DC Studios co-head James Gunn has sent out a tweet revealing some of the comic book inspirations for the movies in DC Universe Chapter One. In his tweet, Gunn posted a photo of four comic books: Grant Morrison’s All Star Supermanthe collection boxes The authority and that of Grant Morrison Batman, and full. 1 by Alan Moore Absolute swamp thing. Those four books join those of Tom King Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow miniseries, which was the obvious inspiration for the DCU movie of the same name.
“We are talked about a lot Woman of tomorrow, but these are more of the comics that inspired #DCStudios and the new #DCU in these early days,” Gunn said in his tweet. show them are touchstones for our team. Check them out!”
There is a lot of talk about Woman of Tomorrow, but these are more inspirational comics #DCStudios and the new #DCU in these early days. That doesn’t mean we adapt all of these comics, but that the feel, look or tone of them are benchmarks for our team. Check them out! pic.twitter.com/34KrVPeEL5
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 2, 2023
All of the books Gunn mentioned are ones we picked up in our section on “The Comics That Inspired DC Studios’ New Movies and TV Shows.” Suffice to say, we (and many other) DC fans consider pretty much all of those books to be some of the best story arcs DC has released – interestingly enough, almost all of them are drawn from 21st century DC comics (with the exception of Moore’s Swamp Thing and the beginning of The Authority team). If our comic book credentials are true on the TV side, then most of DCU Chapter One will indeed reflect newer ideas from more recent creators – handpicked by a “brain trust” of great TV, movie and/or comic creators Gunn and Peter Safan put together. It’s an interesting choice of approach – and the results will be just as interesting to measure.
It wasn’t long after Gunn’s post that some of the more trollish DC fans appeared, with a commentator trying to explain to Gunn what he needs to do to get the next Batman movie right – basically by tonally saying something different. then make The Batman, which “can’t just be, ‘It’s got the Bat Family, we haven’t seen that in a movie’.”
Then Gunn made it clear: While there will be comic book influences on these DCU Chapter One movies, he doesn’t believe any adaptation should rely too much on one piece of source material:
“I don’t think a vision for a good movie starts with ‘not being’ something,” Gunn tweeted in response. “It must be completely its own thing, not the shadow (nor the copy) of another work.”
What do you think of the comics that inspire DCU Chapter One? Have you read them all?
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