- 2024 will mark the first year since 2016 without a mainline DC film, making Joker 2’s Elseworlds status significant.
- The record-breaking stretch of 19 years between 2016 and 2035 will only have one exception to the long-running release each year of a DCEU/DCU film: 2024 with the release of Joker: Folie à Deux.
- Joker 2’s success is crucial for both its own franchise and for keeping audiences engaged with DC before James Gunn’s DCU begins in 2025.
The 2024 release of Joker: Folie à Deux means the year could hold a DC record that the franchise may not break for another decade and a total of 19 years. Joker 2 is currently scheduled for an October 2024 release date and will continue the sect of the DC Universe on film that was created with 2019’s Joker. Given that Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will see the end of the mainline DCEU, Joker: Folie à Deux will be the only upcoming DC movie to be released in theaters in 2024.
Through this interesting release fact, 2024 will create a record for the franchise going back to 2016. This could then be extended in 2025 by James Gunn’s DCU movie slate for at least another decade, potentially proving 2024 to be a pivotal year for DC. Aside from Joker: Folie à Deux’s intriguing story, its impacts on the wider state of DC in film cannot be understated.
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2024 Might Be The Only Year Without A Main DC Timeline Movie For Some Time
The record in question is that 2024 will be the first year since 2016 not to include a movie that is part of the DCEU or its successor. That said, Joker 2 still has some connections to the DCEU/DCU by being labeled an Elseworlds property. Alongside the likes of The Batman, The Batman – Part II, and the various TV show spin-offs being developed by Matt Reeves as part of that universe, Joker and its sequels take part in their own section of the DC multiverse. These universes hold the title Elseworlds, simply meaning they take place in their own continuity and are not connected to DC’s mainline films.
Since Joker 2 exists within the Elseworlds continuity, it will be the first year without a DCEU release since 2016. 2016 saw the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad while 2017 consisted of Wonder Woman and Justice League. 2018 and 2019 saw the release of Aquaman and Shazam! respectively. The troubled year of 2020 included Birds of Prey and Wonder Woman 1984 before 2021 began James Gunn’s DC tenure through The Suicide Squad. Black Adam rounded out 2022’s DCEU release before 2023’s Shazam! 2, The Flash, Blue Beetle, and Aquaman 2 put a cap on the DCEU for good.
This means that, between 2016 and 2023, a mainline DC continuity film was released yearly. 2024 will be the first without one thanks to Joker 2‘s Elseworlds status before 2025 will likely see a return to the status quo. 2025 currently includes Superman: Legacy as the first proper DCU entry, with the rebooted franchise likely continuing for at least another 10 years. As such, this would mean a stretch of 19 years between 2016 and 2035 where a film connected to either the mainline DCEU or DCU would be released, with the sole exception of 2024.
2024’s DC Movie Change Makes Joker 2 Even More Important
This incredible stat makes Joker 2 even more important than first thought. The reason for this is that it will need to have a sufficient amount of quality to keep audiences invested in DC overall. While it does not connect to the DCU beginning in 2025, it is the only live-action feature film in 2024 that contains a DC character. As such, Joker: Folie à Deux is important for both its own franchise in that it is a continuation of a highly successful film that arguably did not need a sequel but also that it needs to keep DC alive to help James Gunn’s DCU success starting in 2025.