We finally have a release date for The Flash. Maybe this time with IT and IT: Chapter 2’s Andrés Muschietti at the helm, the long-delayed film about the Scarlet Speedster will actually happen. WB also set release dates for The Matrix 4, Shazam 2 and a slew of other films.
According to Deadline, The Flash, starring Ezra Miller as the titular character, will speed into theaters on July 1, 2022. Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss will re-enter The Matrix on May 21, 2021. Also scheduled for release on that day is John Wick 4 from Lionsgate. Social Media was quick to react:
May 21, 2021 is officially Keanu Reeves day.
— Alex S. (@AlexanderS_95) December 11, 2019
But the fun doesn’t stop there. WB will release Shazam 2 on April 1st, 2022 release date, which makes sense considering the first installment came out on April 3rd this year and grossed over $364 million at the worldwide box office.
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Zachary Levi will (obviously) be back at Shazam, while David F. Sandberg will also return to direct the follow-up. Henry Gayden, who co-wrote Shazam!‘s script, is working on the latest draft.
Among the 12 other titles in the mix Wednesday as the studio solidifies its slate for 2020 and beyond include moving Taika Waititi’s live-action feature on famed cult manga Akira off the release schedule. It had been set for May 21, 2021 (now taken up by The Matrix 4), and had been allocated $18.5 million in California tax credits in the spring.
The Flash, joins other DC Universe projects including : Aquaman 2 (December 16, 2022), Birds of Prey (February 7, 2020), Wonder Woman 1984 (June 5, 2020), The Batman (June 5, 2021), The Suicide Squad (August 6, 2021) and Black Adam (December 22, 2021). With Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson, and Shazam 2 both in production at the same time, it would be a fanboy dream to have the two characters film at least a scene together.
Other noteworthy moves include setting an August 21, 2020 release date for Warners’ untitled Fred Hampton project, the biopic of the Black Panthers. The studio also has a name for its latest Conjuring Universe film: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It already has a September 11, 2020 release date.
Deadline also reports that WB also said it is moving up its Mortal Kombat movie from its original March 2021 date to January 15, 2021.