The unprecedented success of Wonder Woman has insiders clamoring to figure out what’s next for the DC Universe. While 2016 and 2017 have each seen two DC releases, the new 2018 slate could expand to Marvel-like numbers with the studio releasing three to four films each year.
In his Heroic Insider video podcast, Umberto Gonzalez says “I know for a fact that DC is trying to get three to four movies made a year going forward.” While these rumors are unconfirmed, the reviews for Wonder Woman have already spawned talk about where a Wonder Woman sequel would fall within DC’s lineup.
Justice League, set to release November 17, will reunite Diana Prince with Batman and Superman, as well as introduce Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash. Stand-alone films for Aquaman and Cyborg already have release dates (see below), in addition to the Justice League 2 film already slated for 2020. DC also announced dates for Shazam and The Green Lantern Corps.
What would DC add to its lineup? The Wonder Woman sequel seems a likely frontrunner. But with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson playing Black Adam in Shazam, it’s easy to imagine spinoff possibilities for the anti-hero. John Constantine and his team are set for a debut in Justice League Dark (a working title). Batgirl, Nightwing, and The Flash films are already in various states of production. Matt Reeves will complete The Batman, though no dates have been set. DC has also threatened to release a Suicide Squad sequel and Gotham City Sirens (featuring Harley Quinn), too.
The real question is whether the success of Wonder Woman will pressure the studio to fast track any of its production plans. After all, with Marvel’s full slate, it does stand-to-reason competition for viewers is becoming more fierce, and the threat of superhero fatigue is ever-looming. San Diego’s Comic-Con from July 20-23 should reveal much about the studio’s plans. Here’s the current lineup, though dates for later productions are very likely to change:
- Justice League, November 17, 2017
- Aquaman, December 21, 2018
- Shazam, April 5, 2019
- Justice League 2, June 14, 2019
- Cyborg, April 3, 2020
- Green Lantern Corps, June 19, 2020
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