In 2013, the DC comics extended universe burst into life with Man Of Steel. Three years later, and Warner Bros have plotted out a huge slate of DC Comics film adaptations to follow on from Henry Cavill’s first turn in the cape.
We’ll see Batman, , The Flash and many more iconic characters gracing cinema screens in the next few years. And now that you’ve probably seen Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad, here’s what to expect next…
Zack Snyder’s third DC extended universe movie will be Justice League (which is no longer dubbed ‘Part One‘). It’ll unite Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and probably a load of other heroes, too.
They’ll face off against Steppenwolf, a minion of giant space villain Darkseid (who was teased a lots in Bats V Supes). A cosmic-sized threat like this makes a lot of sense, as there needs to be a big enough reason for all the heroes to band together.
Ezra Miller of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Trainwreck and We Need To Talk About Kevin fame will play Barry Allen, AKA The Flash, in this DC Comics movie that reaches American cinemas on 23rd March 2018 (we’ll update all of these when exact UK dates are announced). Unless you blinked for quite a long time, you probably spotted him in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Seth Grahame-Smith – who penned Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Dark Shadows – wrote the latest draft of the script before departing this project and making room for Dope‘s Rick Famuyiwa in the director’s chair.
July 2018: Aquaman
Arriving on the 27th July 2018 in the States, this one will star Game Of Thrones alum Jason Momoa as DC’s seafaring, fish-talking, trident-lobbing hero Aquaman. James Wan of Saw, Insidious and Fast & Furious 7 will direct from a script by horror regular David Johnson.
Batman V Superman showed us that Aquaman isn’t a fan of human interaction and very much already exists in the DC Extended Universe, so it seems unlikely that we’ll see a feature length origin story here. We’ll update you as we hear more.
April 2019: Shazam!
Dwayne ‘We Probably Shouldn’t Call Him The Rock Anymore’ Johnson is the only cast member currently confirmed for this kid-friendly comic book adaptation. He’ll play Black Adam, the evil nemesis of the titular hero, Shazam.
According to comic book tradition, Shazam is a young boy called Billy Batson who – after uttering the word ‘shazam’ – transforms into an adult-sized hero with super strength, enhanced intelligence and lightning-based powers. Bill Birch is currently working on the screenplay, aiming for a 5th April 2019 release date in the USA.
June 2019: Justice League sequel
A year and a half after the first Justice League movie, another one will be released. Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller are believed to be among the cast, and Zack Snyder will again direct. Interestingly, this one no longer has the words ‘Part Two’ in its title.
April 2020: Cyborg
In the scarily futuristic-sounding year of 2020, Warner Bros will release a film about Cyborg – the mechanically enhanced superhero identity of Victor Stone, who was experimented on by his parents from a young age. You already glimpsed his origin story thanks to Bruce Wayne stealing Lex Luthor’s ‘Methuman’ research in Batman V Superman.
Ray Fisher of The Good, The Bad And The Confused short film has been cast in the title role, and he will have already popped up in the Justice League films by this point. There’s no director or writer attached just yet, but its American release has been scheduled for 3rd April 2020.
June 2020: Green Lantern Corps
And finally, on 24th July 2020, American audiences will be rushing out to see the first Green Lantern film in nine years. The Ryan Reynolds-starring flop understandably made Warner Bros quite conscious about this one, and so far they haven’t publically announced a writer, a director or any cast members. We know it’ll be about a team of Lanterns rather than just one, though. And it’s been pushed back by a month already.
Interestingly, there was no massive nod towards Green Lantern in Batman V Superman, but there was one in Deadpool. Go figure