DC Studios Co-Chair James Gunn Debunks ‘Justice League’ Rumors

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A brand new rumor suggests David Zaslav is pushing James Gunn and DC Studios to include as many characters as possible into Superman: Legacy. The director clears the air on plans for future heroes, as well as if the recently announced Watchmen and Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths films are part of the new DC Universe.

One of the most attractive parts of James Gunn and Peter Safran’s new DC Universe pitch is that everything: from movies, to tv shows, to video games; is set to be connected in one lived-in universe. Gunn has already kept to this promise with Superman: Legacy being set to introduce well-known DC characters such as Metamorpho and Guy Gardner, leading many to speculate Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav pushed Gunn to include these supporting Justice League alums to lure investors. Though according to Gunn, this was never his intent:

Though David Zaslav’s involvement isn’t the only thing to come into question. It was recently announced animated films adapating Watchmen and Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths are set to release in 2024. When asked if these were part of the DC Universe him and Peter Safran were developing, James Gunn simply answered no:

While perhaps a tad disappointing to fans that the DC Universe isn’t fully united under one banner, James Gunn’s curt comments highlight that it seems DC Studios is almost entirely independent from Warner Bros. Discovery, or at least David Zaslav. Watchmen and Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths show that, while not truly everything will be connected under one banner, him and Peter Safran won’t be forced to include elements that don’t fit their vision. At least, for now.

The future of the DC Universe

James Gunn and Peter Safran told journalists that their vision for the DC Universe includes locked scripts, wiggle room and a unified storyline across film, television, animation and video game projects. The two explained that the DC Universe could bring back elements from previous DC regimes, meaning that their eight-to-year plan is not a full reboot.

Blue Beetle and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom are currently in various stages of post-production at Warner Bros. Discovery, with both DC Universe movies slated to hit theaters in 2023. Will the characters from those movies make appearances in the new DCU? Only Gunn and Safran know.

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