Much of DCU movies and TV shows have been announced, yet there are already at least 10 announced films that are seemingly impending for the franchise’s future. The original DCEU (DC Extended Universe), despite having a loyal following among viewers, has been inconsistent as far as critical reception and financial success go.
With the appointment, of James Gunn and Peter Safran as the co-heads of DC Studios, the DCEU will soon be replaced with the DC Universe, starting with Creature Commandos, and Superman: Legacy in cinemas. Given the huge number of DC characters to draw from – and the backdrop already set up by a series of DCU announcements – it can also interfere that a number of unannounced movies will join the DCU soon.
Although James Gunn and Peter Safran officially announced a wave of movies and TV shows in January 2023, while making the announcement of Chapter 1 Gods and Monsters James Gunn also stated that more projects will be added in upcoming times.
10 Unannounced DC Movies in New DC Universe
The DCU also, as per the statement made by Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, centers on Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Harley Quinn in its future projects. Fascinatingly, many of the unofficial announced DCU properties are revived and reworked versions of the projects intended to be released as part of the old DCEU. With this in mind, here are 10 DC movies that will almost certainly be released by James Gunn and Peter Safran.
10. Blue Beetle
Xolo Mariduena will star as Jaime Reyes in the upcoming Blue Beetle, whose continuity is not entirely clear for the time being. James Gunn has confirmed that Mariduena’s Blue Beetle will join his DCU is not a complete reboot of DCEU, as some actors and their respective characters may stay in the new franchise. It is safe to assume that another Blue Beetle movie will eventually be made starring Xolo Mariduena as Jaime Reyes, but set in the DCU.
9. The Flash
The Flash released in 2023 was intended to reset the DCEU and pave the way for the DCU, but this was, ultimately, not quite the case. Barry Allen’s time-traveling introduced DC’s cinematic version of the multiverse and established that Allen’s actions can and will cause major changes to the DCEU, yet they did not properly and directly create the new DCU.
Although James Gunn has been quite vocal about his appreciation for The Flash, the film’s poor critical and commercial performance and poor audience engagement, combined with Ezra Miller’s (attacking fan) controversies, and poor VFX, means that DCU is likely to recast for the role of Barry Allen and give that character a fresh start.
8. Constantine 2 (in DCU)
Constantine was released in 2005, the film precedes the DCEU, by almost a decade. Although the film was not critically or commercially successful, a sequel was announced in 2022 and surprisingly, is reportedly still in some stage of pre-production as of February 2023. The movie will, presumably, not be part of the DCU, especially if it is a sequel to the 2005 film, but this does not present any obstacles to its eventual release.
James Gunn and Peter Safran have started that the DCU will include Elseworld projects set outside the main DCU continuity, such as Matt Reeves’s The Batman sequel. Constantine 2 will likely be an Elseworlds project.
7. Aquaman Reboot
Jason Momoa’s Aquaman will return to theatres in 2023’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, though the movie will likely be the final installment of the old DCEU. Moreover, Jason Momoa’s future as Arthur Curry is unclear for the time being, but there is evidence to suggest that he will remain in the DCU as Aquaman.
There have been rumors that Momoa would play Lobo in the DCU, yet statements from Jason Momoa himself appear to debunk them in favor of him remaining in the Aquaman role. Since Aquaman was specified as one of the DCU’s primary heroes, a DCU reboot of Aquaman is inevitable, with Momoa likely reprising this titular role.
6. Gotham City Sirens
Another essential character to the DCU’s future is Harley Quinn, who was played by Margot Robbie in the DCEU. Robbie’s iteration of Harley Quinn was one the few well-received elements of both 2016’s Suicide Squad and 2021’s The Suicide Squad and although Bird’s of Prey was a commercial failure, it too was generally well-received.
A DC Universe film starring Harley Quinn is guaranteed, with the unrealized DCEU film Gotham City Sirens being a possibility. James Gunn has also confirmed that he would like to work with Margot Robbie again, so it is possible that she will reprise her role as Harley Quinn in the DCU.
5. Suicide Squad 2
James Gunn debuted as director of The Suicide Squad in DCEU. While the film was not a major financial success due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, it was well-received by the audience and led to the spinoff TV series Peacemaker which was being liked by most of the DC fans, this time setting it in DCU continuity. With Peacemaker’s cast returning to the DCU, Viola Davis returning as Amanda Waller, and the DC Universe maintaining a strong focus on Harley Quinn, a new Suicide Squad movie set to be in DC Universe is assured.
4. Green Lantern
There are already 3 confirmed members of the Green Lantern Corps set to be appearing in DC Universe Chapter 1 Gods and Monsters. Hal Jordan and John Stewart will both star in the TV series, Green Lantern Corps, and Guy Gardener will be playing a supporting role in Superman: Legacy.
Before the DCU slate announcement, James Gunn tweeted that the Green Lanterns would be a priority in his DCU. Considering the rich history of Green Lanterns in DC Comics and rejected attempts to bring the Green Lantern Corps to the old DECU, it is safe to assume that DC Universe will eventually have a dedicated Green Lantern Movie.
3. Teen Titans
There were no plans for the Teen Titans project in the old DCEU and nobody has addressed the possibility of one in the DCU yet either, but all the pieces for one are in place now.
Batman Brave and the Bold will see the debut of the new version of Batman in the DCU with Damian Wayne as Robin, implying that there may have been 4 previous users of the Robin moniker. James Gunn has also expressed interest in including Cassie Sandmark (Wonder Woman’s second Wonder Girl sidekick) in the DCU, making an eventual ensemble file based on Teen Titans lineup quite likely someday.
2. Wonder Woman 3
Gal Gadot’s future as Wonder Woman was uncertain for a time, and while James Gunn himself has yet to confirm her words, an interview with Gal Gadot recently surfaced, revealing that Wonder Woman 3 is in the early stages of production. Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman was one of the most well-received parts of the DCEU, so keeping her as Wonder Woman is the right decision.
Patty Jenkin’s initial iteration of Wonder Woman 3 was canceled due to not fitting with James Gunn and Peter Safran’s vision for the DCU, so Gal Gadot’s next outing as Wonder Woman will likely be a soft reboot for her and her mythos, integrating her into a new universe.