The New Slate of the DCU
Last year, DC definitely performed better than Marvel. But, going into 2022, the fact that it needed fixing couldn’t be denied. DC now seems to have been fixed, having recently appointed James Gunn as it’s co-CEO following the exit of Walter Hamada. This new universe is interconnected and will have animations, movies, games, and TV shows. Gunn recently announced the new slate of DCU films, known as Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters - here is everything you can expect:
Alongside the announcement that Henry Cavill wouldn’t return as Superman, a new film, written by James Gunn, was announced. The title has been revealed as Superman: Legacy and is expected to be the first in the new slate, with a release date of July 11th, 2025.
‘The Brave and the Bold’
A new Batman film, centred around Batman and his apprentice, and son, Damian Wayne was announced. Titled The Brave and The Bold, it is expected to be the introduction of the ‘Batfamily’. However, don’t expect Ben Affleck or Robert Pattinson as the famous caped crusader - Gunn established that Robert Pattinson’s iteration of Batman would be in its own separate universe disconnected from the main slate. Ben Affleck has also stated that he is done with the character, although he will return in the upcoming Flash movie and might show up in the Aquaman sequel.
A film based on the anti-Justice League supergroup ‘The Authority’ was announced as part of the upcoming collection. Currently, there’s no release date and limited information about this one.
‘Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow’
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow has been announced without a release date - much like some of it’s fellow films. As of right now, there is no confirmation whether Sasha Calle will play ‘Supergirl’, but she will feature as the character in the upcoming The Flash film.
A movie based on the character ‘Swamp Thing’ was announced; it’s being described as a horror film.
An animated series centred around the Creature Commandos has been announced as one of the slate’s TV shows. Amanda Waller from the Suicide Squad films will be assembling the team and Viola Davis will reprise her role in the series. There is no release date set yet, but there are plans to release it before Superman: Legacy.
A series about Amanda Waller from the Suicide Squad films was announced. It is a spin-off of the show Peacemaker and the movie The Suicide Squad. Viola Davis will reprise her role, and characters from The Suicide Squad are expected to return as well as one of the Creature Commandos.
A TV series about the Green Lanterns was also announced - it is described as a mystery show centred around Green Lanterns Jon Stewart and Hal Jordan.
A show set on Wonder Woman’s home island of Themyscira was announced and will be set before the birth of Wonder Woman. Gunn described it as being similar to Game of Thrones.
Finally, a comedy show featuring the character Booster Gold was announced.
And there you have it - the upcoming slate for the DCU films and television series. In my opinion, the slate has lots of promising projects that merit excitement!