James Gunn Takes Over DC Movies and TV

James Gunn has been named head of future DC movies and TV shows, along with producer Peter Safran. Gunn and Safran will head DC Studios, a reorganized division of Warner Bros. Discovery, turning Superman, Batman, black adam and other DC Comics characters in new film, television and animation projects.

From the Arrowverse TV shows to the divisive Zack Snyder movies to standalone films like The Batman and Joker, DC’s somewhat varied output of superhero movies and TV shows has been compared negatively to the rival studio’s unified vision of superheroes. Marvel. There were even recent reports that Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav was specifically looking for DC’s own version of Marvel Cinematic Universe supremo Kevin Feige. Now it looks like DC has found the co-Feiges in Gunn and Safran.

Gunn has ties to Marvel thanks to his involvement with the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, but he moved over to DC to direct. the suicide squad and spin-off TV show Pacifier when Marvel briefly fired him. His new job was announced on Tuesday, just a couple of hours later. Gunn released the trailer for his latest MCU project, Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, which arrives on Disney Plus on November 25. He is also directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, scheduled for a May 5, 2023, theatrical releaseand has suggested that it will be his last film in that franchise.

According to a press release from Warner Bros. Discovery, Gunn and Safran will be co-chairmen and CEOs of DC Studios, which is replacing DC Films. They will oversee “the overall creative direction of the DC Universe across film, television, and animation under a single banner” and “lead the development and execution of a long-term plan for the many DC Comics-licensed properties, centered on continue the tradition of telling high-quality stories for the DC Universe through visual media, while building a sustainable growth business from the iconic franchise.”

They will start the new job on November 1. Gunn and Safran will continue to direct and produce movies and/or television shows, though The Hollywood Reporter reports they will work exclusively for DC for four years.

“We are honored to be the guardians of these DC characters that we have loved since we were kids,” Gunn and Safran said in the statement. “We look forward to collaborating with the world’s most talented writers, directors and actors to create a multi-layered, integrated universe that still allows for individual expression by the artists involved. Our commitment to Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Harley Quinn and the rest of DC’s characters are matched only by our commitment to the wonder of human possibility these characters represent…and the greatest stories ever told.”

Safran has produced several films for Warner Bros. and other film studios, including DC’s highest-grossing film, Aquaman, and its upcoming sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom; as well as The Suicide Squad and the Shazam movies. He also produced the horror hits Annabelle and the Conjuring series.

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