James Gunn’s new DCU has already cast actors

DC Studios co-chairs James Gunn and Peter Safran announced a slew of new projects on Tuesday, revealing their slate on the who’s who of DC superheroes (Superman, Batman and Robin, two Green Lanterns) at the who is that? (Creature Commandos, the authority). There are at least five feature films in this first chapter of the DC Universe, including Gunn’s Superman reboot and The brave and the boldwhich will star yet another Batman who isn’t Ben Affleck, Robert Pattinson or Michael Keaton – and at least five television series for HBO Max, with more announcements in the weeks, months and years to come.

“One of our strategies is to take our diamond characters — Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman — and use them to support other characters that people don’t know about,” said Gunn, co-curator of a slate with lesser-known DC- characters such as Booster Gold, Swamp Thing, The Midnighter, Doctor Phosphorus, and GI Robot.

Under that strategy, DC Studios will “build those lesser-known properties into the diamond properties of tomorrow,” Safran added.

According to Gunn, some of those characters have already been cast, including the yet-to-be-revealed actors who will voice the animated movie’s monsters. Commands from creatures before reprising their roles in live-action. One actor confirmed to be returning so far is Viola Davis, who will play her again Suicide Squad and Peacekeeper role of Amanda Waller in the HBO Max series Waller.

“What we’re doing with the DCU is we’re linking animation directly to live action – television, movies and games, all intertwined within the same universe,” Gunn said. Comic book and other outlets at a press event Monday. “We’re going to cast actors who can play the characters [Creature Commandos] as well as other things, some of which we’ve already cast.”

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In a video announcement revealing the DC Universe Chapter 1: Gods and MonstersGunn reiterated that the new DC Studios “will have characters moving in animation, out of animation, usually with the same actor playing their voices who plays them in live action.”

Coveted positions yet to be filled – at least publicly – include:

Last month, Gunn revealed how the new DCU would approach the casting process: “We have hundreds of roles to cast,” Gunn tweeted. “As I’ve always done, some will be brand new faces, some will be actors I’ve worked with before, and some will be actors I’ve never worked with. The most important thing is that the actor fits the role.” and they are easy to work with.”

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