James Gunn has confirmed the rumored timeline for when he and his DC Studios co-head Peter Safran will reveal their plans for the DC Universe franchise. After a big deal was rumored, Gunn responded to a fan question on Twitter about whether it was true that plans for DCU movie and TV projects would be revealed in the next two months (“Yes, that is true,” Gunn said). That would be the gambling money in late 2022 or (more likely) early 2023, when Gunn, Safran and Warner Bros. Discovery will be giving the big presentation on where their franchise is headed.
Yes it is (revealing it to the wbd team)
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) November 18, 2022
What is DC Studios?
Just before Halloween, it was announced that DC Studios was being formed with Gunn and Safran heading up the studio’s TV and film divisions. Since then, DC fans and entertainment industry analysts have all speculated and guessed what kind of changes Gunn and Safran will make, and what kind of cohesive vision they’re building for the often troubled live-action DC brand.
Warner Bros.” turbulent years of managerial change and competition left DC in a constant start-stop cycle of building a shared universe franchise; the era of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy led to the failed attempt at Ryan Reynold’s Green Lantern movie universe; Zack Snyder tried to take control and build a universe around his Superman movie Man of Steel (with Henry Cavill). DC fandom, not to mention the creation of a fringe group of diehard fans (“Snyder-Bros”), who started their resistance campaign against Warner Bros.
Now, as Marvel Studios works on its second multi-year (now multi-platform) vision of a shared universe saga, DC Studios is entering the moment when the franchise is more scattered and uncertain than ever before. David Zaslav, CEO of New Warner Bros. Discovery, takes a very different view than former DC superintendent Walter Hamada, in that he wants streamlined big projects, with big stars, and high box office or TV ratings expectations now seem to be the mandate. That’s a big reversal of Hamada’s “DC Multiverse” approach to projects with different budgets and tones, and multiple iterations of major characters like Superman, Batman, Joker, and others, on the big and small screens.
How Gunn and Safran will balance creative freedom and high executive expectations is exactly what DC fans will be mucking about for the next two months. Gunn has already made some cryptic teases on social media, making it seem like everything from a Jason Momoa Lobo movie to a Mr. Terrific project could be on its way.
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