Call it DC Rebirth or DC: Genesis. Maybe call it Identity Crisis or Flashpoint. These previous DC Comics event series titles aptly describe the state of Warner Bros.’ DC movies, which are on the cusp of a new era, but not before a potentially messy transition period.
A wipe of the slate is commonplace when a new executive team is established to run a studio or division, but there’s likely little precedent for the amount of Clorox James Gunn and Peter Safran might spray as they prepare to launch DC Studios and guide the superhero. movies for the next half decade and beyond.
In recent days, the duo flew back to Los Angeles from the snowy city of Aspen, Colorado, where they were huddled in deep planning, and now, like holy figures descending from the mountaintop, they have sets of commandments or a DC Bible in hand. Or at least a work plan.
Gunn and Safran are expected to meet next week with David Zaslav, the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, which is radically reshaping the media company and hired the duo in October to run a newly launched film and television division. The couple will reveal to Zaslav a plan that will hopefully expose his vision. Although much of his plan, which experts paint as a work in progress and has yet to be approved, remains deep in the Batcave, details of various possible paths forward are leaking out. And it has also revealed at least one path that is not being taken.
Multiple sources count the hollywood reporter that patty jenkins wonder woman 3 he does not advance and is considered dead in his current incarnation.
Sources say Jenkins recently unveiled her treatment, co-written with Geoff Johns, and that Gunn and Safran, as well as Warner Bros. Pictures co-chairmen and co-CEOs Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy, broke the news to the filmmaker. her telling him that the project, as it was, did not fit with the new (but still in development) plans. Jenkins directed and co-wrote the previous two films, starring Gal Gadot and released in 2017 and 2020. No decision has been made on next steps.
And while costs aren’t a factor — insiders say DC Studios won’t be in crippling financial constraints — the studio could end up saving tens of millions of dollars if it doesn’t make the third installment. Gadot, according to sources, was on track for a $20 million payday for wonder woman 3 while Jenkins would have received $12 million. Those figures do not include any potential backend bonuses.
Warner had no comment.
It is not clear how any future Wonder Woman The movie and Gadot’s portrayal of the hero would fit into DC’s new plan. In some head-scratching time, Gadot tweeted out of the blue a thank you to fans on Tuesday, saying she was grateful she was allowed to play the heroine and role model, adding, “I can’t wait to share her next chapter with you.” It was not clear whether or not the actress was aware that the project was being criticized.
The rest of DC’s slate remains in flux, or at least is kept in a pocket of Gunn’s own utility belt. but there are several rumors and possible scenarios to consider for next week’s meeting.
The first, which is based on Jenkins’ shuttering wonder woman 3is the final curtain call on the Snyderverse, and the heroes chosen by filmmaker Zack Snyder for his League of Justice. This sees the closure of man of steel 2with a returning Henry Cavill, and having no more aquamanLed by Jason Momoa.
These characters will make a cameo in Flash, the highly-anticipated time-travel adventure film to be released on June 16. Cavill filmed her part of the cameo in September. But sources say there’s debate within the studio about whether or not to keep the cameo and whether its inclusion promises something the studio has no plans to deliver.
A Warner source advises that no plan has been finalized and that Flash it is still an unlocked image.
Cavill’s situation is more than a little thorny as the actor made a cameo in black adam, the DC-centric film released in October. On the Monday after the film’s release, Cavill posted a video on Instagram where he announced, “I wanted to make it official: I’m back as Superman.”
And at the time, he was not wrong. In fact, Warner Bros. was developing a sequel for 2013’s. Iron Man and actively meet with writers. Andy Muschietti, who directed FlashHe even expressed an interest in sitting behind the camera for something that would have given a similar tone to the hopeful and heroic colors of the 1978 film directed by Richard Donner, considered a benchmark in comic book movies. In fact, the current leadership team at Warner Bros. Pictures, Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy, wished for one more return of the Snyderverse heroes, possibly even having another Justice League movie with those actors.
But that was before Gunn and Safran began to formulate their new (and still changing) plan.
A sequel is also unlikely black adam. Despite the hype surrounding the film launching a new corner of DC, much of it led by star Dwayne Johnson, the film has only grossed $385 million worldwide and studio insiders say the film, costing more than $190 million to produce (two sources put the actual cost at $230 million, not including marketing), you’ll be lucky to break even, even factoring in the ancillary revenue. Even if the film makes a minimal profit, the rising costs inherent in any follow-up dwarf the prospect of a sequel.
Johnson was hoping to get his own slice of the DC pie, but multiple sources say his portrayal of a returning Cavill and his own involvement with DC may not be appealing to new management. Johnson and Cavill are led by Dany Garcia, who is also Johnson’s producing partner. the perception of Adam to make a profit or not is a conflagration now being waged in public, with Johnson tweeting that the film would make a profit more than $50 million after Variety The story said that the film would lose over $50 million theatrically.
Meanwhile, Momoa could emerge as a pivotal figure in the new plans, according to multiple sources. On one stage, the actor would end his days as underwater hero Arthur Curry with Lost City, which will be released on December 25, 2023, which would be the last released film made by the previous regime. But it wouldn’t spell the end of the actor’s relationship with DC, as sources say the actor would star in another movie or franchise. The character of Lobo, a foul-mouthed, cigar-chewing intergalactic bounty hunter, has been mentioned in connection with Momoa.
Whether or not Momoa plays everyone’s favorite bastich, the fact that Lobo emerges as a rising character early in the conversation may point to the types of characters the Gunn-Safran team may be focusing on. The character is an outsider, an anti-hero, and stays in line with Gunn’s specialty of taking the offbeat and outlandish and turning it into crowd-pleasing fare.
Part of the plan could involve a truly fresh start and no baggage from any previous regime as they set out to reset the way DC movies and shows are made. That, however, does not take into account the potential success of movies like Shazam! fury of the gods (March 17, 2023), in which Safran is a producer, and Blue beetle (August 18, 2023). Would that plan include moving forward without the actors playing those characters and recasting them even if those movies turn out to be blockbusters?
Observers are convinced that the plan calls for an interconnected narrative universe, and there are rumors of the establishment of a group of creative experts. The brain trust may already be working in some way, as sources say Safran had in recent weeks been meeting with writers at his Los Angeles home in an effort to hone the pitch, gathering feedback and ideas for the plan.
One part that Gunn-Safran’s schedule doesn’t seem to touch, at least for now, is the Matt Reeves Batman universe in which Robert Pattinson dons the cowl of the Caped Crusader. Reeves is writing the sequel to the batmanwhich premiered on March 4. The filmmaker is also overseeing the launch of two Batman series spin-offs from his film, including The Penguin.
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