Every DC Comics movie and TV show in the works for HBO Max, including a spinoff of 'The Batman'

Every DC Comics movie and TV show in the works for HBO Max, including a spinoff of 'The Batman'
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Catwoman and Batman in The Batman
"The Batman."Jonathan Olley/DC Comics
  • An HBO Max movie about the DC characters Wonder Twins has reportedly been scrapped.

  • But there are plenty of other DC projects in the works for the streaming service.

  • DC will be an essential component of Max as it competes in the streaming space.

"The Batman" earned $768 million at the global box office this year before premiering on HBO Max.

The movie's success is a good sign for Warner Bros. and Max's planned spinoff about the villain Penguin, played by Colin Farrell.

The Penguin spinoff isn't the only DC project in the works for Max.

"Peacemaker," Max's first TV series based on a DC Comics movie, was a hit, and Max announced in February that it renewed the series for a second season.

In a 2020 profile, DC Films chief Walter Hamada told The New York Times, "With every movie that we're looking at now, we are thinking, 'What's the potential Max spinoff?'"

The service also inherited shows like "Titans" and "Doom Patrol" from the former streaming service DC Universe (which is now a digital-comics-only service called DC Universe Infinite).

However, Warner Bros. is also re-evaluating its plans for DC after the WarnerMedia and Discovery merger. One planned project that isn't moving forward is the "Wonder Twins" movie, about a pair of alien siblings who can shapeshift.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that David Zaslav, the CEO of the new company Warner Bros. Discovery, thought the $75 million budget was too high for a streaming movie.



Here are a handful of titles that Warner Bros. and Max confirmed are in development or have been ordered to the service:

  • "Batgirl," a Max original movie

  • A Green Lantern series and "Strange Adventures" from Greg Berlanti

  • A series inspired by Justice League Dark characters, produced by J.J. Abrams

DC is set to be a major component of Max as the service continues to compete in the streaming space, which has been dominated by genre IP like Marvel and "Star Wars" at Disney+; "The Witcher" and "Stranger Things" at Netflix; and "The Wheel of Time" and "The Boys" at Amazon.

Below is every DC Comics movie and TV show in the works for Max:

A Green Lantern series — confirmed as ordered to series

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DC Comics

Max has order a series inspired by the Green Lantern Corps, a group of space cops entrusted with rings powered by their will. Max announced in 2019 that it was in development from producer Greg Berlanti, known for DC shows on The CW like "The Flash" and "Legends of Tomorrow."

"Strange Adventures" — confirmed as in development

strange adventures
DC Comics

Greg Berlanti is also attached to a series called "Strange Adventures" that is still in the development phase. In 2019, Berlanti described it as "an anthology series of cautionary tales set in a world where superpowers exist."

Justice League Dark-inspired series — confirmed as in development

justice league
DC Comics

A series based on Justice League Dark characters is in development for Max. In April of 2020, Max announced that "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams would produce through his production company Bad Robot's multiyear deal with WarnerMedia.

"The Batman" Gotham PD spinoff series — on hold

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Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon in "The Batman."Warner Bros.

Max announced in July of 2020 that it had made a series commitment to a spinoff of "The Batman" set within the Gotham City Police Department with "The Batman" director Matt Reeves set to produce.

But Reeves recently told the "Happy, Sad, Confused" podcast that the series was on hold.

"It wasn't going to be a Batman story," Reeves said of the show. "It was going about about this corrupt cop, and it was going to be about how the worst gang in Gotham were the GCPD."

"Harley Quinn" season three — confirmed

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DC Universe

Another former DC Universe show, the adult-oriented animated "Harley Quinn" series will return for a third season, Max announced in September of 2020.

A Constantine series — reported by multiple outlets

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DC Comics

Multiple outlets, including The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, reported last February that J.J. Abrams was developing a series about the DC Comics character Constantine for HBO Max, that would tie into the series based on Justice League Dark characters.

"Batgirl" movie — confirmed, expected to be released this year

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Leslie Grace as Batgirl.Warner Bros.

"Batgirl," with "In the Heights" star Leslie Grace in the title role, is now in production. Last May, Warner Bros. tapped "Bad Boys for Life" directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah to direct the movie, which is expected to be released this year.

A Black Canary movie — confirmed as in early script development

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Jurnee Smollett as Black Canary in "Birds of Prey."Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. confirmed that a "Black Canary" movie is in early script development. Multiple outlets, including Deadline and Variety, reported last August that "Birds of Prey" star Jurnee Smollett would reprise the role for the Max movie, which Smollett seemingly confirmed

"Titans" season four — confirmed

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DC Universe

Max announced in October that it had renewed "Titans" for a fourth season. The series, which features characters like Robin, Nightwing, and Superboy, moved from DC Universe to Max when the former transformed from a streaming service to a digital-comics service.

"Doom Patrol" season four — confirmed

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"Doom Patrol"DC Universe

Like "Titans," "Doom Patrol" was inherited by Max from DC Universe. Also like "Titans," it's been renewed for an upcoming fourth season.

"Pennyworth" season three — confirmed

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Epix

Max also announced in October that the Epix series "Pennyworth," about the early years of Batman's butler Alfred, would move to the service for its third season. The first two seasons are also currently available on Max.

"Peacemaker" season two — confirmed

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John Cena in "Peacemaker."HBO Max

HBO Max announced in February that "Peacemaker" was renewed for a second season.

All episodes of season two will be written and directed by creator James Gunn, who wrote all episodes of season one and directed five of the eight episodes.

"The Batman" Penguin spinoff — confirmed

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Warner Bros.

"The Batman" director Matt Reeves confirmed that the Penguin spinoff series is in the works for HBO Max during an interview on Deadline's "Hero Nation" podcast.

"There's a great Penguin story that's an American Dream-Scarface story of a guy who is underestimated; how nobody thinks he's capable of doing anything, who believes in himself with a visceral violence," Reeves said.

A "Suicide Squad" spinoff starring Viola Davis — reported

Idris Elba and Viola Davis in "The Suicide Squad."
Idris Elba as Bloodsport and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller in "The Suicide Squad."Jessica Miglio/DC Comics, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Variety reported recently that Viola Davis was in talks to reprise her role as Amanda Waller, whom she portrayed in "Suicide Squad" and its sequel "The Suicide Squad," for an HBO Max series.

James Gunn, the director of "The Suicide Squad" and creator of its Max spinoff series "Peacemaker," had previously told Deadline in January that he was working on another spinoff of the movie. But he didn't give any further details.

"We're working on something else now, another TV show that's connected to that universe," Gunn said.

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