It’s been almost a week since DC Studios co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran announced their plans for the DC Universe. Their goals for the multimedia franchise, which will span movies, television, and video games, has been much celebrated by fans, many of whom are excited to see where exactly the overarching story goes. So far, we know that the first half of the saga’s first “Chapter” – “Chapter One: Gods and Monsters” – will include five movies and exclusive HBO Max TV shows: Superman: Legacy, The Brave and the Bold, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, Swamp Thing, The authority, Waller, Booster Gold, Lanterns, Paradise LostAnd Commands from creatures.
While some were unsure of where that ragtag list of projects might eventually lead, a recent theory has surfaced – that it could have been inspired by the groundbreaking DC series DC: The new frontier. At this point, this hasn’t been confirmed, except that Gunn is sharing a photo of comedian Paul Scheer’s New Frontier on his Instagram stories. So if DC Studios’ DCU is somewhat inspired by New frontier – what could that look like?
What’s New frontier about?
Issued in 2004, New frontier is a technically existing story on the edge of DC continuity (it was later established within the DC Multiverse as Earth-21). Written, drawn and lettered by Darwyn Cooke, with colors by Dave Stewart, the series is set between 1945 and 1960, and follows a number of characters through the decline of the Golden Age of comics and the subsequent rise of the Silver Age of Comics. comics. . Key moments take place throughout the story: Hal Jordan is enlisted in the Green Lantern Corps while fighting in the Korean War, Martian Manhunter crash-lands on Earth and begins to shape-shift as a human, and several heroes grapple with the ongoing threat of McCarthyism.
Eventually, the ensemble of characters join forces to fight against The Centre, a primordial being that threatens all of humanity, and are inspired to form the Justice League.
How could the DCU be inspired by New frontier?
For starters, the DCU’s connections to New Frontier may stem from Chapter One’s subtitle – while many had associated it with the 2015 animated film Justice League: Gods and Monsters, “Gods and Monsters” is also one of New frontierchapter titles. There are also the very small details that Gunn teased about HBO Max’s Lanterns – most notably that the protagonists, Hal Jordan and John Stewart, will discover an “ancient horror” on Earth that will tie in with the rest of the franchise’s story. It’s easy to imagine the old horror being The Centre, something the Lanterns have ties to in the comics, but can still surprise viewers in its execution.
Outside of Lanterns, there are other instances where the events of New frontier could hypothetically be integrated into . Maybe the lost paradise prequel series partially involves the Amazons locking The Center behind Doom’s Doorway as they did in the comics. Maybe the Commands from creatures animated series, which is supposedly “too expensive” to run in live-action, sees the team take on the role of The Losers in New frontier and travel to Dinosaur Island. While the DCU’s plans obviously wouldn’t adapt New Frontier, the Justice League’s eventual standout against The Center could be an attractive way to reintroduce the team.
And at the end of the day, New frontier would be a perfect inspiration for the DCU on a tonal and subtextual level. Cooke’s original book was, at its core, about exploring the shift of the DC Universe from the gritty and paranoid to something hopeful – and it’s no secret that the big screen DC franchise has grown for most of the past decade. that dichotomy struggles. Regardless of what Gunn and Safran’s eight to ten year plans for the DCU ultimately hold, it would be absolutely epic to see shades of New frontier in there.
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