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DCU fans react to Chapter 1’s Gods and Monsters, James Gunn harshly criticizing WB’s old regime, Henry Cavill comment, dealing with Zachary Levi’s controversy & more

DCU fans react to Chapter 1’s Gods and Monsters, James Gunn harshly criticizing WB’s old regime, Henry Cavill comment, dealing with Zachary Levi’s controversy & more

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.

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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