THR has a new report on some DC movie and projects updates. These include news such as Superman movie a go, a secret James Gunn movie pitch and more from Matt Reeves. So let’s get to what the official buzz is from the trade. First let’s start with the secret James Gunn pitch.
And The Hollywood Reporter can exclusively report that James Gunn, the filmmaker behind Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies as well as Warners’ DC-based The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker, is angling for his own new DC project (or two).
Sources tell THR that Gunn and producer Peter Safran are in talks with Warners for a mystery movie, possibly more, that Gunn would tackle. (Safran is already in the DC business, being a producer on Shazam! and its upcoming sequel, as well as Aquaman and that movie’s sequel.)
WB/D had no comment, however it is also reported by the trade that a solo Superman movie is a go. In other words, a Man of Steel sequel with Henry Cavill.
Under Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav and Warner Bros. Pictures heads Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy, Warners has an intense desire to reprise the Cavill iteration of the hero. The project that would essentially be Man of Steel 2 is being produced by Charles Roven and is currently in a search for writers. (There is a wishlist, of course. And Christopher McQuarrie, the hand that guides the Mission: Impossible movies was on it. McQuarrie worked with Cavill on the 2018 installment, Fallout, but sources say no official outreach has been made nor may it be feasible, as the director is working on the next back-to-back Impossible installments.)
So we are getting that Man of Steel sequel, but they need to find a director and I assume a writing team to get it together. I hope they really nail it, Superman can’t afford another poorly received movie.
So what about Matt Reeves and his The Batman Universe?
Meanwhile, in Gotham City, filmmaker Reeves is quietly making his own expansion plans. Reeves is developing a sequel to his The Batman, which grossed a respectable $770.8 million worldwide when it was released in March. Already, a series spinoff focusing on Colin Farrell’s Penguin is on its way to filming next year. But Reeves is plotting more. The filmmaker is meeting with writers and directors to build out movies — yes movies, not just series — focused on Batman rogue’s gallery, both established and more obscure, with characters ranging from the Scarecrow to Clayface to Professor Pyg. All those projects are in the very early stages of gestation.
All sounds great to me. IF of course we get good stories and good movies to back up this change of tack. I hope we do and I hope the audience gets on board tbh. What do you think of the secret James Gunn movie pitch, or the fact that Man of Steel 2 is coming? What are your hopes for Matt reeves side of the Universe? Leave any thoughts below as always on this DC movie and projects update.