James Gunn and Peter Safran were recently named co-heads of DC Studios, and in a recent town hall meeting, Gunn said the pair are hard at work crafting the next decade of DC.
In a virtual town hall with Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav (via The Hollywood Reporter), the pair spoke about their desire to “make DC as great as it can be and as it should be” and that they have met with various writers to begin mapping out the future of the DC Universe.
“The opportunity to make DC as great as it can be and as it should be — that is the reason why I’m doing this job because I know that Peter and I can do that,” said Gunn. “We spent the past couple days with a group of some of the best thinkers in the industry, the best writers in the industry starting to map out that eight- to 10-year plan of what it’s going to look like in theater, in TV, in animation, across the board for these characters.”
The initial report of Gunn and Safran heading up DC Studios mentions that both are still expected to continue directing and producing other projects. Also important to note is the fact that, according to early reports, the separate universes established at DC — including that of Todd Phillips’ Joker films — will not be overseen by Gunn and Safran. At this point, it’s unknown if Matt Reeves’ The Batman films will be as well.
“They are hard at work right now … James is a brilliant storyteller who has the distinction of being the first and only filmmaker to direct a movie for both Marvel and DC,” said Zaslav in an earnings call this month, before calling Safran “a prolific producer whose credits include DC’s highest-grossing movie Aquaman as well as the entire Conjuring universe, the most successful horror franchise of all time. We could not be more thrilled to have them join our leadership team, and I’m excited for what is to come.”