In the end, it appears as if the DC Universe might lastly have a properly thought out plan. Making good on his promise to share the information by the top of the month, director and co-CEO of DC Studios James Gunn revealed to the world that not solely does DC Studios have a plan, however the studio is arguably headed in the perfect course that it has in a long time. After tenuous months of followers and audiences hoping and praying that Gunn would lead DC into the sunshine, it appears as if it might simply occur.
Yesterday, Gunn unveiled DC’s grasp plan to get their tv, movie, and gaming departments again on monitor by informing the world of 10 new initiatives all slated to debut inside the subsequent 8-10 years. Not solely did Gunn’s announcement lay-out a really particular blueprint of what the longer term DCU would include, however he made it completely clear the place different current DC initiatives would stand amongst the collective media that the studio has produced.
Subsequent 4 Initiatives Haven’t Modified
Regardless of Gunn being succinct about the truth that the DCU will completely embrace the collective mixture of all future DC initiatives, he additionally revealed that the following 4 movies on DC’s slate (Shazam: Fury of the Gods, The Flash, Blue Beetle, and Aquaman and the Misplaced Kingdom) won’t be lower and are nonetheless set to hit theaters this yr.
Now, regardless of this revelation, Gunn was silent on how precisely these 4 future initiatives would straight tie into the approaching DCU that’s being arrange, but it surely was confirmed that they are going to be part of it. Within the announcement, Gunn was particular to say that The Flash will basically “reset the DC Universe” and that Aquaman 2 will “lead directly” into all the new initiatives that had been introduced afterwards. Whereas the statements had been brief and obscure, it was sufficient to get followers extremely hyped that they gained’t have to attend even a few years to see Gunn’s imaginative and prescient begin to take form.
As acknowledged above, Gunn gave a transparent define of what the way forward for DC will comprise but in addition cleared up the place different standalone initiatives will reside amongst DC Studio’s productions, and truthfully, the selection might be the perfect one which DC might have made given the circumstances.
Because of Gunn eager to type a collective comedian universe amongst DC characters (just like the MCU) different DC initiatives like Matt Reeves’ The Batman, Todd Phillips’ Joker, or the animated collection Teen Titans Go, will basically exist in their very own universe exterior of the DCU mainstream that Gunn is creating. In the course of the announcement, Gunn acknowledged that this universe can be known as “DC Elseworlds” and would comprise singular, stand-alone tales that aren’t linked to different DC initiatives.
All Introduced DCU Initiatives
Lastly, Gunn acquired to the second that everybody was ready for – the way forward for the DCU. After a lot pleading from followers and audiences for a real collective DC media universe, Gunn has set his sights on being the correct man for the job and made a really robust case with the announcement of 10 new projects to come over the next decade in what he referred to as the DCU “Gods & Monsters” section.
The vast majority of the next initiatives weren’t given launch dates so we’ll be going over them within the order that Gunn introduced them.
Creature Commandos (TV collection) – the primary new mission that Gunn talked about will revolve round a gaggle of ‘heroes’ that will probably be recruited by Amanda Waller in a state of affairs very very like the Suicide Squad, solely the heroes will probably be of the monstrous selection. Not solely that, however the collection goes to be animated (written by Gunn himself) and remains to be going to be linked to the opposite live-action initiatives that may observe it. Thus, the present will sort of relate to Marvel’s What If…? collection that, whereas animated, was principally voiced by the actors/actresses already taking part in the live-action characters within the MCU.
Waller (TV collection) – after being the puppet-master behind a number of different DC initiatives courting all the way in which again to 2016, Amanda Waller is lastly getting her personal collection within the DCU. Viola Davis was introduced to be returning because the star of the collection and that the present would additionally include Waller pairing up with just a few of Peacemaker’s teammates. Whereas followers can solely speculate which characters will probably be making appearances (or simply cameos), it needs to be famous that Gunn didn’t explicitly point out whether or not or not Peacemaker himself (performed by John Cena) can be one among stated characters.
Superman: Legacy (Film) – whereas it was all the time going to occur, this one nonetheless stings just a little with the departure of Henry Cavill as Superman. Nonetheless, followers are excited to offer Gunn’s new Superman an opportunity and the one upcoming mission to get a launch date (of July 11, 2025) is all set to disclose him. That stated, the newest installment that may attempt to lastly get Superman appropriate on the big-screen is arguably a very powerful of all of the initiatives introduced. Gunn gave no clues as to what the premise of the film will probably be, however he did make it identified that the movie would be the “true beginning of the DCU”. With a lot using on Gunn making a profitable collective DC Universe, Superman: Legacy may have a whole lot of heavy lifting to do.
Lanterns (TV collection) – the third new collection to be introduced, followers are lastly going to get a correct live-action rendition (sorry Ryan Reynolds) of one among DC’s most well-known and established tales, the Lanterns. Whereas Gunn revealed that the present isn’t going to be about only one lantern (Inexperienced Lantern is the most well-liked and utilized amongst DC initiatives) however fairly a surplus of them. Not solely that, however Gunn revealed that the collection will probably be terrestrial-based and have a True Detective vibe because the Lanterns act like area cops defending Earth.
The Authority (Film) – the second film in Gunn’s DCU slate is a couple of group of characters that aren’t as well-known amongst informal comedian guide followers a couple of group of enhanced people identified below the WildStorm canon. In essence, these characters are in all probability closest to the evil X-Males in Marvel films not solely due to their less-than-ordinary tremendous powers, but in addition resulting from the truth that they consider the world is damaged and wishes fixing. Gunn overtly admitted that this present will probably be a “different look at super heroes”.
Paradise Misplaced (TV collection) – happening on Paradise Island, this collection will revolve across the birthplace of Surprise Lady and was described by Gunn as having a Recreation of Thrones feeling to it. Essentially the most notable piece of knowledge to remove from this announcement was that, whereas the collection will focus on Surprise Lady’s birthplace, nothing was explicitly acknowledged on whether or not or not Surprise Lady would star (and even present up) within the present.
The Courageous and The Daring (Film) – whereas it has the title of a sappy, Oscar-bait, World Battle II movie, The Courageous and The Daring goes to be the introduction of the DCU’s model of Batman, in addition to a correct live-action Robin within the type of Damian Wayne, Batman’s son. Little or no was given in regards to the potential plot or premise of the movie, however Gunn made some extent of acknowledging that this mission would additionally set the inspiration for the complete Bat household sooner or later.
Booster Gold (TV collection) – James Gunn is thought for bringing lesser-known characters into the fold, and the DCU will probably be no exception. The final new collection that Gunn introduced will concentrate on Booster Gold, a daily man from the longer term who makes use of the superior know-how from his time-period to journey again in time and be a superhero. In different phrases, he’s an enormous comedic aid in DC’s canon and can greater than doubtless be a Deadpool-esque character for the DCU.
Supergirl: Lady of Tomorrow (Film) – Superman isn’t the one alien from Krypton that will probably be getting their very own DCU mission. Gunn made some extent of praising the Supergirl television present throughout his announcement and revealed that the character may also have a future within the DCU. Gunn additionally made some extent of noting that Supergirl has a way more tragic upbringing and backstory than her Kryptonian cousin and that the film will probably be extra jaded than audiences would possibly anticipate.
Swamp Factor (Film) – final however actually not least, Gunn introduced that Swamp Factor can be getting his personal film. Regardless of the Swamp Factor present failing miserably for DC beforehand, it appears as if Gunn believes the character is an ideal piece of the longer term DCU puzzle that he’s attempting to construct. Oddly sufficient, Gunn did make a remark that the Swamp Factor story would happen completely exterior the remainder of the DCU, however would nonetheless feed into the opposite initiatives within the universe.
Now, whereas Gunn gave followers lots to take a position over for months to return, there have been some notable DC character absences that followers are sure to ask questions on sooner or later. For instance, one of many unique members of the Justice League in Martian Manhunter, a personality sorely ignored thus far in live-action DC initiatives, nonetheless wasn’t given any sort of future mission of his personal. One other character that wasn’t talked about in any respect was Cyborg, famously performed by Ray Fisher in Justice League, regardless of the character being one other core member of the Justice League in most DC canon story arcs.
An enormous lacking piece from Gunn’s announcement was something concerning the character of Harley Quinn, or whether or not or not Margot Robbie can be reprising the function. It was introduced again in September (from Gunn himself) that Robbie can be staying atop the Harley Quinn mantle for future DCU initiatives, however sadly no hints of a future Harley Quinn mission/look got.
Followers had been additionally left empty-handed when it got here to any info concerning a second season of Peacemaker or any future initiatives containing members of the Suicide Squad. Each initiatives had been helmed by Gunn and had been massive success’, contributing to why he was given the reins of DC studios within the first place, however Gunn talked about nothing about both.
Lastly, there’s the case of Black Adam not being talked about in both the DCU or the DC Elseworlds universe. The latest DC movie starred Dwayne Johnson because the titular character and contained a number of notable heroes within the DC universe. Not solely that, however Viola Davis as Amanda Waller was within the movie. So, with a personality like Amanda Waller getting her personal present, it might make sense that Black Adam ties again into the opposite upcoming DC films that may finally tie again into the longer term DCU. However then once more, Amanda Waller was additionally within the unique Suicide Squad film and followers know that almost all of these characters gained’t be returning anytime quickly.