- “Aquaman” is exceeding expectations at the box office and has breathed new life into Warner Bros.’ DC Comics movie franchise.
- Here are all of the DC movies that have been confirmed or reported to be in development after “Aquaman.”
Warner Bros. plotted a course correction for its DC Comics movies after “Justice League” disappointed at the box office last year, with a plan to focus more on standalone movies and less on the DC Extended Universe.
That approach paid off for “Aquaman,” which is surging at the box office and shows no signs of slowing down. The James Wan-directed movie has grossed $US557 million worldwide and $US122 million in the US since it debuted last week.
Warner Bros. and DC’s answer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe got fully underway in 2016 with the DC Extended Universe. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad” were both released to underwhelming response, though.
The culmination of it all, “Justice League,” failed to deliver both commercially and critically, as it made only $US657 million worldwide and has a 40% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Before “Aquaman,” the only DCEU movie that was both a financial and critical success was “Wonder Woman.” But now, “Aquaman” has breathed new life into the future of Warner Bros.’ DC Comics franchise.
That’s good news for Warner Bros., which has a lot of DC movies in the works. To make sense of it all, Business Insider has rounded up all of the DC movies that have been confirmed or are reported to be in development.
Below is every DC movie in the works:
“Shazam!” is based on a DC Comics character named Billy Batson, a young boy who turns into an adult superhero by shouting the magic word “Shazam.” Zachary Levi is playing the hero, Asher Angel is the young Batson, and Mark Strong will appear as the villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. David F. Sandberg, who directed horror movies “Lights Out” and “Annabell: Creation,” is directing. It’s set for release April 5, 2019.
Todd Phillips’ “Joker”
A Joker solo movie is coming from Warner Bros. and “The Hangover” director Todd Phillips. The movie, called “Joker,” will be an origin story for Batman’s greatest foe and star Joaquin Phoenix in the title role. It will come to theatres October 4, 2019.
“Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)”
Warner Bros. announced this year that Cathy Yan will direct a movie based on the “Birds of Prey” comic book with Margo Robbie reprising her “Suicide Squad” character, Harley Quinn. The comic focuses on Gotham City-based female vigilantes like Black Canary and Huntress. In November, Robbie posted a photo to Instagram of the movie’s full title, “Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).” It’s coming to theatres February 7, 2020.
“Wonder Woman 1984”
Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot are returning for the “Wonder Woman” sequel, which is set in the 1980s during the Cold War. Kristen Wiig is playing the villain Cheetah. The release date was moved from November 2019 to June 5, 2020.
“War for the Planet of the Apes” director Matt Reeves is directing the next solo Batman movie, which doesn’t have an official release date yet. While the movie (working title: “The Batman”) has been plagued by rumours that Ben Affleck (who also was originally on board to direct) wants out of the title role, he is still expected to star – for now. There are major signs that he could still not return as the character.
Deadline reported in March that “Selma” and “A Wrinkle In Time” director Ava DuVernay will direct a movie based on Jack Kirby’s New Gods. Last week, DuVernay tweeted a photo of the characters.
“Suicide Squad” sequel
Warner Bros. announced in October that Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn will write and possibly direct a “Suicide Squad” sequel. Gunn was fired earlier this year from “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” after old, offensive tweets resurfaced.
The Flash movie may or may not be called “Flashpoint” (The Hollywood Reporter wrote that screenwriter Dan Mazeau worked on the movie “when it was titled ‘Flashpoint'”), but that’s been the least of its problems. Several directors have cycled through the movie that stars Ezra Miller as the Flash. After Rick Famuyiwa stepped away, “Game Night” directors and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were hired.
Black Adam is a Shazam villain, but Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been attached to star as the character for years in his own movie. Johnson told Yahoo in April that a script is finished and it’s “great.” “If things come together in the way we anticipate them coming together, that feels like a 2019 movie,” he said, which probably doesn’t mean a release in 2019 at this point, but starting production.
Jared Leto’s “Suicide Squad” Joker spin-off
Joker/Harley Quinn team-up movie
But there’s more! In addition to two Joker movies in development, a Joker/Harley Quinn team-up love story is in the works too, with Leto’s Joker side-by-side with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. We’re not sure if the Leto solo movie will impact whether this film is made, but Variety reported last year that “This Is Us” executive producers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa were in final negotiations to direct.
“Avengers” director Joss Whedon was originally attached to write a solo film based on the character. Whedon left the project in February, telling The Hollywood Reporter that “it took me months to realise I really didn’t have a story.” THR then reported in April that Christina Hodson, the writer of the upcoming “Transformers” spin-off movie “Bumblebee,”would replace Whedon to write the script.
Another Batman sidekick, Nightwing (whose real name is Dick Grayson and was the original Robin in the comics), is also getting his own solo movie. While the status of the film had been unknown for some time, director Chris McKay, who directed “The LEGO Batman Movie,” tweeted an update in February: “Nightwing script expected very soon. Working on rip-o-matic to show studio. This is going to be a LONG process. So don’t expect casting news any time soon. We are taking our time.”
Green Lantern Corps
“Man of Steel” screenwriter David S. Goyer is writing a script for a Green Lantern Corps movie, which is unrelated to the 2011 “Green Lantern” film starring Ryan Reynolds. A Green Lantern made a brief cameo in “Justice League” during a flashback scene, so we know they technically exist in the universe. The status of the movie is shaky, though. Goyer told IGN in January that the movie is still in the works but doesn’t know when it can be expected: “Who knows, especially with what’s currently going on with the DC universe? There’s obviously a whole recalibration happening with that right now.”
Justice League Dark
We haven’t heard much about this movie in a while, so it’s hard to tell if it’s even still on Warner Bros.’ list, but Deadline reported last year that Gerard Johnstone was hired to “polish” a script. The movie would focus on magic-based characters in the DC Comics universe like John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and Etrigan the Demon. “Edge of Tomorrow” and “American Made” director Doug Liman was originally attached to direct, but left the movie last year to focus on another project.
The Hollywood Reporter reported in September that Superman actor Henry Cavill would not return to the character, and Warner Bros. is instead focusing on a Supergirl movie.