Justice League failing to take off with audiences may very well have been one of the final nails in the coffin for the DC Extended Universe. (Yes, we know that’s not the official name for DC Films, but it’s too engrained in our minds to just drop it.) Nevertheless, even with the future of the DCEU in a state of flux, Warner Bros. still has a massive slate of superhero films in various stages of development.
Some of them, we’re absolutely getting; others, we’re probably getting; and some… well, they were announced, and until we hear otherwise, we have to assume there are still plans to bring them to the big screen at some point. Regardless of which of these camps they fall in, here’s every DCEU movie believed to be in development:
Director: James Wan
Release Date: Dec. 21
Alright, this one’s the easiest, since it’s already in post-production. In fact, barring some sort of unforeseen disaster of epic proportions, it’s safe to say the chances of Aquaman NOT happening are slim to none. However, how the film is received could go a long way in determining the fate of the DCEU. Another runaway success, a la Wonder Woman, could breathe new life into the shared cinematic universe, while another critical and commercial flop could stop everything dead in its tracks.
Director: David F. Sandberg
Release Date: April 5, 2019
Shazam! is another film that’s probably safe, as it’s currently filming, which means WB would take a massive hit if it pulled the plug early. Principal photography is scheduled to wrap in May 2018, and while a lot can still change in that time, it should have enough of a head-start to protect it from any more potential studio shakeups.
Director: Patty Jenkins
Release Date: Nov. 1, 2019
The DCEU’s only true critical and financial darling Wonder Woman getting a sequel was a foregone conclusion long before the film finished its theatrical run. In fact, the same month in was released, Geoff Johns and Patty Jenkins had already begun working on the story treatment with Jenkins officially signing back on to direct just 3 months later. Wonder Woman 2 is currently in pre-production, and filming is set to begin in London this summer.