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James Gunn’s DC Studios Slate roster explained

The first chapter of the rebooted DC Universe begins with Gods and monsters. On Tuesday, DC Studios co-presidents James Gunn and Peter Safran announced the first ten film and TV projects under their new DC Studios slate — officially titled Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters – which will be launched on July 11, 2025, with Superman: Legacy. (Gunn and Safran will reveal more titles as part of the second half of Chapter One in the future.) In the first phase of an 8- to 10-year plan to tell a long-term, interconnected story across film, television, and animation, the unified DCU will feature “some of our most iconic characters as well as the next generation of iconic characters,” Safran said.

“The first chapter tells coherent stories that highlight love, compassion, and the innate goodness of the human spirit, all designed to reduce audience confusion and increase audience engagement across platforms,” said Safran, 2018 Producer. Aquaman and 2021 Suicide Squadset within the meandering DC Extended Universe.

Baseboard anchoring is Superman: Legacywas written by Gunn, who called the Superman reboot “the true foundation of our creative vision for the DC Universe.”

“Not only is Superman an iconic part of DC lore, but he’s also a favorite character for comic book readers, viewers of past films, and fans around the world,” said Gunn. “I can’t wait to introduce our version of Superman that audiences will be able to follow and learn about through movies, movies, cartoons and games.”

Outside of this unified universe are DC Studios’ Elseworlds titles, including Todd Phillips’ joker A sequel titled Joker: Folie à Deux (October 4, 2024) w Batman – Part Two From director Matt Reeves (Updated October 3, 2025). Below is a list of upcoming projects featuring the DCU Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters In expected order of premiere.

DCU List – Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters

Commando is a creature (HBO Max)

Gunn wrote the seven-episode first season of the animated show, in which Amanda Waller creates the black ops team of brutal prisoners. the eighties Strange war tales #93 Gather WWII’s strangest warriors – a werewolf, a vampire, a gorgon, and Frankenstein’s monster – to fight against German forces.

DC Studios Commando is a creature It is set in the modern era and will crossover live action Wallerfeaturing a team of outcasts: wartime pilot Rick Flag Sr., amphibious SHADE scientist Nina Mazursky, nuclear radioactive Doctor Phosphorus, SHADE agents Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, military-made military droid Weasel.


Waller (HBO Max)

Viola Davis – who appeared as ARGUS Principal Amanda Waller in suicide squadGan Suicide Squadthe HBO Max spin-off series peace makerAnd Black Adam She reprises her role in the series featuring Team Peacemaker. Crystal Henry (HBO’s guards) and Jeremy Carver (HBO Max’s Doom Patrol) wrote the series, which is part of Gunn’s HBO Max series peace maker.

In the first season of peace makerTeam Peacemaker included members of Project Butterfly: violent vigilante Christopher Smith / Peacemaker (John Cena); Waller’s daughter, Leota Adebayo (Danielle Brooks); costumed crime fighter Adrian Chase / Vigilante (Freddie Stroma); mercenary Clemson Morn (Chokudi Eugei); and ARGUS Agents Emilia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland) and John Economus (Steve Agee).


Superman: Legacy (In theaters July 11, 2025)

Superman: Legacy Describing it, Safran said, is “the beginning of the unity of coordination and engagement.” Commando is a creature And Waller As an “aperitif”.

“It focuses on Superman balancing his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing,” Safran said. “He is the embodiment of truth, justice, and the American way. He is kindness in a world where kindness is old-fashioned.”

Gunn wrote a file Superman The reboot focused on a younger Clark Kent. Henry Cavill, who has portrayed the DCEU Superman since 2013 man of steel, will be reformulated. (John said Cavill is “not part of that universe,” explaining: “Henry Cavill wasn’t fired. Henry wasn’t set to be Superman in a Superman movie.”)

Safran and Jan confirmed legacy “Not an Origin Story” and takes on the series’ 12-issue run All-star Superman Writer Grant Morrison’s “immortal” take on The Last Son of Krypton comes with all the icons associated with the character: The Daily Planet’s Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Perry White, Smallville’s Ma and Pa Kent, enemies Lex Luthor and Bizarro, Krypto the Superdog and the Fortress of Solitude .

“I really like the idea of ​​Superman. He’s a big old man,” said Gunn. “He’s a farm boy from Kansas and he’s very idealistic. His biggest weakness is that he would never kill anyone, and he doesn’t want to hurt a living soul. And I love that kind of innate goodness about Superman as his defining quality.”

While legacy Not an adaptation of All-star SupermanGunn said, “I’m a huge fan of All-star Supermanwhich is very much inspired by All-star Superman. “

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A “TV mega-event series” that follows Hungarian cops John Stewart and Hal Jordan as they uncover a dark mystery, as envisioned by John and Safran. lanterns Like “a lot in context real detective. The HBO Max show is an adaptation of Greg Berlanti’s live-action show that has since been cancelled Green Lantern TV series.

The “earth-based” series that puts Stewart and Jordan through “ancient terrors” on Earth “plays a really big role in getting to the main story we’ve been telling through film and TV,” Safran quipped.


DC Studios describes Authority: “The WildStorm characters will join the DCU as the members of the Authority take matters into their own hands to do what they think is right.”

Created for the WildStorm DC imprint by writer Warren Ellis and artist Bryan Hitch, 1999 Authority The Anti-Justice League – Swift, The Doctor, Midnighter, Jenny Sparks, The Engineer, Jack Hawksmoor, and Apollo – has assembled a group of superheroes who take a zero-tolerance approach to any threats that come their way.

“One of the things about the DCU is that it’s not just a story of heroes and villains,” said Gunn. “Not all movies and TV shows are about the good guy versus the bad guys, giant things come from the sky and the good guy wins. There are white hats, black hats, and gray hats.”

“They’re kind of like Jack Nicholson some good men,Safran added. They know you want them on the wall. Or at least they think so.”

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Paradise Lost (HBO Max)

a “game of thronesThe story of “the genesis and the political machinations behind an all-women society”, Paradise Lost It is set on Themyscira, the home of the Amazons and the birthplace of Wonder Woman.

“How did it happen? What is the origin of the All Women’s Island? What are the beautiful truths and the ugly truths behind it all? What is the form of intrigue between the various actors in that society?” Gann said.

The drama series takes place before the events of 2017 Wonder Woman and 2020 Wonder Woman 1984, which followed Diana (Gal Gadot) on her journey to “Man’s World.” (“We talked to Gal,” Jan added of the actress, who debuted in 2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. “She’s willing to do things. We’re not sure what we’re going to do with that.”)

It is unclear if the series will adapt Paradise Lost Islanda two-part story told in 2001 Wonder Woman #168-169 from writer and artist George Perez and Phil Jimenez. In that story, a civil war broke out between two Amazon tribes, with Princess Diana feuding with her mother, Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons.

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Based on the Grant Morrison comic series, Brave and daring “Introducing the DCU Batman,” said Gon Ho. Unlike Robert Pattinson’s Bat-Verse Batman, Reeves is in year two of his crime-fighting career Batmanthis is the Dark Knight firmly established at the head of the “Bat-Family”.

“A Very Weird Father-Son Tale” also introduces Bruce Wayne’s son, Damian Wayne, the murderer and “little son of a bitch” who Batman was not known to have existed for the first eight to 10 years of his life. Following in the footsteps of Dick Grayson, Jason Todd and Tim Drake in Batman, the boy Robin becomes for Batman his father.

“He’s my favorite Robin,” said Gunn. “It’s based on Grant Morrison’s comic book series, which is one of my favorite Batman shows.”

In the comics, Damian is the son of Bruce Wayne and the assassin Talia al Ghul, nicknamed “The Devil’s Daughter”: her father is Ra’s al Ghul, the feared leader of the mysterious League of Assassins.


gold booster (HBO Max)

In the HBO Max live-action comedy series, Mike Carter uses essential technology from the future to pretend he’s a superhero in the present: Booster Gold.

“Basically, gold booster It’s the imposter syndrome as a superhero,” Gunn said of the fame-seeker from the 25th century, who in the comics becomes a real-life hero as a member of the Justice League and the International Justice League.


Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow (in theaters fuck)

A theatrical science fiction adventure based on Tom King’s eight-issue series of the same name, The super girl The movie features a version of Superman’s cousin that viewers aren’t used to seeing.

We’ll see the difference between Superman, who was sent to Earth and raised by loving parents since he was an infant, versus Supergirl, who was raised on a rock, on a slice of Krypton, and who watched everyone around her die and be murdered in horrific ways in the first 14 years of her life. Her life then came to Earth.” “She’s more solid and not the Supergirl we’re used to.”


swamp thing (in theaters fuck)

In the comics, the swamp monster is a creature made of vegetation that acts as a protector of plant life. With his control of all plant life on Earth, the supernatural Swamp Thing protects humanity and the environment – often from each other.

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