James Gunn, Peter Safran reveal DC Universe tasks, Ezra Miller’s ‘journey’

James Gunn is dishing on all of the upcoming plans for the DC Universe. 

Gunn, 56, and Peter Safran, 57, formally began operating the newly created DC Studios inside Warner Bros. Discovery three months in the past, and now the co-CEOS have introduced the primary titles to return out of the studio.

Gunn defined that the titles will exist in a single universe and one story, and if one thing is outdoors of that story — akin to Matt Reeves’ “The Batman,” Todd Phillips’ “Joker” or “Teen Titans Go!” — then it will be explicitly labeled as DC Elseworlds.

“As lots of you recognize, DC has been disconnected in movie and tv for a very long time,” Gunn defined in a video posted to Twitter. “It’s one in all our jobs to return in and ensure that DCU is linked in movie, tv, gaming and animation. That the characters are constant, performed by the identical actors, and it really works inside one story.”

He revealed that 4 tasks will come out over the following yr, kicking off with “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” which he defined has at all times been in a part of his personal space of the DCU however connects very properly and strikes straight into “The Flash.”

He mentioned that “The Flash,” starring embattled actor Ezra Miller, resets your complete DCU and is “a implausible film that I actually love.”

“The Flash” strikes into “Blue Beetle” — a “implausible movie” a few Mexican teenager within the DC Universe — which then goes into “Aquaman 2.”

“Aquaman 2” — a okay a “Aquaman and the Misplaced Kingdom,” starring Jason Momoa — leads into the following tasks, which contain an eight- to 10-year plan of what DC Studios shall be that Gunn, Safran and a bunch of writers have began to map out.

The primary chapter is named “Gods and Monsters,” and Gunn shared particulars on the slate of tasks.

‘Creature Commandos’ (TV)

A part of the primary chapter contains “Creature Commandos” — an animated sequence written by Gunn for HBO Max

“One thing we’re gonna try this’s somewhat bit completely different at DC is we’re going to have characters transfer into animation, out of animation, often having the identical actor play their voice as who performs them in live-action,” Gunn mentioned.

The present is already in manufacturing. 

Waller’ (TV)

The following undertaking is “Waller,” which is the story of Amanda Waller, the “Suicide Squad” honcho who shall be performed by Viola Davis.

“Waller” shall be a continuation of HBO Max’s “Peacemaker,” which had its Season 2 placed on maintain for the foreseeable future. 

“It’s a implausible story that’s out of this world, and I can’t look forward to individuals to see it,” Gunn shared.

Viola Davis is slated to star in “Waller.”
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‘Superman: Legacy’ (film)

Gunn shared “a giant one” that marks “the true starting of the DCU”: “Superman: Legacy.”

“It focuses on Superman balancing his Kryptonian heritage along with his human upbringing,” Safran mentioned whereas assembly with the press on the Warner Bros. studio lot, in response to Selection. “He’s the embodiment of reality, justice and the American method. He’s kindness in a world that thinks of kindness as old style.”

Gunn shared that he’s presently in the course of penning this one, and it tentatively shall be launched in theaters on July 11, 2025.

‘Lanterns’ (TV)

An HBO tv sequence referred to as “Lanterns” was subsequent up on the slate and is the story of a few Inexperienced Lanterns — Hal Jordan and John Stewart — who’re “house cops watching over Precinct Earth.”

Safran described the sequence as “very a lot within the vein of ‘True Detective.’”

‘The Authority’ (film) 

“The Authority” comes subsequent and is described as a “ardour undertaking” of Gunn’s, primarily based on the “Wildstorm” superhero characters, which had been launched in 1992 as their very own entity and ultimately folded into the primary comics universe.  

“It isn’t only a story of heroes and villains, and never each film and TV present goes to be about good man versus dangerous man,” Gunn mentioned. “There are individuals which might be very questionable, just like the Authority, who mainly consider which you can’t repair the world in a simple method, and so they take issues into their very own fingers.”

“Superman: Legacy” will lead straight into the movie, which is presently being written.

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James Gunn defined that the titles will exist in a single universe and one story, and if one thing is outdoors of that story then it will be explicitly labeled as DC Elseworlds.
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‘Paradise Misplaced’ (TV)

The tv sequence “Paradise Misplaced” is the story of Paradise Island — the birthplace of Marvel Girl. 

He described it as “Sport of Thrones” however with the inhabitants of Paradise Island.

“It’s actually in regards to the political intrigue behind a society of all girls,” Safran mentioned.

Ezra Miller as The Flash, 2017.
Ezra Miller as The Flash in 2017.
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‘The Courageous and the Daring’ (film )

“The Courageous and the Daring” is the “introduction of DCU’s Batman” and is the story of the Caped Crusader and his organic son, Damian Wayne, and introduces “the Bat household.”

“Damian Wayne is my favourite Robin,” Gunn shared in regards to the character, which relies on comics by Grant Morrison

‘Booster Gold’ (TV)

Subsequent up is a TV sequence referred to as “Booster Gold,” who is a well-liked “cult hero” and a “loser from the long run” who makes use of future know-how to turn out to be a superhero within the current day.

“It’s mainly the superhero story of imposter syndrome,” Gunn defined.

Ezra Miller as The Flash, Henry Cavill as Superman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman,
The DC Universe has included Ezra Miller as The Flash, Henry Cavill as Superman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Gal Gadot as Marvel Girl, Ben Affleck as Batman and Jason Momoa as Aquaman.
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‘Supergirl: Girl of Tomorrow’ (film) 

Gunn additionally mentioned turning “Supergirl: Girl of Tomorrow,” primarily based on Tom King’s comics, right into a science-fiction movie. 

“We see the distinction between Superman, who was despatched to Earth and raised by loving dad and mom from the time he’s 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,” he shared. 

‘Swamp Factor’ (film)

The final undertaking he shared was “Swamp Factor”: a darkish horror movie — “horrific,” in response to Gunn — that facilities round Swamp Factor’s origin story. 

Gunn defined that whereas that is outdoors of the remainder of the DCU, it should nonetheless feed into the remainder of the tales. 

“DC Studios is unprecedented,” Safran mentioned. “It’s a standalone manufacturing entity and studio. It’s the first time ever that all the things DC associated — movie, tv, live-action, animation, gaming — is all centralized underneath one artistic imaginative and prescient, that of James and myself.”

Gunn burdened in his social media video how “extremely vital” the DC characters are to him. 

“Storytelling is at all times king. That’s all that issues and I need to be true to these tales,” he mentioned. “I need to be true to you guys and actually provide you with one thing that you simply’ve by no means seen earlier than.”

It was burdened that the characters shall be performed by the identical actors persistently, leaving the door open for Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Zachary Levi to proceed taking part in Marvel Girl, Aquaman, the Flash and Shazam, respectively — although Gunn reiterated that Henry Cavill is not going to return as Superman.

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Ezra Miller because the Flash in 2017.
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Nevertheless, the DC bosses neither confirmed nor denied Miller’s attainable return because the Flash.

Miller — who’s nonbinary and makes use of they/them pronouns — made headlines in 2022 stemming from assault and abuse allegations on high of different authorized woes. They pleaded responsible earlier this month to a misdemeanor illegal trespass in a Vermont housebreaking case.

Again in August, Miller, 30, broke their silence in an announcement supplied to Selection, saying they might search remedy for “advanced psychological well being points.”

“Having just lately gone by means of a time of intense disaster, I now perceive that I’m struggling advanced psychological well being points and have begun ongoing remedy,” Miller mentioned within the assertion. “I need to apologize to everybody that I’ve alarmed and upset with my previous conduct. I’m dedicated to doing the required work to get again to a wholesome, protected and productive stage in my life.”

Safran and Gunn expressed their assist for Miller however left unstated whether or not they’d reprise the position.

“Ezra is totally dedicated to their restoration. We’re totally supportive of that journey that they’re on proper now,” Safran mentioned.

“When the time is correct, after they really feel they’re able to have the dialogue, we’ll all work out what the easiest way ahead is,” he added. “However proper now, they’re utterly centered on their restoration. And in our conversations with them during the last couple of months, it looks like they’re making monumental progress.”

Levi, 42, additionally confronted backlash this week after sharing an anti-Pfizer tweet on Sunday, during which he wrote, “Hardcore agree,” in response to a tweet that learn: “Do you agree or not that Pfizer is an actual hazard to the world?”

Many individuals interpreted that as being anti-vaccine, which despatched the web right into a frenzy, as “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” is about for launch on March 17, 2023.

SHAZAM!, from left: Zachary Levi (as Shazam), Jack Dylan Grazer, 2019. ph: Steve Wilkie / © Warner Brothers / Courtesy Evcerett Collection
Zachary Levi portrays the superhero Shazam.
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When Gunn was requested in regards to the state of affairs, he replied: “Simply actual merely: Actors and filmmakers that I work with are going to say issues that I agree with and issues that I don’t agree with.

“And that’s going to occur. I don’t have an inventory of issues that someone ought to say due to what I believe. And you recognize, I can’t be altering my plans on a regular basis as a result of an actor says one thing that I don’t agree with,” he added.

“By the identical token, if someone’s doing one thing morally reprehensible then that’s a special story. We’ve got to take all that stuff under consideration. It’s a steadiness. It’s trendy world and it’s a special place.”