Is idiotic Hollywood changing? After being so fundamentally useless, agenda-led, message-driven, and obsessed with what it thinks “modern audiences” want to see, is it having a re-evaluation? Look, it’s early days and it could be a false dawn, but there are signs. Including from DC.

We are as surprised as you are with the phenomenal quality surge from Star Trek: Picard. The showrunner Terry Matalas even fronted up with a surprise appearance against a panel of the fiercest NuTrek critics on the internet. The type of guys who make Yoda and Matt look chilled out and accepting. Embracing fandom? Leaning into discussions instead of attacking them?

It will never catch on, surely? Even Disney and Bob Iger know something has gone a bit wonky with their biggest franchises, although he’s still barking up the wrong tree around root cause analysis.

Now, a tiny snippet of a comment has hinted at common sense breaking out around the newly minted DCU at DC Studios. In an interview with YouTube channel Comic Pop Returns, comics writer Tom King explained his involvement in the new projects at:

“…he reached out to a group of screenwriters and myself, fantastic, amazing whose names he’s put out there, and to work on making these movies and tv shows as good as they can be.

And it was his way of saying, you know, we need nerds in the room…”

They have realized that the best people to work on these things aren’t a writers room equivalent of a focus group, with tick box representation?

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An actual panel of real writers on a show.

The nerds who know the property and understand this stuff need to be involved? We will wait and see…

Meanwhile, the same interview seemed to confirm something we have long suspected would happen but had not been nailed down. James Gunn may not only be writing the upcoming Superman: Legacy, the DC Studios co-chief executive will be directing it as well. From the same interview:

“James Gunn is a super nerd and he’s super creative. He’s both the writer and director of the Superman movie, and he’s sort of the creative force behind all of this.”

Since this started being discussed online, the channel quickly made the clip a private video, thus almost confirming there is something in there we are not supposed to know yet.

King wrote the comic book Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow. That is one of the projects named on the new slate.

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