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The Authority release date speculation, plot, cast, and more news

With James Gunn announcing the project as part of Chapter 1 of DC Studio's rebooted cinematic universe, here's what we know about The Authority release date.

What is The Authority release date? Amid the slate of projects announced by James Gunn and Peter Safran at DC Studios, one of the most intriguing is The Authority movie.

In simple terms, The Authority is the DCU‘s answer to The Thunderbolts. They’re a group of morally-grey heroes not tied to a specific moral code or organization. Published under DC’s Wildstorm imprint, The Authority is known for having a grittier tone, not unlike the Suicide Squad and recent Batman movies.

Although the new movie is in the early stages of development, Gunn described it in his Twitter announcement as a “passion project” of his, so we’re expecting big things. So, we’ve rounded up everything we know about The Authority release date, plot, cast, and more.

The Authority release date speculation

Like a lot of DC Studios’ upcoming projects, The Authority release date is currently unknown, but we estimate it will arrive sometime in 2026.

We know that the Superman Legacy release date is July 11, 2025, and that it is to be the first DC movie in Gunn and Peter Safran’s Chapter 1- Gods and Monsters slate.

With that in mind, we can’t feasibly imagine The Authority being any earlier than 2026 or even 2027.

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The Authority cast speculation

It’s way too early for The Authority cast announcements at this stage, but we have a decent idea of the characters they’ll be casting.

The Authority line-up has changed a number of times over the years, but there are a number of core DC characters, including Jenny Sparks, Jack Hawksmoor, Apollo/The Sun King, Midnighter, Swift/The Winged Huntress, and The Engineer/The Maker.

Other members of The Authority might appear, but we’ll be surprised if these OGs don’t make an appearance in the upcoming movie.

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What will The Authority be about?

James Gunn gave a brief synopsis of The Authority plot in his announcement video, sharing that the film will follow a group of crime fighters who will do anything to complete their goals. 

“The Authority are a group of superheroes who think the world is broken, and they want to fix it by any means necessary,” Gunn explained. “I think it’s a very different look at superheroes.”

From this, we can gauge that the line between heroes and DC villains might be a little blurred in this action movie and that we might see our protagonists engage in morally dubious acts that the likes of Batman and Superman wouldn’t dream of.

He also noted that The Authority “will interact with all of our primary DCU characters,” so we can accept some team-ups, rivalries, and, more likely than not, some butting heads over The Authority’s less-than-clean-cut approach to crime fighting.

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Is there a trailer for The Authority?

Sorry folks! We are still waiting for a trailer for The Authority. And unfortunately will be waiting for a while since filming hasn’t begun yet.

In the meantime, below is a clip of James Gunn announcing the film, and judging by his enthusiasm, it looks like it is set to be one of the best superhero movies of all time.

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That’s all we know for now, but for more on rag-tag antiheroes, check out our guides to the Blue Beetle release date, the best Batman villains of all time, or maybe you’re curious about the Aquaman 2 release date.

You can also peruse our full explainer on Gunn and Safran’s slate, with our guides breaking down everything we know about the Swamp Thing release date.

Finally, be sure to check out our guide explaining how to watch all the DC movies in order and read our list of the best movies of all time.