The longer term is lastly right here for DC followers. After years of false begins from a parade of creatives, and months of teases, DC Studios heads James Gunn and Peter Safran lastly shared their imaginative and prescient for DC motion pictures and TV sequence going ahead, christened, merely sufficient because the DCU. The pair outlined what they referred to as “the first part of the first chapter” of the DCU, with that first chapter often called “Gods and Monsters.” It’s a mixture of 5 movies and 5 HBO Max sequence which could have story parts that weave between one another, and finally lay the inspiration for a brand new, cohesive DC Universe.
In fact, it’s not so simple as that (it by no means is). There are nonetheless the 4 DC motion pictures popping out this 12 months, which Gunn and Safran are taking part in coy about, together with who will stick round as their present characters. Nevertheless, Gunn mentioned that June’s The Flash film “resets everything” and that August’s Blue Beetle has no connections to earlier DC initiatives, which presumably means its forged, characters, and mythology might be carried ahead into the brand new DCU imaginative and prescient. After which in fact, there’s all of the Jason Momoa confusion (the pair wouldn’t affirm Momoa’s post-Aquaman 2 plans, with Safran solely providing “he was never gonna play two characters [in the DCU]”).
Then there’s Matt Reeves’ The Batman franchise, which the director envisions as a trilogy plus its personal spinoff HBO Max TV exhibits. Gunn and Safran confirmed Reeves’ Gotham will stay separate from the DCU in order that the director can full his “crime saga” imaginative and prescient. Right here, Gunn conceded that they received’t launch a DCU Batman film (extra on that beneath) “in the same six month period” as certainly one of Reeves’ Bat-projects to keep away from confusion and to offer each time to breathe with audiences.
After which there are different initiatives which fall even additional outdoors the strains, equivalent to Todd Philips’ Joker sequel, or lengthy in-development initiatives like Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Superman (to not be confused with the film Gunn is writing), which can now be clearly be recognized underneath the DC Elseworlds banner to point that they happen outdoors the primary story of the brand new DCU. To assist simplify issues, Gunn guarantees that “it’s got to be something really special for us to tell that story outside of our regular continuity, and to spend the money to make it.”
In different phrases, there’s nonetheless loads to take care of, however these look like good issues to have for those who’re a studio trying to mine a few of the most fertile IPs on this planet. However as for that principal DCU slate? Right here’s the primary batch of 10 initiatives, which they hope to launch at a fee of roughly two motion pictures and two HBO Max exhibits per 12 months.
Let’s get into it, with commentary from the boys behind DC Studios…
The primary entry within the new DCU is a stunning one. Not solely as a result of it’s an extremely obscure group of characters (even by James Gunn requirements) but in addition as a result of it’s an animated sequence set for HBO Max. The seven episode first season has scripts written by Gunn and it’s now in manufacturing. Gunn and Safran have mentioned from the beginning that animation could be a key piece of the brand new DCU, and that it might be a part of the primary general storytelling. Kicking issues off with a challenge like Creature Commandos would appear to drive that time house.
Oh, and that roster? From left to proper, we have now Rick Flagg Sr. (“Okay, you know he’s gonna show up in other stuff,” Gunn mentioned), Nina Mazursky (a personality co-created by Grant Morrison, a creator whose affect seems to loom giant over this DCU slate), Dr. Phosphorus, Eric Frankenstein (between this and Nina Mazursky, it may be an excellent time to take a look at Morrison’s Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE ebook), Bride of Frankenstein (“She’s the lead,” Gunn mentioned), GI Robotic, and Weasel (final seen at the end of The Suicide Squad). Gunn additionally mentioned that when casting for animated initiatives, they’re searching for people who can even play the roles in stay motion.
Contemplating that the official phrase on the sequence states that “Amanda Waller creates a black ops team out of monstrous prisoners” it is sensible that it is going to be adopted by…
Viola Davis is again as Amanda Waller in her personal HBO Max sequence, as a result of actually, why would you ever recast a job like this when you have already got Davis? Need some extra expertise? This one has Crystal Henry (who wrote on HBO’s superlative Watchmen sequence) and Doom Patrol showrunner Jeremy Carver engaged on it.
Safran famous that this takes place between Peacemaker seasons one and two (“Because I don’t have time to do Peacemaker season 2 right now,” Gunn joked). Between this and Creature Commandos, evidently at the very least for now, parts of Gunn’s Suicide Squad and surrounding universe will stick round.
The massive one, the primary solo Superman film since 2013, shall be launched on July 11, 2025. It’s the primary of the DCU initiatives that actually appears to attract a line between what got here earlier than and the brand new DCU.
“The one thing that we can promise is that everything from Superman forward … will be canon and will be connected,” Gunn mentioned. What meaning for the earlier two initiatives and their connections to what got here earlier than stays imprecise (probably intentionally so), and Gunn later hinted at what that continuity would possibly (or may not) seem like. “Some things are like a rough memory of what happened in the DCEU, but…once we hit Superman, anything can be changed.”
Broadly talking, it will function a Superman earlier in his profession, and with a characterization that sounds at the very least partially impressed by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s All-Star Superman.
We’ve got extra particulars on Superman: Legacy here.
We lastly have new particulars on the long-awaited HBO Max Green Lantern sequence! It’s referred to as Lanterns, and it’ll give attention to each Hal Jordan and John Stewart. Safran described this as “a True Detective type mystery with our two Lanterns, terrestrial based.”
However it looks like Lanterns may even be the primary of the HBO Max exhibits to have a major affect on the bigger story of this chapter of the DCU, with a thriller “that leads into the overall story that we’re telling throughout the different movies and television shows,” Gunn mentioned. “We find this ancient horror on Earth and [Hal and John] are basically super cops on precinct Earth.”
Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch’s politically charged, widescreen epic is definitely making its approach to the large display. And naturally, that is precisely the sort of challenge that may excite the person who introduced Guardians of the Galaxy and The Suicide Squad to the display.
“This is one of my real passion projects,” Gunn mentioned. “I’ve been working really hard on it with writers and we’re starting to put together the entire story. This is a big movie. The Authority is a very different kind of superhero story. They’re basically good intentioned, but they think that the world is completely broken. And the only way to fix it is to take things into their own hands, whether that means killing people, destroying heads of state, changing governments, whatever they want to do to make the world better. We’ll see how that journey goes for them.”
As you’ll be able to in all probability collect from Gunn’s (correct) description of The Authority idea, this was a ebook that got here out of the very particular political second of the early 2000s. “They think the ends justify the means, and they’re the ones that decide what the right ends are,” Safran added.
Whereas the way forward for the Wonder Woman movie franchise stays unclear after Patty Jenkins’ departure, its previous goes to be explored intimately on this HBO Max sequence. “This is a Game of Thrones type story about Themyscira, Paradise Island, home of the Amazons, and the birthplace of Wonder Woman,” Safran mentioned, additionally hinting at loads of “political intrigue” within the spirit of that different HBO present.
“It’s an origin story in a way,” Gunn added. “How did this society of women come about? What does it mean? What are their politics like? What are their rules? Who’s in charge? What are all the games that they play with each other to get to the top?”
THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD
The DCU’s Batman will lastly arrive on this film, and no, it received’t be Robert Pattinson or Ben Affleck. This Batman received’t be alone, although, as we’re lastly getting a giant display Robin, this time within the type of Damian Wayne, Bruce’s son. “[He] is Batman’s actual son, who he didn’t know existed for the first eight to 10 years of his life,” Gunn mentioned. “He was raised as a little murderer and assassin. He’s a little son of a bitch. He’s my favorite Robin.”
Don’t be stunned if this takes lots of cues from Grant Morrison’s good run on Batman, so for those who’ve been searching for an excuse to examine that out, now’s the time. Since this seems like it would have a barely extra established Batman, it opens up different potentialities as nicely. “It’s going to feature other members of the extended Bat-family just because we feel like they’ve been left out of the Batman stories in the theater for far too long,” Safran mentioned.
Lastly, Booster Gold will get the highlight he is aware of he deserves on this HBO Max sequence. Safran calls this the story of “a loser from the future who uses his basic future technology to come back to today and pretend to be a superhero.”
“I think of it basically as the story of a superheroes imposter syndrome,” Gunn mentioned. “How do you deal with that? How does he try to use this future technology to be loved by people today?”
Apparently they’re already “talking to an actor” about this function, so we might hear information on Booster before we predict.
SUPERGIRL: WOMAN OF TOMORROW
A film based mostly on Tom King and Bilquis Evely’s Eisner-nominated sequence of the identical title!
“Superman was sent to Earth and he was raised by incredibly loving parents, whereas Kara was on a piece of Krypton that drifted away from the planet, and lived there for the first 14 years of her life in a horrible situation where she watched everybody around her die,” Gunn mentioned. “So she’s a much harsher and more fucked up Supergirl than we’ve been used to so far.”
Gunn and Safran mentioned they’re “figuring all that out” when requested if Sasha Calle would reprise her Supergirl function from The Flash film on this one.
That is tentatively slated for 2 years after Superman: Legacy, so we may even see Supergirl: Girl of Tomorrow in 2027.
There aren’t many particulars on this film but apart from that it is going to be an origin story, however Safran mentioned, “It’s important to point out that these stories, although interconnected, they’re not all tonally the same. So each set of filmmakers brings their own aesthetic to these films, and the fun is seeing how these tonally different works mash up in the future.” A horror film set within the DCU seems like an excellent time to us!
Whereas this can be a fairly stacked slate, it isn’t even the whole first chapter. All through the presentation, Gunn and Safran hinted at different initiatives which can be within the early levels. They’ve deliberate out a complete second chapter as nicely. So long as this DCU doesn’t go the way in which of its predecessor (or worse, so many different shared universes that different studios have tried to arrange), DC followers might lastly have their day.
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