All the Movies and Shows in the DC Extended Universe Arriving in 2022
The DC Extended Universe is ready to return with a vengeance, with four big-budget movies scheduled for this year alone. A lot has gone down behind the scenes in the DCEU—the release of Snyder’s Justice League and the end of the DC Snyderverse. The last few years have been a little unstable for the DCEU, but it looks like things will return back on track this year.
For the sake of keeping the multiverses organized, we’ve only included the lineup for the DC Extended Universe, or the films created under Warner Bros. This is not to be mixed up with the Arrowverse, which uses DC Comics IP, but is produced under The CW.
Here are all the DCEU films and shows arriving in 2022:
Release date: January 13 on HBO Max/Go
The spin-off series of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad movie, Peacemaker is promised to be just as R-rated and absurd as The Suicide Squad. Portrayed as the douchiest superhero/supervillain in the DCEU, Peacemaker will be played by John Cena. The show will follow the pseudo-hero after he survived the events of The Suicide Squad and is sent on more impossible missions. The show will premiere on HBO Max abroad and on HBO Go in the Philippines.
2| The Batman
Release date: March 22 in U.S. cinemas but will stream on HBO Max/Go 45 days later.
The latest version of The Batman is only flimsily tied to the DCEU as Ben Affleck (Snyder’s Batman) was originally planned for the title role. After he dropped out, the cape went to Robert Pattinson and the film was reworked into an entirely new story that no longer follows the events of the DCEU but still exists in the “shared universe.” This incarnation of Batman seems younger, darker, and more unstable than his predecessors, which means we might finally get to see what Bruce Wayne was like before he became a hero.
3| Black Adam
Release date: July 29 in U.S. cinemas but will stream on HBO Max/Go 45 days later.
The DCEU clearly loves its antiheroes. The latest one to join the fold is Black Adam, who will be played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Black Adam is the archnemesis of Shazam, and shares his powers from the same source. The movie will play on the DCEU’s biggest strength and advantage over its competitors over at Marvel—its villains. And Black Adam is one incredible villain/antihero.
4| The Flash
Release date: November 4 in U.S. cinemas but will stream on HBO Max/Go 45 days later.
The Flash is a superhero that will never get old. The great thing about the DCEU is that you could retell the stories of their most popular heroes again and again, and audiences will still come back for more. This version of The Flash will be played by Ezra Miller, reprising his role from Justice League. But guess who else is returning to the DCEU? Ben Affleck. And Michael Keaton. Both stars will play Batman, and we’re excited to see how this turns out. Will The Flash travel through the multiverse at supersonic speed? We’re excited to find out.
5| Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
Release date: December 16 in U.S. cinemas but will stream on HBO Max/Go 45 days later.
The Snyderverse might be in disarray, but Aquaman will remain. The larger-than-life actor Jason Momoa will reprise his role as Arthur Curry, with Amber Heard also returning as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Arm, and Nicole Kidman as Atlanna. Yahya Abdul Mateen II will play Black Manta, who will be the main villain of this movie. Not much is known about the plot other than Aquaman having to save the world (again), but we’re excited to return to the DCEU’s underwater kingdom all the same.
Release date: Sometime in 2022 on HBO Max/Go.
Batgirl is finally going to be introduced to the DCEU, with Leslie Grace playing the Barbara Gordon incarnation of the vigilante. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because it does. Barbara is the daughter of James Gordon, the commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department. J.K. Simmons will reprise the role he played in Justice League, but it won’t be Ben Affleck as Batman in this movie. Instead, Michael Keaton will return as the famed superhero.