So, yeah, it's true that DC has been on a bit of a bad run. Unlike the cohesiveness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros. and DC has found itself in a tricky situation, stuck between a number of awful films that have drowned out all the public's attention. Ultimately, though, it's their move to films like The Batman and Joker that will keep this franchise afloat.
Earlier in 2022 we reviewed The Batman, a movie that we called a "Neon Ballroom Masterpiece" in our review. It's these kinds of films that DC needs to double down on if they ever want to truly make the DC Cinematic Universe a thing. Are they on track, though, what's coming up throughout the rest of 2022? Let's take a look.
Here is every single DC Movie, included the animated features, that are coming out in 2022. There are quite a few movies out this year, more than what Marvel is offering this year actually, and to be honest... we're yet to be convinced.
Which DC Movies Are Coming in 2022?
There are already five DC movies confirmed to be coming out at some point in 2022. The upcoming Aquaman sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, has sadly been delayed until 2023 and is thus not included in our list. Instead, we have included all the major movies guaranteed to be out this year (unless something changes). Here are the five DC movies that you can expect to see by the end of 2022:
|DC Movies||Release Date|
|The Batman||March 3, 2022|
|DC's League of Super-Pets||July 29, 2022|
|Black Adam||October 21, 2022|
|Shazam! Fury of the Gods||December 16, 2022|
It's a bit of a weird line-up this year, and after Shazam! Fury of the Gods was originally moved back to 2023, it was a nice surprise to see it moved forward to Christmas 2022. Meanwhile, we have the obvious big-hit that was The Batman and a selection of films that seem pretty low-key. There are certainly no big-hitters like The Batman scheduled for the rest of the year, but not everything is dire.
Here's the deal: DC's League of Super-Pets will probably be a fun kids romp, Black Adam could be great, and Batgirl might not even come out this year at all. Other than Black Adam and Shazam! Fury of the Gods, there really isn't much to look forward to if we're honest with you. Regarding the latter, we're not really sure about that one. Regarding the former, well it has "The Rock" in it, so we think that we can safely get excited.
The Batman (March 3, 2022)
The Batman was an absolute blast, and despite its endlessly depressing tone, was a true return-to-form for the Dark Knight himself. After years under the hand of Ben Affleck, who was admittedly pretty good in the role (but suffered due to scripts that were so awful that they were laughable), it quickly became clear that this film was the best Batman outing since Christian Bale met Heath Ledger in 2008's The Dark Knight. We do have to admit, though, that this movie was way, way, way, way, way too long. Seriously, it had almost as many endings as bloody Return of the King!
DC's League of Super-Pets (July 29, 2022)
So Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is going to be in multiple DC movies this year. Are we complaining? Fork no! Of course, we're not! This darn movie also features Keanu Reeves, Kevin Hart, John Krasinski, Kevin Conroy, Ben Schwartz, Thomas Middleditch, and even Natasha Lyonne. To be honest, with this cast we are in for a sure-fire hit! Who knows whether this movie will be good or not, but it will certainly be successful. That being said: with these actors, how the hell can DC's League of Super-Pets not be good? Don't worry, we're not sponsored or anything, we're just kind of shocked by how great this looks...
Black Adam (October 21, 2022)
Well, we started to talk about the previous movie by hyping up Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and we're going to do it again. Ah, Dwayne, we know that you have been in a lot of terrible movies in your time, but that doesn't make us love you less. For goodness' sake, why are you always the best bit of your movies? In Black Adam he will also be joined by Pierce Brosnan for crying out loud, this movie has to be amazing! This latest DC movie looks to take the world by storm in October 2022, and could be the next real triumph of the DCU if they manage to pull it off. A bit of advice, though, you've got The Rock in your movie, make it fun. Don't make it serious.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods (December 16, 2022)
So the first Shazam! was darn-well successful. It might have not broken any records, but critics loved it and so did the fans. Honestly, we're pretty surprised by all of that. A Metacritic average of seventy percent, a ridiculously high Rotten Tomatoes score, a bizarrely favorable reaction from pretty much everyone... and the movie really wasn't great. It is darn-well clear that I am in the minority here, but I would far prefer to watch basically any Marvel movie than Shazam! from 2019. That being said, Shazam! Fury of the Gods is set to follow up the 2019 film, and should come out in December 2022. Are you excited? We bet you are...
Batgirl (TBA, Late-2022)
Batgirl might finally get released in 2022, after having been in development since 2017. It isn't a done-deal, of course, but after the departure of Joss Whedon in 2018 and the movie having to be completely rewritten, it might finally come to HBO Max in late-2022. As an exclusive-to-HBO Max movie, we can probably not expect the extravagances of The Batman or Black Adam, but that doesn't mean this movie will be bad. It will follow the comics of the same name and will be a spin-off Batman movie written by Christina Hodson (of Birds of Prey fame). We'll see how it goes, and we have mixed feelings.
So there you have it, folks: We've got The Batman, we've got Batgirl, we've got a new Shazam!, we've got "The Rock" in Black Adam, and we've even got an animated pet movie. This year is looking pretty darn great if we're honest, even if the selection of franchises are... disjointed as fork. I mean, these guys really can't get their Cinematic Universe on track, that's for sure. But that doesn't mean they're not offering some great movies. We'll just have to wait and see...