The Worlds of DC (Formerly the DC Extended Universe) is basically firing at all barrels, trying to find something that will stick with audiences. The original plan to create a shared cinematic universe, akin to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, didn’t go as planned with each film getting progressively worse critically and making less and less at the box office. With the success of Wonder Woman as the sole exception, a film completely on it’s own that really didn’t tie heavily into the mythos of the larger DC universe, Warner Bros. seems to be pulling back and working on one-offs.
While 2019 will see Wonder Woman getting a direct sequel next year titled Wonder Woman 1984, the year will also see a gritty Joker origin film set in the 1980’s will have a standalone version of the Joker at it’s center that has already begun filming. That Joker film won’t be related to the version Jared Leto created in Suicide Squad. Meanwhile, Aquaman is hitting theaters in a couple months, but it’s not directly being tied to any of the other DC properties. Also, director/writer Matt Reeves is working on The Batman that is rumored to be a new film that won’t include Ben Affleck’s DCEU version of the character but serve as an origin story focusing on a younger version of the character. As you can see…the Worlds of DC really is a mess in continuity.
Making matters worse you have multiple films tied to 2016’s Suicide Squad that, while critically bashed, was a box office success. As such, not only is a direct sequel to that film being worked on with director Gavin O’Conner at the helm, but another Joker solo film featuring Leto’s version of the character is in the works. I think we can all agree…
Too many Jokers!
One other film that’s been in the works for some time is a Birds of Prey film that would see Margot Robbie returning as Harley Quinn, a role she began in Suicide Squad that was regarded as both Robbie’s breakout role and a standout performance in the film itself. Naturally, Warner Bros. hopes to profit off that popularity, hence putting her in a Birds of Prey film.
The story that’s been floating around is that, after splitting up with The Joker, Harley Quinn and three other female superheroes – Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya – will come together to save the life of a little girl named Cassandra Cain from an evil crime lord. Cathy Yan is currently set to direct but no release date or even start of production has been mentioned…until now.
Going under the working title Fox Force Five, studio documents have been filed that the movie is scheduled to begin shooting on January 14, 2019 in Los Angeles. No release date has been mentioned as of yet but with that shooting schedule in place, most likely we will see the film in early 2020. Stay tuned!