Your Full List of All Upcoming DC Movies – With Key Details

New DC leads James Gunn and Peter Safran have announced an ambitious 10-title lineup for the next several years, combining five feature films and five TV series in one storytelling continuity.

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In 1985, DC Comics merged its fictional Multiverse into one, seemingly coherent world. Many years later, the publishing house would bring back its Multiverse and inspire DC Films to use the concept as an overarching narrative structure for its slate of films and Warner Bros. Television’s suite of ongoing shows like The Flash and Pennyworth. But before the plan could really get underway, DC Films’ parent company was sold to Discovery, Inc. and the DC production company was reorganized into DC Studios with The Suicide Squad director James Gunn and producer Peter Safran as its co-CEOs. Their first directive from the merged Warner Bros. Discovery corporation: ditch the Multiverse and plan a coherent, consistent DC live-action universe. Call it a “Shadow Crisis” — one that continued to escalate as DC film projects and TV shows hit the scrap heap across the later half of 2022 and Gunn kept assuring fans he and Safran would soon announce a plan for DC Studios.

The first part of their plan was revealed on January 31, 2023. Dubbed “Chapter One,” it will focus on the “gods and monsters” of the DC Cinematic Universe — which will seemingly be referred to as the DCU. The plan is ambitious with an equal amount of Batman, Superman, and lesser known characters getting the film spotlight. Oh, and then there are the three remaining unreleased films the previous regime produced to consider.

The creation of DC Studios and the Chapter One plan are the latest shockwaves in the often incredible story of Warner Bros.’ attempts to bring the DC Comics characters to the screen. So before we take a look at the latest changes to its film schedule, let’s go back to the beginning of Warner Bros. Pictures’ plans for its extended universe…

In 2014, Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment announced a series of movies based on DC Comics characters. The original schedule included a two-part Justice League project and at least two films a year through 2020. Things did not go according to plan, with Justice League compressing its story into one film and projects like The Flash feature film experiencing constant delays. Despite projects shifting around the slate – and the critical backlash against Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League – the original 2014 master plan has been executed for the most part, with only 2018 missing a second DC-derived film and Cyborg disappearing entirely. And even as features like Aquaman and Shazam! went into production, the studio never stopped trying to get new projects off the ground utilizing the comic book characters and the universe initiated by 2013’s Man of Steel. 2023 delivers on the last remaining projects from that original slate in the form of Aquaman and Shazam sequels. And after a pause in 2024, the DCU will begin anew.

The following represents everything we know about the DC Studios films on the way and in development, as well as a few DC adaptations that will exist separate from the universe. (Want to see what the other camp has in store? Check out our breakdown of upcoming Marvel movies.)

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Coming Soon

Even with the DCU Chapter One plan, there is a lot that remains uncertain about which DC Comics characters are coming to the big screen, who’s bringing them there, and in what order — but nothing is uncertain about these movies. They’re in post-production, filming, or part of the new direction — and we know exactly when they will be hitting theaters! (At least, we know the latest dates and will update as they change.)

The Flash

Release Date: June 16, 2023

What We Know: A Flash film starring Ezra Miller as Justice League‘s Barry Allen has been one of the most difficult projects to get off the ground. After losing multiple directors – among them, Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa – and undergoing a title change from The Flash to Flashpoint and back again, the nature of the film finally came into focus and was shot from April 2021 to the following October. Plotwise, Allen will crash through multiple dimensions to change his mother’s fate in an adaptation of DC Comics’s ambitious 2011 Flashpoint event comic book series, and meet various versions of some of DC’s biggest heroes along the way. It helmer Andy Muschietti emerged as the director. At the first DC FanDome, he revealed a first look at concept art for Allen’s new suit, which features embedded light and was made by Bruce Wayne. And someone else signed on, too, at the time. Ben Affleck returns in a small, cameo-style role as the version of Batman we’ve seen in Justice League, while Michael Keaton returns, too, as the Batman we met in 1989’s Batman; Muschietti told Vanity Fair that Keaton’s role is “substantial.” Rudy Mancuso will also appear in an as-yet undisclosed role. In March of 2021, Kiersey Clemons, who signed on to play Iris West back when Famuyiwa was going to direct, recommitted to project. Additionally, word broke soon after indicating Maribel Verdú will play Barry’s mother Nora, but due to scheduling conflicts, Billy Crudup will not reprise his Justice League role as Barry’s father Henry. Ron Livingston will play the part instead. Michael Shannon and Antje Traue will also reportedly appear as their Man of Steel characters. Keaton’s appearance in the film was teased during a sizzle reel for the film at DC FanDome 2021, which also featured a great look at Barry’s new suit and a first glimpse at Sasha Calle’s Supergirl. In March of 2022, Warner Bros. pushed it from a November 2022 release to June 2023 citing post-production issues, but Miller’s alleged behavior in the Spring of 2022 and various legal troubles have left some wondering if the film will be release at all. The actor committed to seek treatment for their problems while Warner Bros. still intends to release the film next summer. Indeed, in early December 2022, it moved the release up a week to June 16, 2023. Miller, meanwhile, pled guilty to one of the charges against them and according to Safran, is deep into treatment and recovery. A subsequent trailer, released during the 2023 Big Game, excited fans with its focus on Keaton’s Batman.

How It Fits in the DCU: As was its seeming destiny for the last five years, The Flash will form the big reset moment from the so-called “DC Extended Universe” to Gunn and Safran’s DCU.

Blue Beetle

Release Date: August 18, 2023

What We Know: In February of 2021, word broke revealing Charm City Kings director Angel Manuel Soto will helm a film based on the Jaime Reyes version of Blue Beetle. The character is a Mexican-American teenager living in Texas who discovers a scarab that turns out to be an alien battle suit. It gives him fantastic powers, but makes his life much more complicated. In August of that year, Cobra Kai’s Xolo Maridueña entered talks to play the lead role. The film was meant to join Batgirl as one of two DC productions for HBO Max, but it was eventually promoted to a theatrical feature. Maridueña, Soto, and screenwriter Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer made an appearance at the October 2021 DC FanDome. All expressed enthusiasm for the project, with Dunnet-Alcocer saying the chance to showcase a Mexican-American superhero is a key part of the appeal. “That closeness of family is part of what sets him apart,” he said. An accompanying production painting also suggested the Blue Beetle costume will be surprisingly faithful to its comic book counterpart, an impression backed up when photos emerged from the set. Other members of the cast in include Bruna Marquezine, Belissa Escobedo, George Lopez, Adriana Barraza, Elpidia Carrillo, Damián Alcázar, Raoul Trujillo, Harvey Guillén, and Susan Sarandon as the villainous Victoria Kord. Production began in late May 2022. Surprisingly, the movie has held its August 2023 release date from the moment it switched to a theatrical film. In April of 2023, Warner Bros. unleashed the film’s first trailer.

How It Fits Into The DCU: Since it was originally made during former DC Films president Walter Hamada’s attempts to build a Multiverse, Blue Beetle is completely disconnected from the previous continuity and the upcoming DCU. According to Gunn, that means its situations and characters can transfer into the new canon. Whether or not it will actually happen likely depends on its success with audiences.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Warner Bros.

(Photo by @ Warner Bros.)

Release Date: December 25, 2023

What We Know: James Wan returns to direct the sequel. According to reports following the first film’s stunning box office debut in December of 2018, the studio wanted Wan to develop the project while he decided whether or not to direct. David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, a co-writer on the first film, soon emerged to write the follow-up, and Warner Bros. set it for a 2022 release at the end of February last year. Presumably, any sequel storyline will feature the return of Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his thirst for revenge. We’re also going to presume a wedding between Arthur (Jason Momoa) and Mera (Amber Heard) will occur — although her role is said to be substantially diminished. Wan ultimately directed the film, saying during the first DC FanDome that it will have a more serious tone compared with the original, and that new worlds will be explored. At the same panel, he was joined by Patrick Wilson, and the pair confirmed that Ocean Master will return for the sequel. In early June 2021, the director revealed the film’s title. A behind-the-scenes video showcased during October 2021’s DC FanDome unveiled a new look at Black Manta’s updated costume and a black version of Arthur’s armor. In March of 2022, the film moved its release a couple of months from December 2021 to March 2022. Post-production delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic were cited not only for Lost Kingdom‘s new release date, but a whole slew of changes to Warner Bros’ calendar. In the last week of July 2022, a seemingly genuine mistake on the Warner Bros. studio lot revealed Ben Affleck will appear as Bruce Wayne/Batman. In August of 2022, the film shifted release dates by eight months, reportedly because of those same post-production difficulties. According to Gunn and Safran, Momoa always saw his Aquaman solo swim as a three-picture event, so Chapter Two may see the King of the Oceans ride again one last time.

How It Fits in the DCU: In his January 2023 comments, Gunn claimed the film will lead into his first DCU project Superman: Legacy.

Joker: Folie à Deux

Niko Tavernise/© 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

(Photo by Niko Tavernise/© 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

Release Date: October 4, 2024

What We Know: Thanks to the success of the first Joker, a follow-up was inevitable, but details remained scarce through 2020. In May of 2021, word broke indicating the project is still in development with a surprising new tie to the larger DC Multiverse. Star Joaquin Phoenix and director Todd Philipps set their return with Phillips posting a photo of the script’s cover page (credited to Phillips and Joker co-writer Scott Silver) on social media, revealing the film will be called Joker: Folie à deux. The term is a reference to two or more people sharing similar mental disorders, leading many to wonder if the sequel will feature a Phillips take on Harley Quinn. In subsequent days, Lady Gaga‘s name emerged as Joker’s potential partner in crime with the film also positioned as a musical — a New York, New York contrast to the first film’s Taxi Driver. In August of 2022, the film’s release date — October 4, 2024 — was announced. In subsequent months, Catherine Keener, Jacob Lofland, and Harry Lawtey joined the cast with Zazie Beetz also setting a return — the only person besides Phoenix to do so.

How It Fits Into the DCU: It doesn’t. As Safran clarified in January 2023, the film will be considered an “Elseworlds” release. The term —  borrowed from DC Comics’ answer to Marvel’s What If…? — will be applied to any film, show, or animated project taking place outside the main DCU. It is currently unclear if there will be strong branding to indicate the difference, but the distinction is important to note. Also, an acknowledged Elseworlds brand means DC Studios can always develop offshoot versions of their characters without the worry of crossovers or continuity. Presumably, this also means Phoenix will never be the DCU’s Joker.

Superman: Legacy

Image from Superman: Legacy

(Photo by DC Studios, @JamesGunn/Twitter)

Release Date: July 11, 2025

What We Know: As revealed in the January 2023 announcements, Gunn is writing a script for the first project of the new DCU — Superman: Legacy. While not an origin story, it will see a younger Clark Kent reconciling his Kryptonian heritage and Kansas upbringing. That prompt can go in many different directions, from other Kryptonian survivors arriving in Earth orbit to Clark coming under the influence of a Kryptonian artifact. After several months of deliberation, Gunn announced in March of 2023 that he will direct the picture himself.

How It Fits Into the DC Multiverse: Gunn claims the Superman debuting in Legacy will be the one featured in subsequent DC Studios films, TV shows, games, and animated projects. Whoever ends up playing the Man of Steel will be very busy through 2035 as that person will be singing a 10-year(!) contract with DC. Additionally, we suspect reconciling Clark’s Kryptonian heritage will involve encountering other Kryptonians. Perhaps even one worthy of their own film.

The Batman Part 2

Robert Pattinson in The Batman (2022)

(Photo by Jonathan Olley/©Warner Bros.)

Release Date: October 3, 2025

What We Know: In April of 2022, The Batman director Matt Reeves confirmed he and star Robert Pattinson will return for “the next chapter.” No other details are available, but speculation includes introductions of a Robin, the cabal of Gotham elite known as the Court of Owls, and the villain Hush, who is teased (after a fashion) in The Batman. We’re also going to presume the rebuilding of Gotham City will be a plot point, as well Bruce’s (Pattinson) attempts to create a public persona. In January of 2023, Gunn and Safran revealed the film’s intended release date and that it will be rounded out with a third film to complete a planned trilogy.

How It Fits in the DCU: Like the Joker sequel, this will be an Elseworlds project separate from the DCU. Presumably, the same can be said for the various television series planned to take place in The Batman‘s reality.

In Development

From the Chapter One slate to some older projects that may still be kicking around the Warner offices, DC Comics is fertile soil for film ideas. But like the shelved projects at the end of this list, it remains to be seen how many of them will materialize by 2030.

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow

Cover art for Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow

(Photo by DC Comics)

Release Date: TBD

What We Know: The Cloverfield Paradox’s Oren Uziel was reportedly writing a script based on the Girl of Steel. Like The Flash feature film, it was meant to ignore the television series on The CW and tell its own version of Kara Zor-El’s first few days as a superhero on Earth. In February 2021, The Young and the Restless’s Sasha Calle was cast as Kara for an appearance in The Flash feature with the intention to star in Uziel’s Supergirl. It is currently unclear if she will continue on to the revised version of the project, Chapter One’s Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow. As revealed by Gunn and Safran in January 2023, the film will be based on writer Tom King’s recent Supergirl series and feature an unexpectedly different take on Kara Zor-El.

How It Fits in the DCU: If one of our suggestions about Superman: Legacy proves true, it is possible we’ll meet this version of Kara in that film before she flies solo.

The Authority

Release Date: TBD

What We Know: Based on the WildStorm series of the same name, this Chapter One film will center on The Authority, a group of super-powered individuals formerly employed by a shadowy government agency. Going on their own, they decide explosive preemptive strikes are the best deterrent to supervillainy. But as a critique of the more fascistic elements of superhero groups like The Avengers and the Justice League, it remains to be seen how well they’ll do in a DCU meant to be more hopeful and bright.

How It Fits in the DCUJust like their comic book origins, The Authority is an invasive species. The contrast between them and mainstream DC may be quite fascinating as, we’ll admit, the characters are a lot of fun. Then again, they could easily be another of Amanda Waller’s (Viola Davis) pet projects.

The Brave and the Bold

Image of Bruce Wayne/Batman and Damian Wayne/Robin

(Photo by DC Studios, @JamesGunn/Twitter)

Release Date: TBD

What We Know: Based on writer Grant Morrison’s Batman and Batman Inc. stories, this Chapter One project will introduce the DCU’s Batman and his son, Damian Wayne, in an “unusual father-son story.” Additionally, the project will feature some of the other members of the Batfamily. We also expect Damian’s mother, Talia Al Ghul, to make an appearance. In March of 2023, Gunn teased the possibility that a writer may already be onboard to flesh out the concept into a script.

How It Fits in the DCUSince Damian is the fifth teenager to don the Robin costume, it is possible his predecessors may appear. And at this point, we’d love to see Dick Grayson (aka Nightwing), Jason Todd (aka Red Hood), Tim Drake (aka Red Robin), and Stephanie Brown (aka The Spoiler) grab some handholds in this new DC universe.

Swamp Thing

Image of DC Comics' Swamp Thing

(Photo by DC Studios, @JamesGunn/Twitter)

Release Date: TBD

What We Know: Described in a Warner Bros. press release as an investigation into the character’s “dark origins,” this particular Chapter One project may end up the first film in the long-desired dark corner of the DCU.

How It Fits in the DCU: For many years, attempts to featuring some of Swampy’s Justice League Dark compatriots have floundered. The film could be an introduction to the magical and mystical elements of the DCU.

Constantine 2

Keanu Reeves in Constantine

(Photo by Warner Bros. courtesy Everett Collection)

Release Date: TBD

What We Know: In an absolutely stunning turn of events, Keanu Reeves is planning to play John Constantine once again. As revealed in September 2022, the actor will reunite with director Francis Lawrence — who helmed the first Constantine back in 2005 — while Akiva Goldsman will pen the script. Lawrence claimed he will shoot for an R-rating. The film will likely be the one DC project to emerge from the many J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot began developing several years ago for both film and television.

How It Fits Into The DCU: As it was not part of the DCU slate announced in early 2023, the film will presumably be an Elseworlds project and continue within the first film’s reality.


Release Date: TBD

What We Know: While it is unclear if Blackhawk will be part of the DC film universe, it is a favorite comic book of director Steven Spielberg. He even tried to get a Blackhawk movie off the ground in the 1980s. The current version of the project will see him direct a film based on the golden-age Quality Comics concept later bought by DC in 1957 with The Lost World: Jurassic Park screenwriter David Koepp adapting the concept. The main character is the leader of the Blackhawks squadron, a famed air outfit of seven ace pilots during World War II. When DC incorporated them into a post-war context, they became mercenaries, battled James Bond-style supervillains, and even flirted with becoming superheroes themselves! Considering the director’s fascination with the Second World War and aviation of the period, the original Golden Age version seems like the best fit, provided the film ever gets off the ground; the project was not on DC Studios’ 2023 development slate.

How It Fits In The DCU: If it ever materializes, Gunn could easily give Spielberg and his collaborators the narrative framework to set in the 1940s and, perhaps, introduce one or two other characters more suited to that era.


Release Date: TBD

What We Know: As of February 2018, The LEGO Batman Movie’s Chris McKay was still developing a project centered on the first Robin, Dick Grayson. A final draft from screenwriter Bill Dubuque was due at the time, but there has been no movement since. Reportedly, the film was postponed in anticipation of The Batman. In June of 2021, McKay told CinemaBlend, “I hope it’s still a reality. I hope that we still get to make that movie. As far as I’m concerned, it’s not lost yet.” The film was not on DC Studios’ roster in 2023, but may still be in some form of development.

How It Fits in the DCU: Although the character will not receive his own film in Chapter One of the DCU, it is possible Nightwing will make his debut in The Brave and the Bold as one of the other members of the Batfamily.


Release Date: TBD

What We Know: The Main Man, a Czarnian with various superpowers and healing factors, has always been of interest to Warner Bros. in its various corporate incarnations. Attempts to make a Lobo movie date back to 2009 with Guy Ritchie and Brad Peyton circling the director’s chair. As of February 2020, screenwriter Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman) was completing a new draft. Michael Bay was linked to the project, but it is unclear if he ever really signed on. In one of the stranger turns, The Hollywood Reporter claimed in December 2022 that Jason Momoa is interested in switching from Aquaman to the Main Man for a Lobo feature. According to Gunn, no DCU actor will serve double duty while he stewards the film universe.

How It Fits in the DCU: Lobo could introduce the cosmic elements of the DC Universe. The character’s irreverence and stark design also set him apart from the rest the DC characters audiences are familiar with. And considering the times his comic book counterpart and Superman have butted heads, he could become a worthy opponent for the Man of Steel in a subsequent film. Additionally, he is the sort of character Gunn likes to work with, but a solo feature for the Main Man did not appear on the executive’s list of projects in 2023.

Static Shock

Release Date: TBD

What We Know: First revealed at the 2021 DC FanDome event, a film based on Milestone’s Static – and, of course, the Static Shock animated series – is in development at Warner Bros Pictures. Michael B. Jordan will join Reggie Hudlin as an executive producer on the project with Randy McKinnon writing the script. Based on the character created by Milestone Media founders Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Michael Davis, and Derek T. Dingle, the film will center on Virgil Hawkins, a teenager with electromagnetic powers who finds his way into a larger world while still keeping his local streets safe. Originally set in Milestone’s Dakotaverse, it is unclear if Virgil will start his adventures there or as a DC hero. As it happens, Static only transferred to the DC Universe in 2008 while his cartoon counterpart made cameo appearances in DC animated shows much earlier.

How It Fits in the DC Multiverse: Provided the film is still anywhere on the Chapter Two horizon, expect Static to establish his own cred before other heroes seek him out. Alternatively, he could begins his adventuring in an Elseworld before crossing into the DCU proper.

Green Lantern Corps

Release Date: TBD

What We Know: Announced back with Cyborg in the 2014 masterplan, Green Lantern Corps may or may not continue to slowly move forward. In June of 2018, former DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns took over writing and producing the project through his production company, Mad Ghost Productions. According to the company website, the film will feature both the Silver Age Green Lantern, Hal Jordan (played by Ryan Reynolds in the 2011 film), and John Stewart, the Green Lantern voiced by Phil LaMarr in various Justice League animated series. An earlier concept developed by Man of Steel’s David S. Goyer and Justin Rhodes was said to be a sort of “Lethal Weapon in space” – a description which may still hold true for Johns’ concept as he worked with Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner for a number of years. With Johns participating in a Green Lantern television series for HBO Max, though, the project would seem to be postponed again — though it was said to be a priority for Warner Bros. Pictures going into the Discovery merger talks. Following the creation of Warner Bros. Discovery and DC Studios, it remains unclear if the film is still happening. Additionally, a radical shift in the TV show’s premise to feature Jordan and Stewart may indicate the film has finally been shelved.

How It Fits in the DCU: As a concept, the Green Lanterns are quite versatile and just about any member of the Corps would make a worthy addition to a DCU film or series.


Ta-Nehisi Coates

(Photo by © First Run Features /Courtesy Everett Collection)

Release Date: TBD

What We Know: Just a few days after Blue Beetle became a theatrical release, word surfaced indicating Bad Robot would produce an entirely new Superman film with novelist and Captain America comic book writer Ta-Nehisi Coates (above in the documentary Moynihan) on scripting duties. Reportedly, the project will feature a Black actor in the lead – although it is unclear if he will play Clark Kent or one of the various Black Superman characters DC Comics has introduced over the years. In May of 2021, a shortlist of directors including Regina King, Shaka King, and J.D. Dillard emerged, but with Regina King ultimately signing on to adapt Image Comics’ Bitter Root, it seems the shortlist is just down to the latter two. Meanwhile, some reports indicate Coates handed in his script sometime in the Spring of 2022, but it is unclear if the project is a priority in the ever-changing goals of Warner Bros. Pictures and its corporate owners.

Also, Michael B. Jordan is developing a HBO Max series centered on Val-Zod, the Superman of Earth-2 with writers Darnell Metayer and Josh Peters. But like the Coates/Abrams film, it is unclear if this will ultimately materialize. In fact, Gunn’s stated plan for cohesion may mean the end of both of these projects. Reportedly, the Bad Robot film is still in development at Warner Bros.

How It Fits Into The DCU: Both, if they ever happen, will be Elseworlds releases as Gunn intends for his Superman to be the Man of Steel in the DCU.


Release Date: TBD

What We Know: In March of 2021, Chernin Entertainment signed on to produce a film featuring the 1940s comic character or one of his subsequent iterations. In most cases, Hourman obtains heightened strength and endurance via a pill called Miraclo. Unfortunately, its effects only last an hour and he can only use it once a day. At last report, Gavin James and Neil Widener were set to write the script. In the years since word of the project first broke, no updates have emerged and it is possible the film was lost in the Warner Bros. Discovery merger. Additionally, Hourman failed to materialize as part of the DC Studios Chapter One slate, but it is unclear if the concept has been shelved or left in its extremely slow development state.

How It Fits Into The DCU: With versions of the character ranging from a 1940s mystery man to a time traveling android from the 853rd Century, the possibilities for Hourman are endless should Gunn and Safran ever find room for the Man of the Hour.

Black Canary

Jurnee Smollett as Black Canary

(Photo by Claudette Barius/©Warner Bros.)

Release Date: TBD

What We Know: In June of 2021, news of a Black Canary film joining the HBO Max roster of DC feature films broke. Jurnee Smollet is reportedly set to reprise her role from Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) with Misha Green writing. Birds of Prey producer Sue Kroll will also produce Black Canary. In June of 2022, Smollet told she was excited to explore the character in a deeper way, suggesting the project is still alive in some form. In August of 2022, TVLine confirmed that the film is indeed still in development. It failed to appear in DC Studios’ 2023 announcements, but we’re still hoping there is room for Smollet and her take on Dinah.

How It Fits Into The DCU: As a “friend” of Harley’s (Margot Robbie), she has a few things in common with the survivors of The Suicide Squad‘s Corto Maltese mission. And in the comics, Dinah has been known to end up leading the Justice League, so there is a place for the character should Gunn and Safran want to include her.


Since we began tracking the cinematic developments of the DC Comics characters, a lot of announced projects have fallen by the way side. The following commemorates the efforts made by many talented individuals to explore the expanse of DC’s multiverse.

New Gods

(Photo by Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)

Release Date: Shelved

What We Know: A Wrinkle In Time’s Ava DuVernay was set to direct a film version Jack Kirby’s New Gods for Warner Bros., writing the script alongside Mr. Miracle writer Tom King. The film allegedly would have centered on escape artist Scott Free – aka Mr. Miracle – and his wife Barda. Both are refugees from the plant Apokolips; a miserable world under the grip of the tyrant god Darkseid. Scott was given to Darkseid as a baby by his own father to maintain a peace between Apokolips and the nearby world of New Genesis. Despite the detente, Darksied plots to control the universe and the battle of the New Gods rages on. DuVernay thrilled fans in early 2020 when she said she “may in fact be taking some notes” from the Twitter dream casting threads, which included names like Diego Luna for Mr. Miracle.

Unfortunately, Warner Bros. and DC announced on April 1, 2021 that two of their films in development — one of them being New Gods — “will not be moving forward… Their projects will remain in their skillful hands if they were to move forward in the future.”

The Trench

Release Date: Shelved

What We Know: As part of an effort to keep Aquaman’s corner of the DC film universe alive, Warner Bros. hired screenwriters Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald to write a script centered on The Trench in February of 2019. As referenced in the film’s early moments, The Trench are the descendants of an Atlantean tribe who devolved into fish monsters after breaking away from the rest of the kingdoms. They can be seen attacking Arthur and Mera’s boat shortly before they make their way to the secret sea. Wan publicly discussed his adoration for the creatures and it seems the project would have develop quickly into an offshoot of Aquaman a la the Annabelle spin-offs from Wan’s The Conjuring series. The film was reportedly set to take place after the first Aquaman film and lean into some horror elements, which of course makes sense, considering Wan’s résumé.

As with Ava DuVernay’s New Gods, however, development of The Trench was also halted indefinitely by Warner Bros. and DC Films, even though a script for the film had been completed by Gardner and Fitzgerald. The announcement did keep the door open just enough to allow for future developments, but as of now, The Trench is no longer a part of the studio’s immediate plans. In October of 2021, Wan revealed the project was actually a Black Manta solo film with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in the starring role.

Wonder Twins

Release Date: Shelved

What We Know: To be directed by Black Adam screenwriter Adam Sztykiel and meant to star KJ Apa and Isabel May, the Wonder Twins HBO Max feature was to center on characters created by Norman Maurer for the The All-New Super Friends Hour animated series. Zan (Apa) and Jayna (May) are two teenagers from the planet Exxor who can activate their shape-shifting powers by touching each other’s hands. Zan can become any form of water while Jayna can become any animal. Presumably taking its cues from the 2019 Wonder Twins comic book by Mark Russell and Stephen Byrn, it would’ve seen the pair adjusting to life on Earth while also finding their place in the superhero community.

Sadly, the film was scrapped in May of 2022, just shortly after Apa and May were announced to star. According to reports, the film was budgeted at $75 million — a price too rich when compared to incoming Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav vow to cut $3 billion from the corporation’s operating budget. Additionally, the studio also felt the Wonder Twins were too niche an idea for a theatrical release, ending all development on the project.


Leslie Grace

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Release Date: Shelved

What We Know: Originally intended as Joss Whedon’s writing and directing debut in the DCEU, the project was ultimately written by Birds of Prey scribe Christina Hodson. Presumably, the film was meant to establish Barbara Gordon as the Batgirl of Gotham. In May of 2021, the project became active with Ms. Marvel directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah signing on to helm the film, which was then set to be one of the first DC-related direct-to-HBO Max features. That July, the casting process seemingly narrowed in on Isabella Merced, Zoey Deutch, Leslie Grace, and Haley Lu Richardson. Grace won the role later than month with J.K. Simmons entering negotiations to return as Commissioner Jim Gordan, a role he first took on in Justice League. During DC FanDome in October 2021, Grace described the character as a “girly girl, but she’s capable and strong and determined.” Co-director El Arbi added that the film will feature “realistic fights.” A piece of production art glimpsed during the presentation also suggested Batgirl will utilize a costume similar to her New 52 look in the comics. In subsequent months, Michael Keaton signed on as Batman, Brendan Fraser agreed to play Firefly — the primary antagonist — and Ivory Aquino joined the cast as Alysia Yeoh, Barbara’s best friend. Other actors in the cast included Rebecca Front, Corey Johnson, and Ethan Kai. Grace unveiled the first proper look at the Batgirl costume in January of 2022, a version heavily inspired by the “Batgirl of Burnside” costume designed by Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr. As of early July 2022, there was a possibility the film might join Blue Beetle as a theatrical release, but on August 2 came the stunning news that the film — despite nearing completion — wias to be shelved entirely and will never see release in theaters or on the Warner streaming service. In January of 2023, Safran told Deadline the version of the film he screened was “not releasable” and would have hurt the DC brand.

The Other Batman

Release Date: Shelved

What We Know: In a New York Times profile of Walter Hamada, the former DC Films chief made a curious reference to the Multiverse making two Batman feature film sagas possible. One to continue the story of The Batman while the other … well, it was anyone’s guess at the time. Since the profile was published, WarnerMedia became Warner Bros. Discovery, DC Films became DC Studios, and Hamada exited the company entirely. Curiously, the idea of a separate Batman for the DCU was resurrected by Gunn and Safran for their Brave and the Bold project.

Wonder Woman 3

Release Date: Reportedly Shelved

What We Know: Hot on the heels of Wonder Woman 1984’s box office success – well, at least in 2020 metrics – Warner Bros. announced a third film was being fast tracked. Both director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot were set to return. Jenkins also said the film will finally bring Diana’s solo adventures to the present day. Development continued while Jenkins went off to prep Rogue Squadron, a Star Wars film that may eventually happen, but is currently postponed indefinitely. In April of 2022, Gadot told Forbes the script is still in the process of development but “all wheels are working and turning.” In early December of that year, the actor tweeted another hopeful message about the project as Jenkins and co-writer Geoff Johns submitted a treatement to the studio. But, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Gunn, Safran, and Warner Bros. Pictures co-chairs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy subsequently told Jenkins that the project no longer fits the DC strategy. It is currently unclear if director or star will be involved in any subsequent Wonder Woman projects. As it happens, the character is missing from the DCU’s Chapter One slate.

Man of Steel Sequel

Henry Cavill as Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Release Date: Shelved

What We Know: In September of 2017, X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn met with the studio in regards to a direct Man of Steel sequel. Many years on, the return of Superman to the big screen seemed like a distant possibility. Then came Henry Cavill‘s cameo in October 2022’s Black Adam, word of another cameo in 2023’s The Flash, and an Instagram post the Monday following Black Adam‘s release in which Cavill claimed to be back as Superman. Subsequent reporting revealed nothing long-term had been signed between the actor and Warners, making hopes of a Man of Steel 2 a little dimmer. All hopes of his return were finally smashed when Gunn revealed he is developing a new Superman film focused on a version of Clark who is “not Henry.”

Untitled Jared Leto Joker Project

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Release Date: Presumably Shelved

What We Know: According to reports, Jared Leto was meant to star and executive produce his own solo Joker film – a deal which happens to be quite similar to Margot Robbie’s involvement in Birds of Prey. Details remained scarce for many years, other than it was meant to be a separate project from both a “Joker and Harley” concept and the standalone Joker. It was also planed to spearhead a batch of films based on the characters featured in Suicide Squad. As the years passed and the DC film universe continued to molt behind the scenes, the changes of Leto’s return dwindled. And with the switch to Gunn and Safran’s DCU, we imagine the actor’s cameo in Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be his final appearance as the Clown Prince of Crime who lives “in a society.”


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Release Date: More Than Likely Shelved

What We Know: Ray Fisher had been set to star as Vic Stone in a 2020 Cyborg film since 2014, but no director or screenwriter were ever announced. Many doubted the film would materialize despite still being on the calendar for many years following Fisher’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice cameo. In September of 2018, the actor suggested fans of the character may need to become more vocal to make the film a reality. In the summer of 2020, he launched a campaign to expose Joss Whedon’s alleged abusive behavior on the set of the Justice League reshoots. As the situation expanded to former DC Films chiefs Geoff Johns and Jon Berg, Fisher vowed never to work with former DC Films boss Walter Hamada – whom he alleged was pressuring him to take back his accusations against Johns. Subsequently, Cyborg’s planned role in The Flash was written out and, presumably, any chance of a solo film outing went with it.

We kept hope alive that the character, in some form, would anchor his own feature in the DCU for a long time, but with Gunn and Safran revealing their “Chapter One” slate in January 2023, we’ve been forced to finally declare this project shelved. But like Vic Stone himself, there is always the possibility it will live again.

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