From announcing multiple DCU projects like Superman: Legacy movie from Chapter one’s Gods and Monsters to addressing controversies such as Henry Cavill‘s exit and Shazam 2 star Zachary Levi’s latest Pfizer comment – DC Studios bosses James Gunn & Peter Safran came prepared on Monday for a candid discussion and with the press on the current state of DC Films & Warner Bros. plans for the franchise. In addition, their commitment to continue with characters like Jason Momoa‘s Aquaman, Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman & Ezra Miller‘s The Flash – all introduced under Zack Snyder‘s wing has attracted more fan dissent.
With a total of 10 projects planned across Film, TV and animation – the duo architects of DC Studios shared a glimpse of their vision, starting with Creature Commandos, an animated series penned by Gunn which is already in production. The cryptic tease from the DC Studio head regarding the ARGUS director panned out too, with a Peacemaker spinoff series called Waller featuring Viola Davis in development.
The Green Lantern series under Greg Berlanti is no more rather it has shaped into a high production value show called Lanternṣ exploring a “True Detective” style story of Hal Jordan, John Stewart and many Lanterns from the corps. The interesting part of this announcement was the confirmation that its story would be told across the small to the big screens. The DCU slate one branded as Gods and Monsters in a 6-minute video had Gunn describing his role and Safran’s as execs in charge of making “sure the DCU is connected”.
James Gunn’s announcement only covered a part of the titles from Gods and Monsters
As hinted by an insider, A Swamp Thing movie is in the works so it looks like DC is breaking early into the horror side of the superhero franchise. But The Authority project from Wildstorm came as a surprise for many. A movie exploring an ensemble of superheroes that are known for their violent measures in the name of protecting the planet. Sadly, the DC Studios announcement video did not address titles that were anticipated by the DCU folks like Lobo rather it seems Momoa is interested in fulfilling his Aquaman trilogy dream.
While there was no word on a Gal Gadot starring Wonder Woman 3 project, Gunn has instead greenlit a Game of Thrones-Esque prequel drama called Paradise Lost. An HBO Max series exploring the world of Themyscira and its unchartered territories as well as the people of that island. Meanwhile, with Ben Affleck‘s Batman officially out, a new Batman and a Damian Wayne version of Robin will be introduced in a DC flick titled The Brave and the Bold. The feature is inspired by Grant Morrison‘s classic Batman comics.
Among the lesser-known properties under DCU’s Gods and Monsters is a Booster Gold series. “It’s about a loser from the future who uses basic future technology to come back to today and pretend to be a superhero,” said Safran. While Gunn described it as “imposter syndrome as superhero.” Last but not the least, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow is in the works but its unclear if Sasha Calle will be playing this version of Kara Zor-El.
I have no dog in this fight, but throwing Cavill and a finished Batgirl movie in the trash while keeping Ezra Miller and Zachary Levi around seems fucking insane to me.
— Jeremy Parody (@NeverOnBrand) January 31, 2023
Did James Gunn just lowkey admit he's keeping all his shit?
— The Den of Nerds (@TheDenofNerds) January 31, 2023
The announcement of the first 10 projects for DC Studios is underwhelming. Some of these are uninteresting or feature characters most people have never heard of. The Batman and Superman movies will bring excitement. Too bad they aren't continuing the Snyderverse https://t.co/UwZDrldpVJ
— Ryan Risky (@rriskyyy) February 1, 2023
God I thought I wouldn't give a shit but hearing it out loud and realising I care even less than I would is actually insane.#DCStudios
— Jessika Hannon (@jessika7979) January 31, 2023
I'm totally excited and looking forward to seeing what @JamesGunn and team are organizing for us, but most of all…as you might imagine, I'm looking forward to seeing the Superman Legacy movie. This is going to be amazing I'm sure!!! @superman pic.twitter.com/jPIMEldOmT
— Jorge Jiménez (@JorgeJimenezArt) January 31, 2023
James Gunn has made consistently fantastic films yet so many of y’all are freaking out about his plans for the DCU. Let the man cook. Good god.
— Stephen Ford (@StephenSeanFord) January 31, 2023
IM GETTING TWO BATMAN MOVIES BACK TO BACK???? THANK YOU JAMES GUNN AND PETER SAFRAN I TRULY WON!!!! pic.twitter.com/G9haAc8yBz
— sabrina 🦇 (@nightwaynes) January 31, 2023
Lmaooo, all for that! 🤣🤣 Thank you James Gunn you made me laugh so hard! I only see three interesting projects, the rest will be a sure flop!
Even no need to boycott, things will happen naturally & in 5 years he will be fired but thanks for the show 🤙🏼pic.twitter.com/pkY3HRF93a
— 𝗢𝗟𝗟𝗜𝗘 𝗼𝗳 𝗦𝗻𝘆𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗩𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗲 🇫🇷 (@Ollie_EarthOne) January 31, 2023
So many great things here. Excited for The Authority. Loved writing that team for Wildstorm. Excited for a @JamesGunn Superman movie. More Batfam! Adapting @TomKingTK and @BilquisEvely’s Supergirl is inspired. Booster freaking Gold. #DCStudios #DCU https://t.co/YuYTtNHO82
— Tom Taylor (@TomTaylorMade) February 1, 2023
James Gunn getting rid of everybody except for Ezra Miller pic.twitter.com/KN80XpSG91
— 🎹 (@LuckiiSonoda) January 31, 2023
James Gunn And Peter Safran discussing The Flash pic.twitter.com/0puuI8oXXM
— James (@JILexander) January 31, 2023
Folks have DM'd me about @JamesGunn 's vision since I was a producer of TITANS (ending with this season).
In short? I trust it. Never met James, but I know he's got TRUE LOVE for this universe. You can see it in him when he talks about it.
Let's support him. He's a real one.
— Hilluminati (@bryanedwardhill) January 31, 2023
So elseworlds stories are a thing meaning Cavill could have remained as Superman in his own world and completed at least one more project to give him the perfect sendoff 🤔 or do elseworld stories only apply to certain things? @JamesGunn need answers
— The Ayer Cut (@CutAyer) January 31, 2023
“Henry Cavill wasn’t fired as Superman. He just wasn’t hired.”pic.twitter.com/E0aRnneVu6
— BLURAYANGEL 🦇 (@blurayangel) January 31, 2023
I’m just saying that if James Gunn wants to skip to Damian Wayne that’s completely fine, but there better be at least 3-4 preexisting Robins before him and the Titans AND Young Justice…
— Jalen (@jayjjalen) January 31, 2023
The fact that @JamesGunn said Damian Wayne is his favorite Robin, tells me DC is in the right hands!
Because anyone who’s actually read Comics knows Damian Wayne is the best written Robin by far “Currently.”
The bratty version of the character is merely the introduction pic.twitter.com/9detTmvjlx
— kruos_ (@kruos_) January 31, 2023
Trying really hard not to read this as @JamesGunn, speaking on behalf of @wbd, saying that nothing @ezramillerth did was "morally reprehensible".https://t.co/WRaYvfvo88
— TheCraftyCarver (@carver_crafty) February 1, 2023
James Gunn still didn’t give a valid reason why didn’t he cast Henry Cavill as Superman. He was perfect pic.twitter.com/TYgypQnR2Z
— 𝗚𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹𝘁 of North (@Itssan17) February 1, 2023
James Gunn watched 3 episodes of Superman & Lois and said “Hell nah we gotta keep this shit”
I been telling y’all Superman and Lois peak fiction.
— kruos_ (@kruos_) January 31, 2023
In other words @JamesGunn is keeping Zachary Levi form the old DCEU as Shazam in his new DCU. But Henry Cavill is fired.
Talk about hypocrisy
— The Super Bat (@RSforyou722) January 31, 2023
He didn’t give Henry Cavill a chance. He kept everyone except Henry, all because he wants his own Superman film. Idgaf about his personal life. Abuse of power, ill intent, conflict of interest etc, call it what you may, but the fact is he’s unjust and lacks morality as a leader. https://t.co/eJLqFCVQAC pic.twitter.com/Dz576fLAtD
— Catt (@ChicCattLady2) January 31, 2023
‘THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD’ will introduce the Bat-Family to James Gunn’s DCU. I have never had a smile on my face this big in my entire life. pic.twitter.com/X8sAzMN89B
— Mr. Wayne🦇 (@ArkhamNumb) January 31, 2023
The new head of DC films just said that Henry Cavill was never cast as superman 💀💀💀 yeah good luck pic.twitter.com/AYhWQZGEN8
— 𝗠𝗘𝗥𝗖Ʊ𝗥𝗬 (@theeSNYDERVERSE) January 31, 2023
The surprising part of the private press conference by DC Studios was James Gunn’s harsh criticism of the old regime that was in charge of Warner Bros. films’ DC. The director began by speaking about the leasing out of IPs to creators and Henry Cavill’s Superman situation.
As everyone here probably knows, the history of DC is pretty messed up. It was fucked up,” Gunn said. “No one was minding the mint. They were giving away IP like they were party favors at any creator who smiled at them.”
When it came to talking about Henry Cavill, Gunn was blunt with his opinion stating, “I like Henry, I think he’s a great guy,” he said. “I think he’s getting dicked around by a lot of people, including the former regime at this company. But this Superman is not Henry, for a number of reasons.”
Gunn also cleverly handled Zachary Levi’s latest controversial statement on Pfizer by suggesting there will be no changes to his plans, unless the actor or creative involved in the situation has done “something morally reprehensible”
“Just real simply: Actors and filmmakers that I work with are going to say things that I agree with and things that I don’t agree with,” Gunn said. “And that’s going to happen. I don’t have a list of things that somebody should say because of what I think. And you know, I can’t be changing my plans all the time because an actor says something that I don’t agree with.”
It should be noted that the 10 projects are just a part of chapter 1’s of Gods and Monsters with more to come. So far, the division among fans remains the same with Snyderverse followers mourning the death of DCEU whilst also criticizing the current plan at play.
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