DC Studios Co-Chairmen James Gunn and Peter Safran have announced ten new projects across film and TV – including a new Superman film.
For a long time DC has struggled to create and sustain a shared universe of film like that of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With James Gunn and Peter Safran recently appointed to co-captain the DC ship, they’re making another attempt. The pair have announced ten new projects across film, TV and animation in a coordinated effort to build an interconnected story.
They’ve named these projects ‘Chapter 1’ and it will focus on ‘Gods and Monsters’. This initial chapter will be comprised of five films and five TV shows, with the latter being made for Warner Bros Discovery streaming platform HBO Max.
After it was announced that Henry Cavill wouldn’t be returning as the Man of Steel, despite donning the cape again for Black Adam, you might be most excited to hear Gunn and Safran’s plans for Superman. Unsurprisingly, a new Superman film is in the works as part of this first chapter of DC projects.
Superman: Legacy will be written by Gunn himself and is due to be released in cinemas on 11th July 2025. It’ll focus on Superman balancing his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing.
Other projects include animated show Creature Commandos, in which Amanda Waller creates a black-ops team out of imprisoned creatures. Waller is also set to appear (again played by Viola Davis) in her own HBO Max show. Waller is a spin-off of last year’s Peacemaker show and will feature some of the same characters.
Another show announced is Booster Gold, about a superhero who isn’t actually a superhero at all. He uses basic techology from the future to impress people in the present and pretend he has superpowers.
Lanterns is a series that’s set to play a big role in the wider story being told in this slate of projects. It’ll star prominent Lantern characters John Stewart and Hal Jordan as they uncover a dark mystery. The Lanterns are part of an intergalactic law enforcement organisation, so you can bet whatever mystery they come across will have big implications for the DC universe. Let’s just hope this show will be better than Green Lantern.
The last series announced is going by the name Paradise Lost. This will be set in Wonder Woman’s homeland – the island of Themiscyra. It will go back to the beginning of Amazon society, delving into the political intrigue involved in running an all-female society.
Going back to cinema releases, we’re also due a film about The Authority (that’s also the title), a super-group sometimes referred to as ‘The Anti-Justice League’. This isn’t because they’re anti-justice, it’s because they’re a cynical and pragmatic group that disregards rules and laws to get things done. It’ll be interesting to see a movie that’s about some of the anti-heroes on DC’s roster.
Batman and Robin are getting similar treatment to Superman, with another reboot on the way called The Brave And The Bold. It’ll be based on Grant Morrison’s comic series, which introduces Damian Wayne, a son Bruce wasn’t aware he had.
It’s also been confirmed that Matt Reeves’ Batman series, starring Robert Pattinson, will continue with The Batman Part II – and it now has a release date of 3rd October 2025.
We’re also getting Supergirl: Woman Of Tomorrow, based on the comics by Tom King. It promises a much more tough depiction of the character than we might be used to.
Last, but certainly not least, is Swamp Thing, a movie that will look at the character’s origins.
There’s certainly a lot of look forward to, and after the struggles DC has had getting its cinematic universe off the ground, we sincerely hope this new slate of projects works out well for the studio.
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