Warner Bros set to massively increase DC film and HBO Max slate

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While things have been a bit quite on the DC Films front, it appears all of that is about to change in 2022 thanks to a new plan from Walter Hamada.

The past few years have been a bit quiet on the DC front. 2018 saw the release of Aquaman, while 2019 saw Shazam! and Joker as the only DC releases. 2020 again saw two films with Birds of Prey and Wonder Woman 1984, but 2021 looks as though it will slow down to just one film – The Suicide Squad – but we can thank the pandemic for moving The Batman to 2022.

In a new profile from The New York Times, Walter Hamada – the head of DC Films at Warner Bros. – discussed the plans moving forward, and it appears things are about to change substantially. Currently he is looking at up to four movies being released theatrically beginning in 2022, along with two smaller films being made specifically for HBO Max. While not a direct quotation in the article, it does point to two examples of potential projects for home release being films for Batgirl and Static Shock.

That is not where the plans for HBO Max come to an end, however. Like the recently announced Peacemaker series, or Gotham police series we should look forward to more spinoff projects in the future. “With every movie that we’re looking at now, we are thinking, ‘What’s the potential Max spinoff?’” Hamada said.

A lot of these plans, it seems, hinge on the upcoming The Flash movie and the establishing of the multiverse concept for DC films. DC Films is interested in the ability to run multiple Batman projects at the same time, and that will require audiences to understand how that can happen. With The Flash currently scheduled for release on Nov. 4, 2022, that seems to suggest things could get really interesting for fans in 2023 and beyond.