James Gunn and Peter Safran surprised the entire DC fandom a few months ago when it was announced that they would be in charge of completely rebooting the shaky and chaotic DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Both the drop in quality of the films and the problems with several of its actors (the case of Ezra Miller), motivated Warner Bros. to make a reboot of its universe, counting for it with the director of Suicide Squad (2021) and the producer of Aquaman.
Yesterday, the wait is over for fans. James Gunn posted a video on his Twitter account where he explains the work done during all these months to fully cohere DC’s intellectual properties in all media and formats, including television, film, video games and animation. “Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters” is the first part of the plan they want to carry out in the long term, which will feature the following productions.
It is an animated series that will consist of seven episodes. Written by Gunn, it will be a reimagining of the former team of monsters that fought against the Nazis. At the moment, neither the voice actors for the series nor the live-action actors who will play the characters in series and movies have been chosen.
If Peacemaker is a spinoff of Suicide Squad, Waller will arrive as a spinoff of the hit series starring John Cena. As you can imagine, the series will revolve around Viola Davis’ character Amanda Waller, the ruthless head of the antihero squad (and the occasional villain). It will be scripted by Jeremy Carver (Doom Patrol) and Christal Henry (Watchmen).
The centerpiece of the new DCEU reunited by Gunn will feature him as screenwriter and, possibly, director (nothing is certain at the moment). Safran has stated that the Man of Steel film will not focus on the superhero’s origins, but on “Superman’s balance between his Kryptonian heritage and his human upbringing. He is the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way. He is goodness in a world that believes goodness is passé.” It would be released on July 11, 2025.
For some time now, director Greg Berlanti was working on a series called Green Lanterns about the characters that once marked Ryan Reynolds’ image for life. With the new command and unification of the universe, this series has been completely scrapped (including its director), and the new series, Lanterns, will have a plot very similar to True Detective, according to Safran, and a great importance in this rebuilt DCEU.
Productions with “not-so-good” protagonists are popular with audiences, as the latest Suicide Squad movie proved, and The Authority will follow in similar footsteps. The film will revolve around a team of superheroes who, in order to save the Earth, will use somewhat questionable methods.
According to Gunn and Safran, this series for HBO Max will be very similar to Game of Thrones and will be set on Themyscira, Wonder Woman’s home island. The drama, which will take place before the events of the movies starring Gal Gadot, will be filled with police stories and internal battles among the most powerful.
The Brave and the Bold
The “presentation in society” of the new Batman (yes, another one) in this cinematic universe, as well as of one of the most characteristic Robin of the comics: Damian Wayne. The film will be based on Grant Morrison’s comics, where Batman meets a son he knew nothing about who has a penchant for killing people. “It’s a very strange father-son story,” says Gunn.
The Batman Part 2
In a way that we do not yet know how it will fit into the new DCEU (parallel universes?), the Batman played by Robert Pattinson will return in a sequel to The Batman also directed by Matt Reeves. Its release date is October 3, 2025, thus sharing a year with the debut of the new Superman.
It is a series for HBO Max that will tell the adventures of Booster Gold, a character who, according to Safran himself is “a loser from the future who uses basic technology from the future to return to the present day and pretend to be a superhero.” Gunn sums it up as “imposter-as-superhero syndrome.”
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow
If you think of a continuation of the Supergirl series created by Tom King or something close to it, you’re wrong. The new movie about Superman’s cousin will tell the story of a Kryptonian who is much tougher and very different from what we are used to, due to a dramatic past in which she saw all the people around her die when she was just a child.
Little is known about this horror movie starring Swamp Thing. The reboot of the story of this particular superhero, who had a TV series (cancelled), will revolve around Alex Holland, a scientist who (in the comics) was researching a solution to the worldwide food shortage until, after his laboratory is attacked by an organization known as The Conclave, he mutates due to exposure to various chemicals he was working with.