While 2023 may have been the end to Zack Snyder’s DCEU that began with 2013’s Man of Steel, 2024 is the start of a new beginning for DC Films. Continuing the Elseworlds films that began with Todd Phillips’ Joker in 2019 and Matt Reeves’ The Batman in 2022, DC’s new roster of films and animated projects looks to bring classic DC IP’s into brand-new territory.

These are the films and series that DC will be releasing throughout the year. DC decided to pull out all the stops and release both live-action content and animated features side-by-side this year. From major IP’s such as Batman and the Joker, to lesser known characters such as the Creature Commandos, DC has a colorful and exciting line-up of releases for fans to enjoy.

Joker: Folie à Deux

Todd Phillips’ 2019 film Joker film blew everyone’s mind and is regarded as one of the best DC stories of all time. The hard-hitting psychological crime drama won two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Actor. While Joker was originally conceptualized as a standalone story, Joker: Folie à Deux sees Joaquin Phoenix’s return as the titular Joker and Lady Gaga’s debut as his classic comics partner, Harleen Quinzel. While not much is known about the movie, we do know the film is not connected to James Gunn’s larger DCU and is being treated as an Elseworlds story (a DC story that exists outside of mainline continuity.)

Joker: Folie à Deux features Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck/Joker, Lady Gaga as Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn, with Zazie Beets returning as Sophie Dumond. Brendan Gleeson, Harry Lawtley, Catherine Keener, and Jacob Lofland round out the cast in undisclosed roles.

Joker: Folie à Deux is the only live-action DC film for the year, releasing in theaters on October 4th, 2024.

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The Penguin

Much like the aforementioned Joker, Matt Reeves took the Dark Knight’s world and re-imagined it with his 2021 movie, The Batman. The Penguin, an eight-episode live-action series, brings viewers back to Gotham City, but instead of seeing the world through the eyes of a crime fighter, we get to see the world through Colin Ferrall’s Oswald Cobblepot, a.k.a., The Penguin as he moves through the ranks of Gotham criminal underbelly. The dark and gritty film takes heavy inspiration from Brian De Palma’s 1983 crime masterpiece, Scarface, starring Al Pacino.

The Penguin sees the return of Colin Ferrall as Penguin with Clancy Brown, Michael Zegen, and Cristin Milioti joining the cast as Salvatore Maroni, Alberto Falcone, and Sofia Falcone, respectively. Picking up where The Batman left off, the series will focus on Oswald Cobblepot’s rise to power in Gotham’s criminal world. The Penguin is expected to release during this Fall on Max.

Creature Commandos

After James Gunn and Peter Safran became co-CEOs of DC Studios, Gunn started writing a television show that serves as the introduction to his new DCU. In January of 2023, it was revealed that the show was Creature Commandos, an adult animated series about a black ops team of monsters assembled by famous DC anti-hero, Amanda Waller (of Suicide Squad fame.) Creature Commandos is set the be the first part of Gunn’s brand-new DCU entry, “Chapter One: Gods and Monsters.”

The titular team will be assembled by Amanda Waller (voiced by Viola Davis) and will consist of team leader Rick Flag Sr. (voiced by Frank Grillo), Eric Frankenstein (voiced by David Harbour), the Bride (voiced by Indira Varma), Dr. Nina Mazursky (voiced by Zoe Chao), G.I. Robot (voiced by Sean Gunn), Dr. Phosphorus (voiced by Alan Tudyk), and Weasel (also voiced by Sean Gunn). Creature Commandos is slated for a release later this year.

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Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths

DC’s 1985 major cross-over event, Crisis On Infinite Earths is one of the biggest comic book stories in history. When the cosmic being known as the Anti-Monitor threatens the stability of the multiverse, it’s up to every DC hero across the Multiverse to stop him. What started as a new DC animated universe in 2020 with Superman: Man of Tomorrow, Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths, Crisis on Infinite Earths will continue as a trilogy of features. Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part One was released digitally on January 9th, 2024 with Part Two releasing on April 24th, 2024 and Part Three still having an undisclosed release date.

While Part One sees the return of many of its voice cast from past DC animated films that started in 2020, Part Two and Part Three will bring several voice actors into the mix from past DC projects. Will Friedle will return in Part Two as Terry McGinnis from 1999’s animated series, Batman Beyond. Part Three will feature the legendary duo of the late Kevin Conroy as his iconic Batman along with Mark Hamill acting opposite of him as the Joker, reprising their roles from 1992’s Batman: The Animat0ed Series.

Aztec Batman: Clash of Empires

Aztec Batman: Clash of Empires is a new and exciting spin on the classic Batman mythos. Instead of the crime-ridden streets of Gotham City, Aztec Batman takes fans to early 16th century Mexico. Featuring DC’s iconic characters set within the culture of the Aztec people, Aztec Batman will surely be one of the most unique takes on The Caped Crusader. It’ll be exciting to see the likes of Batman, Catwoman, the Joker, and more represented as traditonal Aztec individuals.

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Aztec Batman tells the story of Yohualli Coatl (voiced by Horacio Garcia Rojas), a young man marked by tragedy after witnessing his father’s murder at the hands of Spanish conquistadors. True to Batman’s comic origins, Yohualli will have to face the likes of Yoka (aka Joker, voiced by Omar Chaparro), the high priest and a counselor to Moctezuma, who ultimately chooses the dark path. Rounding out the cast is Two-Face, who is the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés (Álvaro Morte), as well as Forest Ivy (Poison Ivy), inspired by the legendary Mexican actress María Félix, faithful Acatzin (Alfred), and Jaguar Woman (Cat Woman).

While a release date has not been revealed, Aztec Batman: Clash of Empires is expected to be released sometime in 2024.

Watchmen

Announced in 2023 during San Diego Comic-Con, DC and WB revealed that not only would Crisis on Infinite Earths would make its first animated debut in 2024, but also the seminal Watchmen graphic novel would receive a brand-new animated adaptation in 2024. 1985’s Watchmen (by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons) was a deconstruction of the classic superhero, instead imagining how the real-world would handle masked vigilantes.

This animated feature will be the third adaptation of the source material after Zack Snyder’s 2009 Watchmen film and HBO’s 2019 live-action Watchmen series.

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