Even though Warner Bros.’ DC Films division is still lacking in leadership, the studio is keeping its fingers crossed that things will start to turn around with this week’s release of Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson. The better news for Warner Bros. is that James Gunn plans to create at least one more film for the DC Extended Universe.
The news that Gunn and his producing partner Peter Safran are in negotiations with Warners to make a new DC movie is included in a lengthy story in The Hollywood Reporter (and possibly more).
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There are no hints as to which characters Gunn intends to use (a sequel to The Suicide Squad is very improbable, given that the writer/director is already working on the second season of the spinoff Peacemaker and other Squad-based projects), although the film’s ending is ambiguous.
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A sequel to “Man of Steel” is still in the works, with producers holding out hope that Henry Cavill will reprise his role. Johnson hopes to see his character fight Superman in a future film.
And as we learned last year, J.J. Abrams is still working with Ta-Nehisi Coates on a rendition of Krypton’s most famous son, Superman, despite the cancellation of many of his in-development projects at the studio.
Next, we have the Dark Knight, Batman. In addition to the proposed series starring Colin Farrell as the Penguin, The Batman director Matt Reeves is formulating his own expansion plans.
The Reporter states that Reeves is in talks with screenwriters and filmmakers about potential Dark Knight spinoffs using characters from the rogues’ gallery. Even though its most well-known member is now prepping to record songs in another dimension.
Despite being sacked from Marvel Studios for some controversial statements he had made in the past, James Gunn has now successfully navigated the DC and Marvel universes of superhero films.
After making his name with Guardians of the Galaxy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Gunn turned to DC to relaunch The Suicide Squad in a more subtle way.
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From there, he created a character who would go on to star in Peacemaker, a critically praised series on HBO Max. As a result of the success of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, James Gunn was let go from Marvel Studios and given the opportunity to work on a comparable project for DC.
After returning to Marvel, Gunn is now working on both Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Season 2 of Peacemaker. Viola Davis’s character Amanda Waller from Suicide Squad may be the centrepiece of an unannounced spin-off series.