After James Gunn and Peter Safran took over DCU, the entire map of the universe changed and many IPs had to suffer.
2023 has been quite a tumultuous year in the DC wing of the Warner Bros studio which has seen a new leadership with James Gunn and Peter Safran taking the boss chair and making some very bold and big decisions. While we now await every single update about Superman: Legacy, the world is still not over the fact that they have not just scrapped the DCEU but demolished the foundation of Zack Snyder’s SnyderVerse.
The biggest blow when James Gunn and Peter Safran took the boss chairs was showing Henry Cavill the door right a couple of weeks after he announced his comeback in the post-credit scene of Black Adam. The decision was so bold that it shook the internet. But that was just the beginning and many more such steps followed.
Today we list down five much-anticipated films that were scrapped during the formation of DCU and ones that could have had a big share of the pie in the DCEU. Read on.
Wonder Woman 3
After Wonder Woman 1984, the sequel to the standalone flick, Gal Gadot was shaping the third film in the solo franchise with Patty Jenkins. The latter walked out of the project when she had creative disagreements with the bosses. In the same period, James and Peter joined the studio as the new bosses and later it was said that Gal is now working with James and Peter but it was then said that nothing is moving forward in that department. So the final verdict was that Wonder Woman 3 is not happening.
Man Of Steel 2
When James Gunn axed Henry Cavill’s version of Superman from his DCU, the chatter was that Henry had returned to the universe and the rumors were that Zack Snyder would also join him to make Man Of Steel 2. But even before that project could breathe well, Gunn and Safran didn’t just kill the last possibility but also axed the SnyderVerse completely.
One of the biggest shocking turns in the events of the DCU until now was the cancellation of Batgirl. The movie which had an illustrious cast led by Leslie Grace was mounted on a budget of some $100 million. However, the weak reception to the early cut and the big budget that the movie needed ended up killing its chances to see the light of the day.
A standalone Cyborg movie has been walking on a very dark fate. The movie that was initially planned for 2020 was postponed. However, Ray Fisher called out the ex-bosses of the DC wing Walter Hamada and Geoff Johns for his not-so-good work experience, he buried all the chances. However, when they were replaced by James and Peter the hopes resurrected. But not for long, because they scrapped the entire Snyder timeline.
Ben Affleck’s Solo Batman Film
This has to be the most painful one on the list. Ben Affleck’s time as Batman has been filled with too many tragedies. The man was once in charge of writing, acting, direct, and even backing his standalone Batman movie, but destiny had different plans. While everyone thought James Gunn might end up keeping Affleck on board, that doesn’t seem like happening. Even Ben Affleck has now decided to part ways from the character.
Stay tuned to OTTplay for more.