Marvel and DC. Thanks to their properties, the superhero movie is alive and well. Sorry Martin Scorsese. Since the Michael Keaton-led Batman movies, the superhero genre has seen nothing but a meteoric rise. While DC is slowly righting their ship and coming out with better movies, Marvel, beginning with Iron Man, has hit it out of the park time and time again.
Looking at what’s to come, the future of superhero movies could be and should be bright. Marvel is getting ready to ramp up Phase 4 of the MCU while DC is hoping their future films will add to building their superhero movie portfolio in a positive way. The following list lays out every movie coming soon from your favorite superheroes.
UPCOMING SUPERHERO MOVIES WITH CONFIRMED RELEASE DATES
Bloodshot – February 21, 2020
Vin Diesel finally gets his shot at starring in a superhero movie (apologies to Groot) as Valiant Comics‘ long-running and popular Bloodshot. Diesel stars as Marine Ray Garrison who, along with his wife, are murdered. He is then brought back to life by a team of secret scientists who enhance Garrison with nanotechnology. This technology gives him super-human strength, shapeshifting and the ability to regenerate. At first, Garrison has no memories of his past life but as memories begin to creep back, Garrison realizes there is more to his resurrection.
Bloodshot also stars Guy Pierce as the leader of the secret scientists and is directed by first-time director Dave Wilson.
The New Mutants – April 3, 2020
Delays, reshoots, and more delays. Producer Simon Kinberg wanted to make a superhero horror movie and the New Mutants was it. The film was initially scheduled to premiere in April 2018 but that date was never met. Apparently, director Josh Boone (The Fault Of Our Stars) failed to put enough horror in the horror film. So, reshoots were ordered to add more of the horror element and possibly another character. New Mutants was pushed to August 2019. The Disney-Fox merger was supposedly the reason for the next delay, moving the film to April 3, 2020.
The New Mutants stars Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) as Magik, Charlie Heaton is Cannonball, Henry Zaga is Sunspot and Maisie Williams plays Wolfsbane. As for the actual plot, fans are hoping it delivers on the promise of superhero horror.
Black Widow – May 1, 2020
Spoiler alert for those who have not seen Avengers: Endgame. Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff sacrificed herself for the greater good. So how is this superhero solo movie happening? Well, it’s a prequel set after her appearance in Captain America: Civil War.
This standalone superhero movie represents Marvel’s entry to Phase 4 and along with Johansson, it will star Florence Pugh as Yelena, the comic book character who eventually becomes Black Widow. David Harbour is also aboard as Red Guardian, a Russian version of Captain America. In a shocking announcement, Robert Downey Jr. is returning as Tony Stark. Cate Shortland is behind the camera for this highly anticipated movie.
- Go in depth with Marvel’s Black Widow: All We Know About Her Solo Movie
Wonder Woman 1984 – June 5, 2020
It was obvious with the huge numbers Wonder Woman pulled in that sights were set on a sequel. DC jumped in it and brought back director Patty Jenkins to helm Wonder Woman’s next superhero movie adventure.
Gal Gadot returns as Wonder Woman living during the Cold War. Also returning is Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, but it’s not known if his character is seen only in flashbacks or not. Kristen Wiig, known more for her comedy, is here surprisingly playing the villain Cheetah.
Morbius – July 31, 2020
While Morbius is not the movie’s official title, Marvel’s famous vampire will make his debut in the summer of 2020. Jared Leto, who unfortunately didn’t gain many fans with his portrayal of the Joker, has been tapped to take on the lead role, Michael Morbius.
Here’s the first trailer for Morbius…
Details of the plot have not yet been released but Morbius is a biochemist with a rare blood disease. In his attempts to cure himself, he instead develops powerful abilities and a strong taste for blood. Daniel Espinoza has signed on to direct with Adria Arjona as the Morbius love interest, Martine Bancroft.
Venom 2 – October 2, 2020
That mid-credits scene of Venom told us all we needed to know. Woody Harrelson will be back in action in the untitled Venom sequel as Venom’s murderous foe Carnage. Tom Hardy returns as Eddie Brock and his alter-ego, the symbiotic Venom.
Andy Serkis arrives as the director of a planned Venom superhero movie trilogy but the big question concerning the sequel is, will Tom Holland make an appearance as Spider-Man?
Marvel’s The Eternals – November 6, 2020
Late in 2020 Marvel will introduce The Eternals, a group of immortals created for comics in 1976 by Jack Kirby. Those familiar with the comic will notice a big change in the movie version with some gender-swapping from the characters Kirby created.
What Marvel hopes The Eternals will be its next big superhero movie franchise stars Angelina Jolie as warrior Thena. Top-lining with her are Salma Hayek as one of the gender-swapped characters Ajak, Richard Madden as Ikaris, and Lauren Ridloff of The Walking Dead series as another gender-swapped character Makkari. Chloe Zhao helms the movie.
- Get in depth with our All We Know Guide To Marvel’s The Eternals
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – February 12, 2021
The Master of Kung Fu has arrived. Loosely based on the legacy of martial arts icon Bruce Lee, Shang-Chi is being brought forth, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with Marvel’s goal being to offer “perspective on Asian identity.” With that in mind, Simu Lui was hired as Shang-Chi and Destin Daniel Cretton is the movie’s director.
Not much is known about this superhero movie’s plot but what we do know is that Tony Leung is the film’s baddy, The Mandarin, the real one, not the fake one brought to the screen in Iron Man 3.
According to ComicBook.com, legendary actress Michelle Yeoh is currently in talks to co-star in the film. Yeoh is currently one of the stars of Star Trek: Discovery and CBS is supposed to be working on a Star Trek spinoff show focused on Yeoh’s character.
In addition to Yeoh and Leung, Shang Chi already has Simu as the titular star of the movie. Awkwafina is also in the cast.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – May 7, 2021
One of the most highly anticipated movies on the upcoming superhero movie circuit, the Doctor Strange sequel brings back Benedict Cumberbatch as Strange. According to producers the plan is to “…make the first scary MCU film.” Hear that, The Eternals? News from Doctor Strange 2 says Elizabeth Olsen will reprise her role as Scarlet Witch, adding to the rumors that this sequel plays into the upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision. The primary villain in this one is Nightmare though no actor has been chosen for the role yet.
Rachel McAdams was a key part of the first Doctor Strange movie, where she played the love interest of our titular hero. Unfortunately, word is that she will not return for Multiverse of Madness. When director Scott Derrickson left the project, apparently she was unwilling to make the movie without him. Though her character was originally in the script, she’ll now be written out.
Enter Sam Raimi
Now Marvel has found a new director for Doctor Strange 2, and it’s Sam Raimi. It’s confirmed that he’s in talks to helm the film, the first superhero movie Raimi has been involved with since wrapping up the Tobey Maguire starring Spider-Man trilogy back in 2007. While 2007’s Spider-Man 3 was poorly received, the first two Spider-Man movies are still among the best the superhero genre has ever produced. It’ll be exciting to see what Raimi can do with a new hero.
One of the things Raimi wants to do most is bring back his Spider-Man. Various sources are claiming that he wants to bring Tobey Maguire in to do a Peter Parker cameo in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Given that Dr. Strange will be leaping through different dimensions in the film, it wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility that he could run into a totally different Peter Parker than the Tom Holland one he already knows. Something similar has already happened in the animated Into the Spiderverse movie.
Fans are already excited about the possibility of a Tobey Maguire return as Spider-Man one savvy artist crafted a poster. It’s perfect…
Strange Superhero Villains
It seems Nightmare won’t be the only super villain in the movie, though. Various sources are reporting that the plot of the film may involve Nightmare subverting Scarlet Witch and turning her into a villain. Before she appears in Doctor Strange 2, Scarlet Witch will be seen in the Disney Plus series WandaVision. Rumor suggests that during the course of that series she’ll have children and their death will deeply affect her, causing her to turn towards darkness. By the time Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness begins, we’ll see her already starting to lose her mind, allowing Nightmare to influence her towards evil.
Apparently Doctor Strange 2 will also be used by Marvel to introduce new classic characters from the comics into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Speaking to the New York Film Academy, Marvel head Kevin Feige had this to say…
“Sometimes you’re choosing [a] title hero, choosing which main character or main team you want to bring to the screen and often times, it’s as you’re making and developing the movie [asking,] ‘Who will come into it?’ and ‘Who will fit into it? The next Doctor Strange film, for instance, features some new MCU characters which will be making their debut in that movie. You won’t expect or won’t guess who it is but we found a cool way to make it work because we want to make a particular type of movie there. And there was a character who we always wanted to do something with who will fit really well there.”– -Marvel’s Kevin Feige
The Batman – June 6, 2021
To say reactions were mixed when writer/director Matt Reeves announced Robert Pattison was going to wear the Dark Knight’s cowl is an understatement. As time has gone on, fans seem to be leaning more toward the positive onIthe hire. More positivity followed when more cast was announced.
Zoe Kravitz is taking the role of Selina Kyle aka Catwoman. Paul Dano is the Riddler, John Turturro plays mobster Carmine Falcone and it is rumored that Colin Farrell will be playing The Penguin. Also rumored is that Batman will be facing more villains. Two-Face, Scarecrow, Bane and the Mad Hatter are linked to the movie.
Rounding out the amazing cast is Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth. Reeves says The Batman is more of a noir than a superhero movie, focusing on the detective abilities of the caped crusader.
- Get more in depth with The Batman: All We Know About The Next Dark Knight Movie
Spider-Man 3 – July 16, 2021
The on-again, off-again partnership between Sony and Marvel is now… on again! Spidey fans can rejoice. While there are next to no details about the third entry in Marvel’s new Spider-Man franchise, the simple fact that Sony and Marvel buried the hatchet, for now, is big news. We do know that Tom Holland will be back as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and Jon Watts will return to direct for a third time.
- Go in depth on this superhero movie with Spider-Man 3: The Plan For Far From Home’s Sequel
The Suicide Squad – August 8, 2021
One of the biggest surprises coming from the announcement of The Suicide Squad was that James Gunn of Guardians of the Galaxy fame would be writing and directing. For a time it seemed like James Gunn would never work for Marvel again when controversy over tweets made a decade ago erupted. Those tweets got him fired from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 (he has since been reinstated). Now though, all is well between Gunn and Marvel.
From the original Suicide Squad movie we know that Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, and Jai Courtney will return. Added to the cast are Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man), Idris Elba (Heimdall in various movies), Pete Davidson (SNL), John Cena (Wrestler-turned-actor), and Peter Capaldi (former Dr. Who) are also appearing.
Thor: Love and Thunder – November 5, 2021
We may be a little under two years away, but Thor: Ragnarok and now Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi made a big splash at Comic-Con 2019 when he brought out Jane Foster herself, Natalie Portman. Not only is she returning as Jane Foster, but as Waititi tells Variety “It introduces, for the first time, a female Thor.” This is big, especially not knowing the direction Waititi plans on taking Chris Hemsworth’s Thor.
Joining the Thor Love And Thunder cast alongside Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster may be Tom Hiddleston as Loki. The superhero sequel’s plot is something of a mystery at this point, though the title suggests a lot.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2 – April 8, 2022
It wasn’t long after the extremely successful launch of the first animated Into the Spider-Verse movie that Sony announced a sequel to their animated superhero movie. Winning an Oscar has only added pressure for the new creative team behind Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller return as producers but have given the director’s chair to Joaquim Dos Santos from a script by Wonder Woman 1984’s David Callaham.
Black Panther 2 – May 6, 2022
With Black Panther 2 still a couple of years out, the only things we know at this point are Chadwick Boseman returns as T’Challa, the King of Wakanda and title character. Ryan Coogler has signed officially to write and direct.
Expect all those from the first superhero movie, and survivors from Avengers: Endgame, to return to their respective roles also. That list would include Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda, and Martin Freeman as Everett Ross.
Black Panther 2 may the last times Chadwick Boseman plays the character in a solo movie. Rumors swirling around the production suggest both that he’s been unhappy with the creative direction the franchise has taken and also that Marvel plans to have T’Challa’s sister Shuri (played by Letitia Wright) take over as the new Black Panther. Shuri’s takeover could happen as soon as Avengers 5. So while we’ll likely see Boseman show up as T’Challa in Avengers 5, after that he could be done. Once Shuri becomes Black Panther, there will be no reason for Boseman to continue on.
Black Panther 2 will be the fifth time Boseman has played the character in a film and if he makes it Avengers 5 that’ll be his sixth appearance. He first appeared in Captain America: Civil War. He then did Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and now Black Panther 2. Even Chris Evans only played Captain America in seven films.
Aquaman 2 – December 16, 2022
Aquaman is the top grossing DCEU movie so far. So Aquaman 2 was always a given. Not much is known about the second installment other than that Jason Momoa will return and currently Amber Heard is expected to as well. We don’t know if James Wan will return to the director’s chair. It is rumored that Momoa’s Aquaman will face off again against his classic nemesis Black Manta.
- Go in-depth with our Aquaman 2: All We Know Guide
UPCOMING SUPERHERO MOVIES WITHOUT RELEASE DATES
Samaritan – TBA
Of all the characters Sylvester Stallone has played in his illustrious career, a superhero is not one of them. Sure you can always say Rocky is one, perhaps Judge Dredd, maybe even Barney Ross in The Expendables. He also played Stakar Ogord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 but again, not a full-on superhero. This will all change with the movie Samaritan, an original superhero movie by Overlord director Julius Avery from a script penned by Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room)
Plot details are light at the moment, but what we know is the story tells of a young boy who is in search of a legendary superhero (Stallone) whom everyone thought died after an epic battle. This young boy thinks the superhero still lives. Javon “Wanna” Walton (Utopia) will star as the young boy and by looks of his Instagram post, he is very excited to be starring with the legend.
Also announced to star along with Stallone and Walton are Martin Starr (Silicon Valley, Honey Boy), Pilou Asbæk (Overlord, Game of Thrones), Moises Arias (Hannah Montana, Five Feet Apart), and Dascha Polanco (Orange is the New Black).Samaritan is scheduled to be released this year, December 11, 2020.
The Flash – TBA
This superhero solo movie has had its ups and downs from start dates to writers to directors. Ezra Miller has always been attached to the project and at one point even penned a script that Warner Bros. eventually turned down. It director Andy Muschietti has been brought in helm the new script which is being written by Birds of Prey scriptwriter Christina Hodson.
- Go in depth with our guide to The Flash Solo Movie: All We Know
Black Adam – TBA
Dwayne Johnson was supposed to co-star as Shazam’s nemesis Black Adam in Shazam, but that was not to be. Johnson has remained attached to Black Adam and it was recently announced that the superhero movie will now be a stand-alone adventure for the character. Jauma Collet-Serra, who just worked on Disney’s Jungle Cruise with Johnson, has been tabbed to direct Black Adam. There is no start date but a writer has been chosen. Expect the production on Black Adam to start within the next year.
- Go in-depth on Black Adam with Black Adam: All We Know About The Rock’s Superhero Movie
Shazam 2 – TBA
Zachary Levi returns in the sequel to the surprise hit superhero movie Shazam!. Henry Gayden has been hired by Warner Bros. to start writing. It’s thought director David F. Sandberg will return to helm the project but as of yet he has not officially signed.
Blade – TBA
The bombshell that came with the announcement that Blade was going to be rebooted was that Wesley Snipes would not return as the Daywalker. Instead, Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali has been chosen to take up the mantle as Eric Brooks aka Blade. Kevin Feige, Marvel chief, told Variety about his excitement in bringing Ali aboard, “He’s going to destroy the part…”
Get more in-depth details on the new Blade in our Blade: All We Know Guide
Guardians of the Galaxy 3 – TBA
With all the turmoil surrounding James Gunn and his firing, the future of the Guardian superhero movie series was briefly up in the air. Cast members wanted Gunn to remain and eventually, they wore down the powers that be because Gunn has returned to write and direct the third part. We are assuming most of the Guardians will return for Guardians of the Galaxy 3, but at this point it’s a guessing game.
- Go in depth on this superhero movie with our Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Guide
Ant-Man 3 – TBA
Paul Rudd will be back in this superhero movie as Ant-Man in Ant-Man 3 and we’re expecting Evangeline Lilly to return as well as Michael Douglas. At one point Douglas announced he thought filming would commence in January of 2021, but that’s not confirmed. Peyton Reed will return as Ant-Man’s director, the third time he’ll be in this role for the series.
Deadpool 3 – TBA
Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool. There is no franchise without him. He’s not just playing the character, at this point he’s firmly in control of what kind of movie they’re making with him. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote the first two movies, are writing this one too. David Leitch returns to direct.
Whether other ancillary Deadpool characters like Cable, Colossus or Wolverine might show up is anyone’s guess. The film is in early stages of development. But Ryan Reynolds will be there as Deadpool and if you’re a fan of the franchise then that’s all that matters.
As of now Deadpool 3 is slated to be rated-R just like all the others. Rumors of pushing it to a PG-13 rating have so far just been rumors. That means you can expect the same extreme gore and extremely raunchy comedy you’ve come to expect from the Merc with the Mouth.
Superhero Movies In Early Development
Gambit – Early Development
The most popular member of the X-Men, who hasn’t really gotten much in the way of movie screen time, is without a doubt Gambit. When Fox owned the X-Men they toyed with giving him a solo movie, even cast Channing Tatum in the role, before that project collapse. Now that Disney/Marvel owns the X-Men, the character may finally get his due.
Word is that Marvel Studios now has a script they like for a Gambit solo movie. They’re looking to recast the role and are reportedly considering bringing in Gore Verbinski. Verbinski was at one point attached to that old Fox Gambit solo movie project, which fell apart.
So far the only time we’ve seen Gambit on screen is in the terrible 2009 movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine where he was played by Taylor Kitsch. Whatever Marvel does with the character going forward is bound to be better than that.
Avengers 5 – Early Development
With Captain America retired while Iron Man and Black Widow are dead there was no way to know for certain after Avengers: Endgame if we’d ever even have another Avengers movie. Sure Marvel is going to go right on making superhero movies, but whether there’d ever be another team-up on an Avengers level was anyone’s guess. Until now that is.
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has started teasing that another Avengers: Endgame level film is coming.
“Yeah, I mean, the MCU is all interconnected, but we really focus on one movie at a time. We’re going to make the best Black Widow movie we can possibly make, the best Eternals movie we can make, the best Shang-Chi, Doctor Strange, Thor, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, right? And keep evolving their stories. And then, yes, it’s always fun to see them come together in a master plan. Which is, I promise you, well under way.”– -Marvel’s Kevin Feige on the next Avengers movie
It seems the next adventure for the Avengers may end up revolving around The Eternals, which are getting their on movie soon. Feige explains…
“The Eternals know about the existence of the Avengers, the Avengers don’t know much about the Eternals. Yet.”– -Marvel’s Kevin Feige on what’s next for The Avengers
Hulk For Avengers 5?
Iron Man and Captain America got a very final ending. Thor is still making solo movies. Black Widow is getting a solo movie. Hawkeye is getting a TV show. The only one of the original Avengers not really accounted for is the Hulk. So what’s next for him? Apparently nothing.
Mark Ruffalo, who plays Bruce Banner and the Hulk, appeared on the Graham Norton Show and talked about what’s next for the character. He started out by saying, “I don’t know.” But then he went further and admitted that given what he’s been told, “…it is supposed to be over and that [Endgame] was supposed to be the end.”
That seems spectacularly unfair to the Hulk, whose character arc never really got fleshed out and who never really got a solo movie, at least not one with Ruffalo’s version of the character. There’s a chance we might still see him show up in Avengers 5, but that seems more and more unlikely.
Captain Marvel In Avengers 5
By the time Avengers 5 rolls around, pretty much all of the original Avengers will have retired and that’ll leave characters like Spider-Man, Black Panther and Captain Marvel as the longest standing members of the team. So in a sense, there’s no point in making Avengers 5 if you don’t at least have those characters. But to get Captain Marvel, Marvel Studios is going to have to give up some things.
According to WGTC Brie Larson, who plays Captain Marvel has some demands before she’ll agree to be in Avengers 5. Chief among them is that she wants to be paid the same amount as her male co-stars. That one makes sense and, I would assume, is a given and not really something she probably has to push that hard for.
However, what makes less sense is that she’s also demanding top-billing in the next Avengers movie. That means she wants to be the main star of the film, over more established characters like Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and more financially successful characters like Black Panther.
Larson’s demand for top billing could just be a negotiating ploy. It’s hard to imagine Marvel giving it to her over someone like Tom Holland, whose character they’ve been slowly positioning to step in and fill Tony Stark’s void. But if it’s not, there’s a chance Avengers 5 may have to go on without her.
Joker 2 – TBA
The Todd Phillips directed movie Joker made a crazy amount of money at the box office, which means there’s absolutely no doubt that everyone involved wants to make another one. That said, Phillips has been honest about the fact that he doesn’t really have a sequel planned out and he isn’t even sure if he can get Joaquin Phoenix to come back to play the Joker again.
There is no Joker 2 without Joaquin Phoenix. Or is there?
One of the ideas Phillips is kicking around as a possible way to make a Joker sequel, is by making it about Batman.
Talking about his Batman idea Phillips says, “It’s a beautiful Gotham. What I would like to see someone tackle is what Batman looks like from that Gotham.”
Don’t think that means this is definitely what he’s doing for Joker 2. But it is something Phillips is thinking about. He continues, “What was interesting to me about the inclusion of Batman in our movie was, ‘What kind of Batman does that Gotham make?’ That’s all I meant by that.”
If the studio wants Joker 2 as bad as we think they do, and if Joaquin Phoenix just won’t return, this might be a way to make that superhero movie happen. Even if Phoenix does return, focusing the sequel on the dynamic between Joker and his greatest nemesis, as seen through Phillips’ grounded, Taxi Driver-like lens could be a fascinating and unique experience.
Sinister Six – TBA
Sony is reportedly working on a super-villain team-up movie featuring all of Spider-Man’s most famous foes called Sinister Six. The name comes from the super-villain team-up of the same name from the Marvel comic books.
The recently released trailer for Morbius suggests the Sony superhero movie may serve as a tease for the Sinister Six movie. Michael Keaton appears in Morbius as the Vulture, a super villain defeated by Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming. FandomWire claims his appearance there is part of a set up for a future Sinister Six movie.
As Sinister Six moves forward the lineup of villains expected to appear may include Doctor Octopus. He was last played by Alfred Molina in the Sam Raimi directed Spider-Man 2, but rumor is that the part in this new Marvel universe may go to Javier Bardem.
According to WGTC Bardem is Marvel’s top choice to play the infamous Spider-Man villain Doc Ock. Bardem has made a career out of playing great villains, most notably as the iconic bad guy of No Country For Old Men.
What’s not clear is exactly which upcoming superhero movie Doc Ock will show up in first. Some believe that, if they cast him quick enough, he could show up in the post-credits scene of Morbius, as a way to set up the Sinister Six movie. It’s also possible he could show up in the Tom Holland starring Spider-Man 3.
The Full Sinister Six Lineup
In addition to Doc Ock the rest of the Sinister Six cast is likely to include Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes aka Vulture (soon to appear again in Morbius), Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio (last seen in Spider-Man: Far From Home), Scorpion, and Kraven (rumored to be the main villain of the upcoming Spider-Man 3). The sixth member is not known at this time, but most believe that Tom Hardy’s Venom would be included.
Silver Surfer – Early Development
Fan reaction to 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was mixed, but one thing almost everyone agreed on was that they loved Silver Surfer. Part of that was Doug Jones’ fantastic performance, but part of it was also simply that Silver Surfer is a fantastic character. So it makes sense that there would be interest from Hollywood in bringing that superhero character back. And they are.
Proven superhero scooper Mike Sutton says that not only is Marvel working on a Silver Surfer solo movie, they have someone picked out to star. Word is that Mr. Robot and Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek is in the running to play Silver Surfer, who’s real name in the comics is Norrin Radd.
Marvel is also still working on a reboot of the Fantastic Four, but this Silver Surfer movie will predate whatever they’re doing with those characters. We may even see Silver Surfer in theaters first.
Batgirl – Early Development
DC has long toyed with the idea of turning Batgirl into a movie, but outside of her questionable appearance in Batman’s movies, she hasn’t made it to the big screen. That’s about to change. Various sources are reporting that Warner Bros. is working on a Batgirl movie.
Cassanda Cain, a character who eventually becomes Batgirl in the comics, is supposed to appear in the upcoming superhero movie Birds of Prey. There Cassandra will be played by actress Ella Jay Basco, but it’s unlikely Ella would become Batgirl for WB’s Batgirl movie.
Marvel actress and former Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan has been lobbying hard on Twitter to earn the role. She has a lot of fan support, though there’s been no word yet from the studio whether they might actually consider her. Fans are excited enough about her casting though, to put together mockups of what she might look like in the costume. Take a look…
Spawn Reboot – Early Development
Long before dark and twisted heroes were in vogue, Todd McFarlane’s Spawn was turned into a movie. Back in 1998 critics hated it and audiences didn’t exactly turn out in huge numbers. R-rated superheroes just weren’t what the world was ready for yet. But they’re more than ready now, so creator Todd McFarlane says there’s movement on bringing back Spawn.
He says movement on a Spawn reboot is thanks in part, to the response dark superhero movies like Joker have gotten. Here’s his instagram post teasing the possible return of Spawn…
He’s pretty clear on who he wants playing the character and Jamie Foxx would be an excellent fit. McFarlane been talking about bringing Spawn back for awhile but it seems it’s only now that it’s really getting momentum.
The Next Superman Movie – Early Development
Warner Bros. hasn’t had a lot of success in getting Superman solo movies to work, but with their larger Justice League universe at stake, they aren’t likely to give up trying. The company is trying to develop another Superman project. Most believe they’ll recast the character again and move on without Henry Cavill, though Cavill has expressed his desire to continue playing Superman.
Star Wars director JJ Abrams recently signed a huge development deal with Warner Bros. and insiders claimed that part of the deal would have him directing the next Superman movie. Abrams has a long history with Superman, having written a Superman script which was never used, way back in 2004.
Now though, Abrams may be out. WGTC reports that reception to JJ Abrams last Star Wars movie The Rise of Skywalker was so polarizing, that Warner Bros. no longer wants him directing their Superman movie. It may be the feeling is mutual, and that after the disappointment and frustration of Skywalker, Abrams isn’t all that eager to get involved in another big franchise anyway.
That means for Warner Bros the search is on to find someone who can actually make Superman work.
Zatanna – Early Development
Zatanna is a DC comics character who dates all the way back to 1964. Her cover is as a stage magician, but in reality she’s an actual magician. She was involved in the Justice League and in some versions of the character was even a childhood friend of Batman.
DC Comics has been trying to turn the Zatanna into a movie for awhile now. At one point Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke was supposed to be playing her. Now though, Emilia Clarke has moved on and DC is looking for someone else.
Rumor has it that they’re looking at Anya Chalotra to play Zatanna.
Anya Chalotra is currently best known as one of the stars of The Witcher, where she plays the sorceress Yennefer. In addition to already having shown a certain amount of acting skill at playing someone who does magic, she actually does sort of look the part of the raven-haired character as she was drawn as the comics. Anya is such an obvious pick to play Zatanna, she’s almost too obvious.
Marvel’s X-Men – Early Development
Disney has acquired 20th Century Fox and along with it they now own the full rights to the X-Men, putting the famous mutants back in the Marvel family. They will definitely want to reboot the entire X-Men franchise and when they do, they’ll be recasting all the characters… except maybe Wolverine.
Word is that Disney really wants Hugh Jackman to return as Wolverine in their future X-Men reboots, but after wrapping up the character’s run perfectly in the movie Logan, Jackman has been adamant that he’s done playing the character. So even if they want him, odds are they won’t get him.
Charlie Hunnam is one of the names rumored to be in contention to replace Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. He’s currently best known for his work on the television show Sons of Anarchy. He also recently starred in the Guy Ritchie movie The Gentleman.
A lot of fans are excited about the idea of Hunnam as Wolverine. One fan was so excited, he decided to just take matters into his own hands and make it happen. What follows below is a fan made trailer, which transforms Charlie Hunnam into Wolverine. It’s pretty amazing, check it out…
Word is also that Disney is considering going younger with the character if they can’t convince Hugh to come back. They may now be looking at 25-year-old Stranger Things actor Dacre Montgomery to play Wolverine. If the name isn’t familiar, you might know him better as his character: He played Billy Hargrove on seasons 2 and 3 of the Netflix series. He’s also played the Red Power Ranger in the already all but forgotten 2017 Power Rangers reboot.
Marvel’s Fantastic Four – Early Development
When Disney acquired 20th Century Fox studios, they also acquired the rights to the Fantastic Four. That puts the superhero team under the same banner as the rest of Marvel’s characters for the first time. With the Fantastic Four back home at Marvel, Marvel Studios wants to include them in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and they’re currently exploring the best way to bring them in.
Various sources are now reporting that Marvel is in talks with Emily Blunt to have the actress play a Marvel character. Previous rumors had already suggested that Emily Blunt and her real life husband John Krasinski were being pursued by Marvel to play Fantastic Four members Sue Storm and her husband Reed Richards.
If this pans out it sounds like talks are still in early stages and there’s been no corroboration yet on whether Krasinski really is involved. But as long as they’re going after Emily Blunt, they’d be crazy not to go after Krasinski too. Individually they’d both be a great fit for the Marvel universe, together they are the absolute perfect fit for the Fantastic Four.
Sources at Marvel tell WGTC that Galactus is a heavy topic of conversation at the studio and they’re working on ways to bring him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They may not even wait to have the character show up in a new Fantastic Four movie, we could see Galactus sooner. What their scoopers are most sure about though, is that when we do see Galactus Marvel could end up gender swapping him.
In the comics Galactus is male, sort of. Actually he’s a giant planet eating alien who looks like a male. And while their scooper claims they’re considering actors like Liam Neeson for the part, they’re also considering actresses like Emma Thompson.
The only other time Galactus has appeared on film it was as a cloud in the 2007 movie Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Nearly everyone hated that so having him appear as an actual character, whatever his or her gender, is definitely an upgrade which should make fans happy.
The Green Hornet – Early Development
Amasia Entertainment has acquired the rights to The Green Hornet. The company is run by former Marvel Studios president Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo who plan to take the superhero property and take it in a different direction than the one attempted by the previous superhero movie.
That previous Green Hornet movie, which was released in 2011 and starred Seth Rogen, was sort of a superhero movie comedy and while heralded by some was not overall well received. This new take promises to be much more serious.
Helfant plans to stick more with the pulpy, dark, crime-fighting tone of the original Green Hornet for his film. The Green Hornet is the story of newspaper wealthy publisher Britt Reid, who fights crime in a mask with the help of his faithful sidekick Kato. Originally created in 1936 as a radio serial, the Green Hornet went on to appear in comics and most notably in a popular television series starring Bruce Lee as Kato.
Speaking of their plans for the new movie Helfant says, “We’re a bunch of fan geeks at Amasia and are thrilled about creating something fresh and truly worthy of this legacy property. A new world that is relevant and thrilling, while respecting and honoring the original vision of creator George W. Trendle.”
Gallo also added that their Green Hornet movie will bridge “the film worlds of America and Asia”
Bane – Early Development
In the wake of Joker’s success and the impending relaunch of the Batman universe with The Batman, Warner Bros. is looking to create more spinoffs. One of the ideas at the top of their list is reportedly giving Bane his own movie.
The claim from WGTC is that the WB is currently developing a solo movie for Bane and they’re eyeing Pedro Pascal (the man inside The Mandalorian’s armor) to star. The character was previously played by Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises.
The report says that whether Bane ends up being played by Pedro Pascal or someone else, Warner Bros. is keen to be faithful to his comic book origins and have a Latino play him this time.
While Bane wasn’t particularly well received by most who saw him The Dark Knight Rises, in the comic book world he’s regarded as one of Batman’s best and most formidable villains. In any ranking of Batman’s foes he’s be right up there with the Joker. Done properly, he could easily carry a solo movie in much the same way the Joker did in Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscar winning portrayal.