Every DC Movie Releasing In 2023 – Screen Rant

There are several upcoming DC movies with 2023 release dates, including sequels to Shazam and Aquaman and the long-awaited The Flash solo film.
Here is every DC movie releasing in 2023. The future of DC movies underwent another big change in 2022 when it was announced that Walter Hamada was out as DC Films' head and that James Gunn and Peter Safran were put in charge as co-CEOs of the newly formed DC Studios. While the switch in leadership is expected to have a significant impact on the DC Universe for years to come, their influence might not be felt much in 2023. The year was originally poised to play a significant part in forming the shared universe's future as Warner Bros. is poised to release several new DC films exclusively in theaters.
Recent years have not been great for DC movies, which is partially why the leadership change has been made. COVID-19 hurt Birds of Prey's box office run, while Wonder Woman 1984 and The Suicide Squad received simultaneous releases in theaters and on HBO Max – leading to both making under $170 million worldwide. Black Adam's box office success or failure has been twisted in every way possible, but it certainly underwhelmed for a Dwayne Johnson-led superhero movie. There is hope that DC's 2023 movies will help reverse this trend, and the good news is that there are several upcoming films.
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DC's 2023 movie releases kick off in March with Shazam: Fury of the Gods. The sequel to Shazam comes nearly four years after the first movie came out and earned very positive reviews. Director David F. Sandberg returns to direct Shazam: Fury of the Gods, while Zachary Levi is back to star as Shazam and Asher Angel once again will play Billy Batson. The Shazam 2 returning cast members are quite long, as the young and superhero versions of Billy's foster siblings return. The biggest change comes with Grace Currey playing Mary Bromfield and her Shazam form. Shazam 2 also brings back Djimon Hounsou as Wizard.
The story for Shazam: Fury of the Gods revolves around Billy Batson and the Shazam Family becoming more confident with their powers. They are tested in a new way when the Daughters of Atlas – Hespera (Helen Mirren) and Kalypso (Lucy Liu) – surface with plans that could destroy the world. It is also confirmed that Rachel Zegler's DCU character is a Daughter of Atlas, but she appears to be more of a friend than foe based on the film's marketing. Despite having connections to the larger DC franchise, it is not expected that Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam will appear. However, a cameo from Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman is confirmed to be included.
DC's long-awaited The Flash movie finally releases in 2023. Originally announced in 2014 as part of Warner Bros.' plans to expand the SnyderVerse, The Flash cycled through several directors before Andy Muschietti joined the project. Ezra Miller returns to star as Barry Allen in the movie, and it is known that they will play multiple versions of the character thanks to the multiverse. The Flash's multiverse story is also how Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck return as Batman, as well as Michael Shannon's General Zod. While there is the possibility for more Justice League character cameos, the movie is confirmed to be the introduction of Sasha Calle's Supergirl.
The story that The Flash will tell is known to be a loose adaptation of the Flashpoint comic storyline. In that story, Barry Allen messes up the timeline by going back in time to save his mom from dying when he was a child, which his father was incorrectly imprisoned for. The Flash is keeping the basis of the story, but the changes to his timeline that occur after saving her appear to be different from the source material. He somehow comes into contact with Michael Keaton's Batman from the Tim Burton movies, while the universe they visit also has Supergirl. It has long been rumored that The Flash reboots the DCU timeline.
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One of the DC movies with a 2023 release date will introduce a new hero to the big screen for the first time. Blue Beetle is the first major superhero movie with a Latino character in the lead role, as a teenager named Jaime Reyes becomes the titular hero. The movie is directed by Ángel Manuel Soto (Charm City Kings) and based on a script by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (Miss Bala). Cobra Kai star Xolo Mariedueña stars as Jaime Reyes, who becomes the host for the symbiotic Blue Beetle scarab, granting him incredible powers. The Blue Beetle movie cast also includes Bruna Marquezine, George Lopez, Harvey Guillén, and Susan Sarandon as Victoria Kord.
Very few story details have been revealed about Blue Beetle at this point, but the movie marks the first major appearance of the character in a live-action movie since he was created in 2006. Since that time, Blue Beetle became a popular character on Young Justice. The film was originally developed with an HBO Max release in mind, but the studios later decided to bolster the budget and make it a theatrical release instead. There are currently no confirmed connections between Blue Beetle and the wider DCU, but Jaime Reyes' introduction represents a chance for the universe to get younger and introduce new heroes.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is scheduled to be the last DC movie released in 2023, as the sequel to the DCU's biggest box office hit finally comes in December. The movie has been delayed several times, now resulting in the sequel coming out five years after the original. James Wan returns to direct the follow-up, while Jason Momoa once again stars as Arthur Curry. Aquaman 2's cast features some other familiar faces: Amber Heard as Mera, Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, and Randall Park as Stephen Shin.
Aquaman 2's story revolves around Aquaman and Ocean Master going on an unlikely team-up together. The movie is also supposed to include a cameo from Batman, with Ben Affleck replacing Michael Keaton for the time being. Since Aquaman made $1 billion worldwide at the box office, there are high expectations for the sequel to be another massive hit. However, the movie is also the end of an era, as it is the last made under the previous DC regime. As a result, the final DC movie 2023 release date could be the last entry in the franchise before Gunn and Safran help reboot the universe in some capacity.
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Cooper Hood is a news and feature writer for Screen Rant. He joined Screen Rant in late 2016 following a year-long stint with MCU Exchange, which came after first developing an MCU blog of his own. He graduated college in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Media & Public Communication, with a minor in Media Production. Cooper’s love for movies began by watching Toy Story and Lion King on repeat as a child, but it wasn’t until The Avengers that he took an invested interest in movies and the filmmaking process, leading him to discover the world of film journalism. Every year Cooper looks forward to seeing the latest blockbusters from the likes of Marvel, DC, and Star Wars, but also loves the rush to catch up on Oscar films near the end of the year. When he isn’t writing about or watching new releases, Cooper is a fantasy football obsessive and looking to expand his Blu-Ray collection – because physical media is still king! Follow Cooper on Twitter @MovieCooper.


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