James Gunn makes his promised DC Studios announcement.
James Gunn has revealed the first part of Chapter 1 of the DC Universe slate. It will be called Gods and Monsters. The first film will be written by Gunn and will be Superman: Legacy. It will be released on July 11, 2025, and be the start of the DCU. The movie won’t be an origin story but will focus on Superman balancing his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing. A Batman film was also announced. The Brave and the Bold will introduce the DCU’s version of Batman. It will be separate from Robert Pattinson’s The Batman.
Joker and Matt Reeves Batman are labeled as Elseworlds films.
It will introduce the Bat-family and feature Robin. This version of Robin will be Damian Wayne. He is Batman’s actual son, who he didn’t know existed for the first eight to ten years of his life. He was raised as a little murderer and assassin. The film will be based on the Grant Morrison comic run,
The Authority will be an ensemble movie about superhumans with a less-than-idealistic approach to saving the world. The characters come from Wildstorm, an entity of DC launched in 1992 by Jim Lee. This film is a different kind of superhero story. They are good-intentioned, but they think that the world is completely broken and the only way to fix it is to take things into their own hands, whether that means killing people, destroying heads of state, changing governments, or whatever they want to do to make the world better.
A Supergirl movie titled Woman of Tomorrow was also revealed. It will be based on the comic run of the same title from 2021 and 2022. The story features Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, a very different type of Supergirl:
“Superman who was sent to Earth and raised by incredibly loving parents. Kara was on Krypton. She was on a piece of Krypton that drifted away from the planet and she lived there for the first fourteen years of her life in a horrible situation where she watched everyone around her die. So, she’s a much harsher and more f*cked up Supergirl than you’ve been used to thus far.”James Gunn
Swamp Thing will be a feature film investigating the character’s dark origins through a prism of horror and will interact with other characters. Gunn revealed that only some actors would retain their roles. Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, and Zachary Levi as Shazam will continue playing their respective DC superheroes. Henry Cavill will not continue as Superman.
Creature Commandos is an animated series for HBO Max and is already in production. Launched in 1980, it features Frankenstein’s monster teaming up with a werewolf, a vampire, and a gorgon to fight Nazis in World War II. This version, though, will feature Weasel from Suicide Squad. Another one of the Commandos is Rick Flag’s father, Rick Flag Sr. Gunn noted that the actors that are cast to voice the characters on the show will also play the roles in live-action DCU.
Waller series will bring back Viola Davis. This series will fill the void with no season 2 of Peacemaker yet due to the focus on a Superman movie. John Cena as Peacemaker will appear alongside Davis, and this will serve as a continuation of that show until Season 2. Christal Henry, a writer for Watchmen, and Jeremy Carver, who created Doom Patrol, are on this project together.
Characters will appear in animated and live-action.
Green Lantern Corps is getting a series titled Lanterns. It will feature Hal Jordan and John Stewart, who investigate a mystery that will play a huge role in leading fans into the main DCU story. It plays out like a True Detective-type and terrestrial-based mystery. These guys are supercops on “Precinct Earth.’
Paradise Lost was also announced as a Wonder Woman prequel and is set on the island of Themyscira before the birth of Diana. It will tackle the origin of an island of all women. It is a Game of Thrones-type story involving darkness, drama, and political intrigue.
Booster Gold will also get a series that will be comedic. He is a loser from the future who uses basic future technology to come back to today and pretend to be a superhero. In the 25th century, Mike is a disgraced former football star who uses a time machine on display in the Metropolis Space Museum. They are currently speaking to an actor.