Warner Bros and DC continue to make headlines and not necessarily for all the right reasons. In fact, it’s kind of hard to keep up with their ever-shifting landscape but I’ll do my best.
The Flash 2
Apparently, the script for The Flash 2 has already been written by Aquaman scribe David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick. Those close to the situation note that The Flash 2 will only move forward should the first movie prove successful. Er, duh!
If rumors are to be believed, test screenings for The Flash have been overwhelmingly positive. Some even claim that it has been receiving some of the highest scores at test screenings since Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight movies. Calm down kids, let’s not get carried away.
With Miller continuing to make headlines for all the wrong reasons, it’s still up for debate whether The Flash will even see the light of day. Warner Bros. needs to keep Miller wrapped up in cotton wool until The Flash’s release in June 2023, provided he isn’t found guilty of the alleged crimes he’s already allegedly committed. Allegedly.
If Miller is found guilty, the only role he’ll be playing is that of another inmate’s prison wife for the next 26 years. This means Warner Bros need to either scrap The Flash altogether (unlikely), recast and reshoot all the scenes showing Miller’s face (unlikely), or if the sequel is already penned, cast a new actor and pretend Ezra Miller never existed in the first place. A win-win.
James Gunn’s Secret Desires
James Gunn has apparently been working on a secret project for Warner Bros and DC. Apart from his ‘jokes’ on Twitter, Gunn is mostly well known for having a pretty decent back catalog in the superhero genre.
Both his Guardians Of The Galaxy movies have been a success and there are plenty of people (not me) who enjoyed his venture into the DC universe with The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker.
While it isn’t clear what hero Gunn has set his beady eyes on, some are suggesting that the long-awaited Man Of Steel sequel is the focus. David Zaslav has made no secret of his desire to bring back Cavill and restart the (not Snyderverse) around Henry’s Superman.
With the apparent post-credit scene in Black Adam now out of the bag, the sensible money has Gunn taking over Superman’s reigns and giving what many (not me) want, a more light-hearted tone again for the Big Blue Boy Scout.
Zatanna Does A Disappearing Act
Another long-gestating DC project has been given the old heave-ho. Zatanna will no longer be coming to HBO Max and is getting shopped out to other streaming platforms.
Emerald Fennel, the woman who gave the world Promising Young Woman was set to take on the screenplay. Promising Young Woman was and I quote – grasps and displays topics of importance to Emerald Fennell: misogyny, violence against women in sexual contexts, and the harm of the male gaze.
This is so sad that Fennel’s take on Zatanna won’t be making its way to HBO Max because right now, the world could really do with yet another lecture about how evil men are. Anyway, moving on…
Walter Hamada Is Gone
And finally after 15 years at Warner Bros, and four as the President of DC Films, Walter Hamada has finally left Warner Bros. Hamada has run DC since 2018 and had a contract that was supposed to take him through 2023. Deadline reports that the exec waits for the senior Warner Discovery brass to finalize his exit payout.
The writing has been on the wall for Hamada’s DC exit for quite some time, and sources said he has packed up his office and hasn’t been part of recent creative meetings. Hamada will be the Zaslav’s fifth scalp since taking over, and boy oh boy, is that man not hanging about.
With the exception of Todd Philips’ Joker which won two Oscars, and Matt Reeves’ The Batman, it’s hard to think of another success story DC has had under Hamada’s stewardship. And let’s be honest, Joker and in particular, The Batman are both extremely divisive among fans.
Tune in tomorrow for some new DC updates when it’s likely to be revealed that everything I’ve just written is up in the air again and it’s all changed.