The axeman cometh to Warner Bros. once more. The gilet-wearing assassin, David Zaslav, has seemingly struck again. This time it is Kevin Smith who feels the cold breath of cancellation as his DC Comics series for HBO Max, Strange Adventures, has officially been chopped after being in development for several years.
HBO Max and Warner Bros. had been attempting to bring more original content to the streamer from the many properties that they own, with the DCEU providing the horsepower via shows like Titans, Doom Patrol, and Peacemaker.
One of Zaslav’s first tasks has been to kill much of this stone dead, with Smith’s efforts among the casualties.
Strange Adventures was to be produced by by the Arrowverse’s Greg Berlanti, who has also seen his Green Lantern show cancelled out from under him.
The 1-hour weekly drama was set to feature characters from across the DC canon and feature close-ended morality tales about the intersecting lives of mortals and superhumans.
Smith confirmed that Strange Adventures had been cancelled and had this to say:
“It feels like what was once, to me, a promising future of we are going to see a bunch of DC stuff on HBO Max; MORE DC stuff than we would see theatrically, including shit like Strange Adventures…gone! All of it is just f—king gone now.
I got a call the other day from Eric before all of this story broke and he was just like “Strange Adventures is officially dead,” and I was like “What the f–k, are you serious?!” I know we haven’t heard from them for a while, but I guess this goes in parts with the new moves with David Zaslav. But God lord, I thought Strange Adventures being a causality kind of made sense to me. Nobody necessarily knows these characters, it sounded like an expensive show.”
Smith also revealed that Strange Adventures was eying Nicholas Cage to play Bizarro for an episode that featured Perry White and Jimmy Olsen being taken to Bizarro World.
One show that is still going ahead, as of today, is Penguin, the spin-off from The Batman featuring Colin Farrell returning to the role. This could all change at any moment as the corridors of Warner Bros. ring with the anguished screams of the dying DCEU. If this show survives, it adds further credence to the belief that this is the death of the Snyder-adjacent DCEU and the continuation of the Phoenix and Pattinson led universe created by Joker and The Batman.