Warner Bros. Discovery is currently at a crossroads. The plan to do a reset in favor of working on a 10-year plan for the DCEU, CEO David Zaslav has taken some drastic measures. From shelving Batgirl to canceling most of the HBO Max projects, it has not been an easy month for the studio.
The vision for their future plans is great, but what exactly is that plan? No one knows yet!
Hamada’s Way of Moving Away from the Snyderverse
But apparently, Walter Hamada had plans, a pretty good plan if you ask the DC fans. But whether Zaslav will follow through with them or not, is yet to be seen. According to reports, after the disaster that was the 2017 Justice League, Hamada tried to distance the studio from the Snyderverse and go for a reboot with the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline in mind.
We all know Hamada was not happy with Zack Snyder and the Snyderverse, even after the Justice League Snyder Cut became a much bigger success for the studio than the original version. So it does not come as a surprise that Hamada was ready to move on from this whole spectacle with an even bigger event in mind.
Just like Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, DC has a couple of crossover events with numerous characters and some amazing plot lines. There is obviously Crisis on Infinite Earths, then the Flashpoint storyline, Identity Crisis, and a few more as such.
Hamada’s plan was to release three to four movies each year, which would ultimately lead to the Crisis story, and bring together all the old and new characters that would get introduced throughout. When Batgirl was shelved by Zaslav, Hamada was ready to walk out but was convinced to stay until at least 21st October, for the release of the Dwayne Johnson starrer Black Adam movie.
DCEU’s Future in Murky Waters
As of now, DCEU is going forward with a minimum of three movies that will see the light at the end of the tunnel – Black Adam, Shazam! Fury of Gods, and The Flash. But after that, the future of DCEU is a little murky. With Batgirl already shelved, and the Sasha Calle starrer Supergirl rumored to be canceled, we can only hope that Xolo Maridueña’s Blue Beetle makes the cut without any delays.
The Crisis on Infinite Earths is one of the biggest crossover events in DC history. To be able to see it on the big screen would have been satisfactory if done right. We had already watched the event occur once for The CW Arrowverse crossover back in 2019. And that was a treat to the viewers, with so many DC characters coming together on screen.
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To have the same thing, but making it ten-fold production-wise for a movie, would have been one of the best things for DCEU. But now with so many changes happening under the leadership of CEO David Zaslav, it’s hard to imagine what the man has planned for the future. And whether Walter Hamada will be staying in his role as the President of DC Films, or leave after Black Adam is released.
After all, it was Hamada’s plan to slowly move toward the Crisis events over the course of a few years. Whether Zaslav believes in that vision or not, and whether Hamada will be willing to stay if it is given a green light, is a discussion for the future, albeit immediate. With The Flash moving towards a 2023 release, even with the lead star Ezra Miller being part of so many scandals, makes us believe that DCEU wants to properly introduce the multiverse with this movie.
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Crisis on Infinite Earths was basically designed to end DC’s Multiverse storyline. It ended up being one of DC’s biggest ever crossovers where we saw the Anti-Monitor destroying universes while the Monitor brought together heroes from across the Multiverse to stop him. With probably the biggest death count on any storyline ever in the history of DC comics, Crisis became a fan favorite amidst the ocean of tears.
If Crisis really is their endgame (pun very much intended), then it will be interesting to see how DCEU plans to bring in all the different characters from the DC universe into their DCEU storyline over the next couple of years, until it can be a reality.
Whether or not the Crisis event is a part of Zaslav and DCEU’s new “ten-year plan”, fans of the DC universe would love to see something of this scale, that can have a similar impact to Marvel’s Endgame. For now, we can only cross our fingers and hope for some good news from the franchise.
Currently, Warner Bros. is gearing up for the release of their much-anticipated movie Black Adam, to be released on the 21st of October, 2022.