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Everything you need to know about the DC movie Universe


Now we're all immersed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s worth reminding ourselves that comic book rivals DC have also established their own incredible slate of movies. Here's what's in store over the next few years...

1) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 

The story: Gotham City's Batman and Metropolis's Superman face off for what could very well turn out to be the ultimate superhero smackdown. 

The lowdown: Following on from Man of SteelBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the second film in the DC Extended Universe. Zack Snyder is back in the director's chair, Henry Cavill returns as Supes and Ben Affleck makes his much-anticipated debut in the bat costume. 

Release date: 25th March 2016.

2) Suicide Squad 

The story: The US government offers a bunch of imprisoned supervillains their freedom. There's just one catch. They have to undertake a mission that none of them is likely to survive. 

The lowdown: The first proper anti-hero film in the DC Universe, Suicide Squad is written and directed by David Ayer of Fury fame. It also brings together an amazing ensemble of characters including marksman Deadshot (Will Smith), crazed Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), military officer Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Aussie assassin Boomerang (Jai Courteney) and the supernaturally endowed Enchantress (Cara Delevingne). Frankly though, we're more excited by the presence of Batman's old foe The Joker, played by a suitably deranged-looking Jared Leto.

Release date: 5th August 2016.

3) Wonder Woman 

The story: Rumours are swirling around, but all we know for certain is that this will be Wonder Woman's first solo big screen live-action outing. 

The lowdown: Israeli actress Gal Gadot, best known as Gisele in the Fast and Furious flicks, has been cast as the sword-wielding Amazonian warrior princess. We'll first get to see her in her full battle gear in Batman v Superman, though it's not known how big a role Wonder Woman will have in this one. Warner Brothers have been especially keen to recruit a female director. They eventually selected Patty Jenkins, who's an intriguing choice as she's best known for directing Charlize Theron in the Oscar-winning true-life female serial killer flick, Monster. Cap'n Kirk himself, Chris Pine, has joined the cast as Wonder Woman's love interest, Steve Trevor.

Release date: 23rd June 2017

4) Justice League 

The story: It's still being written, but we do know that this is essentially the DC version of Marvel's Avengers: a superhero team bringing together many of the titans of the DC universe to take on a foe they cannot defeat individually 

The lowdown: Batman v Superman's Zack Snyder is directing this one, which promises to be so epic that it's already been carved in two. Part one is expected to reach cinemas in 2017 with part two following in 2019. So who's in the gang? Well, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman play key roles. Jason Momoa stars as Aquaman, and we can expect to see Ezra Miller as The Flash and Ray Fisher as Cyborg too.

Release date: 17th November 2017

5) The Flash 

The story: Currently celebrating his 75th anniversary (he first appeared in comic-strip form way back in 1940), The Flash was plain old Barry Allen until he suffered a lab mishap. Now he's a superhero characterised by his ability to move, think and react at astonishing speed. 

The lowdown: The Perks of Being a Wallflower and We Need to Talk About Kevin star Ezra Miller makes his debut in the role in the Justice League flicks, so we've no idea as yet what kind of speedy outfit he'll be sporting as Barry Allen, aka The Flash. No director is attached as yet.

Release date: 23rd March 2018

6) Aquaman 

The story: Human/Atlantean hybrid Arthur Curry/Aquaman is the reluctant King of the Seven Seas, who finds himself caught between the warring surface world and aquatic realm while sworn to protect the entire globe. 

The lowdown: We're promised our first glimpse of Aquaman in Batman v Superman and he'll have a bigger role in the Justice League films. His first standalone feature will be directed by James Wan, whose credits include Saw, The Conjuring and Fast & Furious 7. Expect star Jason Momoa to make as big an impression as he did as the fearsome Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones.

Release date: 27th July 2018

7) Shazam 

The story: In DC lore, a young boy named Billy Batson transforms himself into a superhero merely by uttering the magic word "Shazam!" 

The lowdown: Potentially differing in tone from the rest of the DC Universe films, this could turn out to be more of a family adventure. The only casting nugget we've been offered so far is that Dwayne Johnson will play the villainous Black Adam.

Release date: 5th April 2019

8) Cyborg 

The story: The son of a pair of boffins, Vic Stone is severely mutilated in an experiment gone wrong. Patched up with metal implants, he evolves into the superhero known as Cyborg. 

The lowdown: Respected stage actor Ray Fisher will make his debut as Cyborg in Batman v Superman. Along with Chadwick Boseman's role as Marvel rival Black Panther, he's the first African-American actor to get a starring role in his own superhero movie since Will Smith in 2008's Hancock.

Release date: 3rd April 2020

9) Green Lantern Corps 

The story: Expect more than just the one Green Lantern in this DC reboot, which, as the title suggests, centres on the Green Lantern Corps: an elite intergalactic police force. 

The lowdown: The 'Corps' bit is significant, as Warners and DC will be eager to distance this version from the disappointing Ryan Reynolds film of 2011. It's not due out until 2020 and there's no news yet on casting or a director.

Release date: 19th June 2020

Which DC character do you want to see brought to the screen? Drop us a tweet @Cineworld with your choices.