“Storytelling is always king. That’s all that matters to us,” James Gunn, co-CEO of DC Studios, said Tuesday when he announced a new slate of film and TV projects that will be part of the next eight to ten years of comic book content from DC.
In October, Gunn and Peter Safran were appointed as the new studio directors, and they are now outlining their ambitions for the DC Extended Universe. In a social media-posted video, Gunn detailed over a dozen ideas that will comprise the first new chapter of the DCEU, titled “Gods and Monsters.”
“As many of you are aware, DC has been absent from film and television for quite some time,” Gunn stated in a Twitter video. And one of our jobs, Peter’s and mine, is to ensure that the DCU is connected across film, television, gaming, and animation by ensuring that the characters are consistent, played by the same actors, and that the plot flows.
Here are just a few of our plans. Up, up, and away! #DCStudios #DCU @DCComics pic.twitter.com/8XNDNLUEPq
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 31, 2023
In May, Disney’s Marvel Studios will release Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” which he directed for Marvel Studios.
Gunn stated that in the future, projects would be identified as either part of the DCEU or part of “DC Elseworlds,” which refers to stuff outside the primary continuity. This includes the sequel to Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” titled “The Batman – Part II.” The release date for the film is October 3, 2025. Next year will see the release of a “Joker” sequel starring Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga.
Here are the forthcoming DCEU initiatives in the next wave.
- Superman: Legacy
- The Authority
- The Brave and the Bold
- Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow
- Swamp Thing
Newly-Announced TV Series
- Creature Commandos: Amanda Waller makes a black ops team out of monster prisoners in the seven-episode animated show
- Waller: This series will star Viola Davis and be written by Christal Henry (Watchmen) and Jeremy Carver. It will be about Team Peacemaker (Supernatural)
- Booster Gold: Booster Gold pretends to be a superhero in the present by using simple technology from the future.
- Lanterns: is a huge TV event series about two space cops, John Stewart and Hal Jordan, who are trying to figure out a dark mystery.
- Paradise Lost: Takes place on Themyscira, the home of the Amazons and the place where Wonder Woman was born. It is a drama about how an island of women came to be and the politics behind it.
“One of the most important things to me in all of these movies and TV shows is that the director’s vision and the visions of the writers and all of the creators are different,” Gunn said.
He said that even though the projects will have different styles, they will all be part of a bigger story.
“Shazam: Fury of the Gods,” “The Flash,” “Blue Beetle,” and “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” are still set to come out in theatres in 2023.
Previously-Announced DC Projects
- Shazam! Fury of the Gods
- The Flash
- Blue Beetle
- Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
- Peacemaker Season 2
- Joker: Folie à Deux
- The Batman 2
- Gotham Knights (The CW)
- Superman & Lois (The CW)
- Pennyworth (HBO Max)
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