A week into their jobs leading DC’s film, TV and animation efforts, James Gunn and Peter Safran met with their new Warner Bros. Discovery cohorts in a virtual town hall with CEO David Zaslav on Thursday.
Zaslav has said for months that leaders want to help DC become more like Marvel Studios, home to the most successful movie franchise in history, known for more storylines like the Infinity Saga. At a town hall Thursday, Safran emphasized that he will focus on telling a single story.
“It’s a unique opportunity to tell a great story,” said Safran, who is known for producing Shazam! And Aquaman. “A beautiful big story across film, television gaming, live-action and animation.”
Gunn noted that he and Safran had begun long-term planning for that story.
“The opportunity to make DC the best it can be and what it should be — I’m doing this job because I know Peter and I can do it,” Gunn said. “We’ve spent the last couple of days with a group of some of the best thinkers in the industry, with the best writers in the industry starting to map out an eight- to 10-year plan for how it’s going to look in theater, on TV. Animation, across the board for these characters.”
In late October, Zaslav Gunn and Safran joined DC Studios as co-presidents and co-CEOS, both of whom began their duties on November 1.
Gunn rose to prominence by turning around Marvel’s low-profile Guardians of the Galaxy characters as globally recognizable names. When he came to DC in 2018 to develop the feature, he picked up misfit characters like Ratcatcher-2 and Polka-Dot Man in his 2020 feature. suicide squad Rather than taking recognizable heroes like Superman. During the town hall, he highlighted his love for obscurity, sharing his relationship with The Metal Men and Bat-Mite. But he also paid tribute to DC’s most famous heroes.
“I love Superman and I love Batman. I love their interaction,” Gunn said. “I love the ways they’re alike and the ways they’re completely different.”
Gunn and Safran will report directly to Zaslav, who told investors this week that he has spent a lot of time with the pair over the past few months. He replaces Walter Hamada, who left DC Films president last month after four years in the post. While the search for a new leader to run DC had been long and closely watched, Gunn, a high-profile filmmaker, came as a surprise.
Gunn took a moment to address Zaslaw directly at Thursday’s town hall.
“I know you’re doing all of this because you love these characters, and you love the possibility, and the hope that they represent, and that was clear to us from the beginning,” Gunn said. “If that wasn’t the case we would never have considered this, so thank you.”