DCEU Superhero Movies Calendar – The Batman, Shazam 2 and The Flash Get New Release Dates
As we already wrote (here and here) Coronavius (COVID-19) outbreak, probably the biggest pandemic of 21st century, is impacting everyone and everything, from economics, tourism to movie industry. Some movies that were already finished and scheduled for a release were postponed and some ongoing productions were put on hold.
After suspending the production on The Batman (starring Robert Pattinson) for two weeks and moving Wonder Woman 1984 from its original June 5 release date to August 14 2020, Warner Bros. and DCEU has done some more shuffling with release dates. Several more DC Comics adaptations have been delayed, like Shazam 2 and The Batman, and The Flash will be released in theaters a little earlier than expected.
The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes) and starring Robert Pattinson, Colin Farell , Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano and Andy Serkis, is now moved from June 25, 2021 to October 1, 2021. First images of Batmobile from Robert Pattinson’s The Batman have been revealed in March 2020 and you can read more about it here.
The superhero sequel Shazam 2, directed by David F. Sandberg, has been delayed as well, from April 1, 2022 to November 4, 2022. Only good news is that The Flash movie, starring Ezra Miller (Justice League) and directed by Andy Muschietti (IT, IT Chapter Two), which has been delayed several times, will now arrive little earlier as its release date has changed from July 1, 2022 to June 3, 2022.
Here is a complete DCEU release schedule.
Wonder Woman 1984 – August 14, 2020
The Suicide Squad – August 6, 2021
The Batman – October 1, 2021
Black Adam – December 22, 2021
The Flash – June 3, 2022
Shazam 2 – November 4, 2022
Aquaman 2 – December 22, 2022
DCEU Superhero Movies Release Calendar
Wonder Woman 1984
Director: Patty Jenkins (Monster, Wonder Woman)
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal
Release Date: August 14, 2020
After short appearance in (awful) Batman v Superman, Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot (Fast 5, Furious 6) got her first solo movie in 2017. Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman, although totally generic superhero movie, was a huge commercial success and first movie from DCEU to receive decent reviews from critics. So, it’s not a surprise Warner Bros. and DC decided to do a sequel – Jenkins is returning in director’s chair and Gal Gadot is reprising a role of Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman 1984 will take place in the 1980’s and Wonder Woman will face two villains – Dr. Barbara Minerva / Cheetah (played by Kristen Wiig ) and Maxwell Lord (played by Pedro Pascal). Chris Pine returns as Steve Trevor, although it is unknown how as he died in the first movie. Not much is known about the plot but if reactions from test screenings are true, it sounds terrible. I’m not going to spoil anything for you and if you’re interested in learning more you can check it here and here.
The Suicide Squad
Director: James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, Slither)
Cast: Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Nathan Fillion, Jai Courtney, Michael Rooker, John Cena
Release Date: August 6, 2021
The Suicide Squad sequel / reboot is directed and written by James Gunn who accepted the job after being fired by Marvel Studios. Although the first movie, directed by David Ayer, was a god awful mess and panned by critics it was still a huge commercial success so it’s understandable why WB and DC decided do proceed with the sequel. The Suicide Squad brings back some of the first film’s characters and introduces some new faces. The plot is still unknown.
Director: Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes)
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Colin Farrell, Andy Serkis, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard
Release Date: October 1, 2021
The Batman movie from director Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattison will be set in the 1990’s and be more of a detective noir story focused on a young Bruce Wayne / Batman. In this new take he’ll face Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Riddler (Paul Dano), and Penguin (Colin Farrell). The Batman was originally scheduled for June 25, 2021 release date and is now moved to October 1, 2021. First images of Batmobile have been revealed in March 2020 and you can read more about it here.
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop, Unknown, The Commuter, Jungle Cruise)
Cast: Dwayne Johnson
Release Date: December 22, 2021
A spin-off from Shazam focusing on DC anti-hero, Black Adam (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). This will be second collaboration between director Jaume Collet-Serra and Dwayne Johnson after Jungle Cruise. Plot is still unknown.
Director: Andy Muschietti (IT, IT Chapter Two)
Cast: Ezra Miller
Release Date: June 3, 2022
The Flash movie, starring Ezra Miller (Justice League) and directed by Andy Muschietti (IT, IT Chapter Two), which has been delayed several times, will now arrive little earlier as its release date has changed from July 1, 2022 to June 3, 2022. The plot is still unknown.
Director: David F. Sandberg (Shazam!, Lights Out)
Cast: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer
Release Date: November 4, 2022
First Shazam was a solid kids movie and a commercial success so, of course, a sequel is in the works. Shazam 2, directed by David F. Sandberg who also helmed the first movie, has been delayed from April 1, 2022 to November 4, 2022 due to coronavirus outbreak. The plot is still unknown.
Director: James Wan (Aquaman, Furious 7, Saw, The Conjuring, Insidious)
Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Release Date: December 22, 2022
First Aquaman was a huge commercial success for the DCEU ($1.14 billion at the worldwide box office) and one of their biggest hits so it’s no wonder a sequel is in the works. Director James Wan will return once more to helm a sequel and Jason Momoa is of course reprising his role of Aquaman. Amber Heard (Mera), who played Aquaman’s love interest in first movie, and Patrick Wilson (Orm), who played Aquaman’s half brother and main villain, are also expected to come back. Let’s hope it will be better than the first one :).