While DC may not have the best track record in recent years, in regard to films at least (let’s not mention a certain Justice League from 2017). The shows however, seem to be a big hit with audiences; series such as Gotham, Arrow, and The Flash are beloved by audiences. Hopefully, with the new projects DC are releasing or are yet to begin, their reputation will start to lean in favour of brilliant once again.
The Suicide Squad (August 6th, 2021)
Everyone knows about the new version of Suicide Squad (2016) set to release later this year (2021), as many fans were disappointed with the aforementioned versions of some of DC’s best villains.
While the plot is still rather unclear, we still have a couple trailers and news of casting to keep us guessing at what may happen in the reboot/remake, titled The Suicide Squad.
Actors such as Jai Courtney, Margot Robbie and Joel Kinnaman will be reprising their roles from the 2016 movie, and James Gunn will be in the director’s chair. His work on Guardians of the Galaxy led him to be a revered director, so here’s hoping this collection of DC villains will pack more of a punch than last time.
The Peacemaker (HBO Max)
After making his cinematic debut in The Suicide Squad, the Peacemaker (John Cena) will be crossing over to the small screen in his own series on HBO Max; the show is said to begin in January next year (2022).
Gunn will also take the lead on this DC project; he will be both directing and writing this new show. He says that Peacemaker is a character who simply believes in peace, even if it means killing a few people along the way.
Peacemaker is set to be a way to look at the world’s issues through the eyes of a “douchebag”, says Gunn. This series definitely looks interesting and will be even more so after the character’s movie debut.
The Batman (March 4th, 2022)
Mat Reeves, director of this new noir Batman adventure, states that the movie will focus on a younger version of Bruce Wayne as Batman; Pattinson will star as the caped crusader opposite villains such as Edward Nigma (Paul Dano) and Oswald Cobblepot (Colin Farrell).
It seems that Reeves’ goal is to show the growth of Batman from his younger days, and prove that “he’s not perfect”, while he tackles a string of murders in Gotham City.
The series will also see Andy Serkis, revered actor and brilliant director, as Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce’s trusted butler and friend. Reeves really wants to start anew but not at the very beginning, which appears to be a great way to potentially kick off a new universe.
Gotham PD (TBA on HBO Max)
While this series is waiting for a release date, we know that HBO Max will house the new DC series that is set to coincide with Robert Pattinson’s The Batman movie.
Warner Bros. has a plan to launch a “new Batman universe across multiple platforms”; this is shown by Gotham PD as it will be a companion series for the new Batman film. Overseen by Mat Reeves and showrun by Joe Barton, the show will be set to explore the corruption within the Gotham Police Force.
Reeves has said that the first sight of the masked vigilante, aka Batman, will cause an unrest within Gotham, seemingly causing issues for and within authority.
It is unclear whether The Batman actor Pattinson will make an appearance on the small screen, but it does appear that we will see characters we may recognise from the comics, and new ones entirely.
Black Adam (July 29th, 2022)
Dwayne Johnson, who has starred in many popular films over the years, stands at the helm of upcoming DC movie, Black Adam, a long-time adversary to DC’s more heroic character, Shazam.
The character of Black Adam is said to have the same powers as Superman, but Johnson says the difference is that his character is more man of action, who thinks less and acts more.
Black Adam will focus on the anti-hero’s origins as a slave in Khandaq more than 5,000 years ago; in modern times, we will see him take on the Justice Society of America.
This film will hopefully be a brand-new look for DC, and set the bar high once again for great action and storytelling.
The Flash (November 4th, 2022)
Ezra Miller’s The Flash will be the star of his own movie next November, as the DC speedster will tackle a time travelling storyline.
This movie is set to turn heads as not only will Miller’s Flash cross paths with Ben Affleck’s Batman again, but he will also be coming across Michael Keaton’s version (from 1989) of rich-man Bruce Wayne, too.
The Flash appears to be both a spectacle of filmmaking and narrative, but it is also a story about a boy who will literally move time and space to save someone he loves.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (December 16th, 2022)
The sequel to the 2018 DC film Aquaman is finally on its way to cinemas. Jason Momoa will of course be back in the titular role of the Atlantian, and James Wan will thankfully be back in the director’s seat once more, bringing his unique way of filmmaking back to DC.
While we know next to nothing about this sequel, we do know that the villain from the first film, Black Mantis (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) is alive and definitely has his giant red eyes set on our hero from the sea.
Wan has said that this movie will take on more of a serious tone, and reflects better what the world we live in today is like.
Written by Melissa, who you can follow on Twitter @melissajournal
Fans are more than excited to see James Gunn take the wheel for The Suicide Squad, as his success at the helm of the Guardians of the Galaxy films for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) have been a triumph.
However, now he’s tackling the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) by sitting in the director’s chair for one of DC’s most anticipated movies...