James Gunn e Peter Safran they were crystal clear: “Il DC Universe it was in pitiful condition. Nobody was paying attention to the problem. They gave away the IPs as if they were party favors to any producer or creative who smiled at them“. Thus the new CEO DC Studios to the microphones of the Hollywood Reporter close to the announcements of what was presented as the first phase of the new DC Shared Universe, called Gods and Monsters. According to Gunn, the studio was literally prostituting the intellectual property in its possession, in a cycle of exploitation not qualitative but quantitative evident and absolutely harmful: “There was an Arrowverse, there was the DCEU, then dismembered and split at one point into Joss Whedon’s Justice League and the Snyderverse. But then again came Superman & Lois, a Reevesverse, and all these other different things. And so do we. We got into the game and made The Suicide Squad which led to Peacemaker. It was no longer a sustainable project“.
Here then is it Revolution of the Gunn & Safran diarchy: clear indications, a structure in continuity, more characters, diversification and long-term conception (we are talking about 8-10 years), obviously emphasizing the pillars of the label but also introducing something cinematically unprecedented in transposition terms. Concretely, at the moment there is talk of 10 projects between cinema and television or streaming, and what has been revealed already seems to respect the canons of the artistic curatorship of the author of Guardians of the Galaxy. But let’s see together all ads.
I film di Gods and Monsters
First confirming that The Flash will totally reboot the DCU and revealing the official title and release date of The Batman – Part. II di Matt Reeves (October 3, 2025), the co-CEO clarified that the film with Robert Pattinson or even Todd Phillips’ Joker: Folie a Deux will be part of separate universes that will make up the DC Elsewords, a sort of creative multiverse untied in every possible way from the main DC Universe. Then trying to give sense and coherence to the project, James Gunn wanted to clarify the reasons for the decisions taken together with his colleague, especially regarding Henry Cavill’s farewell after a re-introduction in Black Adam: “I have nothing against Henry, he’s a very good guy, but I think he was pushed around and made fun of by many, even by those who were at the head of the company. He just wasn’t fired because he didn’t have any contract in place and he couldn’t be the face of the new Superman for a number of numerous reasons. First of all age“. This leads us to talk about the cinecomic that will officially inaugurate Chapter One of the DC Universe on July 11, 2025. We are talking about Superman Legacya film written by Gunn himself who could also decide to direct.
It will not be an origin story but a tale where we will see the titular superhero attempting to balance his Kryptonian heritage with his human training. Safran spoke of Superman as “of the embodiment of the American Way of Life“, a kind hero who acts in a world where such kindness is seen with nostalgia, as an old way of life. One of the reasons for the no to Cavill’s return is precisely age: the new Superman will in fact be young, according to statements of the producers”around 25 years old“. And Gunn was also keen to add that “it will be a film that will speak to everyone“. Interesting how the creative has chosen to present the projects starting directly from the comic run that will be adapted by the future screenwriters chosen for the task, putting writing back at the center of everything and giving the right credits to the world of comics and to whom these stories he conceived them.His Superman Legacy, for example, would have to adapt more or less liberally All Star Superman Of Grant Morrison e Frank Quitelytwo of the most important names in the contemporary comic scene.
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The second of the five film projects presented is poi Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrowinspired by the famous miniseries written by Tom King (author revered by Gunn who should also find a place in the DC Studios creative lines). The film will explore a Supegril different from the one already known, described “deeply more hardcore“. The idea was born to create a contrast with Gunn’s Superman, with the superheroine almost acting as a counterpoint to the figure of Clark Kent because “raised on a rock in Krypton adrift for 14 years as she witnessed everything dear to her die before arriving on EarthIt could also introduce Krypto the Superdog to the big screen, which actually appears in King’s run.
Third cinecomic of the DCU Chapter One: Gods and Monsters will be later Batman: The Brave and the Bold. It will officially introduce the face of the Bat Man of the Shared Universe, which we remember will not be that of Robert Pattinson. The element of break with the past and extremely captivating is that the film will also present the Bat-Familytransposing Robin’s iteration of the film to the cinema Damian Waynebiological son of Bruce and described by Gunn as “a little son of a bitch, maniac, murderer and our favorite Robin“.
It will be a strange take on the father-son relationship and something never before explored with the character in cinema. The story will be inspired by the run written by Grant Morrison and Tom King (signatures that come back often, as you can see). In any case, the binder of the first phase seems to be a more or less audacious opening to the explicit, whether it is violence or feelings, but it is an element that will certainly be understood and understood along the way. In context, we come to talk about the fourth announced film: The Autorithytaken from the homonymous and beloved comic by Warren Ellis. It is a super group that decides to adopt extreme defense methods to protect the planet. According to Gunn, The Autorithy somehow represents the very essence of DC,”where there isn’t always a clash between good guys and bad guys but everything is more complex”. It is interesting to know that the film is already being written and that the CEO says he is “extremely excited about it“.
To close then Gods and Monsters will come none other than a film adaptation of Swamp Thing, described as an all-around horror. A television transposition produced – and partly directed – by James Wan had already been attempted for the character, and despite the good critical and public response, it was canceled due to production management problems, testifying to the chaos and lack of managerial aptitude of the previous managements DC Studios. In this regard, Swamp Thing will be to all intents and purposes an origin story and apparently will cross its path in continuity with the remaining DC colleagues, from Batman to Supegirl, in a mash-up and crossover process that wants to be unique in its Genre. Also note the alleged interest of James Mangold (Logan, Le Mans ’66, Indiana Jones 5) for the character, the director having posted a comic panel on Twitter shortly after the announcement. Is there already a candidate for directing? He who knows.
Swamp Thing: The film will be different from all other projects in the DC Universe
Gods and Monsters TV Series
Gods and Monsters (hence the reason for the title) will extend its artistic ganglia in a multimedia sense, also including television series and video games. However, it is with regard to the premieres that James Gunn has announced several projects of enormous potential, also confirming the arrival of The Penguin con Colin Farrell, which apparently will anticipate several aspects of the sequel to The Batman. For the news let’s start from Paradise Lostwhich will tell the political and social intrigues of the island of Themyscira before the birth of Dianathe future Wonder Woman. Safran described the project as similar to Game of Thrones, generating quite a few expectations in this regard, above all thinking that it could conceptually become the springboard for the new Amazon of the DCU. To report the words of the CEOs, who explained that they have not yet decided how to bring Wonder Woman back to the big or small screen, nor if it will be Gal Gadot or someone else to interpret it.
However, the series will answer several questions about Themyscira, starting from its origins up to the development of an exclusively female society among “wonderful and dark truths”. Everything will be inspired by the run Paradise Island Lost Of Phil Jimenez e george perez.
Also coming Walleras easily understandable dedicated to the character of Amanda Waller Of Viola Davis. The series will act as a direct continuation of Peacemaker even before the second season of the show, so much so that the author has confirmed that the same Team Peacemaker will appear in the project. The effects of public exposure of the project will apparently be explored Task Force X which we witnessed at the end of the first season of Peacemaker.
At the screenplay we will find the best Jeremy Carver Of Moon Knight e Doom Patrol with Crystal Henry Of Watchmen. Gunn did not go lightly on the series and on the work of the writers, speaking of it as “of the best show in the world“. We’ll see. What intrigues us deep down is instead Lanters, serial project that ousted Greg Berlanti’s Green Lantern Corps, which will not continue further. We’ll see in the title Hal Jordan e Jon Stewart – the most famous Lanterns – work together in a difficult investigation to solve a mystery that will play a fundamental role in Chapter One of the DC Universe. The producers described the show as “an event of the highest quality branded HBO Max” and along the lines of True Detective. Fourth serial project is then Booster Gold, intriguing character with the power to travel through time. Peter Safran spoke of it as of “an imposter from tomorrow’s world who uses futuristic technology to return to today’s world under the pretense of being a superhero“.
Conceptually, however, Gunn spoke of the title as an exploration of imposter syndrome in a superhero key. Just like in the comics, the tonal traits of the show will be those of an action comedy mediated by a reasoned dose of drama. We conclude the review with the last but not least (and indeed it will perhaps be one of the first to come out) announced television-streaming project: Creature Commandos, the only animated title on the list. In the series we will see modern reinterpretations of old characters introduced in the very first DC Comics pages. In the comics, these were generally monsters – the monster of Frankenstein, a werewolf etc. – engaged in fighting the Nazis in WWII. Being a reinterpretation, however, it is not clear who we will see and in what period it will be set. What is certain is that the project is currently already in production with James Gunn writing all seven episodes. The intent is brilliant and declared: “Tell giant stories without spending 50 million an episode“.
DC Universe, the new Superman and The Batman 2 among the projects announced by James Gunn
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