It appears that the DC universe has risen from the ashes, thanks to a recent report from the Hollywood Reporter.
It has been reported exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter that James Gunn, the director behind Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies and Warner Bros.’ The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker, is eyeing his own DC projects. In a report by THR, Gunn, and producer Peter Safran are in talks with Warners about a mystery movie, possibly more, that Gunn will produce. (Safran is already involved in the DC universe, produced Shazam! and its sequel, and is producing Aquaman).
According to an insider, Warners is carving up the comic company’s intellectual property. “DC is definitely in play,” says this insider. Whether or not it is really in play depends on how you view it. As of right now, It isn’t clear what hero or teams James will target, and the writer-director would prefer to focus on the second season of Peacemaker before moving forward.
The Batman Sequel and Its Spinoffs
The film’s director, Matt Reeves, is quietly planning his own expansion plans in Gotham City. The Batman, which grossed $770.8 million worldwide when it was released in March, was a success, so Reeves is working on a sequel. In addition to the series spinoff based on Colin Farrell’s Penguin, Reeves is planning another project as well.
Currently, the filmmaker is working with writers and directors to develop movies, not just television series, that focus on the Batman rogues gallery, both the established and obscure characters, from the Scarecrow to Clayface to Professor Pyg. All of these projects are still in the very early stages.
Flash Sequel and Wonder Woman 3
According to one Warners insider, leadership is not absent, as it is moving forward on several fronts, concentrating on its A-list stars and planning and developing its next wave. Wonder Woman 3 scripts will be ready in the near future from Patty Jenkins, and if The Flash, scheduled for June 23, 2023, is a success, a Flash sequel script is already written by Aquaman scribe David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick.
It is unlikely that Ezra Miller will reprise the role since he has been involved in severe arrests and bad headlines, and has pled not guilty to felony burglary. Warner Bros. may recast the Flash and move forward with the project to avoid risking their IP and reputation.
The Resurrection of DC Universe
With Superman returning to the big screen, James Gunn working on multiple DC projects, Reeves’ Batman sequel moving forward, and future DC films being written, the company’s big stars will be part of the big-screen rotation for the next few years.
This is all thanks to Warner Bros. Pictures’ new CEO Michael De Luca, who wants more things in development, and more things on the runway, the opposite philosophy of Hamada; former leader of the DC Franchise.
With this news in mind, Kevin Feige needs to wake up, and make great MCU movies, rather than unnecessary spinoffs and shows to avoid competing with DC in the future.