According to a recent report, the DC Universe will continue to feature certain existing franchises as part of James Gunn, and Peter Safran’s franchise revamp. DC Studios’ co-CEOs are now developing plans for how the DCU will look in the next years. Some details have already begun to surface, such as the cancellation of Wonder Woman 3 and Henry Cavill’s replacement as Superman. Additionally, it has to establish that Matt Reeves’ The Batman franchise will continue to exist independently and that Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam will not appear shortly. There are still uncertainties about what will be maintain and whether a complete reboot to planned.
There are a lot of discussions regarding what will happen to the DC movies in 2023 and the potential franchise success as a new year has arrived. According to a Variety story, James Gunn and Peter Safran intend to “broadly but not completely reboot” the DC Universe. Gunn has previously stated that recasting Superman will be part of this. However, this latest rumor points out that incoming Blue Beetle and existing brands like Aquaman and Shazam, as well as the HBO Max series Peacemaker, may be maintain as part of the reset.
Also mentioned is the possibility of Ezra Miller sticking around after The Flash. No one has confirmed that they would retain any of these properties, and James Gunn could quickly respond to this report on the media.
DCU Canon Questions Will Be Complicated by James Gunn’s Reset Plans
The likelihood that James Gunn’s plans for the DC Reset will involve not only recasting important characters but also current and prospective franchises reveals how complicated the DCU’s future may be. The only project confirmed to be a part of the franchise at this time is the Superman reboot film James Gunn is scripting. It will recast the role and center on a younger Clark Kent, but that choice has significant implications for what else could or ought to be include in the new DC Universe canon. Most of the important characters in the DCEU interacted with Henry Cavill’s Superman or somehow connected to them.
For the general public, it will be quite confusing if the DC Universe adds a new Superman actor while keeping Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Zachary Levi as Shazam, Ezra Miller as The Flash, or John Cena as Peacemaker. Henry Cavill is recognize as the Superman who interacted with Aquaman and the Flash, and Shazam even used his Superman suit. Without a multiverse-style reset that preserves some important characters/actors and recasts others, it will be difficult for James Gunn to explain a new Superman actor and modify his DCU history.
After all, other issues need to be settle, like Gal Gadot’s unclear Wonder Woman destiny and the upcoming Batman roles for Robert Pattinson, Ben Affleck, and Michael Keaton. Making sense of the DCU canon will be challenging, but Gunn and Safran have shown they are not afraid to make shocking choices like recasting Superman or excluding Dwayne Johnson from their plans. It won’t be simple to decide if Aquaman, Shazam, Blue Beetle, and Peacemaker will remain a part of the DC Universe.