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James Gunn, Peter Safran Crowned Rulers Of DC Studios

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One of the explicitly stated goals of Warner Bros Discovery since its formation, aside from destroying the hopes and dreams of humans everywhere, was to find a leader for the DC Superheroes that could do for them what Kevin Feige has done for Marvel. Today we can report the search is over: they have made their selection.

Based on WBD’s track record so far I never expected anything good to come out of this. But for perhaps the first time in David Zaslav’s entire career, he made a smart decision. James Gunn, creator of the two most excellent DC projects in recent memory (The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker), has been chosen to lead the entirety of DC Studios. Alongside him will be Peter Safran, a producer who has been involved with DC since the first Aquaman film.

“We’re honored to be the stewards of these DC characters we’ve loved since we were children,” said Gunn and Safran in a joint statement. “We look forward to collaborating with the most talented writers, directors, and actors in the world to create an integrated, multilayered universe that still allows for the individual expression of the artists involved. Our commitment to Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Harley Quinn, and the rest of the DC stable of characters is only equaled by our commitment to the wonder of human possibility these characters represent.”

Zaslav also said something, but he isn’t worthy of having a microphone.

It comes as a great relief to any DC fan wishing the most recent streak of mid to excellent DC films and shows would continue. Gunn is sharp enough to recognize what works and what doesn’t. He reshaped the disaster that was the first Suicide Squad movie into a transformative half-sequel that held actual appeal. This is the first optimistic news we’ve heard from WBD all year. Let’s dance!

Next on WBD’s agenda: figuring out who will lord over the 90 Day Fiance Universe.