Back in October 15th, 2014, Warner Bros. issued a press conference in which they announced the DC movies to be developed in short, medium and long term. Beginning in 2016 and all the way to 2020, the DC movies take the spotlight in the entire WB planned films. At least for our purposes.
The DC shared universe began with [Man of Steel](movie:15593), directed by Zack Snyder, and starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Michael Shannon, all in a remarkable cast. After its release in June 14, 2013, and with mixed critical reception, the film was considered a commercial success, with aprox. 668 million in its revenue. As expected, the film was immediately followed by rumours of an imminent sequel being fast tracked by Warner Bros.
The rumours were finally proven true when in 2013's San Diego Comic Con director Zack Snyder confirmed that the sequel was officially a go. But there was a catch: Batman would be in it.
The DC Cinematic Universe had started.
Months later, and after an unfortunate delay in its release date, the now officially titled sequel "[Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870)" is set to release in March 25th, 2016. Little was known of the future of the DC Cinematic Universe back when the title was officially revealed in May 21st of last year, yet rumours continued to spark.
After the success of [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073), there were rumours that WB was after an ensemble cast film, with the difference that the movie would be about villains. That's where the by the time unofficial [Suicide Squad](movie:2283363) rumours began to circulate all around the web, with even some speculation regarding the characters and cast. The movie is now set to release on August 5th, 2016.
In the investors meeting Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced the movies, other 8 movies were officially stated as "in development":
- Wonder Woman (June 23rd, 2017)
- Justice League: Part One (November 17th, 2017)
- The Flash (March 23rd, 2018)
- Aquaman (July 27th, 2018)
- Shazam (April 5th, 2019)
- Justice League: Part Two (June 14th, 2019)
- Cyborg (April 3rd, 2020)
- Green Lantern (June 19th, 2020)
Well, WB later stated that both 'Supes' and 'Bats' solo movies were in development as well, ready to be asigned to a release date in the interval between 2016 and 2020, but couldn't give a tempting date by the time of the announcement of the slate.
Now, let's take a close look...
If we notice some details, the average time between one movie and the other is 4 months. It is an incredible ratio (specially for DC fans) to see movies of these characters so frequently. Yet, I noticed some irregularities...
Between [Aquaman](movie:264237)'s solo movie and Shazam's, there is a NINE MONTH gap. It seems evident that a temptative sequel of any of the properties could be slated there. The sequel could be any, but I temptatively assume that it will be either Superman's or Suicide Squad's. Suicide Squad's sequel is entirely possible IF the movie proves successful and the following potential spoilers don't happen.
Important: It could also be a Batman solo movie in 2018. It is said that, by the end of Suicide Squad, the Joker (played by Jared Leto) will be running and on the lose after provoking a prison break where the villain team is held. Apparently, this serves as a potential setup for the Batman solo two years later. It wouldn't even surprise me since this movie features various Batman supervillains and it is said that Batman is being referenced multiple times in the movie, evidently one of them comes from the Joker himself.
It could be completely fair as well to see Superman in a solo movie coming in the same date. We must have seen Superman in Justice Leage: Part 1 in 2017 and will be seeing him in Justice League: Part 2 in 2019, but a big name as Superman could be used in the middle, allowing be to think that a sequel of Man of Steel could fall into November, 2018.
Again, this is just pure, old fashioned speculation.
The similar happens between [Justice League Part Two](movie:2351220) and Cyborg: ELEVEN MONTH gap (approx.). Then again, if the average is about 4 months wait per movie, perhaps two movies are coming in that time lapse?
I might also be that the rumoured Batman solo movie is coming somewhere in that time lapse, perhaps in November, 2019. As some unofficial reports say, Affleck has various other projects he works with and, because of his busy schedule, maybe this date seems the most probable we see a Batman solo.
Of course, there is a future after 2020. I could see sequels to Aquaman, Flash and [Wonder Woman](movie:45787) coming shortly afterwards, starting after Green Lantern in June 19th, 2020. Even Suicide Squad's sequel is possible. Who knows...
Quite long, but again: Thanks for reading!