Every Upcoming DC Movie In 2023 And Beyond

There are still DC movies to come in 2023, and many more are in various stages of development at the newly-established DC Studios. Fundamentally, 2023 represents the end of the DCEU era, with the vision of Zack Snyder’s DC franchise consigned to history by the final release before James Gunn’s rebirth with 2025’s Superman: Legacy. Alongside that, of course, is the Batman annex Matt Reeves is handling with the upcoming The Batman Part II and Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker sequel.

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With both Shazam! Fury of the Gods and The Flash now released, 2023’s DC movie slate is already halfway complete, but there’s still more to come. For 2024, only Todd Phillips’ Joker: Folie à Deux is set in stone, but 2025 onwards will see Gunn and Safran fully take the reins, with Superman: Legacy kick-starting the new DCU and several projects already announced to revitalize the subsequent shared universe. Here’s every DC movie coming in 2023 and the full list of DCU movies set to release in the coming years.



Justice League: Warworld – July 25, 2023

Superman and Warlord in DC's animated Justice League Warworld

Continuing DC’s animated movie franchise, Justice League: Warworld is the tenth chapter in the Tomorrowverse series. Reuniting a starry cast, the movie will see the Justice League transported to Warworld, known as a world of never-ending gladiatorial combat. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman will unite to lead a resistance force and lead the planet to their freedom. Alongside Jensen Ackles as Batman and Stana Katic is Wonder Woman, the cast is packed with recognizable names:

  • Darren Criss – Superman
  • Ike Amadi – Martian Manhunter
  • Troy Baker – Jonah Hex
  • Matt Bomer – Old Man
  • Roger Cross – Machiste
  • Brett Dalton – Bat Lash
  • Trevor Devall – drifter
  • John DiMaggio – Lobo
  • Robin Atkin Downes – Mongul
  • Frank Grillo – Agent Faraday
  • Rachel Kimsey – Mariah Romanova
  • David Lodge – sheriff
  • Damian O’Hare – Deimos
  • Teddy Sears – Warlord

Blue Beetle – August 18, 2023

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Blue Beetle was in production at Warner Bros. by November 2018, but the project only began moving forward when Angel Manuel Soto was hired as director. Blue Beetle is scheduled for release on August 18, 2023, and though the project is set to be set within the DCEU – even after The Flash’s reset of the franchise – Gunn revealed that the story could have a future as part of the DC Elseworlds category, among the likes of Joker and The Batman. Jaime Reyes is one of DC’s lesser-known heroes, so Xolo Maridueña’s debut as Blue Beetle is exciting, and could potentially set up a bright future for the character.

Reyes’ family is set to play a large role in the storyline of Blue Beetle, with Adriana Barraza, Damián Alcázar, Elpidia Carrillo, Belissa Escobedo, and George Lopez being cast as grandmother, father, mother, sister, and uncle, respectively. Bruna Marquezine will portray Jenny Kord, Reyes’ love-interest, and Blue Beetle’s villains, Conrad Carapax and Victoria Kord, will be played by Raoul Max Trujillo and Susan Sarandon, respectively. The first trailer for Blue Beetle reveals that the film will be telling Reyes’ origin story as the titular superhero.

Aquaman & The Lost Kingdom – December 25, 2023

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As the sequel to DC’s 2018 hit Aquaman, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will see Jason Momoa reprise his role of Arthur Curry, the titular superhero and member of the Justice League. After a series of massive delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic and production setbacks, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is slated for release on December 20, 2023, with James Wan returning as director. Momoa will be joined by Patrick Wilson as Orm Marius, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as David Kane, a.k.a. Black Manta, and controversially Amber Heard as Mera, all reprising their roles from the original 2018 film.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was originally scheduled for release in December 2022, but was later moved to March 17, 2023. After another major delay, the project was shifted to December 25, 2023, before being brought forward by five days to its current release date. The Aquaman sequel is set to put Atlantis at risk from an ancient force, forcing Arthur Curry to protect his new Kingdom. Test screenings for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom haven’t exactly garnered the response that DC was perhaps hoping for, so only time will tell whether the 2023 sequel can live up to the massive success of its predecessor.

Joker: Folie à Deux – October 4, 2024

lady gaga and joaquin phoenix in joker 2

2019’s Joker was one of DC’s biggest success stories, reaching critical acclaim and earning a number of accolades, including two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix. Though initially conceptualized as a standalone feature, a sequel, Joker: Folie à Deux, was announced to be in development in May 2021, set to release on October 4, 2024, DC’s only release in that year. Todd Phillips’ Joker franchise takes place in DC’s Elseworlds category, so isn’t affected by the reset of the main DC Universe following 2023’s The Flash, meaning a completely fresh and separate story can unfold.

Joaquin Phoenix is set to reprise his role of Arthur Fleck, a.k.a. Joker, and Zazie Beetz is also set to return from the first film. Alongside Brendan Gleeson, Catherine Keener, Jacob Lofland, and Harry Lawtey, Lady Gaga will also be introduced in Joker: Folie à Deux as Harley Quinn, with set photos implying her portrayal could be an incredibly sinister version of the character. Joker: Folie à Deux is also expected to be a movie musical, taking on a completely different genre to its gritty and dark predecessor – though there’s no doubt the sequel will still have these qualities in spades.

Superman: Legacy – July 11, 2025

Art from All Star Superman

After Waller and Creature Commandos kick-start James Gunn and Peter Safran’s new DC Universe on the small screen, Superman: Legacy is set to be the new franchise’s first feature film. Scheduled for release on July 11, 2025, Superman: Legacy will replace Henry Cavill’s DCEU Man of Steel with a new, younger actor, though won’t be a retelling of Superman’s origin story. Instead, this installment will focus on Clark Kent balancing his Kryptonian heritage with his Kansas upbringing, already working as a reporter for the Daily Planet, and already having met main characters such as Lois Lane. The film is written and directed by Gunn himself.

Since the confirmation of Superman: Legacy’s development, rumors have been circulating as to who would take on the most iconic roles in the project: Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Lex Luthor. Names such as David Corenswet, Nicholas Hoult, Emma Mackey, Rachel Brosnahan, and Bradley Cooper have been thrown around, though nothing has yet been confirmed. Superman: Legacy will, however, feature the live-action debut of Krypto the Superdog, and will potentially see Lex Luthor transform into his Apex persona from DC Comics. This film will set the standard for DCU projects going forward.

The Batman Part II – October 3, 2025

robert pattinson in the batman

Matt Reeves’ The Batman was intended to kick-start a new trilogy of standalone DC projects focused on the Caped Crusader, so the confirmation of a sequel was inevitable. The Batman – Part II is set for release on October 3, 2025, and will be a DC Elseworlds project, continuing the story of the 2022 original and the upcoming Penguin series. Robert Pattinson will reprise his role of Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. Batman, though not much else is known about the film. Current speculation suggests The Batman – Part II could adapt DC Comics’ No Man’s Land storyline, which sees Gotham City become a battlefield in the wake of a catastrophic earthquake.

The Authority – TBA

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The Authority was announced by James Gunn on January 31, 2023, and while it doesn’t yet have an attached release date, the film will be part of the DCU’s Chapter 1, titled Gods and Monsters. The Authority is a very different type of superhero team for DC, as they often go to extreme methods to get the job done, so The Authority is expected to take inspiration from Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys. Though no writer or director has yet been attached, Gunn did confirm that the team would have connections to the DCU’s new Superman, who’s set to debut in 2025’s Superman: Legacy.

The Brave And The Bold – TBA

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Though several Batman actors will be reprising the role in 2023, The Brave and the Bold is set to reboot the character again, placing a new actor in the role of Bruce Wayne, separate from Ben Affleck and Robert Pattinson’s iterations. While there’s no current release date set, The Brave and the Bold will introduce Damian Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s estranged son, to the DCU as a version of Robin. The film will be based on Grant Morrison’s 2006 – 2013 run of Batman in DC Comics, but there hasn’t been much more news about the development of the project since Gunn’s January 2023 announcement.

Supergirl: Woman Of Tomorrow – TBA

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Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow was also announced by James Gunn in January 2023, though no release date has yet been set. In stark contrast to Superman, Supergirl was raised on Krypton and witnessed horrific events for fourteen years before making her way to Earth. Gunn promised a very different take on Supergirl, making her a much more formidable force than previous iterations of the character. There’s been no news on casting for Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, and its unclear what this project means for The Flash‘s Sasha Calle, though it appears the character will be rebooted completely.

Swamp Thing – TBA

swamp thing in dcu

Swamp Thing is expected to be an honest-to-goodness horror film for the DCU, exploring the dark origins of the mysterious Swamp Thing, based on Alan Moore’s 1984 The Saga of the Swamp Thing storyline from DC Comics. James Mangold, who had previously expressed interest in working with Gunn and Safran in the DCU, was quickly attached to the project as writer and director. Despite being darker, Swamp Thing will still be connected to the rest of the DCU, proving that Gunn and Safran aren’t afraid to play with genre in the development of their new franchise.

Every Other DC Movie In Development

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Prior to the creation of DC Studios in November 2022, several other projects had been in development. While some of these might never come to fruition, others could easily be folded into James Gunn’s new DC Universe or be produced as DC Elseworlds projects akin to The Batman and Joker franchises. Potential DC projects seem to come and go, some only forming as rumors and others being canceled only a few months before their supposed release, such as Batgirl. Here are all the rumored upcoming DC movies:

  • Black Canary was announced to be in development in August 2021 after the release of Birds of Prey. The HBO Max-exclusive film would see Jurnee Smollett reprise her role of Dinah Lance, a.k.a. Black Canary. In June 2022, Smollett revealed the film was still in development.
  • Constantine 2, a sequel to the 2005 cult classic, was announced in 2022, with Keanu Reeves set to return as the titular character. However, following the creation of DC Studios, it’s unclear whether production on this project will still go ahead.
  • Deadshot, a spinoff of 2016’s Suicide Squad, had been in development since the latter’s release, and Will Smith was expected to return as Floyd Lawton, a.k.a. Deadshot. However, he left the project in 2019, and production was delayed even further after Smith’s Oscars controversy.
  • Gotham City Sirens would have seen the return of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn teaming up with Catwoman and Poison Ivy. This project seems to have stalled following the financial failure of the similar team-up project Birds of Prey.
  • Hourman was reported to be in development in March 2021, written by Gavin James and Neil Widener, but not much else has been heard of this project since its announcement.
  • Lobo has been in development since 2009, though has never come to fruition, and has passed through a variety of directors including Guy Ritchie, Brad Peyton, and Michael Bay. Aquaman actor Jason Momoa expressed interest in portraying the character, though Gunn and Safran confirmed he wouldn’t play two different characters in the DCU’s future.
  • The Metal Men, much like Lobo, has been in development at DC for a long time, first being announced in 2007 with Barry Sonnenfeld attached as director. In 2022, Gunn and Safran confirmed they had plans for the team in the DCU’s future, despite its remarkably long development.
  • Nightwing was originally in development though it now appears to be in production limbo. The project is set to be directed by The LEGO Batman Movie’s Chris McKay, based on a script from Ozark’s Bill Dubuque.
  • Plastic Man, a female-centered comedy-action adventure film was announced in December 2018, with Cat Vasko hired to rewrite an initial script penned by Amanda Idoko, though it’s unclear what stage of production this film is currently at.
  • Static Shock was originally announced in 2020, with Michael B. Jordan attached as a producer. Randy McKinnon was brought on to rewrite the script, but the current status of Virgil Hawkins’ big-screen debut is unclear.
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Superman was announced in 2021, putting a black version of the Man of Steel front-and-center with Coates as writer and J.J. Abrams attached as a producer. Should this project still be produced for DC Studios, it will be a DC Elseworlds project rather than part of the main DCU continuity.
  • Zatanna was announced to be in development in 2021, with Promising Young Woman writer Emerald Fennell writing the script, but its status also seems to be in limbo following the move away from HBO Max projects for upcoming DC movies.

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