The Snyder Cut Is Out. What’s Next for DC on the Big Screen?

Written by Renée Borcas

May 25, 2021

The four-hour epic of Zack Snyder’s Justice League is now available for viewing on HBO Max, and it has been getting very positive reviews. This leaves fans wondering what’s next for the DC Extended Universe after Zack Snyder’s superhero trilogy is seemingly completed.

#RestoreTheSnyderverse

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Not long after the Snyder Cut was released on HBO Max, fans started calling for Snyder’s original DCEU vision to be reinstated by WarnerMedia. The hashtag #RestoreTheSnyderverse trended on Twitter—a play on the original #ReleaseTheSnyderCut hashtag that pushed the studio towards finishing Snyder’s vision in the first place. 

As much as fans want to see more of what Snyder had in store for the franchise, WarnerMedia Studios CEO Ann Sarnoff made it clear in an interview with Variety that Snyder’s DC trilogy is complete and that they are focusing on the DC projects they currently have in development for the time being. 

Without giving away any spoilers, Snyder did end his cut of the film on an open note, which is likely part of the reason why fans started asking for his continued work on the franchise. He even revealed in another Variety article, that the story he originally planned to tell would take place over five movies and that it seems unlikely that he’ll be able to finish the two remaining films.

#ReleaseTheAyerCut

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Also among the Twitter chatter were calls for HBO Max to give the same rerelease treatment to David Ayer’s original vision for Suicide Squad.

Reportedly Ayer’s vision for the movie was much darker and heartwarming than the version that hit theaters, which seemingly tried to follow in the footsteps of Marvel’s Deadpool. While Suicide Squad was considered a financial success, it was criticized heavily by audiences.

When Sarnoff’s was questioned about the Ayer Cut in her interview with Variety, she was very clear that the studio does not have plans to move forward with Ayer’s vision of the film. 

A Proposed Merger

Sarnoff’s interview with Variety about the future of the DCEU was published in March 2021, but recent changes could mean that the doors aren’t entirely closed on the Snyderverse or the Ayer Cut. On May 16, AT&T’s plans to combine WarnerMedia with Discovery became public, opening up questions about what this deal would mean for the company’s executives. 

Nothing has been finalized yet, but with a change of power could come a change in direction for the DCEU. 

What’s to Come

While the future of WarnerMedia seems to be up in the air, they do already have a slate of DC movies. Here’s what you can expect to see over the next few years: 

The Suicide Squad

August 6, 2021

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The Batman

March 4, 2022

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Black Adam

July 29, 2022

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The Flash

November 4, 2022

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Aquaman 2

December 16, 2022

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Shazam! Fury of the Gods

June 2, 2023

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Movies reportedly in development, but have yet to be assigned a release date include: Wonder Woman 3, an untitled Superman reboot directed by J.J. Abrams, Zatanna, Blue Beetle, Batgirl, Blackhawk, a Joker movie starring Jared Leto, a Joker and Harley Quinn movie, Supergirl, Nightwing, Justice League Dark, a Man of Steel sequel, a Deathstroke movie, and a Lobo movie.