Sources say that new co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran are making considerable changes to the future of DC, starting by axing Wonder Woman 3.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that James Gunn and Peter Safran are planning huge changes for DC Studios.
We already knew they had their work cut out for them, but the changes reported here are pretty monumental.
Firstly, no more Wonder Woman 3. Patty Jenkins, who directed the first two Wonder Woman films, was given the news recently. THR reports that Jenkins was told WW3 “did not fit in with the new (but still unfolding) plans.”
Black Adam is also unlikely to get a sequel, although Dwayne Johnson took to Twitter to confirm his first superhero outing did in fact make a profit, after it was questioned. He also hinted at a sequel, but according to THR’s sources, Gunn and Safran are going in a different direction.
Black Adam brought back Henry Cavill as Superman, which delighted fans and ignited rumours that Man of Steel 2 might finally happen.
Waited to confirm with financiers before I shared this excellent #BlackAdam news – our film will PROFIT between $52M-$72M.
At almost $400M worldwide we are building our new franchise step by step (first Captain America did $370M) for the DC future.https://t.co/GBIgsbtnkq
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 7, 2022
This now also looks unlikely. Jason Momoa is most likely making his final appearance as Arthur Curry aka Aquaman in next year’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. He has shown interest in being cast as another DC superhero, Lobo, whom Gunn has teased on his social media before. So perhaps Momoa will still be a DC regular.
What we can take away from all this is that the Snyderverse seems well and truly dead now. Zack Snyder’s version of the DC Extended Universe was dark, moody and arguably, very uneven, but Snyder has already said he has no interest in returning and it would make sense for Gunn and Safran to start completely anew.
The Flash seems to still be moving forward and it’s unclear what would happen to Shazam! if its sequel, Fury of the Gods, is a success. The one film that seems completely invincible is The Batman and its inevitable sequel. Existing completely separately from the main universe, The Batman looks to be safe, following an enthusiastic reception earlier this year.