DC Shakeup Still Unclear At Warner Bros. Discovery

According to Variety, Greg Berlanti, who has overseen The CW’s Arrowverse (which is slowly being phased out with The Flash ending its television run), is heavily rumored to be DC’s answer to Kevin Feige overseeing its film projects as part of Warner Bros. Discovery’s restructuring of the company. However, Berlanti has not approached the studio for the job and doesn’t seem interested in wanting to do it either. But it’s one of the possibilities Warner Bros. is currently toying with, as CEO David Zaslav revealed last week that he wants to put in place a “10-year plan” to overhaul the studio and truly compete with Marvel Studios.

Zaslav is ignoring Walter Hamada‘s restructuring of the DC Extended Universe, which just started to turn its ship around with films like The Flash planned as a hard reset of the SnyderVerse, with Michael Keaton replacing Ben Affleck as The Caped Crusader and erasing most of the continuity for past DC films, allegedly leading to a Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event. But since films like Batgirl, Supergirl, Static Shock and Ta-Nehisi CoatesSuperman have been shelved, it doesn’t seem like we’re ever going to see the planned Crisis movie.

It is also unclear if Hamada will stay on at DC after his term ends once Black Adam gets released. Hamada almost exited the company when he found out that Batgirl was canceled without first being consulted by Zaslav or any other executive member of Warner Bros. Discovery but now plans to stay on until October 21.

Once again according to Variety, even with Batgirl canceled, Warner Bros. chiefs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy, are looking to bring Leslie Grace bat as Barbara Gordon, even if the finished film she was starring it got axed. Though one asks why would she (or anyone involved in the production) would ever go back to Warner Bros. after their *completed* film was scrapped by Warner Bros, who deemed the production wasn’t up to par with a tentpole blockbuster. With Batgirl canceled, it also seems like there will be no more HBO Max exclusive DC-related films. Every DC movie will now have a theatrical release, and the fate of its television series are still unclear.

A second season of Peacemaker alongside a few other Suicide Squad-related spinoffs are currently in development with James Gunn attached to the projects, but if Hamada leaves and a restructuring of the company goes even deeper, these projects could never see the light of day. Even if the status quo is currently maintained, no one knows what Zaslav and Warner Bros. Discovery are currently doing to the DC brand and what their “10-year plan” truly is.

Source: Variety


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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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