With the gradual fading of the DCEU (DC Extended Universe), a new horizon is opening up with the introduction of the New DC Universe (DCU). Spearheaded by James Gunn and Peter Safran, the transition isn’t as clean cut, with certain characters from the DCEU reprising their roles in the newly conceived DCU. This transition, starting with “Creature Commandos” and further explored in “Superman: Legacy,” provides a channel for actors and audiences to step from the familiar territories of DCEU into the nascent landscapes of the DCU.
Actors Transitioning Roles
In a recent interaction on Threads, James Gunn revealed that three actors from the DCEU era would continue portraying their respective roles. Viola Davis will continue as Amanda Waller, Xolo Maridueña will reprise his role as Blue Beetle, and John Cena will don the armor of Peacemaker once more. Gunn had previously hinted at such continuity, especially concerning Maridueña’s Blue Beetle being a part of the emerging DCU narrative.
Kickstarting the New Universe
The pathway to the new DCU begins with the animated series, “Creature Commandos,” which Gunn referred to as a sort of aperitif to the DCU. Following this introduction, a deeper exploration of this universe is slated with “Superman: Legacy.” This sequential unveiling seems designed to allow audiences to gradually immerse themselves in the new narrative framework, with some familiar faces easing the journey.
Canonization Post Transition
One point Gunn emphasized was the notion of canon within this transitioning phase. According to him, nothing from the preceding DCEU era would be considered canon in the DCU until the release of “Creature Commandos” and “Superman: Legacy.” This approach might serve to delineate a clear boundary between the two universes while providing a structured narrative progression.
Shared Universes and Standalone Narratives
Gunn also touched on his philosophy regarding shared universes. He stressed the importance of individual narratives over interconnected story arcs. In his view, each story should stand on its own merit, with shared universe aspects adding to, rather than defining, the narrative experience. This perspective could signify a shift from densely interwoven storylines to more standalone tales within the DCU.
Commercial Hiccups and Forward Movement
The journey hasn’t been entirely smooth, as recent DC films like “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” “The Flash,” and “Blue Beetle” have faced underwhelming performances at the box office. Yet, the transition continues with “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” marking the closure of the DCEU chapter on December 20. The movie sets the stage for the narrative and commercial journey the new DCU will embark upon.
The article comes at a time where the world of comic book adaptations is experiencing both oversaturation and a craving for fresh narrative arcs. With Gunn and Safran at the helm, the new DCU could offer a refashioned realm of superhero storytelling.