From Joker 2 to Superman: Legacy and beyond, here’s what DC and Warner Bros. prepared more for us.
A lot is changing for DC’s lineup of movies and shows in the coming years. Thankfully, despite a string of cancellations affecting everything from the Batgirl movie to HBO Max shows like Titans and Doom Patrol, it’s not all bad news. James Gunn and Peter Safran have been named co-CEOs of DC Studios and have a strategy in place for a more cohesive and interconnected line of content moving forward. It all starts with Chapter 1, dubbed “Gods and Monsters”.
It can be very difficult to keep track of all the big changes in DC these days. That’s why we’ve put together this exhaustive list of everything currently in development, as well as major projects that have either been officially canceled or lay dormant.
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What are the next DC movies coming out? Release dates in 2023
For those keeping an eye out, here’s the full lineup of upcoming DC movies and TV shows:
- Arrowverse series (seasons 2022-2023)
- The Flash Movie (June 16, 2023)
- Blue beetle (August 18, 2023)
- Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (December 25, 2023)
- Joker: Folie à Deux (October 4, 2024)
- Superman: Legacy (July 11, 2025)
- The Batman 2 (October 3, 2025)
- The Brave and the Bold (in development)
- Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow (in development)
- Organ (in development)
- Swamp Thing (in development)
- Waller/Peacemaker Season 2 (In Development)
- Animated series “Beast of Commandos” (possibly 2024)
- Booster Gold Series (in development)
- Paradise Lost series (in development)
- The series “Lanterns” (in development)
- Gotham PD/Arkham series (in development)
- Matt Reeves Projects/Penguin Series (in development)
- Series Gotham Knights (in development)
- Detective series “Dead Boy” (in development)
- The Sandman Season 2 (In development)
- Konstantin 2 (In development)
Here are some of the more notable projects currently in development:
The Flash Movie (June 16, 2023)
The Flash movie has seen more than its fair share of controversy and behind-the-scenes issues en route to its June 2023 release. Following the directors’ revolving door, Andy Muschietti took the reins on the film, which sees Ezra Miller reprise his role as the Scarlet Speedster (as well as a different version of Barry Allen). The film also features two versions of Batman – Ben Affleck’s DCEU version and Michael Keaton’s aged Dark Knight – as well as Sasha Calle as Supergirl and the reported return of Michael Shannon’s General Zod.
This eclectic cast is made possible by the fact that The Flash is inspired by the 2011 Flashpoint comic, meaning there will be a lot of time travel. In fact, the movie is being used to reset the table for James Gunn and Peter Safran’s rebooted DCU line. But as to whether the scandal-laden Miller will continue to play Flash in the future, nothing has been confirmed. “We’ll see what happens,” Gunn said at a press event in January 2023. “When the time is right, we will have a conversation.”
Blue beetle (August 18, 2023)
Charm City Kings director Ángel Manuel Soto is set to direct Blue Beetle, which will focus on Mexican-American teenager Jaime Reyes, the third character to adopt the Blue Beetle name in the comics. Xolo Maridueña of Cobra Kai will play Reyes. Originally scheduled as an HBO Max movie, the movie is now scheduled for a theatrical release. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cast and crew were assured that Blue Beetle would not suffer the same fate as Batgirl. And while it’s not clear if the film is directly related to the new DCU line, Gunn noted that the Blue Beetle is self-contained enough to be usable in the new universe.
Aquaman and lost kingdom (December 25, 2023)
The first Aquaman made over a billion dollars worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing DC movie of all time for Warner Bros. So yes, a sequel is happening. Director James Wan is returning to direct Aquaman 2, while David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who co-wrote the first film, is writing the script. Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are also returning. The film’s release was pushed back to Christmas 2023, pushing it away from Avatar 2. It’s also poised to be the last of the pre-DCU films, so we’ll see if it acknowledges the events of The Flash or makes any connections to the new universe.
Joker: Madness for Two (October 4, 2024)
For quite some time now, there have been conflicting reports about whether director Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix are planning a sequel to their Joker movie. The couple initially said that the first film was meant to be a one-shot. But in May 2021, The Hollywood Reporter had information that Warner Bros. has signed a 2019 comic book sequel to Phillips. In June 2022, Phillips confirmed the project by sharing the cover of the script on Instagram. Titled Joker: Folie à Deux, the film is written by Phillips and his Joker 1 co-writer Scott Silver. Folie à Deux is defined as a psychological disorder where the same or similar mental disorder affects two or more people, so think about it a bit. Lady Gaga will star in the film, fueling rumors that it’s part musical.
Superman: Legacy (July 11, 2025)
We can all stop holding our breath for Man of Steel 2. Instead of continuing with 2013’s Man of Steel sequel, DC is moving forward with a new take on the character with Superman: Legacy. James Gunn is currently writing a Superman movie starring a young Clark Kent at the start of his journalistic career (although this won’t be an origin story). The film explores Clark’s struggle to balance his Kryptonian heritage with his upbringing in Kansas and deal with the challenge of being a good hero in an unkind world. Gunn may or may not finish directing the film, but he becomes one of the first and most important entries in the revamped DCU lineup.
The Batman 2 (October 3, 2025)
Of course, Batman 2 is in the works with Matt Reeves returning to write and direct, and Robert Pattinson is once again donning cape, hood and eyeliner(!) as the Dark Knight detective. The film is confirmed to have survived the recent riots at Warner Bros. Discovery, and Reeves even signed a multi-year contract with the studio. There’s no word yet on when the movie will release or what it’ll be about, so start your Joker speculation now.
The Brave and the Bold (in development)
DC has confirmed that we will have two cinematic versions of Batman in the future, as the DCU will get its very own Dark Knight alongside standalone films in Matt Reeves’ Batman series. The Brave and the Boldseem to be dealing with the entire Bat-family, with a special focus on Bruce Wayne’s 10-year-old son Damian. The film will be heavily based on Grant Morrison’s Batman comics.
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow (in development)
The new DCU will also feature a new Supergirl, albeit a much more angry and tough one than we’ve seen before. “Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrowis a film based on the comic book of the same name by Tom King and Bilquis Eveli. This Supergirl is the one who spent most of her early life living on a fragment of Krypton that was ousted in the destruction of the planet, which Gunn describes as “a terrible situation where she watched everyone around her die”.
Organ (in development)
DC’s Anti-Justice League is getting its own movie in the new DCU. The Authority is a group of powerful heroes who take a much more proactive approach to the administration of justice.
Swamp Thing (in development)
Swamp Thingmay not have found much success in the short-lived DC Universe app, but DC is still betting big on this hulking monster for its new cinematic universe. The film Swmp Thing explores the dark origins of Alec Holland’s monstrous alter ego.
Waller/Peacemaker Season 2 (In Development)
Not everything is completely rebooted for the new DCU. Gunn’s “Peacemaker” is getting a spin-off as well as a second season. We don’t know much about season 2 yet, only that it has taken a backseat in favor of Waller being released first. Viola Davis will reprise her role as Amanda Waller in the series based on the Peacemaker: Season 1 finale. Several other peacekeepers will also return.
Animated series “critters—Commandos» (probably 2024)
Surprisingly, Gunn relies on one of DC’s most obscure properties to launch the new DCU. Gunn has already written the first seven-episode season of this animated series, in which Amanda Waller forms yet another team of imprisoned supercriminals to save the world. The Creature Commandos series is now in production and Gunn has hinted that it could be ready for release in 2024, beating the Superman Legacy to the finish line.
Booster Gold Series (in development)
Sweet silly Booster Gold is getting his own series as part of the new DCU. Booster Gold will explore the character’s impostor syndrome as he travels back in time and uses future technology to make himself a true superhero.
Paradise Lost series (in development)
While a new Wonder Woman movie isn’t on the immediate horizon, DC is moving forward with a series set on the island of Themyscira. Paradise Lost explores the origins and political intrigues of Diana’s house. The series is billed as the DC equivalent of Game of Thrones.
The series “Lanterns” (in development)
We’ll (hopefully) finally get this much-broadcast Green Lantern show. Lanterns is a high concept detective drama in the vein of True Detective. The series revolves around Hal Jordan and Jon Stewart. It is unclear if this series is related to Green Lantern Corps, which was executive produced by Greg Berlanti for HBO Max.
What DC movies or series are you most looking forward to? And what characters or titles do you want to see DC live on? Let’s discuss in the comments!