For those wondering what the new heads of DC Studios have in store, half of the team took to social media this weekend to tease DC's future — and, perhaps, put to rest some old unsettled scores from the past, as well.
Writing on Twitter on Sunday, James Gunn — who shares the role of CEO of DC Studios with Peter Safran, with both being named in the role two weeks ago — shared, “Opened up Twitter at the end of a long, creative weekend to see the many tweets to #SaveLegendsofTomorrow & #ReleaseTheAyerCut & fan support for other DC projects over the years. The majority of these requests were enthusiastic & respectful. As the new (& first ever) CEOs of DC Studios, Peter & I think it’s important we acknowledge you, the fans, & let you know we hear your different desires for the pathways forward for DC. Although our ability to interact on Twitter has been lessened due to the workload of our new positions, we are listening & open to everything as we embark on this journey, & will continue to do so for the next few years.”
That’s not to say that either of those social media campaigns are going to come to fruition anytime soon, however; Gunn continued, “But all our initial focus is on the story going forward, hammering out the new DCU, & telling the Biggest Story Ever Told across multiple films, television shows, & animated projects. We invite all of the DC fandoms from across the multiverse — and everyone else as well — into this new universe. We can’t wait to reveal more.”
Beyond signaling that DC Studios is looking forward, not back, at least in the short term — read, “Don’t expect more Snyder Cut-style projects for old movies anytime soon” — Gunn’s tweet thread also raises the fascinating prospect of just what is meant by “the Biggest Story Ever Told across multiple films, television shows, & animated projects.” Previously, one of the things that distinguished DC’s projects from Marvel’s was the ability to tell stories that didn’t all belong to one singular continuity, with movies like Joker, The Batman, and even the animated Harley Quinn series — not to mention all of the interconnected CW shows — standing entirely separately from the movie continuity launched with 2013’s Man of Steel and extended through this year’s Black Adam. Is that going to change in the future…?
There is, of course, the possibility of even out-of-continuity projects being later considered inside a larger continuity thanks to the DC Multiverse; the 2019 Crisis on Infinite Earths TV crossover on the CW nodded in this direction pretty concretely, after all. Might we be seeing more of this in the future? Only Gunn and Safran know for sure right now…
Read more about Gunn and Safran’s new duties, and just what they’re in charge of. (Yes, they’re in charge of DC animation as well.)