DC Confirms Release Dates For The Batman And James Gunn's Suicide Squad Reboot
2021 is going to be a great year for DC fans.
With the huge success of Aquaman and much excitement around this week's first Birds of Prey teaser, it seems that the DC movie universe is finally back on track. The studio has now added two new movies to its schedule, with confirmed release dates for The Batman and the reboot of Suicide Squad, which is titled The Suicide Squad.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Batman will hit theaters on June 25, 2021, while The Suicide Squad will be released on August 6 of the same year. In addition, Warner confirmed the release of a new movie titled DC Super Pets, which will focus on the pets of various DC heroes. That arrives on May 21, 2021.
The news of The Batman's release follows comments made by director Matt Reeves earlier this week, in which he described the film as "a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale." The movie has been in development for several years now, and it was originally set to be directed by and star Ben Affleck. While Affleck has not been officially replaced as Batman, it is thought that the role will be recast for the new movie. Affleck himself tweeted that he was "excited" for The Batman, implying that he wouldn't be in it.
As for The Suicide Squad, this is not a sequel to the 2017 movie, but a new version written by James Gunn. Gunn was hired by DC to work on the script in October, following his departure from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3. THR also reports that Gunn is in negotiations to direct, and that it will "take the franchise in a new direction with a mostly all-new cast of characters and actors."
Before we get to these, there are several new DC movies set for release over the next two years. Shazam! arrives in April, while October will see the release of Joker, which stars Joaquin Phoenix and focuses on the early life of the iconic DC villain. Birds of Prey arrives in February 2020, while Wonder Woman 1984 is released in July that year.