A guide to what’s to come in 2023 | Pretty Reel

DC’s live-action library is a mixed bag, and the state of the DCU is a bit chaotic at the moment, if it’s just starting to pull itself together. We have The Flash, Aquaman, The Lost Kingdom, and potentially a Wonder Woman trio to come. However, after a major reorganization inside DC’s new studios, the cancellation of Batgirl, and the ongoing Ezra Miller controversy, the live-action movie franchise is in a state of repair, to say the least. But not all DC-related media is in disarray.

DC animated movies have been the saving grace of comic book movies. From the days of Tim Daly and the late Kevin Conroy’s first superhero duo to recent productions like Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, DC’s direct-to-streaming/DVD catalog nearly makes up for the shortcomings of their live counterparts. . They aren’t slowing down with the releases of this new phase of canon known as “Tomorrowverse.” There’s a full schedule of new DC animated movies coming to air soon. Here’s a guide to the animated adventures coming to your flat screen in 2022 and 2023.

Updated November 2022 by Ted Bajer: This article has been updated with more information on what’s coming from DC next year!

Batman: The Fate That Came to Gotham (TBA 2023)

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Based on a three-part DC Comics miniseries published in 2000, The Doom That Came to Gotham tackles gothic and Lovecraftian horror themes. It’s an entry in the excellent DC Elseworlds label that sees characters set in alternate timelines and realities. Elseworlds brought us classics like Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, Superman: Red Son, and Batman/Marvel crossover teams with Daredevil and Spider-Man.

This particular title revolves around a Batman prowling the streets of 1928 Gotham pitted against a mystical, supernatural enemy, as well as some basic villains. Also appearing in the Two-Face book are Mr. Freeze, Ra’s al Ghul, and Green Arrow. DC offers a discouraging description of the comic:

“…A terrible thing from beyond space and time has awakened. The Lurker on the Threshold has called upon its loyal servants – immortal wizards, reptile men, beings of cold, fungal horror – to feed our world in its gaping maw. If Batman hopes to end the horror, how terrible must Bruce Wayne become?

So we basically get a Batman horror movie. Sign us up! Movie details have yet to be released, but the setting and themes are perfect for a dark and brooding Batman animated story. The film is slated for release in 2023.

The Legion of Super-Heroes (TBA 2023)

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Running from 2006 to 2008 over a span of two seasons, the animated series The Legion of Superheroes revolved around a group of teenage heroes sent back in time from the 31st century. The series was well received despite its short run, so DC dusted off the concept of an as-yet-unreleased HBO Max series and now a new animated feature, The Legion of Super-Heroes.

The film will follow Kara, AKA Supergirl (voiced by Meg Donnelly), as she comes to terms with the devastating loss of Krypton. His cousin, Superman (Darren Criss), suggests that they leave their spacetime to attend Legion Academy in the 31st century. There Supergirl makes new friends but also has to face powerful enemies, for example Brainiac 5 (Harry Shum Jr.). If that wasn’t enough, a secret society called Dark Circle is attempting to capture a powerful weapon kept in the Academy’s vault.

The newly revealed voice cast also includes stars like Jensen Ackles as Batman, Matt Bomer as The Flash, Jennifer Hale as Alura, Yuri Lowenthal as Mon-El, Gideon Adlon as Phantom Girl, Robbie Daymond as TimberWolf and Brainiac 4, Zeno Robinson as Invisible Kid and Brainiac 3, Ben Diskin as Arm Falls off Boy and Brainiac 2, Victoria Grace as Shadow Lass, Ely Henry as Bouncing Boy, Eric Lopez as Cosmic Boy and Chemical King, Darin De Paul as Brainiac and Solomon Grundy, and Daisy Lightfoot as Daughter in triplicate. The film will be directed by Jeff Wamester and written by Josie Campbell. It should be released in early 2023.

Justice League: Warworld (TBA 2023)

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This will be the first Justice League story in the DCAU’s “Tomorrowverse” interconnected canon. The previous series started with the famous event, The Flashpoint Paradox, and ended with the Apokolips War. It left the universe scarred, but this story series feels much fresher and ready for action. This new League will face its first common enemy in Justice League: Warworld, which will be released in 2023. The main players have already been introduced in other projects. Fans will recall that the Justice League in Green Lantern: Beware My Power had both Martian Manhunter and Green Arrow.

The only clue we have for a potential story is the comic namesake. Warworld was a title that saw the Justice League clash with the big bad Mogul for their control of a huge satellite called Warworld. This craft was equipped with enough weaponry to be on the League’s radar, causing the two factions to clash. Will the film base its screenplay on this story? There isn’t much information on this Tomorrowverse entry other than its 2023 release, so check back with us for more as it arrives.

RWBY/Justice League (TBD 2023)

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DC is no stranger to creative teams and crossovers. They’ve teamed up with Marvel, Dark Horse, and others to bring us everything from Marvel Vs. DC to Batman Vs. Predator 1-3. Batman even took on the Xenomorphs in Batman Vs. Alien. Not to mention when The Dark Knight gave in to Judge Dredd’s face on the page.

In the spirit of universes colliding, we’re ready to get an animated RWBY/Justice League movie. RWBY’s young huntress trainees have already met the League in an amazing comic book series, and now the alliance will be brought to streaming platforms in 2023. RWBY’s hit web series will lend its talents to the film, with the director Kerry Shawcross leads the writing team, along with Eddy Rivas, Miles Luna and Kiersi Burkhart. Talent from famed online entertainment company Rooster Teeth will team up with Warner Bros. Animation to create their very first feature film RWBY.

Batman Azteca: Clash Of Imperios (TBA 2023)

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This Batman movie will be set in an alternate history in which a young Aztec boy must survive after his father, the leader of his village, is murdered by Spanish conquistadors. In a fashion similar to Batman Ninja, you can expect this movie to have everything you love about a Batman story, but told through the voice of an ancient Aztec tribal shaman.

When the boy, Yohualli Coatl, flees his village, he runs to Tenochtitlan to warn King Moctezuma and his high priest Yoka of impending danger. Once there, he uses the Temple of Tzinacan, the Bat God, as his lair, and there he trains and builds new weapons that will allow him to avenge his father and repel the Spanish invaders.

The film stars Alvaro Morte as Hernan Cortes, Omar Chaparro as Yoka and Horacio Garcia Rojas as Yohualli. It is directed by Juan Jose Meza-Leon and written by him and Alfredo Mendoza. No release date has yet been announced for the film, but it is scheduled for 2023.

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