Everything Announced During James Gunn DC Universe Reveal

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Everything Announced During James Gunn DC Universe Reveal

James Gunn revealed his master plan for the DC Extended Universe in a video post on Twitter yesterday. The first stage of DC content under the direction of James Gunn and Peter Safran is filled with new films and content for the HBO MAX streaming service. The roadmap for the DCEU was revealed in a press event. Gunn and Safran had promised fans a plan for DC “by the end of January” and delivered a slate of exciting new content.

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Like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Gunn is organizing DC films and television into storytelling “Phases.” Much has been made of the decision to recast many of the prominent roles and go back to the drawing board regarding the future of DC films. DC’s first development phase is entitled “Chapter One: Gods and Monsters.” Much like Marvel, DC’s Phase 1 will feature overlapping stories and interconnected narratives that combine into a much larger story. Gunn revealed his plan would push out 8-10 years into the future, requiring actors to sign long-term contracts and multi-film deals.

Gunn also revealed that several projects already slated to be released would be moving forward as planned. That includes:

  • Shazam! Fury of the Gods
  • The Flash
  • Blue Beetle
  • Superman & Lois (The CW)
  • Pennyworth (HBO Max)
  • Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
  • Gotham Knights (The CW)
  • Peacemaker Season 2
  • Joker: Folie à Deux
  • The Batman 2

The Flash will be a hard reset for the DCEU, recasting most major roles moving forward. Gunn referenced both Henry Cavill and the embattled Ezra Miller specifically. Of Cavill, Gunn reiterated that Cavill wasn’t fired since he just “wasn’t hired.” This confirmation comes despite an appearance in a post-credit sequence by Cavill in Black Adam only months ago. Gunn added, “I like Henry; I think he’s a great guy. I think he’s getting d**ked 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 spoke about the controversy surrounding Flash Actor Ezra Miller. Miller has had numerous legal troubles throughout 2022, with many calling for his removal from all feature films in the DCEU. Rumors have been swirling that despite his legal troubles, many executives at DC are still willing to work with Miller. Gunn refused to commit one way or another, stating, “Let’s see what happens. When the time is right, we’ll have the conversation.”

All negative energy aside, Gunn focused on the exciting slate of newly planned films and television coming to theaters and streaming. Creature Commandos is the first of many projects planned for HBO MAX. This animated series is being penned by Gunn and is currently in production. The show will feature Rick Flag Sr., Dr. Phosphorus, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, G.I. Robot, and Suicide Squad’s Weasel.

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HBO max is getting three additional series, including ‘Waller’ featuring the return of actress Viola Davis. Set in between seasons 1 and 2 of Peacemaker, the show will incorporate many of the characters from Peacemaker in a brand new show exclusively for HBO. Gunn also unveiled ‘Lanterns’ a “True-Detective Like” narrative that follows intergalactic cops. Finally, Gunn announced ‘Booster Gold’ centering around a loser with “imposter syndrome” from the future who uses technology to become a superhero in the past.

Gunn is writing Superman: Legacy, currently projected for July 2025. The film will balance Clark Kent’s Kryptonian heritage with his human life as he navigates his life on Earth. Superman: Legacy does not currently have a director, but we know the film is shooting for a PG-13 Rating and is still being penned by Gunn.

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow features a more “jaded” heroine when compared to Clark Kent’s Kryptonian. Based on a Tom King comic, Supergirl was forced to survive on a piece of the destroyed Krypton, having watched her people suffer and die. This adaptation of the character is much darker than previous versions of Supergirl. No date has been set for this film yet.

Batman will return in The Brave and the Bold. The film will focus on Damian Wayne, son of Bruce Wayne. Inspired by Grant Morrison’s comic run, Brave and the Bold promises to introduce a “new bat family.”

Gunn has promised Swamp Thing, A Game of Thrones-type story about Wonder Woman’s home Themyscira and a film called The Authority. The Authority will be a very different type of superhero film where the only way to fix the world is for its superheroes to take matters into their own hands.

Related: James Gunn confirms Guardians Vol 3 is the end of an era for him and the cast

Gunn reiterated that he had loved DC comics since his childhood, and his team remains entirely focused on storytelling. If his work on Suicide Squad and Peacemaker is any indication, we would say that the future of the DCEU is in great hands. Stay tuned for more updates on DCEU projects. Let us know what movie or show you are most excited about in a comment.


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