DC at a turning point: James Gunn Beaches Secret Movie, Dwayne Johnson Reflects His Superpowers (Exclusive)

With the release of Dwayne Johnson black Adam This Friday, with DC Films president Walter Hamada quietly winding down his tenure in the coming days, DC is taking off in truly uncharted territory.

Indeed, without a permanent leader to direct the stable of some of the biggest and most well-known pop culture figures in the world, DC sees a secret, but exciting land grab among some of Hollywood’s biggest players.

Johnson is publicly touting his vision of a future Black Adam vs. Superman movie, with his words sparking fan desires to see Henry Cavill return as the red-headed hero. Matt Reeves plans to expand his business Batman universe, while JJ Abrams also stays in the mix with his own plans.

And the The Hollywood Reporter It can exclusively report that James Gunn, the filmmaker behind Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Movies Plus Warners’ DC-based suicide squad And the peace makeris looking forward to his new DC project (or two).

The sources say THR That Gunn and producer Peter Safran are in talks with the Warners for a mystery movie, perhaps more so, that Gunn will tackle. (Safran is already in the DC business, being a producer in Shazam! And a sequel to come, as well Aquaman The sequel to this movie.)

Warners had no comment, but as an insider notes, a carving of the picture company’s intellectual assets is happening. “The capital definitely plays a role,” says this person. How much you play may depend on your perspective from inside or outside the studio.

While it’s not clear what hero or teams Gunn is targeting, the writer and director will focus on Season 2 of peace maker First, the studio’s eyes are largely on Superman. Led by Warner Bros. Discovery, CEO David Zaslav and Warner Bros. Pictures, chaired by Michael De Luca and Pam AbdiAnd the The Warners have a burning desire to repeat Cavill’s iteration of the hero. The project that will be basically man of steel 2 Produced by Charles Roven and currently looking for writers. (There is a wish list of course. And Christopher McCurry, the hand that guides Mission: Impossible She had the movies. McQuarrie worked with Cavill on the 2018 edition, DropsHowever, sources say no official outreach has taken place and it may be possible, as the director is working on the next showdown impossible installments.)

However, Johnson has his own Superman plans, and has been very vocal about his desire to make a Black Adam vs. Superman movie, a desire he only repeated more frequently in the lead up to Adam. This comes as he talks about his “surprise” veil at the end Adam, with the actor stating that Cavill will appear. Insiders wonder if these calls are intended to move the film’s opening weekend box office numbers or to maneuver Superman into his chess arena, or perhaps both.

Whatever the case, Johnson is definitely at the center of Cavill’s return to DC, which hasn’t been without some drama of its own. Johnson’s manager is Danny Garcia, his ex-wife who is also his producing partner at Seven Bucks Entertainment. Garcia happens to be representing Cavill.

Superman, as well as Cavill, weren’t in the initial plans for black Adam. The idea surfaced during a reshoots for the film earlier this year, but the cameo was scrapped by Hamada, the CEO who for the past four years has tried hard to move DC beyond the era when there was a single director, in this case Zack Snyder, He had an enormous amount of influence and could control an entire roster for years. Hamada had his own Superman plans, one of which involves introducing a black Superman with a decades-old story written by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

After Hamada said no, Johnson circled the CEO, turning to De Luca and Abdi, who gave them a thumbs up. A furious round of negotiations took place before Labor Day, the deadline Warner insisted on, as the scene was filmed in mid-September.

Meanwhile, in Gotham City, filmmaker Reeves is quietly laying out his expansion plans. Reeves is developing a sequel Batman, which grossed $770.8 million worldwide when it was released in March. Already, a sub-series focusing on Colin Farrell’s Penguin is on its way to filming next year. But Reeves is planning more. The filmmaker meets writers and directors to create films—yes movies, not just series—focusing on the exposition of Batman Rogue, whether it’s well-established or more obscure, with characters ranging from Scarecrow to Clayface to Professor Pyg. All of these projects are still in their early stages of pregnancy.

It’s unclear where the movements of Superman leave Abrams, who is still on track to produce a Coates movie focused on the last of Krypton’s sons. This feature would exist outside of any greater continuity of DC movies, such as Todd Phillips joker Movies. The mega producer faced some setbacks when some DC shows — which are set in the supernatural corners of DC and feature characters like Constantine and Zatana — were canceled on WBD’s HBO Max streaming service. It is now being marketed to other streaming devices. But he’s not out of the game and is another Hollywood force in the mix vying for a piece of the DC pie.

All this happens because Hamada, who did not attend, Adam Premiering in New York on October 12, he packs final personal belongings from his Burbank studio office before his last day sometime this week. The CEO doesn’t even do a production deal with the studio, a traditional move among executives who have been abandoned but given a gentle downturn and a polite “Thank you for your service.” For many, the measure speaks volumes about how difficult it was to move from the AT&T era to Discovery under Zaslav, including the controversial cancellation of bat girl movie in August.

This happens in light of the miserable failure of the search for a new leader. After months of searching, Zaslav approached hiring CEO-turned-producer Dan Lin for the role of DC’s president, but talks failed. Part of Zaslav’s intention for Lynn was to act as a supervisor on everything related to DC, whether film or series, and he was going to act in part as an inter-IP traffic cop.

For now, De Luca, who is known for his fan roots and displays a deep knowledge of esoteric comedy traditions, remains heavily in charge of DC. It’s green Joker 2decisions have been made on Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom And the SparkleAnd he was meeting with filmmakers. Rumors abound that his role could develop into a role with permanent and even exclusive oversight of the capital. As for Johnson, last week he publicly expressed an interest in helping guide the search for a president in the capital.

“The best position I could ever be in DC is as a consultant, where I can help. I love DC. Johnson said diverse On the Adam red carpet “In the spirit of growing with the DC Universe. I am here to help in any way I can, including searching for and finding the right leader or leaders.”

This quest continues even as the board continues to be stripped of intellectual property by powerful players.

“It’s the Wild West now,” says one insider. “Everyone is trying to grab as much as possible. And that is exactly what happens in a leadership vacuum.”

One Warners insider disputes the idea of ​​a leadership vacuum, saying the studio isn’t standing still and moving forward on several fronts, focusing on some of the A-list characters as they plan and develop the wave afterward. text for Wonder Woman 3 Written by Patty Jenkins and a script for . is expected soon flash The sequel is already written – by Aquaman Writer David Leslie Johnson McGoldrick – just in case the movie, which comes out on June 23, 2023, does well. (It stars controversial actor Ezra Miller, who in August met with Warner’s leadership after a string of arrests and bad headlines, and today pleaded not guilty to a burglary.) Batman A sequel ahead, it puts the company’s big stars into a big-screen spin.

De Luca and Abdy are said to want more stuff in development, more stuff on the runway ready to go, and it’s the opposite spirit from Hamada, who has taken a more targeted approach.

Johnson, for example, is eager to move past the capital’s number one list.

like he said The New York Times For a profile posted on Monday: “It’s the safest bet to continue investing in the intellectual property the world knows about. The Justice League – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman. I get it. But it took convincing to get the studio to transcend the Justice League world DC, and there are some really cool characters out there. You just have to give it a shot and trust the investment.”

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