In August, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav announced that DC would seek a leader who could create a ten-year plan for the comic book brand to build on the success of rival Marvel Studios. At the time, this seemed like an unrealistic goal. But after a months-long search, Zaslav found those leaders, with filmmaker James Gunn and producer Peter Safran beginning their tenures as co-presidents and co-CEOs of DC Studios on Tuesday.
“I’ve spent a lot of time with James and Peter over the last few months,” Zaslav said Thursday on an investor call. “He has a powerful vision and blueprint that will drive a more unified creative approach that will enable us to realize the full value of one of the world’s most iconic franchises.”
The duo now handles film, TV animation. He replaces Walter Hamada, who left as DC Films chief last week.
On the earnings call, Zaslav mentioned several DC projects, including the upcoming Batman A sequel starring Robert Pattinson, and Joker: Folly à DeuxHe said the pictures are next month. He also highlighted Blue beetle, gave a shout-out to filmmaker Angel Manuel Soto for helming DC’s first film centered around a Latino hero. A new era in DC is almost complete after Zaslav makes a controversial decision bat girl In order to take a tax write-off. There was an argument Blue beetleIt was originally envisioned as an HBO Max movie before being upgraded to a theatrical release, but sources at the time said it could be in jeopardy. The Hollywood Reporter The plan was safe.
Zaslav noted on the call that Gunn is the only filmmaker to have directed blockbuster movies for both Marvel and DC. He became an A-list director with Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy And maintains a close relationship with Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige, who Gunn said was the first person he spoke to after landing the job. A day after the hiring announcement Feige noted that he speaks almost daily and that he is “first in line” for Gunn’s DC projects.
DC just released it Black Adam, which grossed $254.7 million globally. It also has Shazam! Wrath of God (March 17, 2023) Flash (June 23, 2023), Blue Beetle (August 18, 2023) Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (Dec. 25, 2023) and Joker: Folly à Deux (October 4, 2024).
As for Gunn, he still has several other Marvel projects in the can, including A Guardians of the Galaxy A holiday special, Disney+ on November 25, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, out in May. Despite those commitments, both Gunn and Safran are now ensconced in the DC world with four-year contracts.
Zaslaw said: “He’s working hard right now.”