27 Oct – After it was rumoured that James Gunn will be helming a new project with DC, it was recently revealed that the filmmaker is doing more than that.
He is now the co-chairman and co-CEO of the new DC Studios, a newly formed division at Warner Bros replacing DC Films.
Gunn, most known for his superhero movies, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" and DC's "The Suicide Squad", is now working together with another new addition, producer Peter Safran in replacing Walter Hamada, the former DC Films boss.
Rumours of Gunn helming a project with DC sparked last week, when the director was seen with Safran meeting with Warner film co-chair Michael De Luca. However, nobody expected that the meeting was about the two of them helming a whole studio.
"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," said Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav in a statement. "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."
"We're honoured to be the stewards of these DC characters we've loved since we were children," Gunn and Safran said in a statement. "We look forward to collaborating with the most talented writers, directors, and actors in the world to create an integrated, multilayered universe that still allows for the individual expression of the artists involved. Our commitment to Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Harley Quinn, and the rest of the DC stable of characters is only equaled by our commitment to the wonder of human possibility these characters represent. We're excited to invigorate the theatrical experience around the world as we tell some of the biggest, most beautiful, and grandest stories ever told."