With former DC Film President Walter Hamada officially out of the company, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that filmmaker James Gunn and producer Peter Safran have been appointed to lead DC’s film, TV and animation projects as co-chairs and co-CEOs of DC Studios. , which was previously DC Films.
Gunn and Safran’s succession ends a month-long search for the recently merged Warner Bros. Discovery boss David Zaslav, who was looking for a “Kevin Feige” type figure to run that part of the studio. Gunn commented on his new position but simply tweeted his excitement about things to come, albeit briefly.
Gunn and Safran will now drive the entire development and execution of a long-term plan for many of DC Comics’ characters and properties. In addition to these responsibilities, Gunn and Safran will develop, direct and produce their own projects.
Gunn will focus on the creative side, while Safran will handle the business and production side. They will also report directly to Zaslav and work closely with new Warners movie bosses Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy.
“DC boasts one of the most entertaining, powerful and iconic characters in the world and I’m excited that James and Peter’s unique and complementary talents will join our world-class team and oversee the creative direction of the legendary DC Universe,” said Zaslav in a statement (via THR), explaining why they felt like the right choice. Their decades of filmmaking experience, close ties to the creative community and proven track record of superhero fans around the world make them uniquely qualified to develop a long-term strategy for film, TV and animation and bring this iconic franchise to the next level of creative storytelling.”
Gunn led both the soft reboot of The Suicide Squad and its Peacmaker spin-off series to HBO Max, and both received critical acclaim and solid reviews. Safran has been able to build on The Conjuring Universe and DC movies such as Aquaman, Shazam! (and their upcoming sequels), The Suicide Squad, and many others under his banner and through his first-look deal with Warner Bros.
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