What’s Next for Sequels Like ‘Man of Steel’ – Deadline

Yesterday’s DC chaos around disconnection of Patty Jenkins‘ version of wonder Woman 3 combined with fierce rumors about the studio’s new co-heads James Gunn and Peter Saffron to turn the comics label on its head without one Henry Cavill Man of Steel 2 and possible recasting of many current major superhero roles has left the city with a bad case of PTSD.

The studio’s lack of communication to talent reps and content creators about what’s next in the DC empire as Gunn and Safran map it out has brought back bad flashbacks of when former WarnerMedia exec Jason Kilar surprised and alienated Hollywood with his popcorn theatrical project. day-and-date schedule, and even Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s war with Scarlett Johansson over Black Widow.

“This creates an uproar,” says one content producer associated with DC fare about the level of silence they’ve received about the fate of their DC projects going forward, “And it’s a terrible optic. This business is based on relationships. “

When it comes to the rumors out there that the core DC superhero cast of Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman) and Henry Cavill (Superman) could be recast as the Gunn-Safran administration makes a synergistic plan for DC -brand across all mediums, says our source, “These franchises that are already making a lot of money, why stop them? How can a studio carrying so much debt afford to start from scratch? There are scripts and actors’ schedules, must be reviewed.”

The three actors incl Black Adam‘s Dwayne Johnson is repped by WME, and a complete turnover of DC stars from Warners would put them in line for a major agency. No one is getting ready to go to war ala CAA/Disney with Johansson. Despite everyone currently playing nice, an anxiety lurks. On the other hand, we hear that WME reps Flash director Andy Muschietti and Indiana Jones director James Mangold is excited to do business with the Gunn-Safran-led studio.

Gunn sought to ease the agita today in a multi-Twitter post acknowledging “the fierce environment” he and Safran are entering and that “there would be an inevitable transition period as we moved into telling a cohesive story across film, television, animation and games.”

While it’s an understatement to say that change is never easy, Gunn and Safran’s arrival in DC is akin to any major executive taking over a studio or a football coach taking over a team. They are going to bring their own vision and more likely history will be rewritten. Give the guys some credit: they’re setting out to make a more cohesive franchise like Marvel.

“We know we’re not going to make every single person happy every step of the way, but we can promise that everything we do will be done in service of the STORY and in service of the DC CHARACTERS that we know you value , and we have cherished all our lives,” the Guardians of the Galaxy and Suicide Squad franchise filmmaker added in his tweet.

Now, Gunn and Safran aim to not have a Kilar situation on their hands in terms of talent relations, and hope to inform representatives of their DC plans before the holidays, shortly after they sit down with Warner Discovery chief David Zaslav.

There’s a lot of hot air out there, so here’s what’s known at this point:

Patty Jenkins, left, with Gal Gadot on the set of ‘Wonder Woman’

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Wonder Woman 3 According to those in the know, it was Patty Jenkins who walked away after receiving notes about the treatment she submitted to the studio. Apparently her threequel pitch had character arc issues that competed with Wonder Woman 1984, which, despite being affected at the box office to the worst of closed theaters in NYC and LA during Covid and a studio HBO Max day-and-date plan, was panned by critics at 58% Rotten and not a rave with fans with a B+ Cinemascore despite the first one getting an A. A rival studio head observed the potential problem in the current DC set-up of having a filmmaker like Gunn deliver notes to an established filmmaker like Jenkins, but we hear that Warner Bros. Motion Picture executives Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy were concerned about the treatment before Safran and Gunn weighed in. The group gave notes. Jenkins fought back, defending his vision that the threequel’s character arcs were solid. Jenkins was given the opportunity for another pass but chose to walk. While the optics of Wonder Woman 3 not going forward after the murder of Batgirl gives bad optics to the studio, it was never anyone’s intention to be sexist. The hope of another wonder Woman exists. The question is whether Gadot will pull it off sans Jenkins, and judging by the actress’ tweet two days’ before the explosive DC news, it sounds like the actress will be staying on board. Combined, that wonder Woman film grossed DKK 992.4 million. USD, the first dynamic female moviegoers to the DC universe. Why won’t the current DC administration do more wonder Woman?


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Man of Steel 2 and the whole Henry Cavill of it. Before Gunn and Safran even arrived, it was De Luca and Abdy’s decision with Johnson, sources say, to put Cavill’s Superman at the end of Black Adam to give the dark film an uplifting, exciting cliffhanger. No regrets there. Cavill is managed by Dany Garcia, who also represents ex-husband Johnson. Cavill’s team had been pushing for the actor to return as Superman for some time, a role he took on in the Zack Synder-directed 2013 version ($668M WW) and continued in 2016’s batman v Superman ($873M WW) and 2017s Justice League ($657.9 million). I hear Cavill took it upon himself to announce his return like the Man of Steel on Instagram on October 24, the day before Safran and Gunn were named heads of DC. De Luca and Abdy before the duo’s arrival heard a pitch off Man of steel producer Charles Roven and a writer. They didn’t like it and wanted to wait for Safran and Gunn’s plan to come into place. Therefore, Man of Steel 2 was never greenlit, didn’t have an instructor, and wasn’t wrapped either. Capsic? Man of Steel 2 remains an open space until the studio hears a better pitch.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Johnson revealed in a video post that he “fought hard” with Warners to bring Cavill back. Johnson said Warners “inexplicably and inexcusably” didn’t want to bring Cavill back, but he wouldn’t take no for an answer and his team got down to business.

“This has been years in the making in terms of bringing Henry Cavill back and years of strategic conversations, and we weren’t going to take no for an answer,” Johnson said. “There was no way, there’s no viable logical way that you can try to build the DC Universe without the most powerful force and the greatest superhero ever sitting on the sidelines. It’s impossible to do.”

Ezra Miller as The lightning


But wait, what about that Flash ends with Cavill? Yes, Cavill shot it, there is something involving Clark Kent with additional cameos by Supergirl, Aquaman, Wonder Woman in the film. But the studio is currently sitting on these options until they confer with Safran and Gunn. It remains to be seen whether the duo will make another Ezra Miller directed Flash and if they do another Flash, how they will take it up. Miller has been on fire in the tabloids for a number of spurts throughout the year, with the actor currently fighting a liquor burglary charge in Vermont. The actor issued a public apology for their actions.

Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam

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And Black Adam 2? It has been radio silence from Warner Bros. to the picture’s team about whether there is a sequel to the Johnson-led franchise. But Warner brass and Johnson are happy that tthe picture stands to make a profit north of $50 million despite false media reports. Warners would be keen to keep an asset like Johnson, with half a billion social media followers, in the fold, where the People’s Champion has made several hit films with New Line, including San Andreas, Rampage, and The journey to the center of the earth.

Will there be a complete reboot of DC’s core stars? A studio insider tells us, “At no point were there any preconceived notions about not continuing with these actors. It all boils down to how The lightning (June 16) and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (December 25) do at the box office.” Not to mention, the studio doesn’t want Gadot to hang up Wonder Woman’s belt.

And Jason Momoa as Lobo? This is just fan speculation at the time given how similar the actor is to the anti-hero. Momoa and Gunn are friends considering how the former made a cameo as Aquaman in the latter’s Suicide Squad spinoff HBO Max series The peacemaker.

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