DC Extended Universe Movie Schedule

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The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) has gotten off to a rocky start. The movies released-to-date are Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. All 3 movies were highly criticized. They seemed to lack what makes a superhero movie relate-able to us. Despite the criticism and terrible Rotten Tomato scores, they all made enough to keep the lights on in the Batcave. I personally enjoyed watching the movies, but agree with the criticism. Man of Steel was a pretty good first shot even though it ended with a complete departure from Superman’s nature, as we know it.

Warner Bros. and DC heard their critics after Batman v Superman failed to reach their projected numbers at the box office. It was projected to make $1.1 to $1.3 billion. The movie made over $870 million worldwide with a budget of approximately $250 million. Add in the marketing costs, and BvS makes approximately a quarter of a million dollars. A failure critically but still financially lucrative, Warner Bros. could’ve kept the train on the same tracks. Instead, changes were made publicly to show they were listening and the DCEU would be making some course corrections.

Enter Geoff Johns. Johns has been the Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics since 2010. Fans have been crying for the DCEU to reflect heroes and a universe more similar to the comics and cartoons. Who’s better to see that vision through other than Johns? He was listed as one of the executive producers for BvS, but he probably didn’t have much say. As co-runner of the DCEU universe, I believe we will see a noticeable shift in the feel and characteristics of the DC movies. We’ll get to test that theory when the Geoff Johns era begins with his co-written Wonder Woman movie. In addition, you’ll notice 2 untitled movie slots. Warner Bros. currently have Lobo, Justice League Dark/Dark Universe, The Batman, Man of Steel 2, Suicide Squad 2 and a Harley Quinn spinoff in development. Any of these movies could be slotted into the open spots. My bet is on The Batman and the Man of Steel sequel.

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Wonder Woman

Release Date: June 2, 2017

’Wonder Woman’ hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins.

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Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

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Synopsis courtesy of WonderWomanFilm

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Justice League

Release Date: November 17, 2017

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Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash — it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

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Synopsis courtesy of Collider

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The Flash

Release Date: March 16, 2018

Young Barry Allen’s life stopped the minute his mother was murdered. The true killer never found, its mystery obsessed Barry, driving him to become a forensic scientist. Consumed by his work, he spent his life chained to his desk, solving every case that flew across it. But when a freak lightning bolt hits a nearby shelf in his lab, Barry receives super-speed, becoming the Flash. Now, he’ll race up buildings, across oceans, and around the world to get his man—while getting introduced to a world so much bigger than his old life of microscopes and cold cases.

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Able to run at near light-speeds, his powers provide the ultimate caffeine kick: He can run up buildings, move so swiftly he phases through objects, create sonic booms with the snap of his fingers—and never need to order delivery. Despite his speed, Barry can become so obsessed with crime-solving he can still lose track of everything else around him, leaving the fastest man alive constantly running a minute behind.

Flash bio courtesy of DC Comics

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Aquaman

Release Date: July 27, 2018

Cast out from Atlantis as a baby, Arthur Curry grew up on land, thinking himself a normal human. But when he matured, Atlantis returned, claiming him as their rightful king. Caught between a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and Atlanteans looking to lash out in revolt, he’s committed to protecting the entire globe.

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Aquaman is the king of all things aqua. He can breathe underwater, swim at tremendous speeds, and telepathically communicate with sea life. Being able to withstand ocean depths, he gets bonus points on land with his superhuman strength, enhanced senses, and nearly impenetrable skin. And although his courage and decisive nature have proven him a true heir to Atlantis’s throne, the continual conflict between land and sea makes him a citizen of both—and at home in neither.

Aquaman bio courtesy of DC Comics

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Untitled DCEU Film

Release Date: October 5, 2018

Rumored for this slot are The Batman, Man of Steel sequel, Suicide Squad sequel or Harley Quinn spinoff.

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Shazam!

Release Date: April 5, 2019

SHAZAM! Two syllables famous for magically turning a boy into a superpowered adult.

Unlike most foster children, Billy Batson couldn’t care less about finding a family. He just wants to turn eighteen and finally become an adult. While the boy’s compassionate and kind, he’s gotten used to protecting himself by staying emotionally distant from everybody. But that changes when he meets an ancient wizard who introduces him to one very powerful word.

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Just by saying SHAZAM!, Billy is transformed into a magical flying adult superhero, one with the genius of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the unbreakable will of Atlas, the lightning blasts of Zeus, the power of Achilles and the speed of Mercury. But gaining the power of the gods means inheriting their enemies too. With the abilities of the world’s mightiest mortal, Billy will have to struggle with magical threats as well as his own youthful naïveté. To truly tap into his power, this orphan who’s always kept people at arm’s length will have to learn what family really is.

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Shazam! bio courtesy of DC Comics

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Untitled Justice League Sequel

Release Date: June 14, 2019

The sequel to Justice League with all 7 members.

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Untitled DCEU Film

Release Date: November 1, 2019

Rumored for this slot are The Batman, Man of Steel sequel, Suicide Squad sequel, Harley Quinn spinoff, JL Dark/Dark Universe or Lobo.

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Cyborg

Release Date: April 3, 2020

Although a star athlete, Vic Stone only yearned for his father’s approval. But Dad was too focused on his scientific career to notice… until the day Vic became his greatest experiment. After Vic suffered a grave injury, his father saved him by replacing over half his body with cybernetic parts.

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Now Cyborg is plugged into every computer on Earth, and no firewall—or brick wall—can keep him out. While his cybernetic enhancements provide superhuman strength, speed, and endurance, that same technology destroys his chances to live as a professional athlete. Now flourishing in the digital realm, Vic is desperately alone in the physical world—and still longs for his father’s affection.  Hungry to find purpose again, he fights alongside the World’s Greatest Super Heroes.

The origin of his cybernetic parts will change to being received from the Motherbox shown in the Batman v Superman clip.

Cyborg bio courtesy of DC Comics

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Green Lantern Corps

Release Date: July 24, 2020

The Green Lantern Corps is an intergalactic military/police force in the DC Universe. They patrol the farthest reaches of the DC Universe at the behest of the Guardians, a race of immortals residing on the planet Oa. The Green Lantern Corps has been in existence for three billion years, surviving multiple conflicts both internal and foreign. Currently operating divided as pairs amongst the 3600 “sectors” of the universe, there are 7202 members (known commonly as Green Lanterns), two lanterns for every sector except sector 2814 (Earth) which has 4 members. Each Green Lantern is given a power ring, a weapon granting the use of incredible abilities that are directed by the wearer’s own willpower.

Green Lantern Corps bio courtesy of Wikipedia

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