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“There’s not going to be four Batmans”: WB Head David Zaslav Reveals James Gunn Has Mapped Out DCU Plan For Next Few Years, Hints Only Robert Pattinson and Ben Affleck Will Remain as DC’s Dark Knights

WB Head David Zaslav Reveals James Gunn Has Mapped Out DCU Plan

James Gunn and Peter Safran’s appointment as co-heads of DC Studios as approved by David Zaslav has become a heavenly blessing for DC fans. Their favorite movie franchise will finally have a change in the big seat after Walter Hamada left last month, having served fifteen long years as president of the company.


James Gunn, having already directed the critically acclaimed The Suicide Squad, will be hoping to paint a brighter future for DC Studios and the DCU along with Peter Safran by his side. Zaslav will be looking to see how the pair will ensure the progress of the DCU, also confirming that the much-awaited roadmap for the DCU will cement two key actors in DCU roles.

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David Zaslav Hints James Gunn & Peter Safran Roadmap Plans For DCU Is Done

In an earnings call earlier this month, David Zaslav had his part of praise for the new co-heads of DC Studios.

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The 46-year-old media exec was praising James Gunn and his storytelling ability as well as Peter Safran’s prolific record as a movie producer. He said-

“They are hard at work right now … James is a brilliant storyteller who has the distinction of being the first and only filmmaker to direct a movie for both Marvel and DC

He then had this to say about Safran-

” A prolific producer whose credits include DC’s highest-grossing movie Aquaman as well as the entire Conjuring universe, the most successful horror franchise of all time. We could not be more thrilled to have them join our leadership team, and I’m excited for what is to come.”

And now, in a recent excerpt from a conversation between Zaslav and RBC’s Kutgun Maral for RBC, the man in the big seat at Warner Bros. Discovery says that Gunn has already made plans for the DCU for the coming years-


“I think over the next few years, you’re going to see a lot of growth and opportunity around DC, there’s not going to be four Batmans.”

It seems like David Zaslav has had a slip of the tongue and revealed during the interview that Ben Affleck and Robert Pattinson’s current jobs of playing Batman in his company’s productions are not at risk.

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He further continues, asking fans to give Safran and Gunn some “period of time” to show what they can do-


“So part of our strategy is drive the hell out of DC, which James and Peter are going to do. I think they’ve thrilled the fans. I think they’re going to thrill you over a period of time.”

Whatever opinions that people may have of Safran or Gunn, it’s important to give them some time to properly plan out a roadmap for the DCU. The wait just makes it better!

Also Read: ‘Marvel is 7, 8, 9 times bigger, but we have Batman’: WB CEO David Zaslav Says MCU is Bigger But DC is a Better Money Making Machine

Here’s How David Zaslav Plans On Spending The HBO Budget

In a recent interview with RBC’s Kutgun Maral, David Zaslav also revealed some interesting details about how the HBO business for WarnerMedia had led the media company to a $3 billion loss. This comes after the company had spent a whopping $7 billion on creating content for HBO Max.

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Zaslav revealed during the interview how his company plans to prevent the accumulation of a loss like that again-

“We are right [now] sizing HBO Max — more content that people love, more original content.”

“Our whole library went on HBO Max, and we weren’t selling any of it, but it was all on there. Now, all that could have worked, but we looked at it and we said: Most of this is not being watched. Or, we don’t think anybody is subscribing because of this. We can sell it non-exclusively to somebody else. Look at this huge library that we have.”

It seems like the nightmarish backlash that WB and its subsidiaries were facing from fans has died down after quite a long time, and things are finally going well for the company.


Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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