The DCU is alive and kicking, or at least trying. It doesn’t have as many box office hits as the MCU, but if you’ve followed The Game of Nerds for some time now, you know that we believe that DC does superhero shows spectacularly. We wanted to find out what is coming out in 2023 and the state of the DCU. So here is what we’ve learned:
The CW has been home to the DC superhero shows since we started in 2013. It’s been exciting to see the Arrowverse expand quickly over the years, and it’s sad to see it finally coming to an end. The Flash is showing its 9th and final season this year. The season premiere is February 8th, with only 13 episodes. We are already seeing social media posts from Stephen Amell talking about his cameo in the last few Flash episodes. There are only two DC series still running on CW this year, Superman and Louis, which will return in March with the series premiere of Gotham Knights. The end of The Flash means the closing of the Arrowverse after ten years. Batwoman, Stargirl, and Legends Of Tomorrow concluded in 2022 with a cliffhanger and will not be returning.
On HBO Max, we’ve seen the return of Teen Titans, animated Harley Quinn, Doom Patrol, and the premiere of My Adventures with Superman. All series are to release a new season this year, but the date is still TBA.
Batman: Caped Crusader is being pitched to two different networks Amazon and HBO Max. It’s been described as the sequel to Batman the Animated series, which aired in the 90s. With all the drama in the DCU and so many series without set dates in 2023. We won’t be surprised to hear that this one gets pushed back into 2024.
The follow-up to 2019’s Shazam!, Shazam! Fury Of The Gods will be released on March 17th. This movie was pushed back multiple times, and fans are eager to see the return of Zachary Levi. It’s the first movie to be released as DC anticipates its “reset” to the DC universe. We should see a second trailer for the series in the next few weeks.
With all the drama surrounding Ezra Miller, we still wonder why Warner Bros would shelve Batgirl for this. The Flash is set to race into theaters this June, but we are still unsure how it will fit into the DCU. There is a lot of noise on social media saying the Flashpoint story in this movie will be how DC will explain the upcoming reset in the DC Universe. Only time and trailers will be able to tell on this one.
Jamie Reyes, the Latinx superhero known as Blue Beetle, has his own movie coming out on August 18th. This movie has barely been mentioned or promoted as of yet! This could be because it will continue what the Flash is setting up in the DCU, but once again, without a trailer, the storyline is still up in the air.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom comes out on December 25th. Who wouldn’t want to see Jason Momoa in action on Christmas? This movie has been pushed back the most in the DC Universe. It was initially slated to premiere in Christmas 2022, but second Shamzam and The Flash were made a bigger priority. There are a lot of rumors swirling about movies from Amber Heard being removed and Ben Affleck making an appearance. We can confirm that Amber Heard will return as Mera, and Ben Affleck recorded some cameos post-production. Whether or not the cameos will be used will depend on The Flash story. We also know that this will be Momoa’s last time playing Aquaman, as the DCU heads have teased he will take over another role!
It’s looking like the Justice League we’ve grown to love is no more. The new CEOs of DC Studios, James Gunn and Peter Safran, have chosen to change how the DCU looks in the future. James Gunn dropped a bombshell tweet last year stating Henry Cavil wasn’t going to play Superman anymore. Wonder Woman 3 will not be picked up, and rumors are flying that Gal Gadot’s cameo in The Flash movie has been cut.
So far, this is what is slated to happen in 2023. What are your thoughts? Who would you like to see come to life in the DCU? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time, have fun storming the castle!