It’s a big week for DC with the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, set to be a turning point in its hope to create a cinematic universe to rival Marvel. So, what’s next for them?
Later this summer we have the anticipated release of Suicide Squad, a seemingly different superhero movie, but this is just the beginning in a string of DC Comics blockbusters coming soon – we’ve listed the first six here, along with what we know so far…
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
25 March 2016
Starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons, plus Justice League actors Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller, this film aims to begin DC’s cinematic renaissance with a massive clash of titans. Likely the two most famous superheroes in the world, Batman vs Superman sees humanity wrestling with the type of hero it truly needs as the Dark Knight, fearful of the threat to the world posed by Superman, prepares to bring down the Man of Steel. With Jesse Eisenberg lurking in the background as the manipulative and sinister genius Lex Luthor, this promises to be far from a simple punch-up, and may become one of the biggest and best superhero movies to date.
5th August 2016
A film “so dark it had its own on-set therapist”, Suicide Squad has recently overtaken Batman vs Superman in trailer views, and sports a far larger cast, starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Cara Delevigne, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinneman, Jay Hernandez, Adam Beach and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as the supervillain dream team.
Recruited by a secret government agency to perform dangerous, illegal and deniable missions, the Suicide Squad are the worst of the worst – and with their mission and enemy kept secret so far, we can only glean from the trailer that these villains are going to take things way, way off the rails. Appearances from a very angry-looking Batman and a creepy, callous Joker have kept fans guessing, and with a film as crazy as this, that’s all we can ask for.
23rd June 2017
Although Wonder Woman is one of the key characters in Batman vs Superman, very little has been released concerning the role the character will play in the film. Described by director Zack Snyder as a “gateway drug” to the rest of the Justice League, this Amazonian Princess looks ferocious in the first promotional shots she has been seen in. Despite many screenplays, pitches and even signed deals over her history, the character has yet to make it to the silver screen, but with Gal Gadot and Chris Pine set to star in her solo adventure, it’s hard to imagine this adaptation going the same way as the countless failed Wonder Woman adaptations of the past.
The film also stars Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui , Elena Anaya and Lucy Davis.
Justice League pt. 1
17th November 2017
DC’s answer to the Avengers will be The Justice League series (already confirmed to be at least two films long). Set in the same universe as the other DC movies on this list, it will star Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa and Ray Fisher as the Justice League of America. Interestingly, this film will be released before the Cyborg and Green Lantern solo outings, introducing both characters. The actor who will play Hal Jordan (aka Green Lantern) has yet to be announced, but after the lukewarm reception garnered by Ryan Reynolds‘ 2011 Green Lantern venture, it may be some time before Hal gets another chance to shine. Depending on how Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad set the scene, this could shape up into a truly incredible film, but only time will tell at this point.
23rd March 2018
Currently a smash hit TV show, The Flash is set to get a film adaptation in 2018 starring Ezra Miller. After a lightning-infused tray of forensic chemicals splashes on him, police forensic scientist Barry Allen (Miller) finds himself able to move at super speed, and immediately makes the logical transition into spandex-clad superheroism. With little more released concerning the film, we can only speculate that it will follow up on the events of Justice League part 1, and that it will likely feature plenty of slow motion.
27th July 2018
He’s been the butt of superhero jokes for decades, left behind as the other Justice League members soar to glory and fame, but Jason Momoa’s Aquaman does not look like he appreciates being a joke. Jason Momoa’s Aquaman looks more like a savage King of Atlantis than any rendition of the character we’ve seen yet, and the striking departure from his traditional aesthetic has more than a few comic book fans waiting with bated breath to see what the new, steelier Aquaman can fish up from the depths. While the studio and actors are remaining tight-lipped, the simple smattering of promotional images online and the promise of seeing the character in Dawn of Justice and Justice League has been enough to get us excited.
2018 can’t come soon enough.