James Gunn Responds to Wonder Woman 3 Cancelation and the Future of DC Universe

The Suicide Squad. Credit: Jessica-Miglio/Warner Bros
The Suicide Squad. Credit: Jessica Miglio/Warner Bros

It has been a tumultuous few days for DC fans. If you haven’t heard by now, The Hollywood Reporter released a bombshell report earlier this week that the DC Cinematic Universe as we know it could be dead and buried. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was announced new co-CEO of DC Studios alongside producer Peter Safran in late October. With the announcement, many fans were worried about what this would mean for the future of the franchise and it would appear that they were right to be concerned.

The report revealed that Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman 3 is no longer slated to be released by Warner Brothers. Jenkins reportedly had a meeting with Gunn and Safran and was told by the new DC heads to rewrite the film. Jenkins declined the offer, which ultimately ended her involvement in the project, and also canceled the film going forward.

James Gunn has not been completely silent about his upcoming plans for the DC universe. Before the article was released this past week, Gunn posted a photo of the DC characters Mr. Terrific and Lobo. The THR article confirmed that Gunn has Jason Mamoa penned to portray the intergalactic bounty hunter effectively ending Mamoa’s run as Aquaman in the upcoming sequel.

There are still many other DC projects that are still up in the air. With the recent moderate success of The Rock’s Black Adam, reports have stated that a sequel to the film is “unlikely.” Even with the return of Henry Cavill as Superman, the word going around is that preproduction on Man of Steel 2 has been put on hold with the change in leadership. Cavill also reportedly filmed a cameo for the upcoming Flash movie, but there has not been confirmation of whether or not the cameo will be included in the final cut of the film.

One project the report revealed had not even been announced prior was a live-action adaptation of Batman Beyond. The film would feature Michael Keaton as a much older Bruce Wayne mentoring a new Batman. Keaton was already reprising his role as Tim Burton’s Batman in the upcoming Flash movie. Unfortunately, it appears that the film is also moving forward with DC’s future plans.

Fans were very quick to voice their concern about the direction of the DC’s future once the report hit the internet, so much so that James Gunn had to address the information that had come out.

It also appears Gunn has become more active on Twitter in probably the hopes to calm the legions of worried fans. Gunn revealed they do have plans for Green Lantern, but they do not include Ryan Reynolds. He also assured fans that Superman will play a huge role in the plans moving forward and even took a shot at some who may have been spreading some misinformation.

There is a big meeting scheduled between James Gunn and Peter Safran and the heads at Warner Brothers this upcoming week. The meeting will center around DC and likely cementing their future so hopefully, we will hear some more news on the future of the DC Cinematic Universe shortly. Stay tuned.

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