Though "Wonder Woman 1984" premiered on HBO Max and in
theaters on Christmas Day to mixed reviews, parent company Warner Bros. has
viewed the much-delayed film as an overwhelming success. Not only has another
Wonder Woman sequel been greenlit, but DC Films producer Walter Hamada laid out the
plans for tons of DC content, including TV and movies, going forward.
DC Films has long rivaled Marvel Studios with their encompassing
Marvel Cinematic Universe. Over 20 films and soon-to-be many TV series later,
Marvel has formed a cohesive universe where movies and shows have an underlying continuity
and tag each other back and forth, to the delight of fans and critics alike.
DC, meanwhile, has been trying to get a steady franchise
going, starting with 2013’s “Man of Steel,” but they have stopped along the way
for one-off stories, like 2019’s “Joker.” Now, there’s a big plan going forward. Four films will
possibly hit theaters and two will drop on streaming partner HBO Max in 2022. The
goal is for DC to release two films for outlier characters, like Batgirl
and Static Shock, exclusively on HBO Max every year. There will also be TV shows on HBO Max
that interconnect with the movies, much like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and
their relationship with Disney+.
What’s more, there will be multiple universes that these
stories will be set in. So, there might be multiple Batman movies, with
different actors, released simultaneously. There will be what’s known as Earth
1, with Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Earth 2, with Robert Pattinson as
The CW series, like “Supergirl,” “Flash” and the upcoming “Lois
& Clark,” will still remain in a separate universe and timeline, for now.
Here’s what’s coming down the pipeline for the DC Extended
Universe (DCEU) in 2021 and beyond!