DC has 7 superhero movies with official release dates - here are all the details

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  • Warner Bros.' DC superhero movies rebounded after "Aquaman," and are moving forward with a new strategy.
  • Seven upcoming movies have official release dates between now and 2022, including "Wonder Woman" and "Aquaman" sequels.

The DC movie universe seemed stalled after "Justice League," but it rebounded with the success of "Aquaman" last year, which made over $1 billion worldwide.

What's known as the "DC Extended Universe" got off to a bumpy start with "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Suicide Squad" in 2016, which performed well at the box office but were trashed by critics. "Justice League" put the nail in that particular coffin when it underperformed critically and commercially.

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But now Warner Bros. is going all in on its DC superhero movies with renewed confidence and a new strategy that's focused more on standalone stories rather than a connected universe. 2017's "Wonder Woman" and "Aquaman" proved the strategy could work, and the upcoming movies will likely capitalize on that.

The studio has seven release dates set for DC movies that range from sequels to origin stories to whatever "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)" will be. More movies are in development beyond that that don't have official release dates yet, such as an "Aquaman" horror spin-off about the Trench creatures.

Among the upcoming movies are James Gunn's "Suicide Squad" sequel and Matt Reeves' "The Batman," which will recast the Dark Knight.

Below are seven upcoming DC movies with official release dates:

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"Shazam!" — April 5, 2019

"Shazam!" — April 5, 2019

James Wan made the move from horror hits like "Saw" and "The Conjuring" to blockbusters like "Furious 7" and "Aquaman." Director David Sandberg, known for "Lights Out" and "Annabelle: Creation," is doing the same with "Shazam!" in April. The movie follows a young boy named Billy Batson (played by Asher Angel) who gains the ability to turn into an adult superhero (played by Zachary Levi) by shouting the magic word "Shazam." Watch the latest trailer here.

"Joker" — October 4, 2019

"Joker" — October 4, 2019

"The Hangover" director Todd Phillips is directing this origin story based on Batman's deadliest foe, the Joker, played by Joaquin Phoenix. The movie is expected to be a gritty crime drama (Martin Scorsese was once attached to produce), and has no connection to previous movies.

"Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)" — February 7, 2020

"Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)" — February 7, 2020

Margot Robbie is reprising her "Suicide Squad" role of Harley Quinn. But this time, she's teaming up with an all-female crew of Gotham City vigilantes such as Huntress (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to take down the crime boss Black Mask (Ewan McGregor).

"Wonder Woman 1984" — June 5, 2020

"Wonder Woman 1984" — June 5, 2020

"Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins is returning for this sequel set during the Cold War. Gal Gadot is also returning to the title role, as well as Chris Pine as Steve Trevor. Kristen Wiig will play the villain Cheetah. The movie was originally scheduled for this November, but was moved to summer 2020. The first movie, which opened in June 2017, grossed $821 million worldwide and is the best reviewed DC Extended Universe movie yet with a 93% Rotten Tomatoes critic score.

"The Batman" — June 25, 2021

"The Batman" — June 25, 2021

"War for the Planet of the Apes" director Matt Reeves is directing the next Batman movie, which will recast the character. Ben Affleck, who played the Dark Knight in "Batman v Superman," "Suicide Squad," and "Justice League," is stepping away from the role. Reeves reportedly wants a younger actor for the part, according to multiple outlets, including The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.

"The Suicide Squad" — August 6, 2021

"The Suicide Squad" — August 6, 2021

After being fired by Disney last year from Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy 3" when offensive tweets resurfaced, James Gunn was quickly hired to write, and possibly direct, a "Suicide Squad" sequel. Gunn wants to focus on a fresh cast of characters aside from Harley Quinn and Deadshot. Idris Elba is replacing Will Smith as the latter, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Rumors have circulated online that "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Dave Bautista is in talks for a role, but Warner Bros. told Business Insider it has not had discussions with him.

"Aquaman 2" — December 16, 2022

"Aquaman 2" — December 16, 2022

Fans will have to wait longer than expected for the "Aquaman" sequel, which is set to swim into theaters in December 2022. But in the meantime, "The Trench" spin-off is expected to arrive before that, "Aquaman" producer Peter Safran told The Hollywood Reporter.

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