James Gunn’s Next Big DC Series Is in the Works, Reports Say

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Christian Bale as Batman in Batman Begins

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DC Studios’ reign might just be incoming.

James Gunn with the Superman Logo
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Following the Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) merger last year, a significant overhaul took place, resulting in the departure of the former head of DC, Walter Hamada. He was succeeded by James Gunn, who now serves as CEO alongside co-CEO Peter Safran. James Gunn, a renowned director known for his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), particularly the Guardians of the Galaxy series, has a strong presence in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), home to characters like Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince/Wonder Woman and Henry Cavill’s Superman from Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

Team fighting in 'Zack Snyder's Justice League' (2021)
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Gunn has previously been involved in projects such as The Suicide Squad (2021), which differs from the 2016 Suicide Squad featuring Jared Leto as the Joker. Gunn now holds a position of creative leadership at DC Studios, serving as a counterpart to Kevin Feige’s role at Marvel, and is responsible for guiding the creative direction of the DC Universe (DCU). Now, DC Studios is set to embark on something totally unique, and allegedly, the opposite of what Marvel Studios is offering audiences.

Xolo Maridueña as Jaime Reyes in Blue Beetle
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In the latest phase of the DC Universe (DCU), titled “Chapter One – Gods and Monsters,” James Gunn is gearing up for a significant transformation of the former DCEU, aiming to start fresh. The most substantial information currently available pertains to the DCU’s inaugural film, Superman: Legacy, which Gunn has penned, and it appears to be in its final stages of development, just before the onset of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike in Hollywood.

Jason Momoa looking surprised as Aquaman in the water
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While details about the plot of Superman: Legacy remain limited, it is known that it will revolve around a younger Clark Kent as he grapples with his identity as Superman. There was intense speculation regarding the casting of the lead roles for Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane, until it was recently disclosed that David Corenswet (Hollywood) and Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) will be taking on these respective roles.

All Star Superman comic panel
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The DCU’s New Live-Action Series

Now, it seems that James Gunn’s DCU is ready to step things up into the world of DC television.

Known Hollywood insider MyTimeToShineHello shared that Gunn is in fact working on a promising new live-action series:

The Question tv series is in the works

The character of The Question is from DC Comics, originally created by Steve Ditko and debuting in Charlton Comics’ Blue Beetle #1. The character is typically depicted as a faceless detective, driven by a strong commitment to objectivity and the pursuit of truth. Donning a featureless mask and adopting the persona of Vic Sage/Charles Victor Szasz, The Question employs investigative skills and martial arts expertise to uncover conspiracies and solve mysteries in the gritty streets of Hub City. Known for his philosophical and philosophical nature, The Question’s stories often delve into themes of moral ambiguity and societal issues, making him a complex and thought-provoking figure in the DC Universe.

Users like Leo Rydel were quick to express their excitement, saying:

his could be fun!!! Mystery style with a different plot every episode… I can dig it!

The Question remains: will this pull DC out of obscurity and back into the cultural consciousness? It really seems like they’ll be able to challenge Marvel head-on with such intriguing ideas as this. DC fans are in for a treat, come this new show.

What do you think of DC Studios working on The Question as a new TV series? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

The new DCU currently has the main DC Universe films run by James Gunn directly, and the “Elseworlds” movies, including an alternative take on Gotham City, Matt Reeves’ The Batman franchise starring Robert Pattinson. This effectively means that elements of the DC Comics and their DC Comics character that have yet to be revived in the DCU count as well – whether it’s meeting a new Hal Jordan as the Green Lantern, or meeting a non-DC films Lex Luthor iteration – new DC character stories are all up for grabs.

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