DC Films and Warner Bros. have confirmed that films like “Aquaman 2”, “Black Adam”, and “The Flash” are coming in 2022. These films are not all that the giant studios have been working on releasing post-COVID-19 lockdown. They have a mouthwatering list of 7 films and series.
Here we look at them in chronological order and provide all the available details including cast, release date and mediums.
1. The Suicide Squad
First on the list is “The Suicide Squad”, slated for a 6 August 2021 release in the US. Although, UK fans will already have the chance to see it a week earlier on 30 July 2021.
The film will be a sequel to 2016 “Suicide Squad” but will include new characters and feature a story different from the first release. Margot Robbie (as Harley Quinn), Idris Elba (as Bloodsport), and Viola Davis (as Amanda Waller) have already been confirmed to be reprising their roles.
Meanwhile, John Cena and Sylvester Stallone join the cast as Peacemaker and King SHark respectively. Out-of-favour “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” director James Gunn helms the film and writes the story as well. It will be available in cinemas and for one month on HBO Max.
James Gunn is also in charge of the “Peacemaker” television series which is adapted from the above-mentioned “Suicide Squad” sequel. Cena also gets to star in the title role along with comedy actor Steve Agee. Robert Patrick, Danielle Brooks, Freddie Stroma, Chukwudi Iwuji, and Jennifer Holland complete the cast.
The series will air on HBO Max in January 2022 and will contain eight episodes. In case you didn’t know, Peacemaker is a fictional ruthless killer who believes in achieving peace at any cost.
3. The Batman
Much has been said about the upcoming Batman film ever since Robert Pattinson was announced in the lead role. The buzz has never died down.
“The Batman” deserves all the attention it is getting. Its director Matt Reeves had done exceptionally well with the science fiction “Planet of the Apes” franchise. With its release date fixed on 4 March 2022, it will set the tone for how DC’s year will be in the cinemas.
There is little room for error and Warner Bros. will want to get it right, if not perfectly. Zoë Kravitz (Catwoman) joins the list of elite actors called upon for the film which includes Colin Farrell, Andy Serkis, Jeffrey Wright, and others. It appears to be a film made strictly for the big screens.
4. DC League of Super-Pets
Written and directed by Jared Stern, “DC League of Super-Pets” is a 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film to be released in May 2022. It stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Kate McKinnon.
Based on Jerry Seigel and Curt Swan’s Legion of Super-Pets, the film features Superman’s dog, Krypto; Batman’s dog, Ace the Bat-Hound; Wonder Woman’s kangaroo, Jumpa; and Supergirl’s cat, Streaky the Supercat.
A Quite Place’s John Krasinski, Keanu Reeves, Diego Luna, Vanessa Bayer, and Natasha Lyonne are also part of the star-studded team.
5. Black Adam
On 29 July 2022, the world finally gets to see Dwayne Johnson star in “Black Adam”, a film which he also produced. Made to be a spin-off of 2019 “Shazam!”, it is also based on the creation of Otto Binder and C. C. Beck.
Director Jaume Collet-Serra finally gets to direct a film that does not star Liam Neeson after doing so in his last four major outings. Although, he broke the habit with the 2021 adventure “Jungle Cruise”.
The DC film will serve as a springboard to introduce characters like Doctor Fate, Cyclone. Hawkman, and Atom Smasher to the big screens.
6. The Flash
Slowly winding down to a busy year, DC plans to release its first stand-alone Flash film on 4 November 2022. After years of languishing in development hell, DC fans will finally get to see the speedster in a film centred around him.
As a bonus, Batffleck (the Batman played by Ben Affleck) will also feature in the film as well as Michael Keaton (as an older Batman in an alternative universe). Supergirl (to be played by Sasha Calle) will also play a part in this film.
Likely, it will be the turning point for DCEU after years of playing second fiddle to the MCU in the cinemas. No doubt, the studio will take the battle to the box office straight with no interference from streaming services.
7. Aquaman 2
The arrangement of its 2022 release makes sense as the Aquaman franchise has already tested the waters (pun intended) and found itself worthy. Thus, DC is leaving the sequel, “Aquaman 2”, as the last film for the year. This way, it will close with a bang regardless of how the other films fare.
The details are still murky at this time but Amber Heard has revealed that she gets to play Mera again. Additionally, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II also gets to play Black Manta again. With Jason Mamoa returning Pilou Asbaek, who played Euron Greyjoy in The Game of Thrones series, has been cast as the villain, according to Deadline.
The irony here, for those who don’t get it, is that the Greyjoys’ coat of arms displays a golden Kraken on a black field. A sea predator! DC did well in casting him.
The studios appear to have their hands full ahead of 2022 and this year will be the best time for Warner Bros. to address the SnyderVerse drama and settle things. To get a hang of what this means, read: Zack Snyder can save DCEU if Warner Bros. Pictures lets him.