James Gunn looks out on DC Films’ future: ‘We’re not going to make everyone happy’

Director James Gunn made his first lengthy public statement about DC Studios’ future after he and producer Peter Safran took the reins of Warner Bros. Discovery Division in October.

“Peter and I chose to lead DC Studios knowing that we are coming into a divided environment, both in the stories being told and in the audience itself, and there will be an inevitable transitional period as we transition to cohesive storytelling across film, television, animation and games,” Gunn said. chirp Thursday. “But, in the end, the drawbacks of that transitional period were outweighed by the creative possibilities and opportunity to build on what has worked at DC so far and help correct what hasn’t.”

Gunn’s decision to speak out was spurred on by a lengthy story published Wednesday by The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news that a 2020 “Wonder Woman 1984” sequel wasn’t moving forward at Warner Bros. With director Patty Jenkins. diverse confirmed this aspect of the report, but sources cautioned that several other confirmations are within it — that potential sequels to “Man of Steel” with Henry Cavill and “Black Adam” with Dwayne Johnson are dead as well, and that Jason Momoa may move from playing Aquaman to DC Anti-hero Lobo – was more guessed.

On Thursday, Jan said of the THR report that “some of it is true, some of it is half true, some of it is not true, and some of it we haven’t decided yet if it’s true or not.”

Gunn and Safran are set to present their current plans for the DC Universe across film, TV, and games next week to the Warner Bros. CEO. Discovery David Zaslav, and insiders say they’re keeping their strategy close to the vest within the company.

Whatever Gunn and Safran choose, they’ll have to confront the DC storytelling universe opened up by director Zack Snyder, starting with 2013’s “Man of Steel.” Several films set in this universe are still scheduled for release in 2023, including These included Shazam! Wrath of the Gods, The Flash, Blue Beetle, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, but were developed and produced by the studio’s former leadership. Gunn and Safran have a mandate to craft the “next 10 years of story,” in Gunn’s words, so that the DC Universe can match the massive success of Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it remains an open question as to which elements, if any, the Snyderverse will survive. (Todd Phillips’ sequel to The Joker and Matt Reeves’ 2022 follow-up to The Batman won’t be affected by a new movie and at least one series for HBO Max, as they exist inside their own exclusive storytelling bubbles.)

More so than almost any filmmaker in the genre space, Gunn has maintained a regular dialogue with his fans, responding to questions about his DC and Marvel projects on Twitter (or debunking false rumors or out-of-control speculation), so he’s uniquely aware of the extent of the controversy. and the controversy that DC’s fanbase has become – and how dangerous a departure from the Snyderverse can be for its most passionate and impulsive fans.

Gunn addressed this tension directly in his Twitter statement.

“We know we’re not going to make everyone happy every step of the way, but we can promise that everything we do is done in service of the story and in service of the DC characters we know you cherish and we cherish all of our lives,” he wrote. “As for more answers about the future of the DCU, I’m unfortunately going to have you wait. We’re giving these characters and stories the time and attention they deserve, and we still have a lot of questions to ask and answer.”


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