Since the superhero genre became the majority of box-office income for movie studios, the two biggest superhero houses have been racing to release as much superhero content as possible for both big and small screens. Disney, which holds the ownership of Marvel Studios, and Warner Bros. Discovery, which holds the ownership of DC Studios, are making sure we won’t get any rest from the superhero genre anytime soon (not that we’re complaining). So, in this article, we’ll look at all the DC movies we’re getting in 2023.
Live-Action DC Movies
Shazam! Fury of the Gods
Release date: March 17, 2023. Now playing exclusively in theaters.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods is the sequel to the original Shazam movie from 2019. Zachary Levi reprises the role of Shazam, and Asher Angel reprises the role of Billy Batson, a teenager who can turn into a powerful superhero by saying the titular character’s name. The movie is set a few years after the first movie’s events.
This time, Billy and his foster siblings will need to face the powerful daughters of Atlas, demigods seeking to take powers from the Shazam family away and restore the realm of gods. David F. Sandberg serves as the director once again, while Henry Gayden, who was the sole writer of the first movies, co-wrote the sequel with Fast & Furious writer Chris Morgan.
Release date: June 16, 2023
The Flash movie has been in development since 2014. And after numerous circles of development hell, writers, and directors, the It director Andy Muschietti is finally bringing us this long-awaited movie with Ezra Miller, who is reprising the role of Scarlet Speedster. By its ambition, this is one of the biggest DC movies ever produced.
Barry Allen will travel back in time to prevent his mother’s murder, which will trap him in an alternate universe that he’ll need to save with the help of his alternate self, Michael Keaton’s Batman, and Sasha Calle’s Kara Zor-El/Supergirl. Ben Affleck reprises the role of DCEU Batman one last time, and Michael Shannon reprises the role of General Zod from 2013’s Man of Steel.
Release date: August 18, 2023
The Blue Beetle movie was initially announced as the HBOMax exclusive before it was decided that the movie would have a regular theatrical release. Cobra Kai star Xolo Maridueña will play the role of Jaime Reyes, a teenager who will become a superhero once he encounters an alien Blue Beetle that will grab itself onto him and form a powerful exoskeleton around his body. Angel Manuel Soto is directing the movie from the script written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer. The movie also stars Susan Sarandon as Victoria Kord, an original character that will be the movie’s villain.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
Release date: December 25, 2023
Jason Momoa first appeared as Arthur Curry/Aquaman in 2016’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. After he reprised the role in the Justice League movie, he starred in his own Aquaman movie, which became the highest-grossing DC movie ever. Five years after the release of the first Aquaman movie, Momoa returns in the long-awaited sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
James Wan, who directed the first Aquaman, is back in the director’s chair, and David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, Wan’s long-time collaborator who wrote the first movie, is also back with the script for the sequel. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be the 15th and final installment of the DC Extended Universe.
Animated DC Movies
Legion of Super-Heroes
Release date: February 7, 2023. Now available on digital and home video.
Legion of Super-Heroes is the fifth film set in the animated Tomorrowverse. This shared universe started with 2020’s Superman: Man of Tomorrow as the soft reboot of DC Animated Movie Universe (DCAMU), which concluded with Justice League Dark: Apokolips War. Legion of Superheroes follows Superman’s cousin Kara, struggling to adjust to her new life on Earth.
Superman, who is mentoring her, tells her to travel to the 31st century to join the Legion Academy, where Kara will encounter the mysterious group known as the Dark Circle, which seeks the powerful weapon inside the Academy’s vault.
Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham
Release date: March 28, 2023
Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham is the animated adaptation of the comic book mini-series of the same name written by Mike Mignola and Richard Pace. The story is set in the 1920s when the explorer Bruce Wayne accidentally unleashes an ancient evil that will make him return to Gotham after over 20 years. Batman will need to fight Lovecraftian supernatural forces threatening Gotham’s existence. David Giuntoli is providing the voice of Batman in this movie after he previously voiced the character in 2021’s Batman: Soul of the Dragon.
Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One
Release date: April 25, 2023
In this anime-style animated crossover movie, the Justice League is transported to the world of Remnant, where they will be transformed into teenagers. They will meet Remnant heroes Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang, with whom they’ll need to join forces to stop the superpowered Grimm before he destroys everything they know. This movie is the first part of the adaptation of the RWBY x Justice League comic book series written by Marguerite Bennett.
Justice League: Warworld
Release date: 2023
Justice League: Warlord is the sixth movie set in the Tomorrowverse and the first Justice League movie in that shared universe. While the official synopsis hasn’t been revealed yet, it is presumed that the movie’s story will follow Justice League in the battle against Mongul, the commander of the warworld.
The movie will feature the voice talents of Darren Criss as Clark Kent/Superman, Jensen Ackles as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Matt Bomer as Barry Allen/The Flash, Troy Baker as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, Aldis Hodge as John Stewart/Green Lantern, Jamie Gray Hyder as Shayera Hol/Hawkgirl, and Ike Amadi as Martian Manhunter.