James Gunn and Peter Safran named to guide DC Studios

Warner Bros. Discovery has discovered its leaders for the DC movie and tv universe.

The corporate on Tuesday named filmmakers James Gunn and Peter Safran as co-chairmen and chief govt officers of DC Studios, the place they’ll oversee the inventive course of the superhero franchise productions in movie, tv and animation.

They are going to report on to Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who has promised traders a 10-year plan modeled on Walt Disney Co.’s profitable Marvel Studios technique.

Gunn and Safran each have expertise in with DC materials.

Gunn directed 2021’s DC function “The Suicide Squad,” the irreverent R-rated movie a few particular crew of villains working for a shadowy authorities company. He additionally created the HBO Max spinoff sequence “Peacemaker,” based mostly on a personality from “The Suicide Squad.”

In an uncommon state of affairs, Gunn has additionally directed films for rival Marvel, the extremely profitable “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies. Simply Tuesday, Gunn launched a trailer for a “Guardians of the Galaxy” vacation particular produced for Disney+.

Safran was a producer on Warner Bros. and New Line’s “Conjuring” films, plus DC installments “Aquaman”,”Shazam!” and “The Suicide Squad.”

The duo will work alongside Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy, who were recently named co-chairpersons and CEOs of Warner Bros. Film Group, overseeing non-superhero live action movies.

DC boasts some of the best-known superheroes — Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman — but has not always lived up to its potential, playing an underdog to Disney and Marvel in the last decade.

The most recent release, “Black Adam,” starring Dwayne Johnson as the titular antihero, opened with a solid $67 million in box office from the U.S. and Canada last weekend and heralded the return of Henry Cavill to the role of Superman.

The announcement ends speculation over who would replace Walter Hamada, who previously shepherded DC superhero films for the Burbank studio.

During the last several years, DC produced hits including “Aquaman,” “Shazam,” “Joker” and “The Batman.” “Birds of Prey” disappointed at the box office and “The Suicide Squad” and “Wonder Woman 1984″ have been hobbled by being concurrently launched on HBO Max.