It’s January, so with the new year comes the new DCEU, now to be known as the DCU. New bosses James Gunn and Peter Safran will be revealing their vision and multi-year interconnected plan for the DCU. The tweets, retreats, planning sessions and meetings with David Zaslav are over. Soon, they will be pressing the giant reset button.

This will draw a line under a pretty rough time for the DCU. Batgirl cancelled, The Flash gone mad, half completed individual story arcs, fans embracing the vision Warner Bros. tried to kill from Zack Snyder. The most recent clusterf*ck was the return of Cavill to the role of Superman for just a few weeks after he was told to announce it, then told he was fired.

Superman MOS

This was all against the backdrop of Black Adam and apparent attempts by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to push through some changes in the world of DC. Much was made of the “hierarchy of power” shifting. Didn’t happen.

Variety has published an article that goes into the background and it lays bare manoeuvring and politicking around the DCU just as deals were closed and new leadership appointed.

According to the outlet, shortly after the Warner Bros. Discovery merger finalised in April, Johnson and his team (producers Hiram Garcia and Beau Flynn) delivered a direct pitch to Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav. That was a multi-year plan for Black Adam and Superman sequels that would have directly set-up a Superman-versus-Black Adam showdown.

Black Adam v Superman

Apparently this made waves. DC head Walter Hamada and Warner Bros. film chief Toby Emmerich were still in place, although on an exit path. Johnson and team went over their heads to new Warner Bros. film co-heads Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy. They approved the Cavill cameo in Black Adam. This was directly against Hamada and Emmerich who were already way past a 2018 decision to recast Superman.

Black Adam flopped, and completely took whatever wind there was out the sails of any Superman and Black Adam plan. Also not helping was Johnson’s apparent pushing for a producer credit on the DC League of Super-Pets animated movie that was not making the returns to justify the points.

So the assumption was that Gunn and Safran will completely sweep this away and be starting again. However Variety then also went on to say that Ezra Miller is responding well, working with Warner Bros. and undergoing mental health treatment. So there is talk that Warner Bros. might not want his gone from the role of the Flash if he continues on this path.

They speculate that Gunn and Safran’s plan may not be a totally new sheet of paper with some Shazam, Blue Beetle and maybe even Peacemaker finding a go forward place in the new plans.

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