Warner Bros. Pictures set two new dates for the DCEU, including a premiere date for Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” movie. The new Batman installment will now release on June 25, 2021; Warner Bros. Pictures made the confirmation late Wednesday night.
One standout confirmations made tonight was that Ben Affleck, who played Bruce Wayne / Batman in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Suicide Squad,” and “Justice League,” will not be returning to the role for the new Batman installment. Fans will have to sit through another origin story for Batman though, this one more akin to Frank Miller’s popular “Year One” comic book series. The good news for fans of the DCEU is that this Batman will be part of the larger universe, though the studio did not give any details.
Going by the name “The Suicide Squad,” Warner Bros. Pictures also set a date for the sequel to the 2016 hit “Suicide Squad.” The second installment is now scheduled to hit theaters on August 6, 2021. According to today’s announcements, Peter Safran and Charles Roven are producing the film, and James Gunn will write the screenplay.
The original “Suicide Squad” was directed and written by David Ayer and featured Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Ezra Miller, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Cara Delevingne and Joel Kinnaman. Warner Bros. Pictures has not named a director for the big follow-up movie.
The original “Suicide Squad” was an instant hit in theaters, making over $325M domestically before going on to make over $750M worldwide.
It will be interesting to see how “Birds of Prey,” a spinoff of “Suicide Squad” featuring Harley Quinn, sets up “The Suicide Squad.” We don’t know any of the timelines yet for the three films, so fans will just have to wait a little longer to get casting and trailers from the studio when they are ready to start shooting.