Major DC movie news has hit this week. Release dates have been announced for The Batman, The Suicide Squad, and DC Super Pets. Plus, we have new info on those films, including Ben Affleck’s status and more. Plus, first-look footage of Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).

WB sets release dates for Matt Reeves’ Batman movie, Suicide Squad 2, and DC Super Pets – (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • May 21, 2021 – DC Super Pets
  • June 25, 2021 – The Batman
  • August 6, 2021 – Suicide Squad 2
  • Collider first mentioned Super Pets movie to be written/directed by Jared Stern last July; THR also mentions Sam Levine as a director

Ben Affleck seemingly confirms he will no longer play Batman – Twitter

  • Shares Deadline article that states he is not returning (THR confirms he is “saying goodbye to the role”)
  • 2 years after he passed on directing next Batman film
  • The Hollywood Reporter first reported in July 2017 that Affleck was unlikely to return as Batman
  • Affleck’s legacy
  • Variety Speculation that Reeves wants a Batman in his 20s, while studio might prefer slightly older (30s), but will be decided once Reeves starts meeting with candidates

Matt Reeves talks slightly about his Batman movie – The Hollywood Reporter

  • On his “take” on Batman – “It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”
  • They are referring to it as The Batman for now, but that might not be the final title
  • On casting – “There will be a Rogues Gallery. The casting process will begin shortly. We’re starting to put together our battle plan. I’m doing another pass on the script and we’ll begin some long-lead stuff to start developing conceptual things. “
  • On if he’s involved with other films (Birds of Prey, Batgirl) – “Right now, I’m involved in The Batman. What it will be called ultimately, I don’t know. Aquaman is going to be very different from the Todd Phillips Joker movie, and that’s going to be different from Shazam and Harley Quinn. Warners believes they don’t have to try to develop a giant slate that has to have all the plans for how it’s going to connect. What they need to try and do is make good movies with these characters.”

James Gunn now in talks to direct The Suicide Squad The Hollywood Reporter

  • Gunn was reported to be writing the film with possibility to direct last October
  • “The pic has the title of The Suicide Squad and is not being labeled a direct sequel but as a relaunch…Sources say that Gunn’s focus is to take the franchise in a new direction with a mostly all-new cast of characters and actors. Sources also say that the project is also very much rooted in Gunn’s vibe, as seen in the Guardians movies.”
  • Title of The Suicide Squad
  • Charles Roven and Peter Safran (Aquaman, Shazam!) will produce; Safran has worked with Gunn before

Box office for Aquaman

  • Now #1 DC film ever at the worldwide box office
  • Just shy of $1.1 billion
  • Tops The Dark Knight Rises

WB is working to bring back James Wan for an Aquaman sequel- Deadline

  • “Sources said the plan in discussion is for Wan to oversee the development of a second film, including the selection of writers, and then make a decision on whether to direct it when he sees the script.”

Teaser for Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) – YouTube

  • Seemingly costume test footage?
  • Brief glimpses of Harley Quinn, Black Canary, Huntress, Renee Montoya, Cassandra Cain, Black Mask, Victor Zsasz

Patty Jenkins talks a little more on possible Wonder Woman 3 The Hollywood Reporter

  • “I’m not set, but I’m not dying to do another period piece…I’m not pining to put it in the past again. You have to go forward.”
  • Hopes there isn’t a Justice League movie for awhile and see solo films
  • “Never say never” on if she would direct a JL film


The CW renews all 5 DC superhero shows for next television season – (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Season 8 of Arrow
  • Season 6 of The Flash
  • Season 5 of Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow
  • Season 3 of Black Lightning
  • Season 5 of iZombie was previously announced as final season

Casting for Batwoman pilot – Deadline

  • Meagan Tandy (Teen Wolf) as “Sophie Moore. After graduating from military academy, Sophie rose through the ranks to become a high-level private security agent and one of Gotham’s staunchest protectors. Despite her bite and regimented outlook, Sophie has a soft side, illuminated by Kate Kane’s return.”
  • Camrus Johnson (Luke Cage) as “Luke Fox. A Dark Knight loyalist and son of Wayne’s R&D director Lucius Fox, Luke works to keep Wayne Tower secure in his boss’s absence. While Luke considers himself the guardian of all things Batman — specifically his symbol — he also recognizes the city’s need for a new hero.”
  • Nicole Yang (You) as “Mary Hamilton. Excitable, talkative, and an influencer-in-the-making, Mary is Kate Kane’s step-sister and polar opposite. But what Mary lacks in a filter, she makes up for with her compassion for Gotham’s underserved communities, proving she has more in common with Kate than she thinks.”

Dustin Ingram (Sun Records) cast in recurring role for HBO’s WatchmenDeadline

  • Undisclosed role, as per usual

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