Last year Warner Bros. which is the parent company of DC had a merger with Discovery which changed everything in the DC universe. Starting from DC movies to tv shows, the future of every existing DC live-action property became uncertain. Many actors who were portraying certain characters in the were announced to be leaving, like Henry Cavill as Superman just after he appeared in a cameo in Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam movie. Fans were disappointed by the likes of these cancelations. One positive thing that happened was the formation of DC Studios which some think is a copy of Marvel Studios and James Gunn was made the co-CEO of the DC Studios.
James Gunn has made the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy for Marvel Studios, with the last part about to be released in May 2023. He also made The Suicide Squad in 2021, which was a soft reboot of the 2016 Suicide Squad starring Will Smith. Then he was also given the responsibility to make a spinoff series of The Suicide Squad on the character Peacemaker played by John Cena. Now James Gunn is a very active person on social media and often interacts with the fans on the things he’s been doing and the projects he’s been working on. Ever since he assumed the responsibility of the co-CEO of the DC Studios, fans have been waiting for some kind of announcement regarding the changes he would be bringing to the DC Slate and the new projects he would be making, or the direction in which he will be taking the DCU.
James Gunn released a statement in 2022 that he has sorted out everything he wants to do in approximately the next 10 years with the DCU and has planned which projects he will be working on. He also stated that he will reveal a part of his plan with some of the initial projects he has planned at the beginning of January 2023. But as we all know nothing like that happened. On 30th January Dave Bautista who plays Drax the Destroyer in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies and is a good friend of his revealed certain details about James Gunn’s vision of the new DCU which included a complete reboot for all characters and franchises. Soon enough, it was also confirmed that James Gunn and Peter Safran had a press meeting where they have already announced the project which they have planned to kick off their new DC Universe but it will not get public until 31st January 2023.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 31, 2023
James Gunn revealed the new DC slate as promised but the transition from DCEU to DCU will be quite smooth. With Shazam not being very involved with the DCEU and The Flash movie resetting the entire DC Universe. The first movie of the new DCU will be Blue Beetle. However, nothing was mentioned about Aquaman: The Lost Kingdom which is supposed to release in December 2023. So it is still not known where that exists in the timeline.
James Gunn also added that previously every DC project like the movies, the series, the animated projects, and games were all disconnected from each other. This will not be the case from now as the same actors will portray a particular character everywhere and they will all be connected. Although for some projects like Matt Reeves’ The Batman which is not connected to the DCU will fall under DC Else Worlds clearly differentiating it from the DCU.
Now coming to the new stuff. James Gunn said that the DCU will be divided into chapters and also announced some of the projects of the first chapter. So, here is the list of all the upcoming DCU projects announced as a part of the new DC slate:
- 1 First Chapter: Gods and Monsters
- 1.1 Creature Commandos (Animated Series)
- 1.2 Waller (Live-Action Series)
- 1.3 Superman: Legacy (Movie)
- 1.4 Lanterns (Live-Action Series)
- 1.5 The Authority (Movie)
- 1.6 Paradise Lost (Live-Action Series)
- 1.7 The Brave and the Bold (Movie)
- 1.8 Booster Gold (Live-Action Series)
- 1.9 Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow (Movie)
- 1.10 Swamp Thing (Movie)
First Chapter: Gods and Monsters
Creature Commandos (Animated Series)
Waller (Live-Action Series)
Superman: Legacy (Movie)
Lanterns (Live-Action Series)
The Authority (Movie)
Paradise Lost (Live-Action Series)
The Brave and the Bold (Movie)
Booster Gold (Live-Action Series)
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow (Movie)
Swamp Thing (Movie)