The DC Comics universe is about to get a whole lot bigger. After Man of Steel pushed the franchise above the surface and Justice League almost sank it, Aquaman and Wonder Woman have finally breathed new life into the flailing movie franchise. The latest movie – Aquaman has already raced past 851 Million dollars at the Box Office and is still not showing any signs of slowing down, with many fans claiming that it will be the first DCEU movie to race past the coveted 1 Billion dollar mark.
The DCEU is showing new potential for growth and they have decided to use Aquaman’s momentum to launch several other movie projects with their upcoming two-year movie slate. And trust us when we say this, the ambitiousness of the movie slate does make it a risky gamble. It will either lead to a huge payoff or permanently sink the DCEU ship. Presenting – All the DCEU movies to be released in the next two years!!
1. Reign of the Supermen
After last year’s amazingly directed animated venture from DC Comics’ award-winning animation department that was Death of Superman based on the comic book storyline of the same name, the next movie in line that is supposed to be a sequel to Death of Superman and a continuation of the original movie’s events is Reign of the Superman.
The movie will focus on how four vigilantes from all around the universe try to fill up the void left by the Death of Superman after the Man of Steel sacrificed his life fighting against Doomsday. Reign of the Supermen will feature the Eradicator, Steel, Cyborg Superman and Superboy. It will also feature the Justice League sans Clark Kent (although we are not too sure about the last part).
The boy turned world’s mightiest mortal comes to the Big Screens this year with DCEU’ first foray into the action comedy superhero venture with Shazam! The original and one true Captain Marvel of the comic books. Shazam! is directed by David Sandberg and features Zachary Levi as the titular character. It has a release date of April 5, 2019. The official film synopsis for the movie reads:
“We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).”
3. Justice League vs. The Fatal Five
The Fatal Five are a group of five super villains that hail from the 31sy Century. They are more closely associated with the Legion of Superheroes. How will DC manage to introduce a group of villains that are not even a part of current DC publications (except the Emerald Empress who appeared in the Justice League vs. Suicide Squad comic book series) will be an interesting thing to watch out for.
The Fatal Five consists of – Tharok, a cat burglar that loses most of his face after a jewellery heist goes awry and later develops genius level intellect via cybernetic implants, the Persuader, a brute with an atomic axe that can cut through anything, Mano – the greatest murderer in the galaxy with the ability of Anti-Matter Touch, Emerald Empress, wielder of the powerful emerald Eye of Ekron, and Validus, the child of Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad who is kidnapped by Darkseid and sent back in time as a villain. The movie will be released this year.
4. Batman: Hush
Based on the acclaimed storyline of the same name, Batman: Hush will feature Batman as the protagonist going up against a highly dangerous and cunning foe (even for Batman’s standards) that is always a step ahead of the Dark Knight every step of the way! Batman: Hush is the third of four animated superhero ventures under the DC Animated Universe Originals this year. If you think that the joker is a villain that no one can top, we think you will come to believe that Hush comes pretty close to giving the Clown Prince of Crime a run for his money in terms of sheer ferocity and audacity as a villainous character.
The movie made quite a buzz when first looks of Joaquin Phoenix as Jack Napier aka the Joker – world’s greatest comic book villain of all time, released all over the internet. Todd Philips of The Hangover fame is directing this rather inexpensive movie about the origin story of the Clown Prince of Crime set in the 1980’s. With Wonder Woman pushed to 2020, 2019 is clear for The Joker to steal the DCEU’s thunder. When the movie was compared to the cult classic The Taxi Driver, Phoenix was quick to reply:
“I wouldn’t quite classify this as like any genre,” Phoenix explained in a recent interview with Collider. “I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … It feels unique, and I think more than anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that’s exciting. I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles. And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn’t, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied. And so I think that’s what Todd sees appealing about this idea.”
6. Wonder Woman: Bloodlines
This is the last and final animated venture under the DCAU banner. The movie is rumoured to be about the origin story of Wonder Woman, the Princess of Themyscira. The release date for the movie is either 2019 or 2020. Our best bet is the latter since Wonder Woman 1984 is scheduled to be released next year.
7. Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
So far we know that the movie will feature The Question (Renee Montoya), Black Canary, Huntress, and Cassandra Cain. Rosie Perez, Jurnee Smollet-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Margot Robbie will star as the characters respectively. The movie will feature Black Mask as the primary arch-nemesis of the Birds of Prey team. The movie’s plot details are already out in the internet and the storyline is riveting to say the least. The movie is set for a February 7, 2020 release date.
The release date for the sequel to the immensely successful DCEU venture Wonder Woman is June 5, 2020. Patty Jenkins returns as the director and Gal Gadot comes back to play the role for which she was born into this world. The premise for the movie is the cold war era of the 1980’s and also features Pedro Pascal as Maxwell Lord and Kristen Wiig as Cheetah. The movie will also see the return of Chris pine as Steve Trveor.
“It’s not a sequel, it’s its own story,” Gadot claimed during the film’s San Diego Comic-Con panel. “It’s own chapter, a whole new movie. The bar is very high, but our aspirations are even higher. so we just give it everything that we have and hoping what we bring you guys will love.”
“I never want to do more of everything for the wrong reason, and i was very thoughtful of that when working on the second one,” Jenkins revealed. “I don’t even want to go that place in my head, like how do you keep it going etc, etc. It’s not more of anything though it is evocative of what made it great the first time.”
“The thing that I love most about Wonder Woman is that I feel she is us more than other superheroes,” Jenkins added. “People find themselves in Wonder Woman and the Wonder Woman in us. She made each of us believe in the Wonder Woman in us.”