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The superhero movie genre is the biggest around, and with so many different superhero movies in the works at any given time, it can be hard to keep things straight. While we have an exhaustive list of every upcoming superhero movie’s release date, we wanted to bring you a more specific list focusing exclusively on upcoming DC movies. Warner Bros. officially kicked off a DC Extended Universe with Man of Steel, which was followed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and Justice League. And after a bit of rejiggering and adjustment, Warner Bros. and DC Films have put together an ambitious slate of movies currently in the works.

Below you’ll find an extensive list of every upcoming DC movie officially in the works, including what we know so far and a status update. Not all of these movies will actually come to fruition, but it’s clear Warner Bros. has ambitious plans to mine the DC Comics library for years to come. So take a look below.

RELATED: How to Watch the DC Movies in Order (Chronologically and By Release Date)

The Suicide Squad

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Release Date: August 6, 2021

Status: In post-production

Director: James Gunn

Cast: Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, Viola Davis, Michael Rooker, Joel Kinnaman, John Cena, Jai Courtney, Nathan Fillion, David Dastmalchian, Taika Waititi, Alice Braga, Sean Gunn, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Flula Borg, Peter Capaldi, Joaquín Cosío, Mayling Ng, Juan Diego Botto, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Julio Ruis, and Jennifer Holland

What We Know So Far: Warner Bros. looked at some intriguing names to replace director David Ayer on this sequel. Mel Gibson was approached towards the end of 2016, but Warner Bros. eventually moved on and offered the movie to Jaume Collet-Serra of The Shallows and Non-Stop fame, only to see him pass. Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant) was subsequently set to direct, but while this film seemed primed to start shooting in Fall 2018, O’Connor’s take was apparently too similar to the Birds of Prey movie, which was poised to start shooting first, and he left the project entirely.

Then Warner Bros. hired James Gunn to write a script with an eye to direct, and a few months later it was revealed that Gunn would indeed be directing this film, which is now titled The Suicide Squad. It’s described as a cross between a reboot and a sequel, including some returning characters from Ayer’s film plus new additions. Will Smith  is out, but Warner Bros. brought back Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn alongside Jai CourtneyViola Davis, and Joel KinnamanIdris Elba is set to play Bloodsport after initially being eyed to replace Smith as  Deadshot, David Dastmalchian is playing Polka Dot Man, and Daniela Melchior is Ratcatcher.

Filming was completed before the COVID-19 shutdown, and post-production has continued from home. The film is described as being in the vein of a gritty 70s war movie and will be released on HBO Max the same day it’s in theaters.

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The Batman

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Release Date: March 4, 2022

Status: In post-production

DirectorMatt Reeves

Cast: Robert PattinsonZoe KravitzColin FarrellPaul Dano, Andy Serkis, Jeffrey WrightJohn Turturro, and Peter Sarsgaard.

What We Know So Far: There is a long, long, long development history for this one, so we’ll keep it brief. After months of speculation, Warner Bros. finally got Ben Affleck to agree to direct and star in a Batman standalone movie called The Batman in July 2015, with Affleck having penned a script with Geoff Johns. However, Affleck subsequently stepped down from the director’s chair, opting instead just to star in this movie while Warner Bros. set Dawn of the Planet of the Apes filmmaker Matt Reeves to take the helm instead. Rumors swirled that Affleck might exit the film altogether, and indeed in January 2019 it was finally confirmed that Batfleck is no more.

Reeves’ film will introduce a younger Batman and is intended to be noir-esque in tone, with Reeves wanting to really hone in on the detective aspect of the character that hasn’t yet been fully explored in film. Robert Pattinson will be donning the cape and cowl, beating out other contenders like Armie HammerNicholas Hoult, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Rounding out the ensemble is Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Colin Farrell as Penguin, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Andy Serkis as Alfred, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, and Peter Sarsgaard as a mystery character who may or may not be Two-Face.

Filming began in early 2020 in the UK. The film had been scheduled for release on June 25, 2021 but was pushed back to October 1, 2021 due to COVID-19 and then delayed again to March 2022.

Reeves revealed at DC FanDome that the movie takes place in Year Two of Bruce Wayne being Batman, and is a mystery thriller that follows him investigating a series of crimes committed by The Riddler. It is not another origin story.

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The Flash

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Release Date: November 4, 2022

Status: In pre-production

Director: Andy Muschietti

Cast: Ezra MillerMichael KeatonBen AffleckKiersey Clemons, and Sasha Calle

What We Know So FarThe Flash movie has had a pretty long road so far. Back in April 2015, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were hired to write a story treatment with the hope that they would direct, but the duo departed to take the helm of Solo: A Star Wars Story instead. Ezra Miller remained attached to star, having been cast as The Flash for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and in October 2015 Dark Shadows screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith was hired to write the script and direct. Grahame-Smith was them removed from the project in April 2016, with WB wanting to take the film in a different direction, and Dope helmer Rick Famuyiwa was hired as his replacement. Famuyiwa cast Kiersey Clemons as Iris West and Billy Crudup as Flash’s father Harry Allen, but by August 2016, Famuyiwa departed the project over creative differences.

While the film was supposed to start filming in early 2017, Famuyiwa’s exit threw a wrench into WB’s plans and the studio opted to slow things down while Miller went off to shoot Fantastic Beasts 2Joby Harold (King Arthur) came on to do a page-one rewrite of the script, and in May 2017 Robert Zemeckis and Matthew Vaughn surfaced as WB’s top choices to direct. The studio revealed in July 2017 that the film would be titled Flashpointindicating the story will be adapting the famous comics arc that sees Barry going back into the past to save his mother’s life, thus creating an alternate timeline. Speculation then began that this Flashpoint twist could allow WB to “fix” some issues in the DCEU by altering the timeline.

At long last, Warner Bros. hired Vacation directors and Spider-Man: Homecoming co-writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to take the helm in early 2018, based in part on the strength of their Warner Bros. action comedy Game Night.

But production was pushed once again, as Ezra Miller was originally due to shoot Fantastic Beasts 3 in Fall/Winter 2019. Filming on The Flash movie couldn’t begin before that.

In March 2019, a report surfaced there was creative tension between Miller’s vision (darker, gritter) and Daley and Goldstein’s vision (lighter, more fun), to the point that Warner Bros. allowed Miller to write a version of the script himself with the help of Grant Morrison to show what his take would look like. The implication was that if Warner Bros. wasn’t happy with the script Miller created, he could be out as Flash.

Well cut to July 2019, and Daley and Goldstein voluntarily left the project while IT and Mama filmmaker Andy Muschietti entered negotiations to take over as director—the project’s fourth filmmaker in four years. Not only that, but Warner Bros. didn’t like Miller’s script after all and is tossing it, albeit while keeping Miller attached as the lead character. Instead, Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey) took on screenplay duties and filming was due to begin in 2020, but was pushed again after the COVID-19 shutdown.

The film will introduce the multiverse to DC movies and will find Michael Keaton reprising his role as Batman from Tim Burton‘s film, with Ben Affleck also returning as Batman. The film will introduce Sasha Calle as Supergirl.

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Aquaman 2

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Release Date: December 16, 2022

Status: In development

Director: TBD

Cast: Jason MomoaAmber Heard, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

What We Know So Far: When Aquaman hit theaters in December 2018, it surprisingly became the highest-grossing film of the DCEU thus far, topping out at over $1.1 billion. With that in mind, Warner Bros. set about getting the wheels in motion on a sequel, though director James Wan cautioned that he wouldn’t move forward on it until the script was right. The studio has now set a far-away 2022 release date to give the film enough time to develop, and Aquaman co-writer (and frequent Wan collaborator) David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick has been tasked with writing the screenplay. Wan finally signed on ti dorect Aquaman 2, but this one is no doubt a priority for Warner Bros. given the popularity of the first movie.

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Shazam! Fury of the Gods

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Release Date: June 2, 2023

Status: In development

Director: David F. Sandberg

Cast: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Adam Brody, and Faithe Herman

What We Know So Far: In April 2019, following the box office success of Shazam!, New Line Cinema hired Shazam! writer Henry Gayden to write the screenplay for a sequel, with director David F. Sandberg and producer Peter Safran also expected to return.

Sandberg revealed at DC FanDome that the title is Shazam! Fury of the Gods.

The film had been scheduled for release on April 1, 2022 and was supposed to start filming in Summer 2022, but was pushed back to November 4, 2022 due to COVID-19 and then eventually to 2023.

Black Adam

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Release Date: TBA

Status: In development

Director: Jauma Collet-Serra

Cast: Dwayne Johnson and Noah Centineo

What We Know So Far: This project first surfaced years ago, when Warner Bros. secured Dwayne Johnson to play Shazam villain Black Adam. The idea was for Johnson to star in the Shazam movie, but in the spring of 2017 Johnson revealed that they had decided to make two separate movies: one for Shazam, and one for his antagonist/antihero Black Adam. Johnson will lead the latter while Shazam moved forward separately and became a success. This one’s been in development for a long time, but movement is starting to occur as Warner Bros. set Due Date writer Adam Sztykiel to pen the screenplay. The film finally found a director in Jaume Collet-Serra, with whom Johnson just worked on Disney’s upcoming Jungle Cruise movie.

The film will introduce the Justice Society of America, including the characters of Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), Dr. Fate, Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), and Cyclone.

Filming was due to begin in July 2020 with Oscar-nominated Joker cinematographer Lawrence Sher serving as the DP, but that’s now unclear due to the COVID-19 shutdown. Warner Bros. subsequently pulled the film off its original December 2021 release date.

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Wonder Woman 3

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Release Date: TBA

Status: In development

DirectorPatty Jenkins

CastGal Gadot

What We Know So Far: Shortly after the release of Wonder Woman 1984, Warner Bros. announced that they were fast-tracking development of Wonder Woman 3 with Patty Jenkins returning to write and direct and Gal Gadot returning to star. Jenkins has long said she planned a trilogy arc for Gadot’s Wonder Woman, but her idea for Wonder Woman 3 shifted during the pandemic and she’s now noodling on a new idea. It’s unclear where Wonder Woman 3 will fall in her schedule, as Jenkins is also directing a new Star Wars movie called Rogue Squadron that’s set for release in 2023.

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The Trench

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Release Date: TBD

Status: In development

Director: TBD

Cast: TBD

What We Know So Far: Based on the immense success of Aquamanand given director James Wan‘s horror proclivities, Warner Bros. has put into development a spinoff called The TrenchThe idea is to further explore the Trench location from the hit DC movie and create a film with a lower budget than Aquaman, but more of a horror tone. Up-and-coming screenwriters Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald have been tasked with penning the script, and Wan is onboard as a producer alongside Peter Safran.

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Untitled Superman Reboot

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Release Date: TBD

Status: In Development

Director: TBD

Cast: TBD

What We Know So Far: In March 2021, it was announced that J.J. Abrams would produce a new Superman movie to be written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The film will feature a Black Superman for the first time on the big screen.

Batgirl

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Release Date: TBA

Status: In development

Director: TBA

Cast: TBA

What We Know So Far: Warner Bros. pulled Joss Whedon over from Marvel to write and direct a Batgirl movie in Spring 2017. Whedon had said he favored hiring an unknown or little-known actress in the lead role, but his work on Batgirl was waylaid when he was tasked with taking over directorial duties on Justice League, overseeing reshoots and post-production. Then, in early 2018, Whedon announced he was departing Batgirl altogether, saying it took him a year to realize he “didn’t have a story.” All signs now point to WB enlisting a female filmmaker to bring Batgirl to the big screen and take over the project. Most recently, they’ve hired Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey) to write the script.

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New Gods

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Release Date: TBD

Status: In development

Director: Ava DuVernay

Cast: TBA

What We Know So Far: In March 2018, after releasing her history-making Disney blockbuster A Wrinkle in Time, it was announced that acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma) would be making a New Gods movie for DC. The film will be an adaptation of the Jack Kirby comic, which saw a legion of new gods rise up after the old gods were destroyed by Ragnarok. It involves lots of weird stuff and the villainous Darkseid, but there’s no telling what specific story DuVernay has honed in on here. She’s been busy making the Netflix limited series called When They See Us, but it was revealed in 2019 that Tom Kring is now co-writing New Gods with DuVernay.

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Blackhawk

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Release Date: TBD

Status: In development

Director: Possibly Steven Spielberg

Cast: TBD

What We Know So Far: After directing Ready Player One for Warner Bros., the studio convinced Steven Spielberg to remain in-house—at least potentially—to make his superhero movie debut. The project is Blackhawk based on the DC Comic of the same name which revolved around a team of ace pilots during World War II. To be fair this is less a superhero movie than a comic book movie, and when initially announced, all we know for sure is that Spielberg is going to produce the film with the possibility of directing. This is very tenuous, as Spielberg has his fingers in a lot of pots at all times, but if the right script comes along he could certainly pull the trigger and get this thing rolling.

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Untitled Jared Leto Joker Movie

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Release Date: TBD

Status: In development

Director: TBD

CastJared Leto

What We Know So Far: Yes indeed, this is a separate Joker standalone movie from the Joaquin Phoenix one. It was announced in June 2018 that Jared Leto‘s Joker is getting his own standalone movie as well, with Leto serving as executive producer. That’s about all we know at this point, and the project could very easily never happen as this announcement may have been made to appease Leto after his displeasure at WB greenlighitng Joker. Leto separately stars in Sony’s Morbius movie, so make of that what you will.

Untitled Joker/Harley Quinn Movie

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Release Date: TBA

Status: In development

DirectorsJohn Requa and Glenn Ficarra

Cast: Margot Robbie and Jared Leto

What We Know So Far: Warner Bros. is developing what’s described as a “criminal love story” Suicide Squad spinoff revolving around Joker and Harley Quinn, with Margot Robbie and Jared Leto poised to reprise their roles. Robbie’s Focus and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot filmmakers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra have been pegged to write, direct, and produce the film. There are conflicting reports as to whether this film is the evolution of the now-dead Gotham City Sirens, or if that film is still separately in development alongside this one. But Ayer’s involvement in Gotham City Sirens is unclear, whereas this Joker/Harley Quinn spinoff was announced in August 2017. Requa and Ficarra turned in their script, which they described as Bad Santa meets This Is Us, but it’s up to Warner Bros. if/when they want to make it.

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Supergirl

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Release Date: TBD

Status: In development

Director: TBD

Cast: TBD

What We Know So Far: It was revealed in August 2018 that Warner Bros. was putting into development a Supergirl movie, with Oren Uziel (The Cloverfield Paradox) writing the screenplay. Not much else is known at this time, but this is one that’s certainly in the works.

Nightwing

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Release Date: TBA

Status: In development

Director: Chris McKay

Cast: TBA

What We Know So Far: Warner Bros. revealed in February 2017 that The LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay had been signed to direct a Nightwing movie with Bill Dubuque (The Judge) writing the screenplay. The filmmaker has teased a “badass action” take on the comics character, who in comics lore is the grown-up alter ego of Dick Grayson aka Robin. McKay has said pre-production could begin in early 2018, but that never happened. Moreover, McKay seems to be hedging his bets in case Nightwing goes south, as he has since signed on to direct various other projects. We haven’t had an update on this one in a while.

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Justice League Dark

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Release Date: TBD

Status: In development

Director: TBD

Cast: TBD

What We Know So Far: Warner Bros. has been developing an adaptation of Justice League Dark for awhile now, with Guillermo del Toro first writing a script a few years ago before departing the project. But with the DCEU now up and running, Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity helmer Doug Liman signed on to direct in August 2016, and then left the project in May 2017 to direct Gambit for Fox/Marvel. WB is looking for a replacement and had been eyeing an A-List ensemble for the pic, which focuses on the DC superheroes with more supernatural powers as opposed to the bright and shiny heroes of the Justice League proper. The protagonists of Justice League Dark aren’t exactly antiheroes either, as the comics lineup has included folks like John Constantine and Swamp Thing.

Most recently, it was reported that J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot would be developing films and TV shows based on the Justice League Dark comics.

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Gotham City Sirens

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Release Date: TBD

Status: Unknown

Director: David Ayer (?)

Writer: Geneve Robertson-Dworet

Cast: Margot Robbie

What We Know So Far: Shortly after the release of Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie put in motion a female-centric spinoff film that would follow her Harley Quinn and other DC characters like Poison Ivy. Suicide Squad writer/director David Ayer was subsequently announced as the one spearheading the project with Geneva Robertson-Dworet writing the script, but it’s been a couple of years since we had an update on this project and frankly Birds of Prey seems like it kind of took the space for this one, so we’ll see if it ever gets made.

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Untitled Man of Steel Sequel

Release Date: TBA

Status: Unknown

Director: TBA

CastHenry Cavill (?)

What We Know So Far: Instead of crafting a traditional sequel to Man of SteelZack Snyder and Warner Bros. opted to expand the DC universe with a follow-up film called Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. And while a Man of Steel sequel has not officially been announced as on the books, Henry Cavill has expressed interest in doing another solo Superman movie and we know that Warner Bros. is quietly trying to put one together. Matthew Vaughn, the filmmaker behind Kingsman and Kick Ass, has most recently been in discussions with Warner Bros. about directing what he describes as a colorful and heroic Man of Steel 2, so it’s certainly a possibility.

Then all hopes for this movie were dashed in September 2018, when it was reported that Cavill was now out as Superman and Warner Bros. is instead focusing on Supergirl and potentially rebooting the Superman property with a new actor. So who knows, this project could very well be donezo, but as recently as 2019 Cavill was saying he hadn’t given up yet.

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Untitled Deathstroke Movie

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Release Date: TBA

Status: Unknown

DirectorGareth Evans

Cast: Joe Manganiello

What We Know So Far: Joe Manganiello was cast as Batman villain Deathstroke for Justice League while the film was in production under the direction of Zack Snyder, and while it was reported that Deathstroke would be the primary villain of Ben Affleck‘s standalone The Batman, that’s likely out the window now that Batfleck is no more. Matt Reeves took over as director of The Batman and is reportedly working on his own trilogy idea, but Warner Bros. entered talks with The Raid filmmaker Gareth Evans to direct a Deathstroke, standalone movie in October 2017. Evans has since said he has no idea if this project will ever happen, so we’ll see.

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