After much anticipation, the new DC Cinematic Universe (DCU) was finally presented. The presidents of DC Studios, James Gunn and Peter Safran, broke the silence and presented this Tuesday afternoon (31) how the resumption of their superhero films will be done – including with new Batman and Superman films and many surprises on the way.
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Just like we see at Marvel, the DCU’s new path will also be divided into phases. In this case, Gunn and Safran named these prints Chapters which, like the competition, will have thematic units. And Chapter 1 of this new DC Universe will be called Gods and Monsters and will feature 10 projects, including films and series, based on this concept and connected to each other.
And, as it should be, there is a lot unknown to the general public and even to part of comic book readers — the way James Gunn loves it. It’s an approach that worked very well with the filmmaker on Guardians of the Galaxy and which could be the key to the success of the new DCU.
At the same time, there are some surprises, such as the return of actors and characters who were linked to previous films, indicating that such a reset will not be as drastic as imagined. The biggest example of this is that Viola Davis returns as Amanda Waller starring in her own series and that past projects like The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker follow in chronology.
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Find out, therefore, what are Warner’s bets for Chapter 1 of its new universe of superheroes.
Command of the Creatures (Animation)
Those who expected to see the DCU restarting with one of the publisher’s medallions will be surprised to discover that DC Studios will start its shared universe with an animation based on Command of the Creatures, an almost obscure comic focused on werewolves, vampires, zombies and others monsters going to war.
Gunn did not give details of what exactly we can expect from this project, but anticipated that there will be seven episodes written by himself and that we will see characters like Weasel, the bizarre survivor of The Suicide Squad. In addition, as he also confirmed the presence of Rick Flagg Sr – father of the character played by Joel Kinnaman – which suggests that it must be a plot set in the past.
According to the head of DC Studios, the public should not despise Command of the Creatures just because it is an animation, since its story will lead to live action productions and that we can see some of these characters appearing in other series and films.
Another return from the old DC universe is Viola Davis, who returns to play her Amanda Waller in her own series that will explore more about the head of Task Force X. More than that, the series will be a kind of sequel to what we saw in Peacemaker, as the story will take place shortly after the events seen in the anti-hero series.
There aren’t many details on what to expect from this production, just that it’s being written by Chrystal Henry (Watchmen) and Jeremy Carver (Doom Patrol). The only thing revealed is that the team shown in Peacemaker will remain by his side.
Superman Legacy (Movie)
The first big movie that marks the start of the new DCU in theaters could be none other than Superman. The Man of Steel feature had already been promised by James Gunn himself for some time and now he makes his involvement in the project official, describing it as the true beginning of this great story he wants to tell.
And the idea of starting precisely with the most famous hero of all time is to show his importance to this entire universe. Not by chance, the film will be called Superman Legacy, that is, focusing on his legacy to the world. At the same time, the story should also bring a more reflective look at the character himself about his nature and essence.
With a script by Gunn himself, the film is supposed to show how Clark tries to balance his Kryptonian heritage with human upbringing – and how that shaped his character to be a role model for all humanity. “He is the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way of life,” explains Peter Safran. “He is kindness in a world that thinks it’s out of date.”
Basically, it’s the movie that fans have been asking Warner for a long time and that Zack Snyder didn’t even come close to making. He’s the exact opposite of the Superman who breaks necks or whose parents tell him to abandon people.
According to James Gunn, it won’t be an origin story – that is, we won’t see Krypton explode for the umpteenth time.
Superman Legacy is one of the few projects that has a date. Warner’s expectation is that it hits theaters on July 11, 2025. The feature still has no director and not even a Superman to call yours.
DC Studios seems to have remembered that the Green Lanterns exist and will make a series focused on this group of space heroes. And the big news is that the series is already in production and that the idea is to do something great in the style of HBO. However, don’t expect a galactic plot or anything like that. In fact, the great inspiration is precisely True Detective.
The series will accompany the lanterns Hal Jordan and John Stewart – the two most popular versions of the hero – delving into a mystery on Earth that will sew the plot of the other TV and film productions.
The second DCU film won’t be any of the publisher’s big shots, nor will it throw Justice League right off the bat — but we’ll still see a team in action. Authority features a group of heroes who are far less inspiring and good guys than the ones we’re used to seeing.
Gunn explains that this is one of the ideas with the new universe, as it won’t always be possible to boil down the story to a conflict of good versus evil, right and wrong. It’s the old idea of the antihero, but taken to a new level where the characters actually do questionable things — and that’s what we should see in The Authority.
“They believe you can’t fix the world the easy way, so they do things their own way,” explains Gunn. Because this is precisely the logic of the group in the comics. They appear almost as an alternative and more radical version of the Justice League and that, over time, moved away from the concept and gained more personality to the point of becoming something of its own.
Even so, this grayer footprint of the group’s actions remains its trademark. The greatest example of this is the antihero Midnight, who is a much more sadistic Batman and who has no problem beating criminals to death. By the way, he should be one of the protagonists of the feature alongside his boyfriend, the also hero Apollo.
Paradise Lost (Series)
It’s still too early to discuss whether or not Wonder Woman’s Wonder Woman series is a hit, but the premise of Paradise Lost is interesting enough to make us very curious about what’s to come. In summary, it’s a plot focused on the island of Themyscira before the birth of Princess Diana and focused on all the political bullshit on the island.
And if you thought of an “Amazon Game of Thrones”, you were right. That was the term used by Peter Safran himself to describe the production. According to him, the proposal is really to explore all the political intrigues related to this society while revealing some secrets – good and bad – about the place.
Brave and Fearless (Movie)
Although the official title does not bring Batman’s name, you can bet that Warner will force James Gunn to put the hero’s name when the feature hits theaters. After all, we’re talking about the debut not only of Batman in the new DCU, but also of the rest of the Bat-Family.
It is worth mentioning that this is not the same version of Robert Pattinson that we saw in The Batman, since this entire universe imagined by director Matt Reeves will follow its own chronology, almost as if it were an alternative reality.
Thus, Brave and Fearless will introduce a new actor as Bruce Wayne. The feature should be based on the phase in which screenwriter Grant Morrison wrote the character in the comics and focus on the Dark Knight’s relationship with his newfound son, Damian Wayne, a boy between 8 and 10 years old who grew up being trained by a clan. of assassins.
In the comics, Damian takes on the mantle of Robin after suddenly appearing in Bruce’s life. He is the son of a brief romance that Batman had with Talia al Ghul, daughter of Ra’s al Ghul, the leader of the League of Shadows. And, precisely because he has such a particular upbringing, the kid considers himself a very skilled ninja and has no problem with torturing and killing his enemies — something that goes against his father’s philosophy.
Gunn points out that one of the points that the film will deal with is precisely this father-son relationship, as we will have a Bruce Wayne suddenly discovering paternity and with a very problematic boy.
Booster Gold (Series)
It is not today that there is talk of an adaptation of Booster Gold, but now the project will finally get off the ground. And the proposal presented by James Gunn is everything he likes most in a story: a loser pretending to be a superhero – more or less what we saw in Guardians of the Galaxy.
According to the head of the DCU, the plot will revolve around this character who lives a mediocre life in the future and who arranges a time travel technology to go back to the past and pretend to be a great hero in our present. So, you can bet it will be something much more comedy-oriented.
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow (Movie)
James Gunn seems to be really committed to working on Superman’s legacy, so much so that one of the projects announced for Chapter 1 of the DCU is also linked to the hero’s legacy.
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow will adapt the comic book by acclaimed author Tom King and show a new version of Kara Zor-El, the cousin of the Man of Steel. And the proximity of the two films is not by chance, since the idea is to make this parallel between the heroine and Clark Kent, mainly by…