James Gunn and Peter Safran are apparently close to finalising their 10-year plan for the next evolution of the DCU (formerly known as DCEU). Now Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav has let slip what some of the plans might look like.
The Hollywood Reporter is covering comments by Zaslav, in a conversation hosted by RBC, where he talked specifically about the DCU:
“I think over the next few years, you’re going to see a lot of growth and opportunity around DC.”
Intriguingly, he also made a comment that cuts to the heart of the over-complexity of the DCU. This is a legacy of their piecemeal and chaotic approach to content in the past. Zaslav said:
“…there’s not going to be four Batmans…”
Does this add more credence to the rumors that The Flash will use the multiverse to sort this mess out, leaving us with Pattinson as the go forward Batman? Zaslav didn’t give much more away.
“And so part of our strategy is drive the hell out of DC, which James and Peter are going to do. I think they’ve thrilled the fans. I think they’re going to thrill you over a period of time.”
Recent comments from Gunn also play into this space, talking about formulating the plan to be comprehensive:
“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.
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.”
We will see how positive the messages stay on the south side of The Flash, which doesn’t even arrive until 23rd June 2023. They might just about have enough time to make some small changes to that movie if the new direction requires it. 2 out of the Batmans… erm… Batmen appear in that movie in the form of Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck.