The “first part” of DC’s new “unified” vision of superheroes on the big and small screen for years to come, capable of rivaling the Marvel Cinematic Universe will feature a Batman separate from the universe of Robert Pattinson, Superman, Supergirl, Green Lantern. and indeed a production in the style of “Game of Thrones” with the Amazons of the world of “Wonder Woman”.
The North American press revealed this Tuesday the plans presented the previous day by director James Gunn and producer Peter Safran, the new executive directors of DC Studios, which begin with ten films and series of a “first part” of the first chapter of ” unified ” vision of the stories of the DC Universe (DCU, for the original acronym), titled “Chapter 1: God and Monsters” [Capítulo Um: Deus e Monstros”].
“This is the first time that everything related to DC – film, television, live-action, animation, games – is centered around a single creative vision, that of James and myself,” Peter Safran explained to reporters.
“We will promise that everything from our first project will be unified,” added Gunn, who clarified that when he came from Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” films to DC with the task of making “The Suicide Squad” and the series “Peacemaker”, “no one [no estúdio] if you cared about the origin, they just distributed IPs [Propriedade intelectual] as if they were souvenirs to any breeders who smiled at them.”
The executive directors also told reporters that “there’s nothing off-limits” that actors from former Walter Hamada regime DC’s four remaining DC films: “Shazam! Fury of Gods” (March 16), “The Flash” ( June 15, “Blue Beetle” (Aug. 17) and “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” (Dec. 21).
Yes, that includes Ezra Miller, the troubled star of “The Flash,” which Gunn described as “probably one of the best superhero movies ever.”
On the matter, Safran said the non-binary actor, who has been involved in arrests and charges of nuisance, harassment and assault, is “fully committed” to the rehabilitation process for the “complex mental health issues” he acknowledged in a statement and is supported by the studio. And only “when the time is right” and Miller is ready to have that conversation, will everyone try to find the best direction.
For now, here are the confirmations of the first phase of the DCU, which brings together new versions of characters and unexpected news, but also the return of some presences from the “old” DC.
1. “Creature Commandos” (series)
Already in production, the first project will be an animated series based on the comic of the same name that brings together vampires, werewolves and the undead in the DCU. The seven episodes were all written by James Gunn himself.
“Animation will lead to live action and back to animation,” Gunn explained of this unified universe in which any animated project can have a live action version and vice versa. The intention is for the actors chosen to voice the series to play the same characters in an eventual live-action version.
Among the characters confirmed for the series are Weasel from “The Suicide Squad” (played by Sean Gunn, James Gunn’s brother) and Rick Flagg Sr.
2. “Waller” (series)
As the title suggests, the return of Viola Davis as Amanda Waller is here: the award-winning actress is a survivor of DC’s oldest phase, as her character debuted in the first “Suicide Squad” in 2016.
Referring to the fact that this is a “multiverse,” Gunn emphasized that there are characters that change, but others keep the same actors: “Viola continues to play Waller and she has the Peacemaker team with her.”
With scripts from Chrystal Henry (“Watchmen”) and Jeremy Carver (“Doom Patrol”), the new series will be temporarily located between the first season of the “Peacemaker” series and a second one that was delayed: Gunn explained that he is busy writing ” Creature Commandos” and…
3. “Superman Legacy” (film)
“Creature Commandos” and “Waller” were billed as “starters” ahead of the new “Superman” movie being written (for now) by James Gunn, a “reboot” that saw Henry Cavill leave.
“We didn’t fire Henry. Henry was never cast. For me, it’s about who I want to cast as Superman and who are the actors that the filmmakers that we have want to cast. And for me, for this story, no it’s Inductive.” I like. I think he’s a great guy. I think he was treated badly by a lot of people, including the old regime at that studio. But this Superman is not Henry, for many reasons,” Gunn explained.
For the duo of DC Studios executives, this film, which opens “tentatively” on July 11, 2025, will begin their vision for the DCU in earnest.
“It’s being written right now by James, and I sincerely hope he can be convinced, maybe, to direct it as well,” Safran emphasized (which is a significant change: James Gunn’s unofficial social media announcement indicated that it would be the principle).
“This is not an origin story, it focuses on Superman balancing his ‘Kryptonian’ heritage with his human upbringing. He is the embodiment of Truth, Justice and the American Way. [os valores americanos]. He’s good in a world that thinks he’s old-fashioned.”
4. “Tanlights” (series)
After Ryan Reynolds’ much-loved version, the superhero Green Lantern returns in a series already in the works described as “a big TV event with HBO quality.”
“Our vision for this is very much [antologias] ‘True Detective’. It’s set on Earth, has two of our favorite Green Lanterns, Hal Jordan and John Stewart, in a sort of “True Detective” style mystery, and plays a very important role in the main story we’re told through film and television. . ,” Safran described.
This series replaces another that was announced in the “old” DC and would have starred Finn Wittrock and Jeremy Irvine.
5. “The Beginning” (film)
An adaptation of the comics by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch that will feature characters from Wildstorm, a publisher that is part of DC.
“One of the things about the DCU is that it’s not just a story of heroes and villains and not every movie and TV show is going to be about good guys versus bad guys, this giant thing comes out of the sky and the good guys win. Gunn explained.
For the director, there are heroes, villains and anti-heroes who occupy a “grey” area… and other characters of an even more dubious nature who are part of The Authority, described as an anti-Justice League whose members believe that there are problems that do not have a simple solution and the ends justify the means.
6. “Paradise Lost” (series)
A third ‘Wonder Woman’ movie starring Gal Gadot may be on the way after director Patty Jenkins opted out of the project due to disagreements with the studio, but the priority is to delve deeper into Amazon’s female universe with this series which will take place in Themiscyra, where the heroine was born.
Set before the birth of Diana Prince, the production will focus on the “political intrigue” of an all-female society and is described as being on the same register as the “Game of Thrones” series.
“What is the origin of an island of all women? What are the beautiful and ugly truths behind it all and what are the intrigues between the different power players in this society?” Gunn pointed out.
7. “The Brave and the Bold” (film)
The return of Batman and Robin, but it’s a far cry from the 1997 film of bad memory with George Clooney and Chris O’Donnell.
Completely separate from Robert Pattinson’s version of The Dark Knight (which will be part of an official non-continuity story), this will be an adaptation of the comics written by Grant Morrison and will feature Bruce Wayne and Batman from the DCU and “And also our beloved Robin, Damian Wayne, who is the son of a bitch who kills assassins,” Gunn described.
Batman only comes into Damian’s life when he’s between the ages of 8 and 10, so this will be “a very strange father-son story,” he added.
8. “Booster Gold” (series)
After several years of ups and downs, Dan Jurgens’ adaptation of the superhero who would become a member of the Justice League is moving forward.
“It’s about a loser from the future who uses basic technology from the future to come back to the present and pretend to be a superhero,” Safran elaborated.
“Essentially someone with imposter syndrome as a superhero,” Gunn pointed out.
9. “Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow” (film)
It won’t be a continuation of the series that ran between 2015 and 2021. In fact, this Supergirl is “of a very different type” than what viewers might expect, the DC Studios duo promised for this adaptation of the comics written by Tom King. .
“In ours [DCU]we use a contrast between Superman, who was sent to Earth and raised by loving parents since he was a child, and Supergirl [que só chegou na adolescência]who was created on a piece of Kryptonian rock that was swept away when the planet fell apart and saw everyone around him die in horrific ways for the first 14 years of his life,” Gunn explained.
10. “Swamp Thing” (film)
This film will delve into the “dark origins” of the character known as “Swamp Thing” in Portugal, who already had a series in 2019 that lasted only one season.
According to Safran, the project is an example of how the DCU can be unified, but the intention is for each film to be different: “Although they are interconnected, these stories are not all the same. So each set of filmmakers will bring your own aesthetic in these films, and what will be fun is to see how these projects will mix with different tones in the future.”