James Gunn and producer Peter Safran are becoming bigwigs over at DC! The pair will lead DC’s film, TV and animation as co-chairs and co-CEOs of DC Studios, a newly formed division at Warner Bros. that will replace DC Films.
The report from The Hollywood Reporter states that Gunn and Safran have signed an exclusive four-year deal that fully commits them to Warner Bros. Discovery. Gunn will focus on the creative side of things, while Safran will focus on the business and production. They will report directly to my new favorite dude in Hollywood, David Zaslav.
Jimmy and Pete already have a successful history with DC. Gunn wrote, directed, and produced The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker, arguably two of DC’s more successful recent projects. Safran has produced Aquaman, Shazam!, The Suicide Squad, Peacemaker, and the upcoming Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom and Shazam! Fury Of The Gods.
Joker And The Batman
While Gunn and Safran will be busy over at DC Studios, some existing films will still be handled by Warner Bros. Pictures CEO Michael De Luca.
Joker: Folie à Deux will still be handled by De Luca and MGM executive Pamela Abdy, with James Gunn and Peter Safran working in cooperation with the pair.
Matt Reeves is building his new Batman universe. He is already executing producing a spinoff television series about The Penguin with Colin Farrell, and there are rumors of feature-length adaptations examining Batman’s Rogues Gallery.
It is unclear under whose purview Reeves’ future projects would fall but considering the tone of The Batman and Joker, it makes sense (to me anyway) to leave the dark gritty stuff to De Luca and Adby and let Gunn have the shiny, shiny.
As a huge DC fan, especially Superman, I have very mixed feelings about Gunn taking over. It’s logical to expect him to helm the long-gestating sequel to Man Of Steel. After all, Zaslav has made it clear that everything will be built around the world’s first and greatest superhero, so there is no better project for him to start with.
I think Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy films were great fun. Visually stunning and packed with action and light-hearted humor. Something many have said the latter is sorely missing from Snyder’s take on Superman. So he certainly has what it takes to give Supes that element of hope and inspiration back.
However, Gunn’s history with his jokes still leaves me shuffling awkwardly in my seat. But then again, if you’ve watched our Livestream, I’m hardly one to talk about taking the moral high ground.