James Gunn Says DC Universe Will be Connected Across TV, Film and Animation

By Jessica Lerner 

Newly appointed DC Studios chief James Gunn has confirmed that the DC Universe will be connected across TV, film and animation.

There still will be independent projects, though, in addition to the larger, more integrated DCU.

The DC IP used to be split amongst various platforms. Superman and the Flash, for instance, can be seen in movies and on television in many incarnations.


Gunn took to Twitter on Sunday to answer users’ questions about the future of the DCU in an informal Q&A.

He also confirmed that to expand the DCU, he intends to give more DC characters their own TV shows. This move would undoubtedly help fill the gap left by HBO Max’s scrapping and cancellations of numerous upcoming and ongoing DC projects this past year, which saw at least seven projects axed.

There have also been reports that Titans and Doom Patrol, both holdovers from the short-lived streamer DC Universe, could be canceled following their respective fourth seasons.

Games may also end up being connected to the DCU as well, he said.

Gunn will not be concentrating on DC Comics but noted there will be “open communication” between DC Studios and DC Comics.

Earlier this month, Gunn and Peter Safran assumed their new positions as co-chairmen and chief executive officers of DC Studios. In these capacities, they will be in charge of coordinating the creative direction of the DC Universe across film, television and animation under a single banner.

Their hiring ended Warner Bros. Discovery’s months-long search to find new leaders to oversee its most successful franchise, with WBD CEO David Zaslav saying he wanted to find someone akin to Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige.

Zaslav has made revitalizing the DC film property a top goal when Discovery and WarnerMedia merged earlier this year, but his focus seems to be more seems to be on big-screen films rather than television.

“The objective is to grow the DC brand, to grow the DC characters,” Zaslav said during the company’s earnings call in August. “But also, our job is to protect the DC brand, and that’s what we’re going to do.”