It’s the San Diego Comic-Con this coming weekend (July 20-23 – making it more of a week than a weekend, but hey) – which means that there are no doubt going to be all kinds of major announcements and reveals coming up between now and Sunday.
But in the meantime, DC have started to whet the appetite by announcing two dates for as-yet-unidentified upcoming movies in 2020: February 14 and June 5. Now, we’re sometimes sceptical about just how “locked in” dates like that are, especially when the films in question aren’t even named; but nevertheless, it gives us a little more of an idea of their upcoming plans, and also serves as a teaser that we may find out what one or both of them are over the course of the SDCC weekend.
Just to bring you up to speed, here’s every date and/or film that DC currently have lined up:
- Justice League – November 17, 2017
- Aquaman – December 21, 2018
- Shazam – April 5, 2019
- (Untitled Film) – November 1, 2019
- (Untitled Film) – February 14, 2020
- Cyborg – April 4, 2020
- (Untitled Film) – June 5, 2020
- (Untitled Film) – July 24, 2020
It’s not immediately apparent, however, whether these two new dates are replacements for any of the ones already announced, or if they’re in addition. On the one hand, if they’re additions, then 2020 is starting to look increasingly crowded . But if they’re shifted dates, then there are still a great many films either announced or rumoured as going into production that don’t yet have a home. By our count, we’re still awaiting news on dates for:
- Justice League sequel (originally slated for June 14, 2019)
- The Batman (now going into production before Justice League Part 2, but not before 2018)
- Wonder Woman sequel
- The Flash
- Gotham City Sirens
- Suicide Squad sequel
- Black Adam
- Green Lantern Corps
Phew. Your guess is as good as ours as to which of those films will actually happen, and when; but if one report is to be believed, then the Shazam film that we’ve long been sceptical will actually make its 2019 date might actually be a step closer to reality. Umberto Gonzalez of The Wrap tweeted this suggestion that it’s going into production in early 2018:
Gonzalez also wondered if Shazam could be one of the two new dates; but February 2018 seems pretty early for any 2020 film to start, and would still leave two 2019 dates unfilled. With only one film currently set to come out in 2018, are DC really going to leave 2019 similarly threadbare? By our reckoning, if we assume The Batman and the Wonder Woman sequel will both be out in or before 2020, then DC really need to get their skates on in terms of putting two or three more films into production. Actually hiring a director for The Flash might help, too.
But if a Shazam film actually happened before any of The Flash, Cyborg or Green Lantern Corps? Then yes, given our past comments on the matter… we’d find that pretty funny.