Newly crowned DC head honcho James Gunn (The Suicide Squad) has finally revealed his 8-10 years plan for the new DC Universe that he and Peter Safran is spearheading.
Gunn is labeling Chapter 1 as Gods and Monsters, which does not include the upcoming The Batman Part 2, Teen Titans Go, and Joker: Folie à Deux. These projects will fall under DC Elseworlds banner.
DC Universe Chapter 1 Movies
Superman: Legacy: The first film to start off the new DCU is set for release on July 11, 2025. Gunn is writing the script for Superman: Legacy, which he says is “the true beginning” of this new unified era.
The Authority: Gunn’s “passion project” is a “big movie” that will introduce a very different group of superheroes. They believe the world is broken and needs saving. But they will also interact with all of the franchise’s other big characters.
The Brave and the Bold: Batman will come to the DCU in a story based on Grant Morrison’s comic series. It will feature Batman’s actual son, Damian Wayne, as Robin.
According to Gunn, “This is a story of Damian Wayne, who’s Batman’s actual son that he didn’t know existed for the first eight to ten years of his life. He was raised as a little murderer and assassin. He’s my favorite Robin.”
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow: Tom King (and Bilquis Evely)’s comic book series from last year is getting turned into “a big science fiction epic film.”
Gunn stated, “In our story, we have Superman, who was sent to Earth and raised by incredibly loving parents. Kara was on Krypton. She was on a piece of Krypton that drifted away from the planet, and she lived there for the first fourteen years of her life in a horrible situation where she watched everyone around her die. So, she’s a much harsher and more f*cked up Supergirl than you’ve been used to thus far.”
Swamp Thing: Though “tonally outside the rest of the DCU,” the origin story of Swamp Thing will still feed into the rest of the DC Universe’s stories.
DC Universe Chapter 1 TV Shows
Creature Commandos: The first project for the new DCU is an animated series based on characters first introduced in 1980.
The show will be “a seven-episode animated show in which Amanda Waller creates a black ops team out of monstrous prisoners; Gunn wrote all the episodes of the first season.” Gunn shares that the team will include, “Rick Flag, Sr. He’s going to show up in other stuff. Then Nina Mazursky. Doctor Phosphorus, a Batman villain. Frankenstein—Eric Frankenstein, specifically. The Bride of Frankenstein, who’s the lead. Finally, G.I. Robot and Weasel.”
Waller: The second series from Gunn and Safran is Waller, a live-action spinoff from Peacemaker. It will see Amanda Waller teaming up with members from the Peacemaker team. Christal Henry (Watchmen) and Jeremy Carver (Supernatural) will write this entry in the DC Universe.
Lanterns: Gunn says Lanterns will be a big HBO series starring Hal Jordan and John Stewart. The show is being compared to True Detective. The two will investigate a “terrifying mystery” that has huge ties to the entire franchise.
Paradise Lost: Paradise Lost will take place on Themyscira, home of Wonder Woman. Gunn says the show will have a lot in common with Game of Thrones as it “focuses on the genesis and political intrigue of an island of all women.”
Booster Gold: Booster Gold might be DC’s most popular loser. He’s a hero who travels back in time with technology from the future that lets him be a superhero. That tech is also getting him his own show.
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