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DC movies are headed your way at ODEON. 

Following this year’s triumphant The Batman, the comic giant is readying a fistful of future classics, including Black Adam and Joker 2. Here are nine good reasons why the Marvel guys should watch their backs.

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DC League of super-pets

Release Date: 29 July

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart butt heads as two squabbling super-mutts forced to team up when their spandex-clad masters are kidnapped.

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Lego Batman Movie co-writer Jared Stern is in the director’s chair and has promised a movie that transcends your average family animation. “I really wanted people to come away feeling like animation is a technique and not a genre,” he says. “I wanted them to feel like, 'That was a really great superhero movie and it had everything I love in a superhero movie’.

Heading up what Stern calls a “buddy movie”, Johnson plays Superman’s earnest hound Krypto while Hart causes his usual aggro as Batman’s smart-mouthed woofer. There’s more: Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer plays pot-bellied pig PB who can grow to giant size, Ad Astra’s Natasha Lyonne is Merton the super-speedy turtle, while Rogue One’s Diego Luna plays Chip, a powered-up squirrel who makes Marvel’s Electro look like a flat battery.

Keanu Reeves also makes his superhero genre debut as Batman – and based on the DC League Of Super-Pets trailer, the John Wick star is playing it gruff and deadpan. “Keanu gives us a dark and brooding Batman,” wrote CinemaBlend, “but one who is playing it so straight that it becomes comedy.

Dwayne Johnson as Eqyptian God in Black Adam

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Black Adam

Release Date: 21 October 2022

No more Mr Nice Guy, as Dwayne Johnson finally plants his flag in the genre as a vengeful ancient Egyptian god dubbed “the Dirty Harry of superheroes”. 

Here’s the official teaser: ‘Nearly five thousand years after receiving the almighty powers of the Egyptian gods and being imprisoned just as quickly, Black Adam is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world’.

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The Black Adam trailer hints that Johnson is playing this DC heritage character as a snarky antihero. But the big guy isn’t the only key cast member. With the Justice Society Of America playing a central role in the Black Adam movie, we’ll also see Aldis Hodge as Carter Hall/Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Al Rothstein/Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell as Maxine Hunkel/Cyclone and former Bond Pierce Brosnan as Kent Nelson/Doctor Fate.

Don’t underestimate the importance of Sarah Shahi as Adrianna Tomaz. In the comic books, this university lecturer and resistance fighter is the keeper of the Amulet of Isis – and the only one who can talk hot-headed Adam out of his murderous rampages.

While Black Adam’s comic-book nemesis is Shazam, it seems Warner Brothers are keeping the two characters separate – for now. “What we decided to do was to create a scenario where Black Adam has his standalone movie,Johnson told MTV, “and Shazam has his standalone movie. We're building our world that way, and then we can come together at some point."


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Shazam! Fury Of The Gods

Release Date: 21 December 2022

Starring Asher Angel as dorky teen Billy Batson and Zachary Levi as his adult-but-still-kinda-dorky inner superhero, 2019’s Shazam! grossed $366 million. You bet there’s a sequel. 

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Annabelle and Lights Out director David F. Sandberg returns to helm the new Shazam!, with a punchy script from Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan. Three years later, with both cast and audience a little older, the creative team were able to take more risks. “You can lean into a little more adult humour,” producer Peter Safran told IGN, “and also just adult stakes and adult issues that one deals with at 16 and 17 that you don't deal with at 13 and 14.

Last summer, Sandberg shared a spandex-filled shot from the movie set that confirmed the roster of heroes, including Adam Brody as Freddy Freeman, Meagan Good as Darla Dudley, Ross Butler as Eugene Choi, Zachary Levi as Shazam, Michelle Borth as Mary Bromfield and D.J. Cotrona as Pedro Peña.

But there’s some tantalising additions to the cast, with West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler in an undisclosed role, while Kill Bill’s Lucy Liu and national treasure Helen Mirren respectively play Kalypso and Hespera (both daughters of Atlas). Intriguingly, it seems Mirren will be the villain, but her character may not realise it. “She believes she’s right,” the actress told a CinemaCon panel. “Of course, most villains and villainesses believe they’re right, don’t they?

 

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Batgirl

Release Date: 2022 TBC

Commissioner Gordon’s teen daughter tools up for her own shot at Gotham City’s criminal underbelly. Anything R-Patz can do?

 

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In The Heights’ Leslie Grace describes her lead character Barbara Gordon as a “biker girl” who deals out plenty of “badassery”, and told E! News about her evolution during the movie. “She gets herself into a lot of these sticky situations and has to discover a lot about parts of herself in order to get herself out of them.

Sticking with the good guys, Spider-Man’s J.K. Simmons hops franchises to “show a more domestic aspect of Jim Gordon”, while Tim Burton-era Batman, Michael Keaton tries to keep pace with his female counterpart. Ivory Aquino’s role as Alysia Yeoh is likely to be important, too: in the comic books, this transgender character was Barbara’s most trusted listening post.

As for villains, Bad Boys For Life antagonist Jacob Scipio play Gotham mob boss Anthony Bressi, while Brendan Fraser stamps out any lingering memories of his breakthrough in George Of The Jungle with his role as a rampant pyromaniac. “There's lots of fire because as everyone knows by now, Brendan plays Firefly,” says Grace. “There's crazy fire…”   

Jason Mamoa as Aquaman in Aquaman 2018

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Aquaman and the lost kingdom

Release Date: 17 March 2023

Jason Momoa’s ocean lord goes back under the sea for the sequel to the billion-grossing original. Plot details still guarded by trident-wielding mermen.

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The initial story pitch came from Momoa himself, but it’s director James Wan and screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick who did the heavy lifting. We know that Wan is “deeply invested” in world-building, so don’t rule out the rest of the DC roster paddling up. 

Many of the original Aquaman cast members will return, including Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm Marius and Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus. Unusually for a franchise film, the main villain looks to once again be Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta. “I really want to add more personality and character and flesh him out,” the actor told EW.

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The Flash

Release Date: 23 June 2023

Ezra Miller’s red-suited speedster outruns the space-time continuum as he pelts back to prevent the death of his mother. But at what cost to the DC timeline and his future self?

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A slew of directors have come and gone, but Andy Muschietti (Stephen King’s It) and Christina Hodson (Bumblebee, Birds Of Prey) have finally pushed this long-awaited Flash movie over the line. Despite his talent for wrangling killer clowns, Muschietti says he “can’t promise horror elements, but it’s a beautiful human story”. 

When Muschietti says The Flashwill take you to a place that the DC universe hasn’t gone before,”, he’s presumably talking about this movie’s introduction of DC’s very own multiverse, allowing the brand’s real estate to mingle. For starters, we’ll see Michael Shannon as Superman’s nemesis General Zod, Sasha Calle as Supergirl and Ben Affleck enjoying a “nice finish” to his Batman tenure with an appearance as the Dark Knight.

The biggest fish, though, is Michael Keaton’s reprisal of his Tim Burton-era role as Bruce Wayne/Batman, albeit from an alternate universe. “It was weirdly and ironically easy,” the star told Collider. “A little bit emotional. Just a rush of memories. The first shot, the introduction of Batman, is so good. Just the imagery, it’s great. And reminiscent, to some degree, of Tim Burton.


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Wonder Woman 3

Release Date: TBC

After owning Wonder Woman 1984, Gal Gadot’s whipcracking Amazonian princess brings a welcome slug of oestrogen to the DC release schedule. 

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Speaking to Forbes in April, Gadot confirmed that herself and director Patty Jenkins were in the early stages of script development. "We're talking,” said the star. “We're actually in the mix of working on the script and getting the third one made, so all wheels are working and turning and I'm super, super excited for the fans to come and watch Wonder Woman 3 once it's made.

As for Jenkins, she told a CinemaCon panel event that the new Wonder Woman movie would be strictly for cinema release. "I don't think it plays the same on streaming, ever,” explained the director. “I'm not a fan of day-and-date and I hope to avoid it forever. I make movies for the big-screen experience.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman 1984

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Blue Beetle

Release Date: 18 August 2023

Gifted a shapeshifting exosuit by a mystical scarab beetle, Jaime Reyes has been a fan favourite since debuting in 2006’s Infinite Crisis comic. Now, Blue Beetle becomes DC’s first Latino movie lead.

 

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Xolo Maridueña will star as El Paso teenager Jaime Reyes and his alter-ego Blue Beetle. Until now, you’ve known the 21-year-old actor best as conflicted Miguel Diaz in Cobra Kai. “Blue Beetle is going to touch on a lot of things,” he says, “that haven’t been touched on before in superhero movies.

The cast also includes Bruna Marquezine, Belissa Escobedo, George Lopez, Adriana Barraza, Elpidia Carrillo and Damián Alcázar. Raoul Trujillo will play comic book nemesis Carapax the Indestructible Man, while screen legend Susan Sarandon takes her first superhero role as the villainous Victoria Kord. 


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Joker: Folie à Deux

Release Date: TBC

Following Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscar-winning tour de force in 2019, Gotham’s clown prince is tipped to tapdance down those steps again.

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Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by the Joker sequel. Since 2019, director Todd Phillips has batted the idea of a follow-up back and forth, while Phoenix has admitted he and the character have unfinished business. “I can’t stop thinking about it,” he said. “Where the character can go is endless.” 

Folie à deux is a French idiom describing a mental disorder that affects two closely linked individuals, and the DC forums are already speculating that the title refers to Joker and Harley Quinn. This time around, the clown’s deranged sidekick is rumoured to be played by pop renegade Lady Gaga.

The casting of Gaga gives a little more credibility to the most eyebrow-raising rumour of all – that the Joker sequel will be a musical. Do we look like we’re joking? 

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