likely before 2019, when Shazam is supposed to be released. I have no idea where this idea came from - it makes sense from one point of view, since everybody would know who Black Adam is. However"¦

When one hears The Rock say that Black Adam is one of the most interesting heroes, one has to wonder what Warner Bros. is thinking.

Besides a rumored director (Brad Peyton, who worked with The Rock on San Andreas), nothing is known about this project. Based on the star's teases, we can assume that Superman will appear in the flick.

But, really - why?

Suicide Squad 2, Lobo, Deadshot

Finally, there are these movies. As expected, despite being eviscerated by the critics, Suicide Squad made enough cash to ensure a sequel. At first, David Ayer was supposed to direct the movie, and make it R-rated (as it should have been from the start). But since he’s now going to direct Gotham City Sirens

Furthermore, given the announcement that Deadshot will also receive a solo flick, should we hold our breath for a Suicide Squad sequel any time soon? Not really. And if you’re wondering why Deadshot will have a spin-off, you’re not alone.

Lastly, Warner Bros. has wanted to film Lobo since 2009, when Guy Ritchie was set to direct. Since then, director Brad Peyton was also in talks, but he left the project (and now, apparently, he’s set to direct Black Adam). In March 2016, although Warner Bros. didn’t consider it a priority, Jason Fuchs, who penned Pan and Ice Age: Continental Drift, signed on to write the script.

And these are all of the projects that Warner Bros. has announced. There are quite a few of them. But I wonder how many will be dropped by, say, 2018 (if the first Justice League fails, it’s likely that many titles on this list will disappear).

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