The news that Warner Bros. Discovery planned to essentially reboot its DC movie universe (unofficially dubbed the DCEU) with James Gunn and Peter Safran taking over as co-heads of the newly formed DC Studios seemed to go over pretty well with most fans, particularly those who were of the opinion that the franchise has been in dire need of an overhaul for many years.
Gunn announced quite a few projects as part of the “Gods and Monsters” slate, including Superman: Legacy, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, The Authority, Swamp Thing, as well as a number of HBO Max animated and live-action shows.
Gunn also clarified that this was only the first part of this slate, with many other projects to be added down the line.
The filmmaker has proven to be adept at juggling several different projects at once, but there was still some concern that he may have bitten off a bit more than he can chew – especially when you take into account that he is currently co-running a film studio while also writing and directing Superman: Legacy, and overseeing (or at least involved in) numerous other films and shows.
It’s a lot, and it sounds like things may not be running as smoothly as Gunn would have us believe.
During this week’s episode of The Hot Mic, Jeff Sneider mentions that, according to his source, the DCU is a “mess.” He doesn’t share many other details, but does add that he’s surprised other outlets haven’t been reporting on what he’s heard.
Honestly, if this is accurate, it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering the amount of work involved in building an entire movie/TV universe, pretty much from the ground up – and it shouldn’t necessarily be cause for concern.
There are bound to be a few teething problems while Gunn and Safran find their feet, and we can’t imagine they went in thinking that they weren’t going to encounter some major problems before this revamped franchise starts to take shape.
If things are even more chaotic than we realize, we might well hear something from the trades before too long. For now, we’re going to remain optimistic, and at least wait and see how Creature Commandos and Superman: Legacy progress before sounding the death knell for the DCU!
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