New DC Studios heads James Gunn and Peter Safran are mapping out ‘eight-to-ten year plan’


Exactly two weeks after the shocking news that director James Gunn and producer Peter Safran were taking over DC Studios, they offered the first tease at their approach.

Gunn, 56, and Safran, 56, joined Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav for a virtual town hall, where they revealed their approach.

Both Gunn and Safran teased during the town hall (via THR) that they have an ‘eight-to-ten year plan’ for the studio… though it will be a different approach than Marvel Studios and their sprawling, inter-connected Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Approach: Exactly two weeks after the shocking news that director James Gunn and producer Peter Safran were taking over DC Studios, they offered the first tease at their approach

Approach: Gunn, 56, and Safran, 56, joined Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav for a virtual town hall, where they revealed their approach

Approach: Gunn, 56, and Safran, 56, joined Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav for a virtual town hall, where they revealed their approach

Zaslav had hinted for months that he wanted to bring in leaders at DC that would help them compete with the MCU, which is the most successful film franchise in history with over $27 billion worldwide.

While the MCU features characters that weave in and out of different stories, it seems Gunn and Safran will focus on telling one singular story throughout multiple films, genres and mediums.

‘This was such a unique opportunity to tell one great overarching story. One beautiful big story across film, television gaming, live-action, and animation,’ Safran said during the town hall.

Peter: 'This was such a unique opportunity to tell one great overarching story. One beautiful big story across film, television gaming, live-action, and animation,' Safran said during the town hall.

Peter: ‘This was such a unique opportunity to tell one great overarching story. One beautiful big story across film, television gaming, live-action, and animation,’ Safran said during the town hall.

Gunn added, ‘The opportunity to make DC as great as it can be and as it should be — that is the reason why I’m doing this job because I know that Peter and I can do that.’

‘We spent the past couple days with a group of some of the best thinkers in the industry, the best writers in the industry starting to map out that eight to 10 year plan of what it’s going to look like in theater, in TV, in animation, across the board for these characters,’ Gunn teased.

Gunn started his career writing for Lloyd Kaufman’s Troma, including Tromeo and Juliet and Terror Firmer. 

Great: Gunn added, 'The opportunity to make DC as great as it can be and as it should be — that is the reason why I’m doing this job because I know that Peter and I can do that'

Great: Gunn added, ‘The opportunity to make DC as great as it can be and as it should be — that is the reason why I’m doing this job because I know that Peter and I can do that’

He branched out with writing Scooby-Doo and the Dawn of the Dead remake before directing indie films Slither and Super, before directing Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

He moved to DC after his surprising firing by Disney while he was prepping Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which resulted in the beloved film The Suicide Squad.

While he did go back to Marvel to make Guardians 3, he also created The Peacemaker spin-off TV series, which returns for a second season on HBO Max.

Surprise: He moved to DC after his surprising firing by Disney while he was prepping Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which resulted in the beloved film The Suicide Squad

Surprise: He moved to DC after his surprising firing by Disney while he was prepping Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which resulted in the beloved film The Suicide Squad

Gunn added during the town hall, ‘I love Superman, and I love Batman. I love their interaction. I love the ways in which they’re the same and the ways in which they are completely different,’ while also citing his love of more obscure characters like The Metal Man and Bat-mite.

Gunn also thanked Zaslav directly at the town hall, adding he wouldn’t have taken this job if the CEO didn’t also love these characters.

‘I know that you are doing all this because you love these characters too, and you love the possibility, and the hope that they represent and that has been clear to us from the beginning. We would have never considered this if that wasn’t the case, so, thank you,’ he said.

Love Superman: Gunn added during the town hall, 'I love Superman, and I love Batman. I love their interaction. I love the ways in which they’re the same and the ways in which they are completely different,' while also citing his love of more obscure characters like The Metal Man and Bat-mite

Love Superman: Gunn added during the town hall, ‘I love Superman, and I love Batman. I love their interaction. I love the ways in which they’re the same and the ways in which they are completely different,’ while also citing his love of more obscure characters like The Metal Man and Bat-mite

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