James Gunn and Peter Safran Named as Co-Heads of DC Studios
Published 1 month ago
For years DC had been attempting to find their own ‘Kevin Feige’ that would unify its connected universe, but after Walter Hamada, it looked like they had no one to step up to the challenge. What’s interesting is, the studio has decided to put two people in charge.
In an official announcement from WB, The Suicide Squad director James Gunn and DC producer Peter Safran have been named the co-chairmen and CEOs of DC Studios. The two ‘will be responsible for the overall creative direction of the storied superhero franchise across film, TV, and animation under new unified banner.’
The two are expected to report under WB Discovery President David Zaslav, and will start officially on Nov. 1. The two will also be working with Mike De Luca and Pam Abdy. Zaslav had this to say about the two being hired:
“DC has among the most entertaining, powerful, and iconic characters in the world and I am thrilled to have the singular and complementary talents of James and Peter joining our world-class team and overseeing the creative direction of the storied DC Universe. Their decades of experience in filmmaking, close ties to the creative community, and proven track record thrilling superhero fans around the globe make them uniquely qualified to develop a long-term strategy across film, TV, and animation, and take this iconic franchise to the next level of creative storytelling.”
Already fans are complaining online that Zack Snyder wasn’t mentioned in the announcement, but for now I think the idea that Gunn is now half of ‘DC’s Kevin Feige’ has to settle in for fans. Though Gunn’s movies have been critically praised, they are still vastly different from the tone that the Snyder fans had been asking for; and moving forward, I don’t know what kind of plan Gunn has for DC overall.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, the only DC project in theaters now is Black Adam.