DC Unveils DCU’s First Chapter: Gods And Monsters, Consists Of 10 Movie And TV Projects
Warner Bros. Discovery revealed final yr that Guardians of the Galaxy and Peacemaker director James Gunn and Aquaman producer Peter Safran had been employed to guide as co-CEOs of DC Studios. Since that reveal, DC followers have speculated what Gunn and Safran’s new DCU, because the duo is asking the brand new DC cinematic universe, will appear to be within the coming years.
Gunn has teased on Twitter a number of instances that he, Safran, and others have been formulating their long-spanning plan for the DCU and now, at the moment, the duo has pulled again the curtain on the primary 10 tasks. All 10 of those tasks, which span throughout films and TV, shall be in Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters.
“DC Studios is unprecendeted,” Safran informed press throughout a personal convention the place he and Gunn revealed what’s in retailer for Gods and Monsters, as reported by Selection. “It’s a standalone manufacturing entity and studio. It’s the first time ever that every part DC associated – movie, tv, live-action, animation, gaming – is all centralized below one inventive imaginative and prescient, that of James and myself.”
Earlier than diving into the ten particular person tasks that make up the DCU’s first chapter, it is vital to notice that no administrators are hooked up to any of the next tasks, nor have any actors been solid (besides Viola Davis, who’s returning to play Amanda Waller like she did in each Suicide Squad films and Peacemaker). Selection studies that Gunn and Safran additionally left the door open for Gal Gadot’s Marvel Girl, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ezra Miller’s Flash, and Zachary Levi’s Shazam, with out confirming precisely that they’d have roles within the new DCU. Sadly for Man of Metal followers, although, the duo confirmed that Henry Cavill wouldn’t be returning to the position of Superman.
Gunn and Safran gathered up writers like Drew Goddard (The Martian), Jeremy Slater (Moon Knight), Christina Hobson (The Flash, Batgirl), Christal Henry (Watchmen), and comics author Tom King (Batman) to assist construct the DCU’s slate of films and TV.
“We sat down in a room for just a few days and we began to bash out what the essential total plan may very well be,” Gunn mentioned. “Not a lot that it ties your wrists, however sufficient that we all know what the essential story is, the place we’re going. And it is one thing that we’ll proceed to do.”
Safran and Gunn wish to launch roughly two movies and two TV sequence into the DCU annually, based on Selection, however the duo says it won’t sacrifice high quality in writing or manufacturing to fulfill this timeline.
“Folks have grow to be beholden to [release] dates, to getting films made it doesn’t matter what,” Gunn mentioned, Selection studies. “I am a author at my coronary heart, and we’re not going to be making films earlier than the screenplay is completed.” He added, “Writers have been utterly overlooked of the loop in favor of actors and administrators [in Hollywood], and making the author extra distinguished and extra vital on this course of is basically vital to us.”
The ten Films And TV Reveals In Chapter 1 Of The DCU
Superman: Legacy will hit theaters on July 11, 2025, and is “the beginning of the DCU,” based on Safran, as reported by Selection. It’s being written by Gunn, and whereas it’s the formal begin of the DCU, it won’t be an origin story. Safran says it can concentrate on Superman balancing his Kryptonian heritage along with his human upbringing, earlier than harkening to a decades-old theme of the hero: “He’s the embodiment of fact, justice, and the American method. He’s kindness in a world that thinks kindness is old style.”
No director is hooked up, however Safran hopes Gunn will direct it. In the meantime, the Superman film produced by JJ Abrams and written by Te-Nehisi Coates continues to be in growth, and can exist outdoors the DCU.
Superman: Legacy will lead immediately into The Authority, Selection studies, and is an ensemble film about superheroes who “mainly consider that you could’t repair the world in a simple method, and so they take issues into their very own palms,” based on Gunn. Initially Wildstorm comics characters, they have been introduced into DC with DC’s New 52 comics line that launched in 2011.
The Courageous and the Daring
The Courageous and the Daring will introduce the Bat household to the DCU, and can function a Batman utterly separate from Matt Reeves’ “Elseworlds” Batman universe starring Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne. The primary Batfamily character shall be Damian Wayne as Robin, who Gunn describes as “our favourite Robin,” “slightly son of a b***h,” an “murderer,” and a “assassin,” based on Selection.
The Courageous and the Daring shall be based mostly on Grant Morrison’s run of Batman comics, and shall be a father-son story about Bruce and Damian Wayne.
Supergirl: Girl of Tomorrow
Supergirl: Girl of Tomorrow shall be based mostly on King’s run of comics of the identical identify that spanned throughout 2021 and 2022. It’s going to function Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El.
“We see the distinction between Superman, who was despatched to Earth and raised by loving mother and father from the time he is an toddler, versus Supergirl, who was raised on a rock chip off of Krypton, and watched everybody round her die and be killed in horrible methods for the primary 14 years of her life,” Gunn mentioned, based on Selection.
The DCU’s Swamp Factor will “examine the darkish origins of Swamp Factor,” based on Safran, and it’ll accomplish that via the lens of horror. The film can even purpose to supply the thrill followers skilled when Guardians of the Galaxy introduced the cosmic aspect of the MCU to life to DC, a universe in any other case rooted in life right here on Earth.
Animated TV Present
Creature Commandos shall be an animated TV present for HBO Max and is the primary venture greenlit by Gunn and Safran. Gunn has written each episode and the present is now in manufacturing. That includes characters like Frankenstein’s monster, a vampire, a gorgon, and a werewolf, the unique Creature Commandos that launched within the Eighties banded collectively to struggle Nazis in World Warfare II, based on Selection. Gunn’s Creature Commandos will function Weasel from his 2021 film The Suicide Squad alongside Rick Flag Sr., the daddy of the Rick Flag seen in the identical film.
Gunn mentioned the voice actors that voice the characters within the animated present can even play the roles in live-action later within the DCU’s life.
Creature Commandos is anticipated to debut earlier than Superman: Legacy.
Stay Motion TV Present
Season 2 of Peacemaker has been placed on maintain as Gunn works on Superman: Legacy, Selection studies, and as a substitute shall be Waller. This sequence will happen between the primary and second seasons of Peacemaker and can see Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller return.
Waller is anticipated to debut earlier than Superman: Legacy.
Stay Motion TV Present
Based on Selection, Lanterns shall be “an enormous HBO-quality occasion…very a lot within the vein of True Detective.” It’s going to concentrate on Hal Jordan and John Stewart because the titular Inexperienced Lanterns who will examine a thriller that Safran says “performs a very large position main us into the primary story that we’re telling throughout our movie and tv.” He added that “[Lanterns] is a vital present for us.”
The long-in-the-works Inexperienced Lantern sequence developed by Greg Berlanti for HBO Max is now not shifting ahead. Safran mentioned Berlanti’s sequence was extra “area opera,” whereas Lanterns is extra of a “True Detective, terrestrial-based investigation story.”
Stay Acton TV Present
Paradise Misplaced shall be a Recreation of Thrones-esque story set on Themyscira, the island birthplace of Marvel Girl. Safran says “it is actually concerning the political intrigue behind a society of all girls,” earlier than Gunn added, “How did that come about? What is the origin of an island of all girls? What are the gorgeous truths and the ugly truths behind all of that? And what is the scheming like between the completely different energy gamers in that society?”
Stay Motion TV Present
Selection writes that Booster Gold will permit the DCU to inject comedy into its story. Safran mentioned Booster Gold is “a loser from the long run who makes use of primary future know-how to come back again to at the moment and fake to be a superhero.” Gunn added that “[Booster Gold] is imposter syndrome as a superhero.”
And that is the 10-project lineup for Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters of Gunn and Safran’s new DCU.
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