Warner Bros. continues to build on its DCEU slate with film after film. With Wonder Woman’s strong reception, and the dough it keeps raking in, there’s no reason to question why the trend is seeing an uptick. To add to the momentum, the studio has just put two new release dates on its 2020 release schedule. Both dates, February 14 (Valentine’s Day) and June 5, are DC-related. Interestingly, the news does not come with specifics attached. At the time of writing, which two films are being reserved for these slots are unknown.
The speculation could go on endlessly, but let’s at least try and narrow down the possibilities. Wonder Woman is definitely getting a follow-up, which is reportedly being set towards the tail end of the Cold War during the 1980s. It would makes sense for production on the film to kick off in the next year or so. If that’s the case, it may be ready in time for a summer 2020 release, mirroring its June opening this year.
Another possibility is Gotham City Sirens, helmed by Suicide Squad’s David Ayer. There’s been no word on what’s happening behind the scenes, but WB is committed to utilizing the popularity of Harley Quinn. What better way to put her and her team of misfits (likely Catwoman and Poison Ivy) on display than to have a marketing campaign built around a “Mad Love” theme for Valentine’s Day 2020. It’s almost too perfect; the posters and clever taglines will create themselves.
Batman’s solo is currently rumored for a 2019 release, which sounds reasonable. Man of Steel 2 seems like a dream, but it’s apparently going to happen… eventually. Could that eventually be summer three years from now? Other DCEU films on the slate that are likely to fit in the 2020 time frame are, of course, Nightwing and Batgirl. Plus, despite their once being confirmed for 2020, we have no idea when to expect Green Lantern Corps and Cyborg’s standalone. Not to mention, The Flash, which should be counting down the days until its once-scheduled March 2018 release, remains an enigma.
Suicide Squad 2 is also a likely shoe-in for one of the dates. And it, like Gotham City Sirens, is perfect for a Valentine’s Day opening. Additionally, Justice League Dark is still without an official date, or even a release window. With the director recently stepping down, and news of a replacement no where in sight, a 2020 launch looks doubtful.
All of the above in mind, there appears to be four candidates in the most likely category. Nightwing, Batgirl, Wonder Woman 2, and Gotham City Sirens. These four, as far as public knowledge is concerned, has the most going for them in terms of known factors. They all have directors, and they’re the ones receiving a bulk of the attention of late (barring, Batman’s film, which, again, is reportedly circling a 2019 date).
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