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“He contacted me to express his support”: Zack Snyder Blesses James Gunn for New DCU Despite Ousting His ‘Forever’ Superman Henry Cavill for Being Too Old

“He contacted me to express his support”: Zack Snyder Blesses James Gunn for New DCU Despite Ousting His ‘Forever’ Superman Henry Cavill for Being Too Old

James Gunn’s new DC universe took shape soon after the changing of the old guard. The franchise that is now being built upon the collective grief and hesitation of the existing fandom was lacking in one simple factor – a nod from the maestro whose creation was demolished in order for DCU to rise from the rubble. It now looks like that factor too has finally been achieved and the people no longer have any reason to not move on from the past and accept the new changes that James Gunn has been offering to us since his arrival.

James Gunn [SDCC]
James Gunn [SDCC]
Also read: Superman: Legacy about to be a 10/10 banger’: Zack Snyder Fans Finally Looking Past Henry Cavill With James Gunn’s New Young Superman Movie

James Gunn and Zack Snyder Have a Talk About the DCU

The SnyderVerse era has been collecting dust for the past 6 years, but a momentary sigh of nostalgia was exhaled when the director of the DCEU returned to finish what he started by releasing Justice League Snyder’s Cut on HBO Max in 2021. The demand for Zack Snyder to then finish his promised 5-part Justice League series, of which two are still left, has since made the fandom’s priority list. After #RestoreTheSnyderVerse failed to succeed in the long run, new hashtags have taken up arms at Twitter surrounding the old franchise’s fate.

However, James Gunn, who has promoted an open line of communication between himself and the larger fandom at hand, has now responded to one such hashtag that asks for the SnyderVerse IP to be sold by Warner Bros. to Netflix. As such, Gunn has also revealed that he and Zack Snyder have had a talk about the current DCU slate and that the latter has given his blessings to DC’s new endeavor.

These revelations come in the aftermath of a counter-argument from James Gunn while responding to a fan promoting the SnyderVerse sale. Gunn’s new tweet now works to not only pacify a new mutinous uprising on behalf of the SnyderVerse but also establish a system of functional hierarchy at Warner Bros. The residual tension and resistance that the fans had toward the new DC Studios chief for his removal of Henry Cavill are also settled, once and for all, especially without the added leverage of pitting James Gunn against his predecessor and their different approach and mentality.

Also read: James Gunn Kicked Out Ben Affleck From DCU and Batman Franchise Because of His Age

On the other hand, this new hashtag on Twitter – #sellthesnyderversetonetflix – rises after Zack Snyder signs a deal at Netflix to build his Rebel Moon duology. After delivering an immensely successful zombie apocalypse film, Army of the Dead, the director now hurtles toward an epic sci-fi narrative inspired by the Star Wars franchise. The director’s stay at the streaming service had then led to the formative idea that SnyderVerse could very well continue at Netflix, only if Warner Bros. would sell its rights to the streamer.

Zack Snyder's vision dies with DCEU tilogy
Zack Snyder’s vision dies with his DCEU trilogy

Also read: ‘You can never be Zack Snyder’: James Gunn Divides DC Fans as He’s Reportedly Replacing Snyder as Superman: Legacy Director

Why the Netflix SnyderVerse is a Logistically Terrible Idea

Primarily, the idea for a SnyderVerse sale not only questions the legitimacy of Warner Bros. as a studio but transfers a dormant asset over to a streaming service that has no connection whatsoever to WB. In terms of the technicalities of such a sale, it is a huge amount of money that needs to go into buying the rights of a DC property from the studio juggernaut.

Considering Netflix is ready to pour enough money into the deal, there will be a lag in the production lineup of all its ongoing original as well as commissioned projects to make up for the negotiations, and until profits start coming in at the streamer, its own film and series properties will have to take a backseat in favor of the larger and overshadowing SnyderVerse.

SnyderVerse fans reignite hope for revival via Netflix
SnyderVerse fans reignite hope for revival via Netflix

Also read: Netflix Won’t Save SnyderVerse Because Zack Snyder’s Justice League 2 Will Eclipse Every Other Netflix Project

The resurrection of the SnyderVerse at Netflix will essentially pit the universe parallel to the new DCU. Warner Bros. will hardly voluntarily want to shift the limelight away from its formative creation – one that decides the fate of its survival (considering how much effort has been put into making that happen after a thorough restructuring). Not to mention, the effort at helming a universe away from its parent company is culpable and a logistical impossibility.

James Gunn kicks off his DCU Chapter 1 with Superman: Legacy, set to premiere on July 11, 2025.

Source: Twitter | James Gunn

Written by Diya Majumdar

It's 2023 and Diya Majumdar's social life is defined by a 365-day binge-marathon of films and television shows. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, she now has more than 1000 published articles on Fandomwire, and her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema. She happens to be a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh, and hardly anything fascinates her more than painting exact replicas of all their troubled works – in oil, of course.