James Gunn Offers DC Studios/DCU Reminder: No Scripts, No Casting
DC Studios co-head James Gunn reminded us of the "blanket rule" to keep in mind when it comes to all of the DCU casting rumors out there.
- James Gunn dispels DCU casting rumors, citing no scripts means no casting.
- Could we get a "Chapter 1 - Gods and Monsters" programming slate update in Jan 2024?
- DC Studios' film and TV series highlighted, including Superman: Legacy for 2025.
- Gunn's previous presentation sets bar for fan engagement in DC Studios updates.
Over the weekend, we speculated about whether or not January 31, 2024, will bring a day's worth of big updates on "Chapter 1 – Gods and Monsters," DC Studios co-CEOs/co-chairmen James Gunn & Peter Safran's first programming slate for their vision of a new DCU (more on that in a minute). On the film side, we have Superman: Legacy (written & directed by Gunn) set for July 2025; in addition, The Authority, The Brave and the Bold, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, and Swamp Thing. On the television side, 2024 brings the animated Creature Commandos; in addition, "Peacemaker" universe series Waller, "Green Lantern" series Lanterns, "Wonder Woman" prequel series Paradise Lost, and Booster Gold were also announced. Of course, social media has been reacting to all of that news with wave after wave of social media gossip, rumor, innuendo, and, well… downright made-up stuff. Though he's shared one of DC Studios' "commandments" when it comes to casting projects, Gunn took to Threads to offer a friendly reminder: if there's no script, then there's no casting. "I get asked about rumors of various actors being cast in various roles every day," Gunn posted. "Just a blanket rule to keep in mind while assessing whether these rumors have any truth to them (99% of the time, they're false) – we are never going to cast roles without scripts."
DC Studios/DCU "Gods and Monsters" Update in January 2024?
Since the big reveal earlier this year, we've had a number of updates – including some major casting news on the Superman: Legacy front and confirmation that Creature Commandos will still be hitting its 2024 mark. But could the really big updates be coming our way in a little more than two months – when we've reached the one-year anniversary of "Chapter 1 – Gods and Monsters"? Just to be clear? This is pure speculation – but January 31, 2024, seems like it would be a great date for a massive update along the lines of the original rollout.
I know that a lot of folks would assume that would be a good time to roll out "Chapter 2" and I wouldn't be shocked if something along those lines would happen. But with the double impact of the SAG-AFTRA & WGA strikes and other factors, I could imagine "DC Studios Day" would be perfect for an updated rundown. With Superman: Legacy, you could roll out costume design looks, a snippet or two from the script, possible additional casting news – things like that. For Creature Commandos, a quick 30-second teaser would go a long way to keeping the masses happy.
When it comes to the other films & series in the lineup, announcements about writers, directors & cast members, loglines/official overviews, key art posters, and more would also go a long way. One piece of advice – take or leave it? Gunn's video presentation introducing viewers to "Chapter 1 – Gods and Monsters" was a perfect way to present a lot of important information in a way that was both informative and heartfelt – it was clear that Gunn was wearing his geek heart on his sleeve for that one.