James Gunn Announces DC Studios' Chapter 1 Is Way Bigger Than Expected

By Richard Nebens Posted:
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DC Studios' top executive, James Gunn, gave fans an exciting update teasing more to come in the DCU's upcoming Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters slate.

In late January, Gunn officially announced nearly a dozen projects that will make up the new Chapter 1.

Currently, this slate includes five movies and five TV shows that will begin coming to the big screen and HBO Max in 2025, utilizing classic characters like Superman and Wonder Woman while also highlighting new faces like the Creature Commandos and Swamp Thing.

And while plenty of progress is already being made on the start of this slate, there seems to be a number of other entries that haven't been made public yet.

James Gunn Teases Many More DCU Projects

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Responding to a fan's question on Twitter about what percentage of the DCU's Chapter 1 slate has already been unveiled, DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn announced that "less than half" of the slate's movie & television series have been made public.

In January, Gunn showcased ten new mainline DC projects set to hit screens in the coming years. Until now, fans were expecting only a handful of additional films and shows to be added to this slate, but Gunn's latest update indicates that at least 20 titles will make up DC Studios' Chapter 1 when all is said and done.

Discussing his plans for the DCU in an interview shortly after his Chapter 1 announcements, Gunn teased the idea of this being “a world where superheroes exist” and have been around for some time. He also noted that this story is much more planned out than the MCU was in the early stages, with Warner Bros. gathering a team of writers that will completely work out the whole adventure:

"We’re coming into a world where superheroes exist and have existed for some time in one form or another, and that’s the universe. And so we are telling a big, huge central story. Except for, I think, we’re a lot more planned out than Marvel from the beginning, because we’ve gotten a group of writers together to work that story out completely."

During a chat with the press after the announcement, via ComicBook.com, Gunn was also asked about the franchise’s eight-to-ten-year plan and whether it was two or three chapters long. Gunn noted that two chapters are planned out for the next decade, although those movies and TV shows don't close off the story as a whole:

"We already know. The eight to 10 year plan is two chapters and there’s an ending to our basic story that we tell there, but it’s not the ending of the universe. So now, will Peter and I be here beyond that time?"

When Will Fans Learn About New DCU Projects?

While there is already plenty of excitement building for what's been announced in Chapter 1, it's thrilling to hear that the slate isn't even close to complete based on what's been revealed.

With twelve projects already being confirmed during Gunn and Safran's initial announcement in January, hearing Gunn say that this is less than half of all of Chapter 1 shows just how expansive this new DC Universe truly is. But the real question on fans' minds now is when exactly the rest of these projects will be announced to the public.

There are still a handful of movies that will hit theaters this year and in 2024, and Gunn and Safran have shared that the new slate will release approximately two new shows and two new movies every year after 2025. Most likely, once the four 2023 movies hit theaters, Gunn will look to share more about his own slate as it gets closer to officially making its way out into the world.

And considering how Gunn teased that "less than half" of his slate has been announced, meaning that there are upwards of 20 new projects that make up all of Chapter 1. The DC Studios co-CEO will be fully diving into this slate once his work on the MCU's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is over, meaning it will be only a matter of time until fans learn more about what's on the way.

Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters will begin with Creature Commandos on HBO Max in 2025 before Superman: Legacy kicks off the theatrical slate on July 11, 2025.

- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.