DCEU and Warner Bros. Discovery’s search for their version of Kevin Feige has finally come to an end as DC Films would now be known as DC Studios and James Gunn along with Peter Safran would be the co-CEOs of the franchise, both movies, and TV. They had long since been searching to map out and run a more MCU-style plan for their projects and with the looks of it, Gunn and Safran have replaced Walter Hamada with the two.
As the two get busier with their new titles; the weight of competing with Marvel as well as entertaining the fans on a larger scale comes into play for the two new bosses of the DCEU. Their jobs would include having creative control to the highest level for the franchise.
James Gunn And Peter Safran Become The Face Of DC Studios
CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, David Zaslav had stated rather clearly the direction he wanted the DCEU to be heading. After searching for so long, he seems to have found the perfect leaders for DC Studios.
“If Marvel proves anything, you need someone with fanboy chops and producer chops. That’s what they seem to have here, for the first time, at DC.”
Director James Gunn and producer Peter Safran have since then stepped up and given out official statements about their newly promoted jobs and have expressed their gratitude as well as come forward to state just how much they love superheroes and how they will show this same adoration in their future projects.
“We look forward to collaborating with the most talented writers, directors, and actors in the world to create an integrated, multilayered universe that still allows for the individual expression of the artists involved. Our commitment to Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Harley Quinn, and the rest of the DC stable of characters is only equaled by our commitment to the wonder of human possibility these characters represent. We’re excited to invigorate the theatrical experience around the world as we tell some of the biggest, most beautiful, and grandest stories ever told.”
The two would start working on future DC projects from 1st November 2022, and even after that fans would have to be patient for any new news regarding movies or TV shows that haven’t already been announced yet.
James Gunn And Peter Safran Take On Their New Posts
James Gunn and Peter Safran will take up management of several unfinished projects from the previous administration of Toby Emmerich, the former president of Warner Bros., and Walter Hamada, the popular DC executive who resigned after David Zaslav canceled Batgirl in favor of a tax write-off. Both The Flash, which has completed filming, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which is now in post-production, fall under this category. Insiders claim that Pamela Abdy, the new head of the Warner Bros. film division, and Michael De Luca, who promoted Gunn’s employment and introduced Zaslav to him, approved Joker: Folie à Deux. However, that film will not be a part of any fictional universe that Gunn and Safran create. Matt Reeves’ sequel to The Batman also falls under this criteria, however, the director is yet to complete the script for it.
It wasn’t always easy for the Peacemaker director, because of outrage at social media posts in which the filmmaker made fun of pedophilia, AIDS patients, the Holocaust, and sexual assault, Gunn was sacked from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise in 2018. Gunn’s comments were denounced by Alan Horn, a renowned industry veteran and current advisor to Zaslav and Warner Bros. Discovery, as being “indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s beliefs.” After apologizing, He was then appointed as the director of The Suicide Squad for DC which then led to the spinoff show on HBO Max, Peacemaker; both proved to be massive successes. He was since then called back as the director of the third installment of Guardians of the Galaxy.
The Fans React To James Gunn And Peter Safran Being CEOs
Ever since the news has been announced, fans have had mixed opinions regarding it. While some are ecstatic about the news, others still want Zack Snyder to return to the DCEU and express his vision of the franchise.
BIGGEST W IVE EVER SEEN
— harley ☥ | Black Adam ⚡️ (@harleysuniverse) October 25, 2022
Mcu is shaking now 🗿
— VicTOR_1021 (@1021_victor) October 25, 2022
Big W for them. Hopefully @JamesGunn can make some great movies there and have good decisions. Would love a proper universe in DC even though im a massive Marvel fan. Get some good actors and use some of the dope super heroes and villains that are there
— Snerris (@Snerrisen) October 25, 2022
Dc has taken a lot of Ls recently, but now this along with the return of Henry cavil it looks like dc if finally going on the right direction
— king thanos (@helamgameplay) October 25, 2022
Many even see this as the perfect opportunity to go up and compete with Marvel Studios as DC Studios might finally have a chance to go head-first against the franchise. Much like any announcement, there is both positive and negative feedback towards it. How the two perform would only be a matter of waiting and seeing what Gunn and Safran come up with.