The future of Batman, Superman, and the entire DC Universe will soon be in the hands of James Gunn, the writer-director who popularised “Guardians of the Galaxy” for Marvel and brought “The Suicide Squad” back to life. On Tuesday, the studio named Peter Safran, a seasoned executive, and Bruce Gunn as co-chairmen and CEOs of the recently established DC Studios.
Gunn and Safran’s responsibilities will include creating a long-term strategy for the company’s DC Comics-related cinema, television, and animation projects. According to the studio, both will continue to produce, create, and helm their own projects.
In a written statement, Gunn and Safran said, “We’re pleased to be the caretakers of these DC characters we’ve adored since we were kids.” “Only the wonder of human possibility these characters stand for can match our commitment to Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Harley Quinn, and the rest of the DC collection of characters.
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As we tell some of the biggest, most beautiful, and grandest stories ever told, we’re thrilled to revitalize the theatrical experience all around the world. For Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema, Safran has produced numerous movies, including Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad,” “Aquaman,” “Shazam,” and the horror movies set in “The Conjuring” world.
Gunn and Safran will start reporting directly to Warner Bros. Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav on November 1. Zaslav lauded their “unique and complementary abilities” in a statement.
“They are uniquely qualified to develop a long-term strategy across film, TV, and animation and take this iconic franchise to the next level of creative storytelling,” Zaslav continued. “Their decades of experience in filmmaking, close ties to the creative community, and proven track record thrilling superhero fans around the globe.”
Prior to “Black Adam’s” theatrical release, Walter Hamada served as the organization’s director for the preceding four years. However, he formally left the company last week. With an overhaul to install a more Marvel-like 10-year framework, increase quality, and bring in a more centralized creative chief comparable to Marvel’s Kevin Feige, Zaslav had pledged a “reset” to the studio’s DC operations.
When two were announced on Tuesday, several people in Hollywood were taken aback. In contrast to Marvel, DC has multiple storylines running concurrently in its movies, including the “Joker” sequel from Todd Phillips, “The Batman,” and the films starring Henry Cavill’s Superman, who made an appearance in “Black Adam.”
In addition to wrapping up his “Guardians of the Galaxy” trilogy, which is anticipated in May, Gunn is the unusual director to be working on projects with both of the major superhero studios. The “Guardians” holiday special, which will air on Disney+ in November, was also announced just before the DC announcement.
To have them both agree to work together to establish this new era for DC is a real dream come true, according to Mike De Luca and Pam Abdy, co-chairs and CEOs of Warner Bros. Film Group. The universe and our shared sensibilities and passions couldn’t have come together more perfectly.