After Walter Hamada’s exit, everyone was wondering who would be able to replace him as the head of WB’s DC department. Though they were looking for someone to take on the job, it seems that WB has decided two heads are better than one.
As per an official announcement, DC Studios will now be led by producer Peter Safran and The Suicide Squad director James Gunn. The two will serve as co-chairmen and CEOs of the DC franchise, and will answer directly to David Zaslav, WB Discovery head.
When it comes to their responsibilities, Gunn and Safran will be ‘responsible for the overall creative direction of the storied superhero franchise across film, TV, and animation under new unified banner.’
Zaslav says about the partnership:
“DC has among the most entertaining, powerful, and iconic characters in the world and I am thrilled to have the singular and complementary talents of James and Peter joining our world-class team and overseeing the creative direction of the storied DC Universe. Their decades of experience in filmmaking, close ties to the creative community, and proven track record thrilling superhero fans around the globe make them uniquely qualified to develop a long-term strategy across film, TV, and animation, and take this iconic franchise to the next level of creative storytelling.”
It’s certainly bizarre seeing Gunn become the co-lead of Marvel’s rival franchise. Though it seemed like he was only working with DC temporarily before he was re-hired by Marvel, he’s now solidified to work for the studio for four more years, and as the franchise head no doubt.
I wonder what Kevin Feige has to say about all of this.
We don’t know what DC plans for the future, but Black Adam is currently showing in theaters.