While the Justice League is gradually being left in Warner Bros. rearview, there are already two epic teams being set up to replace them in the DCEU.
While Justice League looks to be squarely in Warner Bros.’ rearview, the DCEU already has two new teams being set up to replace it. 2022 will see the release of both Black Adam starring Dwayne Johnson and Shazam! Fury of the Gods starring Zachary Levi. Both characters will be joined by extensive casts of fellow heroes who can easily fill the void left by the DC’s primary team of defenders.
With no plans to continue the DCEU envisioned by director Zach Snyder following the release of Zach Snyder’s Justice League, Warner Bros. has been pivoting its upcoming DCEU films in an all-new direction. For example, its widely expected that 2023’s The Flash will bring forth a soft reboot for the DCEU by creating a new timeline, giving Warner Bros. more freedom to move forward without needing to acknowledge the prior narratives of Zach Snyder’s DC films. For example, Michael Keaton is returning as Batman in The Flash and is expected to make more appearances in the DCEU beyond (effectively replacing Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight). Furthermore, new teams are already being introduced as dynamic replacements for the League.
Releasing on October 21st, 2022, Black Adam will see Dwayne Johnson’s anti-hero encountering the Justice Society of America. This team will include Hawkman, Doctor Fate, Atom Smasher, and Cyclone. However, there may be more JSA members who simply won’t be featured in this initial film. Wanting Black Adam to join their ranks, the power levels of the JSA could easily rival those of the Justice League. Likewise, December 2022’s Shazam! Fury of the Gods confirms that Billy Batson and his foster family are still operating as the Shazam Family, having become established heroes in Philidelphia. Wielding the magic and powers of the gods, the team of kids-turned-adult heroes is also a force to be reckoned with in the DCEU now.
Why The DCEU Should Get Past The Justice League
While the new Shazam 2 trailer sees Billy Batson comparing himself to Justice Leaguers like Flash, Aquaman, and Batman, it certainly feels like it’s time to move on. While this transition away doesn’t have to be indefinite, the current era of the DCEU has plenty of other exciting teams to take the sting out of the Justice League’s absence. Even the Suicide Squad could be included as a third team presuming Bloodsport, Harley Quinn, King Shark, and Ratcatcher II are still sticking together after fighting Starro in 2021’s The Suicide Squad.
No one should expect Warner Bros to leave DC’s premier team of heroes on the bench forever. However, there are enough other films and exciting superpowered groups (as evidenced at SDCC 2022) that DCEU’s Justice League franchise and its future can afford to take a break from the spotlight. Currently, all eyes can and should be focused both on the new Justice Society of America and the return of the Shazam Family coming later this year.
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- DC League of Super-Pets (2022)Release date: Jul 29, 2022
- Black Adam (2022)Release date: Oct 21, 2022
- Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2022)Release date: Dec 21, 2022
- Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2023)Release date: Mar 17, 2023
- The Flash (2023)Release date: Jun 23, 2023
- Blue Beetle (2023)Release date: Aug 18, 2023
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