James Gunn says: The DCU will connect games, movies and TV

In case you haven’t noticed, a major change to the DCU (DC Universe) is in the works. Warner Bros. Discovery’s leadership, led by CEO David Zaslav, decided to make sweeping changes, including the abrupt cancellation of semi-finished films like Batgirl.

Additionally, after a long period of relying more heavily on spin-offs like The Joker and The Batman, Zaslav has sought to follow in Marvel’s footsteps to create a unified DCU. After the decision to Batgirl’s dismay, Zaslav states:

We’ve reset. There will be a team with a 10-year plan focused only on the capital. It’s very similar to the structure Alan Horn and Bob Iger put in so effectively with Kevin Feige at Disney.

Kevin Feige is known as the golden goose who made the Marvel Cinematic Universe a massive global phenomenon thanks to his supervillain talent. Finding someone who could even attempt the same feat couldn’t be easy, but just last month, Warner Bros. announced that it would be a great movie. Discovery announced that James Gunn and Peter Safran will be named co-CEO and co-president of the renamed DC Studios division. More importantly, they will oversee the entirety of DC’s production, with James Gunn handling creative development and Peter Safran handling the commercial side.

James Gunn is best known as the writer and director of films such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and the Suicide Squad. Most recently, he worked on the TV series The Peacemaker (which is spun off from The Suicide Squad) and the Disney+ Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is slated to hit cinemas next year.

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Gunn is already hard at work on the so-called DCU Bible, a roadmap for the next few years of DC production across live-action movies/TV, animation, and even games. That’s what Gunn confirmed on Twitter, however.

It’s a surprising turn of events. We knew early on that Warner Bros. Discovery wanted to boost DC game production, but that doesn’t necessarily refer to a connected universe. Marvel themselves have never attempted to create a connected universe for games; Doing so considering both the live-action movies and the TV series/TV series certainly seems complicated, albeit exciting for fans.

However, it is unclear when the games will start connecting to the DCU. Rocksteady’s co-op open world action/adventure Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League will be part of the Batman: Arkham universe, and it’d be too late to change that anyway, given that it’s supposed to be releasing in early 2023.

The only other DC game announced is Wonder Woman, a single-player open world game in development at Monolith Productions. Announced at The Game Awards 2021, Wonder Woman has an original story, but the project may still be at a stage where changes can be made if needed, potentially merging into the Dawn of the DCU.

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