Upcoming DC Movie

Here’s a Full List of Upcoming DC Movies: From ‘The Joker’ to ‘Aquaman 2’

     
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The superhero movie genre is the biggest around, and with so many different superhero movies in the works at any given time, it can be hard to keep things straight. While we have an exhaustive list of every upcoming superhero movie’s release date, we wanted to bring you a more specific list focusing exclusively on upcoming DC movies. Warner Bros. officially kicked off a DC Extended Universe with Man of Steel, which was followed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeSuicide SquadWonder Woman, and Justice League. And after a bit of rejiggering and adjustment, Warner Bros. and DC Films have put together an ambitious slate of movies currently in the works.
Below you’ll find an extensive list of every upcoming DC movie officially in the works, including what we know so far and a status update. Not all of these movies might actually come to fruition, but it’s clear Warner Bros. has ambitious plans to mine the DC Comics library for years to come. So take a look below.

Joker

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Release Date: October 4, 2019
Status: In post-production
DirectorTodd Phillips
Cast: Joaquin PhoenixZazie BeetsRobert De NiroMarc MaronShea WhighamFrances ConroyBill Camp, and Glenn Fleshler
What We Know So Far: This is a weird one. In the wake of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, and with Wonder Woman proving to be a massive success, Warner Bros. began changing up its plans for the DCEU. One idea is to kickstart a new arm at WB that will develop and produce one-off DC Comics adaptations not connected to the DC Extended Universe, meaning filmmakers can come in, try something really radical, and not have to worry about setting up a franchise or fitting into an established timeline. The first of these to hit the trades was a Joker origin movie directed by The Hangover and War Dogs filmmaker Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the script with The Fighter scribe Scott Silver. The idea is to craft something in the vein of Taxi Driver, a gritty, hard-boiled crime picture set in the early 1980s.
The lead actor would not be Jared Leto, but someone else entirely—WB reportedly wanted Leonardo DiCaprio, and when he passed they moved on to Joaquin Phoenix, who signed on after prolonged negotiations. Zazie Beets and Robert De Niro co-star, and Alec Baldwin was very briefly attached to play Thomas Wayne, a role that will now be filled by Brett Cullen. Rounding out the cast is American Horror Story alum Frances Conroy, along with Shea Whigham (Kong: Skull Island), Glenn Fleshler (Barry), and Bill Camp (The Night Of).
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Birds of Prey

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Release Date: February 7, 2020
Status: In post-production
DirectorCathy Yan
Writer: Christina Hodson
CastMargot RobbieMary Elizabeth WinsteadJurnee Smollett-BellRosie PerezElla Jay Basco, and Ewan McGregor.
What We Know So FarBirds of Prey vaulted ahead of Suicide Squad 2 and Gotham City Sirens in terms of production order, as star/producer Margot Robbie held fast to securing a female director for this female superhero team-up film. Warner Bros. is walking the walk too, hiring Asian-American filmmaker Cathy Yan to direct based on the strength of her Sundance indie Dead Pigs.
Patrolling the streets of Gotham City alongside Robbie will be Mary Elizabeth-Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bellas Black Canary, and Rosie Perez as GCPD detective Renee Montoya, with newcomer Ella Jay Basco playing Cassandra Cain and Ewan McGregor filling the villain role of Black Mask.
The story finds the aforementioned female superheroes teaming up to protect Cain when she discovers an item of value that belongs to Black Mask. Oh, and the full official title is Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).
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Wonder Woman 1984

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Release Date: June 5, 2020
Status: In post-production
Director: Patty Jenkins
Cast: Gal GadotKristen WiigPedro Pascal, and Chris Pine
What We Know So Far: Wonder Woman marked a major turning point for the DCEU with wildly positive reviews and massive box office, so anticipation is high. Director Patty Jenkins returned to direct and crafted the story with Geoff Johns, and the two co-wrote the screenplay with writer David Callaham(The Expendables). The story fast forwards in time and takes place in 1984, hence the title, with Kristen Wiig playing the main antagonist Cheetah. Also, Chris Pine returns as Steve Trevor. How? We have no idea.
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The Batman

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Release Date: June 25, 2021
Status: In development
DirectorMatt Reeves
CastRobert Pattinson
What We Know So Far: There is a long, long, long development history for this one, so we’ll keep it brief. After months of speculation, Warner Bros. finally got Ben Affleck to agree to direct and star in a Batman standalone called The Batman in July 2015, with Affleck having penned a script with Geoff Johns. However, Affleck subsequently stepped down from the director’s chair, opting instead just to star in this standalone while Warner Bros. set Dawn of the Planet of the Apes filmmaker Matt Reeves to take the helm instead. Rumors swirled that Affleck might exit the film altogether, and indeed in January 2019 it was finally confirmed that Batfleck is no more.
Reeves’ film will introduce a younger Batman and is intended to be noir-esque in tone, with Reeves wanting to really hone in on the detective aspect of the character that hasn’t yet been fully explored in film. Robert Pattinson is reportedly either the to choice to star, or already in negotiations to don the cape and cowl, beating out other contenders like Armie HammerNicholas Hoult, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Filming is due to begin either in late 2019 or early 2020.
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The Suicide Squad

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Release Date: August 6, 2021
Status: In development
Director: James Gunn
Cast: Margot RobbieIdris ElbaJoel KinnamanJai CourtneyDavid DastmalchianDaniela Melchior, and John Cena
What We Know So FarDavid Ayer definitely isn’t coming back to direct this sequel, and Warner Bros. looked at some intriguing names for his replacement. Mel Gibson was approached towards the end of 2016, but Warner Bros. eventually moved on and offered the movie to Jaume Collet-Serra of The Shallows and Non-Stop fame, only to see him pass. Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant) was subsequently set to direct, but while this film seemed primed to start shooting in Fall 2018, O’Connor’s take was apparently too similar to the Birds of Prey movie, which was poised to start shooting first, and he left the project entirely.
Then Warner Bros. hired James Gunn to write a script with an eye to direct, and a few months later it was revealed that Gunn will indeed be directing this film, which is now titled The Suicide Squad. It’s described as more of a reboot than a sequel, including either only a few returning characters from Ayer’s initial film. Will Smith has already confirmed that he’s out, but Warner Bros. wants to bring Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn back alongside Jai CourtneyViola Davis, and Joel KinnamanIdris Elba is set to play a new character after initially being eyed to play Deadshot, David Dastmalchian is playing Polka Dot Man, Daniela Melchior is Ratcatcher, and John Cena is in talks for an undisclosed role. Filming is due to begin in September 2019.
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Aquaman 2

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Release Date: December 16, 2022
Status: In development
Director: TBD
CastJason MomoaAmber Heard
What We Know So Far: When Aquaman hit theaters in December 2018, it surprisingly became the highest-grossing film of the DCEU thus far, topping out at over $1.1 billion. With that in mind, Warner Bros. set about getting the wheels in motion on a sequel, though director James Wan cautioned that he wouldn’t move forward on it until the script was right. The studio has now set a far-away 2022 release date to give the film enough time to develop, and Aquaman co-writer (and frequent Wan collaborator) David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick has been tasked with writing the screenplay. Wan hasn’t committed to directing Aquaman 2 just yet, but this one is no doubt a priority for Warner Bros. given the popularity of the first movie.
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Untitled Black Adam Movie

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Release Date: TBA
Status: In development
Director: Jauma Collet-Serra
Cast: Dwayne Johnson
What We Know So Far: This project first surfaced years ago, when Warner Bros. secured Dwayne Johnson to play Shazamvillain Black Adam. The idea was for Johnson to star in the Shazam movie, but in the spring of 2017 Johnson revealed that they had decided to make two separate movies: one for Shazam, and one for his antagonist/antihero Black Adam. Johnson will lead the latter while Shazam moved forward separately and became a success. This one’s been in development for a long time, but movement is starting to occur as Warner Bros. set Due Datewriter Adam Sztykiel to pen the screenplay. Most recently the film finally found a director in Jaume Collet-Serra, with whom Johnson just worked on Disney’s upcoming Jungle Cruise movie.
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The Trench

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Release Date: TBD
Status: In development
Director: TBD
Cast: TBD
What We Know So Far: Based on the immense success of Aquamanand given director James Wan‘s horror proclivities, Warner Bros. has put into development a spinoff called The TrenchThe idea is to further explore the Trench location from the hit DC movie and create a film with a lower budget than Aquaman, but more of a horror tone. Up-and-coming screenwriters Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald have been tasked with penning the script, and Wan is onboard as a producer alongside Peter Safran.
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The Flash

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Release Date: TBA
Status: In development
Director: Andy Muschietti
Cast: Ezra Miller
What We Know So FarThe Flash movie has had a pretty long road so far. Back in April 2015, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were hired to write a story treatment with the hope that they would direct, but the duo departed to take the helm of Solo: A Star Wars Story instead. Ezra Miller remained attached to star, having been cast as The Flash for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and in October 2015 Dark Shadows screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith was hired to write the script and direct. Grahame-Smith was them removed from the project in April 2016, with WB wanting to take the film in a different direction, and Dope helmer Rick Famuyiwa was hired as his replacement. Famuyiwa cast Kiersey Clemons as Iris West and Billy Crudup as Flash’s father Harry Allen, but by August 2016, Famuyiwa departed the project over creative differences.
While the film was supposed to start filming in early 2017, Famuyiwa’s exit threw a wrench into WB’s plans and the studio opted to slow things down while Miller went off to shoot Fantastic Beasts 2Joby Harold (King Arthur) came on to do a page-one rewrite of the script, and in May 2017 Robert Zemeckis and Matthew Vaughn surfaced as WB’s top choices to direct. The studio revealed in July 2017 that the film would be titled Flashpointindicating the story will be adapting the famous comics arc that sees Barry going back into the past to save his mother’s life, thus creating an alternate timeline. Speculation then began that this Flashpoint twist could allow WB to “fix” some issues in the DCEU by altering the timeline.
At long last, Warner Bros. hired Vacationdirectors and Spider-Man: Homecoming co-writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to take the helm in early 2018, based in part on the strength of their Warner Bros. action comedy Game Night.But production was pushed once again, as Ezra Miller was originally due to shoot Fantastic Beasts 3 in Fall/Winter 2019. Filming on The Flash movie couldn’t begin before that.
In March 2019, a report surfaced there was creative tension between Miller’s vision (darker, gritter) and Daley and Goldstein’s vision (lighter, more fun), to the point that Warner Bros. allowed Miller to write a version of the script himself with the help of Grant Morrison to show what his take would look like. The implication was that if Warner Bros. wasn’t happy with the script Miller created, he could be out as Flash.
Well cut to July 2019, and Daley and Goldstein have voluntarily left the project while IT and Mama filmmaker Andy Muschietti is now in negotiations to take over as director—the project’s fourth filmmaker in four years. Not only that, but Warner Bros. didn’t like Miller’s script after all and is tossing it, albeit while keeping Miller attached as the lead character. Instead, Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey) is now writing a new draft of the screenplay, with an eye towards beginning prep in January 2020. Which of course means The Flash now once again runs the risk of running into scheduling conflicts with a Fantastic Beasts movie, as the second sequel is expected to begin filming in Spring 2020. The saga continues…
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Shazam! 2

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Release Date: TBA
Status: In development
Director: David F. Sandberg
Cast: Zachary Levi
What We Know So Far: In April 2019, following the box office success of Shazam!New Line Cinema hired Shazam! writer Henry Gayden to write the screenplay for a sequel, with director David F. Sandberg and producer Peter Safran also expected to return. But this one is early days.

Batgirl

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Release Date: TBA
Status: In development
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
What We Know So Far: Warner Bros. pulled Joss Whedon over from Marvel to write and direct a Batgirl movie in Spring 2017. Whedon had said he favored hiring an unknown or little-known actress in the lead role, but his work on Batgirl was waylaid when he was tasked with taking over directorial duties on Justice League, overseeing reshoots and post-production. Then, in early 2018, Whedon announced he was departing Batgirlaltogether, saying it took him a year to realize he “didn’t have a story.” All signs now point to WB enlisting a female filmmaker to bring Batgirl to the big screen and take over the project. Most recently, they’ve hired Christina Hodson (Bumblebee) to write the script.
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Green Lantern Corps

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Release Date: TBD
Status: In development
Director: TBD
Cast: TBD
What We Know So Far: This will be a reboot of the Warner Bros. franchise so Ryan Reynoldsis not expected to reprise his role—plus he’s also busy being Deadpool. The title of the reboot tells us this will be a team-up film featuring two Green Lanterns. Tyrese Gibsonhas been openly campaigning for one of the roles, as the film will find Hal Jordan and John Stewart in a Lethal Weapon-type situation. Warner Bros. kicked the tires on this one in January 2017, hiring David S. Goyer (Batman BeginsMan of Steel) to co-write the script with Justin Rhodes. However, when it was announced in June 2018 that Geoff Johnswas vacating his role as head of DC Films, it was revealed that he’ll now be taking point on the Green Lantern Corps screenplay.
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New Gods

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Release Date: TBD
Status: In development
DirectorAva DuVernay
Cast: TBA
What We Know So Far: In March 2018, after releasing her history-making Disney blockbuster A Wrinkle in Time, it was announced that acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma) would be making a New Gods movie for DC. The film will be an adaptation of the Jack Kirby comic, which saw a legion of new gods rise up after the old gods were destroyed by Ragnarok. It involves lots of weird stuff and the villainous Darkseid, but there’s no telling what specific story DuVernay has honed in on here. She’s been busy making the Netflix limited series called When They See Us, but it was recently revealed that Tom Kring is no co-writing New Gods with DuVernay so we may see some forward momentum soon.
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Blackhawk

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Release Date: TBD
Status: In development
Director: Possibly Steven Spielberg
Cast: TBD
What We Know So Far: After directing Ready Player One for Warner Bros., the studio convinced Steven Spielberg to remain in-house—at least potentially—to make his superhero movie debut. The project is Blackhawk based on the DC Comic of the same name which revolved around a team of ace pilots during World War II. To be fair this is less a superhero movie than a comic book movie, and when initially announced, all we know for sure is that Spielberg is going to produce the film with the possibility of directing. This is very tenuous, as Spielberg has his fingers in a lot of pots at all times, but if the right script comes along he could certainly pull the trigger and get this thing rolling.
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Untitled Jared Leto Joker Movie

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Release Date: TBD
Status: In development
Director: TBD
CastJared Leto
What We Know So Far: Yes indeed, this is a separate Joker standalone movie from the Joaquin Phoenix one. It was announced in June 2018 that Jared Leto‘s Joker is getting his own standalone movie as well, with Leto serving as executive producer. That’s about all we know at this point, and the project could very easily never happen, but Leto has separately attached himself to Sony’s Morbiusmovie, so make of that what you will.

Untitled Joker/Harley Quinn Movie

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Release Date: TBA
Status: In development
DirectorsJohn Requa and Glenn Ficarra
Cast: Margot Robbie and Jared Leto
What We Know So Far: Warner Bros. is developing what’s described as a “criminal love story” Suicide Squad spinoff revolving around Joker and Harley Quinn, with Margot Robbie and Jared Leto poised to reprise their roles. Robbie’s Focus and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot filmmakers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra have been pegged to write, direct, and produce the film. There are conflicting reports as to whether this film is the evolution of the now-dead Gotham City Sirens, or if that film is still separately in development alongside this one. But Ayer’s involvement in Gotham City Sirens is unclear, whereas this Joker/Harley Quinn spinoff was announced in August 2017. Requa and Ficarra turned in their script, which they described as Bad Santa meets This Is Us, but it’s up to Warner Bros. if/when they want to make it.
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Supergirl

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Release Date: TBD
Status: In development
Director: TBD
Cast: TBD
What We Know So Far: It was revealed in August 2018 that Warner Bros. was putting into development a Supergirl movie, with Oren Uziel (The Cloverfield Paradox) writing the screenplay. Not much else is known at this time, but this is one that’s certainly in the works.

Nightwing

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Release Date: TBA
Status: In development
DirectorChris McKay
Cast: TBA
What We Know So Far: Warner Bros. revealed in February 2017 that The LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay had been signed to direct a Nightwing movie with Bill Dubuque(The Judge) writing the screenplay. The filmmaker has teased a “badass action” take on the comics character, who in comics lore is the grown-up alter ego of Dick Grayson aka Robin. McKay has said pre-production could begin in early 2018, but as of March that hasn’t happened yet. Moreover, McKay seems to be hedging his bets in case Nightwing goes south, as he has since signed on to direct a Dungeons and Dragons movie, a Jonny Quest movie, and Netflix’s Millarworld adaptation Reborn.
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Justice League Dark

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Release Date: TBD
Status: In development
Director: TBD
Cast: TBD
What We Know So Far: Warner Bros. has been developing an adaptation of Justice League Dark for awhile now, with Guillermo del Torofirst writing a script a few years ago before departing the project. But with the DCEU now up and running, Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity helmer Doug Liman signed on to direct in August 2016, and then left the project in May 2017 to direct Gambit for Fox/Marvel. WB is looking for a replacement and had been eyeing an A-List ensemble for the pic, which focuses on the DC superheroes with more supernatural powers as opposed to the bright and shiny heroes of the Justice League proper. The protagonists of Justice League Dark aren’t exactly antiheroes either, as the comics lineup has included folks like John Constantine and Swamp Thing.
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Gotham City Sirens

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Release Date: TBD
Status: Unknown
Director: David Ayer (?)
Writer: Geneve Robertson-Dworet
Cast: Margot Robbie
What We Know So Far: Shortly after the release of Suicide SquadMargot Robbie put in motion a female-centric spinoff film that would follow her Harley Quinn and other DC characters like Poison Ivy. Suicide Squadwriter/director David Ayer was subsequently announced as the one spearheading the project with Geneva Robertson-Dworetwriting the script, but it’s been a couple of years since we had an update on this project and Ayer is now gearing up to make Bright 2for Netflix, so the filmmaker’s involvement is unclear at best.
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Blue Beetle

Release Date: TBD
Status: In development
Director: TBD
Cast: TBD
What We Know So Far: Not much yet. It was revealed in November 2018 that an adaptation of the Latino comics character Blue Beetle was in the works, with Gareth Dunnett-Alcocer writing the screenplay.
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Plastic Man

Release Date: TBD
Status: In development
Director: TBD
Cast: TBD
What We Know So Far: Nada. It was revealed in December 2018 that Warner Bros. was developing a film centered around the hero Plastic Man, with Amanda Idoko writing the screenplay. The tone is described as a comedic action adventure, but this one is so early days that there’s no guarantee it even gets made.
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Untitled Man of Steel Sequel

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Release Date: TBA
Status: In Development
Director: TBA
CastHenry Cavill (?)
What We Know So Far: Instead of crafting a traditional sequel to Man of SteelZack Snyder and Warner Bros. opted to expand the DC universe with a follow-up film called Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. And while a Man of Steel sequel has not officially been announced as on the books, Henry Cavill has expressed interest in doing another solo Superman movie and we know that Warner Bros. is quietly trying to put one together. Matthew Vaughn, the filmmaker behind Kingsman and Kick Ass, has most recently been in discussions with Warner Bros. about directing what he describes as a colorful and heroic Man of Steel 2, so it’s certainly a possibility.
Then all hopes for this movie were dashed in September 2018, when it was reported that Cavill is now out as Superman and Warner Bros. is instead focusing on Supergirl and potentially rebooting the Superman property with a new actor. So who knows, this project could very well be dead.
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Untitled Deathstroke Movie

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Release Date: TBA
Status: In development
DirectorGareth Evans
Cast: Joe Manganiello
What We Know So Far: Joe Manganiello was cast as Batman villain Deathstroke for Justice League while the film was in production under the direction of Zack Snyder, and while it was reported that Deathstroke would be the primary villain of Ben Affleck‘s standalone The Batman, that’s likely out the window now that Batfleck is no more. Matt Reeves took over as director of The Batmanand is reportedly working on his own trilogy idea, but Warner Bros. entered talks with The Raid filmmaker Gareth Evans to direct a Deathstroke, standalone movie in October 2017. Evans has since said he has no idea if this project will ever happen, so we’ll see.
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Untitled Lobo Movie

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Release Date: TBA
Status: In development
Director:TBA
Cast: TBA
What We Know So Far: This project actually precedes the DCEU, as Warner Bros. first started developing a Lobo movie in 2009. Guy Ritchie toyed with the director’s chair for a bit, then Brad Peyton (San Andreas) signed on to direct in 2012 with Dwayne Johnson in the running to star. Johnson subsequently jumped ship to play Black Adam in the DCEU instead, and in spring 2016 Pan and Wonder Womanco-writer Jason Fuchs signed on to rewrite the script. This one’s still on the backburner at the moment, but Michael Bay is reportedly being eyed to direct.

Cyborg

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Release Date: TBD
Status: Unknown
Director: TBD
CastRay Fisher
What We Know So Far: When Warner Bros. first announced an ambitious slate of movies through 2020, Cyborg was on the list to hit theaters towards the tail end. But there have been no developments or updates since that time, so it’s unclear if this movie is still in the works.

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