Allow me to don my Batman detective hat for a moment. No, not the hat that turns Bruce Wayne into an idiot who can't even determine that the White Portuguese is a ship rather than a shadowy gangster; let's do some real detecting.
DC and Warner Bros. just dropped the bomb that two new untitled movies will land in 2018 and 2019, meaning both of those years will see three movies released by the dream team — bringing the fight squarely to Marvel, who also has three.
For now, though, we're not allowed to know what they are. Which is annoying, and kind of exciting. But mostly just annoying. Let's take a run through the options.
Mystery Movie #1: October 5, 2018
Currently the only superhero movie scheduled for post-summer 2018, this one follows Aquaman (July 27), and comes a year after Justice League Part One and six months before Part Two. Due to the timeframe it's arriving in, it probably won't have anything to do with the League.
The first, most obvious option would be a Batfleck solo movie. Multiple sources have alluded to a script from Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns being complete and ready to go, and Zack Snyder himself confirmed Affleck would be in the director's chair if the movie does happen.
A second possibility would be a Suicide Squad spin-off, most likely focused on Harley Quinn and possibly the Joker — kind of like a sick, twisted DC take on Bonnie & Clyde. All the signs indicate that Squad will make huge dollar at the box office this summer, and DC has to do something with Margot Robbie now she's become a million 14-year-olds' ultimate wet dream.
Not convinced? Have a third: How about translating Green Arrow to the big screen? This is actually perfect because the CW's Arrow has given Oliver Queen huge name recognition outside of comic book circles, but the show is four seasons deep and will probably wrap up in the not-too distant future. It would also allow for a much more faithful adaptation of the comics than the TV show.
Imagine a wisecracking Green Arrow and a savvy Black Canary doing their thing in Star City, without the angst, the melodrama — or Felicity.
Oliver, Harley or Bruce?
Mystery Movie #2: November 1, 2019
John Constantine's solo TV series may have developed a small but loyal cult following, but the harsh truth is nobody you ever met in real life actually watched it.
If the chain-smoking, trenchcoat-adorned, cynical conman did come to the DC universe, he'd continue its tradition of giving movies to antiheroes. He'd also certainly be recast, which would have the fanboys up in arms. It's a long shot, but with Marvel bringing magic to the fore in Doctor Strange, I can think of far worse ideas.
Option number two: a straight-up sequel to Suicide Squad, possibly with another classic DC mega-villain introduced to give our bad guys cause to team up for round two. Brainiac, anyone?
If that doesn't get your pulse racing, what about a sequel to Wonder Woman? Diana's first ever big-screen adventure has a mostly historical setting, and it's a super-safe bet that it's going to bring serious bucks at the box office. A sequel could return Diana to the modern day and act as a follow-up to Justice League Part Two.
Of course, the overwhelming likelihood is that this movie is actually a Superman adventure, probably peppered with various Justice League-ers. Then again, Snyder wouldn't have time to direct, and he's made Superman his pet project.