We already know that Disney Plus will have a ton of Marvel Cinematic Universe-based TV shows. But what about rival HBO Max? As it turns out, its owner Warner Bros will also have its own slate of upcoming DC Comics shows and movies. That means the two streaming services will soon duke it out in a bid to capture the already huge superhero TV audience. In fact, it already feels a bit like the old Marvel and DC comic book rivalry.
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Here’s a look at the upcoming DC Comics shows and movies that will stream exclusively on HBO Max. This list will include new seasons of shows that previously debuted on DC Universe. That service has now been rebooted as DC Universe Infinity, which only offers a library of digital comics.
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Upcoming DC Comics shows and movies on HBO Max
Editor’s note: We will be updating this list of the upcoming DC Comics shows and movies as they are announced
Doom Patrol (third season – September 23, 2021)
After debuting its first season on DC Universe, and its second on both DC Universe and HBO Max, Doom Patrol will return for its third outing on September 23, 2021, as an HBO Max exclusive. Centered on the DC superhero team, the series is based largely on the comics run written by Grant Morrison. This team of misfits with superpowers includes Robotman, who has a human brain inside a metal body. There’s also Crazy Jane, who has 64 personalities, each with its own superpower. You can go ahead and watch the first two seasons now on HBO Max. It’s great stuff!
Harley Quinn (third season 2021)
One of the best DC Comics shows on HBO Max is an animated series. Harley Quinn is a very R-rated show featuring the Joker’s popular sidekick. However, in this series, Harley, voiced by Kaley Cuoco, decides to embark on her own journey. As a result, she butts heads with several major and minor DC superheroes and villains. It’s hilarious stuff but not suitable for the kids. After debuting on DC Universe, you can now watch the first two seasons on HBO Max. The third season will make its way onto the service in 2021.
Young Justice (fourth season – 2021)
This is a more traditional animated series for a younger audience. While the first two seasons of this youth-based superteam were first shown on Cartoon Network, the third season debuted on DC Universe in 2019. The fourth season has been greenlighted, and it will make its debut as an HBO Max exclusive in 2021.
Green Lantern (2022)
If you can forget that awful 2011 live-action Green Lantern movie, you might want to get excited for this upcoming DC Comics show on HBO Max. Green Lantern is the “space cop” of the DC Universe. He protects the Earth, and the universe, from cosmic threats. He does this with his green-charged Power Ring, which can create almost any shape or object he desires. Not much is known about this adaptation, but its produced by Greg Berlanti, who is in charge of the many successful DC Comics shows on the CW network. The showrunner will be Seth Grahame-Smith, best known for his genre-blending novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Abraham Lincoln, and Vampire Hunter.
The series will actually feature several people who have held the Green Lantern name, including the original, Alan Scott, and more recent members Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, and Simon Baz. Finn Wittrock has already been cast as the highly volatile Guy Gardner.
Untitled The Batman prequel – TBA
Director Matt Reeves is making The Batman, the latest live-action feature film centering on the Caped Crusader. It’s due in theaters in 2022. However, he’s also developing a prequel series for HBO Max. Set during the first year of The Batman’s appearances in Gotham City, it will focus on its police department, as its officers have to deal with the masked vigilante, among other things.
Peacemaker (early 2022)
Peacemaker is another upcoming DC Comics show arriving on HBO Max, based on the recent film The Suicide Squad. That movie features John Cena playing the role of the skilled but highly unstable warrior Peacemaker. James Gunn, who wrote and directed The Suicide Squad, will write all of the episodes of Peacemaker and will also direct several of its episodes. Plot details for the series have yet to be revealed.
Here’s a very different upcoming DC Comics show that’s coming to HBO Max. It’s not a superhero series, but rather a show based on a comic from DC’s now canceled Vertigo Comics lineup of mature-rated series. It takes place in the near future, where a second US civil war has broken out. It has turned the island of Manhattan into a demilitarized zone, set between government and secessionist forces.
Ava DuVernay, who directed the acclaimed Selma, directed the pilot for DMZ. It will feature Rosario Dawson in the lead as a medic who journeys into the DMZ island to help others. Benjamin Bratt is also among the cast members.
Madame Zanadu is a magic-based character that was first introduced in the 1970s in the DC Comics universe. In June 2021, The Hollywood Reporter stated that J.J. Abrams is helping produce a Madame X series for HBO Max that features a version of the character. The series will be written and executive produced by Angela Robinson, who previously wrote Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, a movie about the real-life creation of the Wonder Woman character.
Justice League Dark
J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot team are in charge of developing this show for HBO Max. It’s based on the Justice League spin-off comic, featuring a team that battles more supernatural foes. The team has included characters like John Constantine, Deadman, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, and even Wonder Woman in the comics. There’s no word on which of these characters might appear on the show.
Variety reports that J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot team are also developing a solo John Constantine series. The story claims that the series will focus on a younger version of the disheveled Brit who fights against supernatural foes. It could link up to the Justice League Dark series.
Keanu Reeves played Constantine in the 2005 movie of the same name. Currently, Matt Ryan is playing a version of the character in the CW series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Aquaman: King of Atlantis
This show will be a three-part animated series that focuses on the undersea superhero. Aimed at kids, the series will focus on Aquaman’s first days on the job as king of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. James Wan, who directed the 2018 live-action movie adaptation of Aquaman, will be an executive producer on this series.
This series is yet another one that’s executive produced by Greg Berlanti. Taking its name from one of DC Comics’ classic Silver Age titles, Strange Adventures will be an anthology series featuring a wide range of DC Comics characters. Not much else is known about this show at the moment.
This project will actually be released as an HBO Max exclusive movie. It has already found its lead actor. Leslie Grace, who is currently starring in the musical movie adaptation In The Heights, will play the title role of Batgirl, a.k.a, Barbara Gordon. Details on the movie’s plot have not been confirmed. It will be directed by the duo of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who previously directed Bad Boys For Life.
Val Zod Superman
Michael B. Jordan, who has had previous experiences with superhero movies (Chronicle, Fantastic Four, and Black Panther), is reportedly producing a limited series on HBO Max based on this alternative universe version of Superman. In the comics, Val-Zod is actually the Superman from Earth-2, a black Kryptonian who takes over from Kal-El as that Earth’s Superman. It’s currently unknown if Jordan will actually portray Val-Zod in the series.
Batman: Caped Crusader
Many Batman fans consider the 1990’s TV show Batman: The Animated Series to be the best incarnation of that character. Now HBO Max will be the home to an all-new animated series. Batman; Caped Crusader, will be produced by Bruce Timm, one of the co-creators of the original Batman: The Animated Series. Based on the sole artwork released for the show, it looks like Batman may look much like his original 1930s comics incarnation. More details about the series have yet to be announced.
My Adventures With Superman
Superman will also get his own HBO Max animated series, but this show will be different. For one thing, this series looks like it will have a Japanese anime art style. The show will focus on 20-something versions of Superman/Clark Kent (voiced by The Boys’ Jack Quaid), along with Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen. All three characters are supposed to be growing and learning more about themselves, even as they investigate stories for The Daily Planet and fighting off bad guys in Superman’s case.
That’s our look at the current list of upcoming DC Comics shows and movies on HBO Max. We will update this post when there is more news about these series.