DC Universe plans? Only James Gunn and Peter Safran know

Debunking rumors, James Gunn clarifies that only he and DC Studios Co-CEO Peter Safran know what is going on behind-the-scenes.

Newly minted DC Studios Co-CEO James Gunn took to social media to make it clear that only he and Peter Safran know what the ongoing plans are for the DC Universe, debunking rumors.

Debunking rumors, James Gunn clarifies that only he and DC Studios Co-CEO Peter Safran know what is going on behind-the-scenes. (Images: DC Studios/Warner Bros. Discovery)

Gunn is probably one of the busiest people in the entertainment industry right now. For the next 10 months, he will be wearing both DC Studios and Marvel Studios hats. Aside from the the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special on Disney Plus, he also has the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 to promote and work on, which will be released next year.

Meanwhile, rumors and speculation abound as to what he and Safran are cooking up for the long-term overhaul of the DC Universe. But what did James Gunn have to say about these rumors? Find out more below.

On the website Small Screen, an article by Edward Lauder was posted on November 18, 2022 stating that Henry Cavill will be back for multiple DC Studios projects, including TV shows. Later, the Geekosity website by Mikey Sutton referenced this in a separate article on its own website. This article was shared on Twitter.

However, DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn responded to the Twitter post, stating:

I’m not sure if you’re purposely lying or being taken advantage of by someone lying to you, but, as I’ve stated on here before, NO ONE knows what’s happening at DC Studios right now other than me & Peter. That would include writing up any new contracts for anyone at this point.

Gunn did not state that the rumor about Henry Cavill’s Superman contract is false. But the DC Studios co-head clearly wants to be transparent regarding who knows the actual facts going on behind-the-scenes.

James Gunn clarifies that "NO ONE knows what’s happening at DC Studios right now ", save for himself and co-CEO Peter Safran.

James Gunn and Peter Safran were elevated to the position of DC Studios Co-CEOs on October 25. The appointment became effective on November 1st. Since then, the duo have been in close discussion with their boss, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, on the creative and business directions they will be taking the DC Universe, such as focusing on proven franchises.

In fact, Zaslav has confirmed that the CEO pair of DC Studios have been building a roadmap or bible for the DCU. According to the WBD head honcho during the RBC 2022 Global TIMT Conference :

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. And 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.

This means the news about James Gunn hinting at a Mister Terrific project, or possibly Kingdom Come, as a climax to their plans is just speculation based on what he has been sharing on social media. Thus, it may or may not be the facts, at least until they fully reveal their plans.

Peacemaker Season 2 was initially planned to be produced and released in 2023, but that may have changed as Gunn works on developing the DC Universe "bible" with Peter Safran and WBD CEO David Zaslav.

When will they reveal said plans? Speculation is that it will not happen any sooner than January 2023. But as James Gunn has pointed out, only he and Peter Safran know for certain.

In the meantime, fans can catch James Gunn’s recent work on a DC property via Peacemaker, available on HBO Max. And for his last Marvel Studios project this 2022, The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will be airing on Disney+ starting this Black Friday November 25.

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