Canceled superheroes: what DC’s new plan will be like

The faulty spiral of Marvel After a virtuous circle that seemed eternal, it opens a door for its eternal rival, DC, which until now, with few exceptions, has not been on par. And the franchise belonging to the Warner group now has a comprehensive plan like the one Marvel was able to develop with Kevin Feige. Some call it “DC Rebirth”others “DC: Genesis”.

Critics blame an identity crisis and a potentially messy transition period that begins with a clean slate now in the hands of James Gunn and Peter Safran, who is on a mission to relaunch DC Studios and guide its superheroes into the next half decade and beyond. A week ago, the duo returned to Los Angeles after weeks of seclusion in Aspen, where they faced extensive planning: now, like holy figures descending from the mountaintop, they hold in hand the commandments for the new DC Bible.

Or at least a work plan to present to David Zaslav, the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, which has this content for film and television, and to fight hard from streaming.
Part of that plan has already leaked. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Wonder Woman 3”, by Patty Jenkins, will not move forward and is left for dead. The director recently pitched her idea, but Gunn and Safran, as well as Warner Bros. Pictures co-chairmen and co-CEOs Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy, explained that her idea didn’t fit with the new plans.

Jenkins – who would have received US$ 12 million for the third part – directed the two previous films, starring gal gadot (expected a $20 million payment) and released in 2017 and 2020. And the rest of the DC slate keeps changing. Gunn’s arrival is also the final curtain call for the “Snyderverse” and the heroes outlined by filmmaker Zack Snyder for his “Justice League. henry cavill that he is no longer returning as Superman, and there will be no more Aquaman with Jason Momoa.

Both characters should make a cameo appearance in “Flash,” the highly anticipated time travel adventure film set for release on June 16. And Cavill filmed the part of her in September. But there are doubts about whether or not it will continue. Argentine Andy Muschiettiwho directed Flash, expressed his desire to have it, but the heroic spirit of Richard Donner (director of the 1978 Superman), a reference in DC movies, would not be in line with Gunn’s tone either.

And a sequel to Black Adam is unlikely: despite having dwayne johnson As a star, the film only grossed $385 million worldwide (it cost over $190 million not including marketing), and it barely broke even. Johnson hoped to get his own franchise from DC (it was directed by Dany Garcia, partner and producer of “The Rock”) but Variety points out that the film would lose more than $ 50 million and that the muscleman no longer flies.

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momoaFor his part, he could emerge as a fundamental figure in new future plans: he would conclude his days as the underwater hero with Lost City, which will be released on December 25, 2023, but he could be the face for the character of Lobo, a foul-mouthed, cigar-chewing intergalactic bounty hunter that DC has long sought to bring to the screen.
The character is an antihero, and stays in line with Gunn’s specialty of taking the unconventional and turning it into a crowd-pleasing combo (he’s the filmmaker of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Suicide Squad”).

In sum, the plan implies a truly fresh start, and no baggage from any previous regime. But without cutting the already edited movies like “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” (March 17, 2023), on which Safran is a producer, and “Blue Beetle” (August 18, 2023). Gunn-Safran’s agenda does not seem to clash, at least for now, with the universe that Matt Reeves devised for Batman: Robert Pattinson will return in “Caped Crusader”; and Reeves is writing the sequel to “batman” and overseeing the launch of two Batman series stemming from his movie, including “The Penguin.”

The DC superheroes that will be rebooted.

James Gunn responded to the story published by The Hollywood Reporter, dispelling doubts, corroborating and denying at the same time. “As for yesterday’s Hollywood Reporter story, some of it is true, some of it is half true, some of it is not true, and some of it we haven’t decided yet,” Gunn wrote on Twitter. “While this first month in DC has been fruitful, building the next ten years of history takes time and we’re just getting started,” he said.

“Peter and I chose to run DC Studios knowing that we were approaching a troubled environment, both in the stories being told and in the audience themselves, and there would be an inevitable transition period, as we move to tell a cohesive story across the world. film, television, animation and games,” Gunn continued. “But in the end, the inconvenience of that transition period was dwarfed by the creative possibilities and the opportunity to build on what has worked at DC thus far and help rectify what hasn’t worked. We know that we are not going to make everyone happy.but we can promise that everything we do is done in service of DC’s story and in service of DC characters,” concluded Gunn, who created the HBO Max series “Peacemaker” and now serves as co-chairman and co-CEO. from DC Studios.

by RN

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