In case you somehow missed it, it’s now officially 2019! This new year follows a pretty successful 2018 for the folks in the DC Comics movie team, being arguably the first year they didn’t release a single unanimously panned feature.
Aquaman is still doing well with both critics and at the box office, whilst the animated department released a wide variety of well-received projects; spanning from the insane Batman Ninja all the way to the kid-friendly Teen Titans Go! To The Movies. DC will be keen to keep this hot streak alive, but what have they placed their chips on in the near future? Allow me to walk you through it.
Reign Of The Supermen – January 13 2019
First up is the animated sequel to last year’s The Death of Superman. Following the arrival of the titular “Supermen” in the wake of the Man of Steel’s battle with Doomsday, expect some stunning feats and conflict as these new heroes attempt to one-up each other.
Shazam! – April 5 2019
The DCEU’s next release is one of its boldest, as Zachery Levi dons the cape of Shazam. The only trailer we have for the film (so far) looks a lot of fun, as Billy Batson gets to live out the fantasy of being a superhero we all harboured as a child. Don’t be surprised if this does big numbers when it hits cinemas.
Batman: Hush – April 16 2019
One of the most iconic Batman stories of all time is finally getting the big screen treatment it deserves. If you don’t know anything about this story, try and keep it that way until this release; you’ll be rewarded with one of the most intriguing and revealing mysteries the world’s greatest detective has ever faced.
Justice League vs The Fatal Five – August 6 2019
Unsurprisingly with a name like that, the Fatal Five are a group more than well equipped to take on the Justice League. With cyborgs and atomic axe’s incoming, this will be an animated feast for the eyes with the highest of stakes.
Joker – October 4 2019
Stepping outside of the established continuity, Joker tells the origin story of Batman’s greatest nemesis. Despite initial questions surrounding the necessity of such a narrative, excitement for this feature has only grown as names such as Joaquin Phoenix and Martin Scorcese joined the project, as well as the emergence of some fascinating on set photos.
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines – October 22 2019
Possibly being pushed back to 2020 (since DC have a habit of releasing only three animated features per year), Wonder Woman: Bloodlines will tell an original story for Diana Prince. Very little is known about this project, but hopefully, it will only do good things for the meteoric rise of the character’s popularity.
Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) – February 7 2020
I will never get used to writing that out. The Margot Robbie lead supervillain team up’s cast has only gotten stronger with each addition, and looks to be a very strong launch to DC’s 2020 slate. Fans will be keen to return to the DCEU after almost a year away, especially to see just how Quinn has developed since her last outing in 2016’s Suicide Squad.
Wonder Woman 1984 – June 5 2020
Director Patty Jenkins returns for the sequel to the DCEU’s best received outing to date. Moving out of World War 1 and into the Cold War, brining both returning and new characters along for the ride, Wonder Woman 1984 looks to be bigger and better in every way.
There we have it, a bright looking future for DC. This is even without the announcement of release dates for the two (or possibly even three) missing 2020 animated features, let alone the much anticipated The Batman in the live-action universe.
Watch out Marvel, you’ve really got some competition on the horizon.