James Gunn and Peter Safran will be the next co-heads of Warner Bros. Discovery’s DC Comics film and TV unit. This signals a huge change for James Gunn as he exits Marvel to focus on DC Comics characters in film.
In his new role, Gunn is exclusive to Warner Bros Discovery/DC. No more Marvel. He can only direct TV series and movies for Warner Discovery/DC.
James Gunn actually came to Warner Bros. and DC as a result of Disney firing him over raunchy tweets a few years ago. However, Gunn was eventually brought back to Disney and Marvel, said to be thanks to Kevin Feige and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Zaslav has been looking for someone to steady the ship at the DC film division, home to superheroes such as Wonder Woman and Superman, as Warner Bros. Discovery aims to capture the kind of consistent success enjoyed by Marvel Studios.
Both Gunn and Safran have experience with the superhero genre and have brought heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Universe to the big and small screens, including “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Suicide Squad” and “Peacemaker.”
“DC has among the most entertaining, powerful, and iconic characters in the world and I am thrilled to have the singular and complementary talents of James and Peter joining our world-class team and overseeing the creative direction of the storied DC Universe,” Zaslav said in a statement Tuesday.
The pair will be responsible for the creative direction of the franchise across film, television and animation.
As far his remaining Marvel projects go, the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is releasing on November 25th while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 hits theaters next May. Both of the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies are now streaming on Disney+.
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