The DCEU is in flux as co-leads Gunn and Safran prepare to present their new plan.
Buckle up, DC fans; it may be the end of the Snyderverse as we know it.
DC Studios has been in the middle of a massive shakeup for months now as new leadership at Warner Bros looks to change the future for DC content. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the studio may be undergoing yet another drastic change: the full on shuttering of the Snyderverse
Next week, new heads of studio James Gunn and Peter Safran will lay out their years-long plan to head of Warner Bros Discovery David Zaslav. Their plan, which is currently still in flux, will serve as the blueprint for what DC will become, possibly introducing a completely new vision for the franchise. What does that new vision look like? We don't really know, but it appears it will not include Wonder Woman 3. Reportedly, the film will not move forward under Gunn and Safran's DC.
The Wonder Woman move indicates the possibility of a full-on closure of Zack Snyder's Snyderverse. That means that DC could be without all the heroes Snyder cast in his Justice League film. No more Man of Steel 2 with Henry Cavill, and no more Aquaman with Jason Momoa.
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It's already known that both Cavill's Superman and Momoa's Aquaman will make cameos in the Flash movie, set to hit theaters on June 16 of 2023. Cavill is said to have shot his cameo back in September, but the Hollywood Reporter claims that there is a debate inside the studio as whether or not to keep the cameo; if its inclusion promises something the studio would have no plans on delivering, it won't be seen by audiences.
The decision is already a bit precarious as Cavill recently made his triumphant return to screens as Superman in Black Adam back in October. Cavill himself even confirmed that he would indeed be back as Superman. At the time, it was guaranteed that he would be returning for a sequel; now, it's reportedly up in the air.
While the plans are still very much in the air, any number of scenarios are reportedly in play, including Momoa possibly returning as a different DC character entirely. Meanwhile, Black Adam 2 may not happen after its lackluster theatrical showing.
Either way, the Snyderverse has been the backbone of DC for years now, and Snyder has an explosivlely supportive fanbase behind him. Thanks to the outpouring of love for Snyder and his creative vision, Warner allowed the four-hour long Snyder Cut to hit HBO Max. That was under different leadership, though.
What happens to the Snyderverse now that Zaslav is at the helm of Warner? How does Snyder tie into Gunn and Safran's master plan? Will we ever see these heroes again? Right now, it's anyone's guess.
Carson Burton is a freelance news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter at @carsonsburton.