Director James Gunn and producer Peter Safran have been announced as co-chairs and CEOs of DC Studios, Warner Bros. Discovery announced Tuesday.
“We’re honored to be the stewards of these DC characters we’ve loved since we were kids,” Gunn and Safran said in a statement. “Our dedication to Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Harley Quinn and the rest of the DC stable of characters is matched only by our dedication to the wonder of the human possibilities these characters represent.
“We are excited to amplify the theatrical experience around the world as we tell some of the greatest, most beautiful and greatest stories ever told.”
The latest: Director James Gunn and producer Peter Safran have been announced as co-chairs and CEOs of DC Studios, Warner Bros. Discovery announced on Tuesday
The studio said the duo will be working on a long-term game plan for the studio’s DC Comics interests in film, TV and animation beginning November 1, in addition to working on solo ventures.
Gunn, who had successes such as the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise and The Suicide Squad, of which Safran produced hits such as Aquaman, Shazam and Flatliners.
David Zaslav, president and CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, said in a statement from Gunn and Safran: “Their decades of filmmaking experience, close ties to the creative community and proven track record of enthusing superhero fans around the world make them uniquely qualified to become a long-term strategy for film, TV and animation, taking this iconic franchise to the next level of creative storytelling.”
The unit known as DC Films has been headed by Walter Hamada for the past four years; Hamada left the position on the left week.
Honing his craft as an independent filmmaker, Gunn has had massive hits with 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Gunn will be positioned on the creative side of the endeavor while Safran will oversee the business and production
According to The Hollywood Reporterthe appointment of Gunn and Safran to the positions comes as the conclusion of a months-long search that sparked widespread speculation in Hollywood.
Gunn and Safran had been seen during recent meetings with Warners co-chairman Michael De Luca at the studio, sources told the outlet, noting that De Luca initially sought Safran and Gunn to fill the position during a time when it was also negotiated with Dan Lin.
Sources told the outlet that Gunn and Safran will report directly to Zaslav and work with movie execs De Luca and Pamela Abdy.
De Luca and Abdy said in a statement: “We couldn’t be happier to have James Gunn and Peter Safran join the team and assume leadership of the DC Universe. James is a brilliant filmmaker and storyteller and Peter is a wildly successful and prolific producer and to have them both work together to forge this new era for DC is a literal dream come true.
We all share a very similar sensitivity and passion for this universe and the stars couldn’t have matched better. We can’t wait to get started, dig in and collaborate with these unparalleled creative minds.”
The pair will be taking over a number of popular DC franchises, including Superman (starring Henry Cavill)
Gunn will be positioned on the creative side of the business, while Safran will oversee the business and production, sources told THR. Insiders told the outlet that the pact will span four years and that Gunn will work exclusively for DC.
The upcoming Joker sequel will be supervised by De Luca and Abdy ahead of the upcoming production.
Honing his craft as an independent filmmaker, Gunn has had massive hits with 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He made his foray from Marvel to DC after being fired in 2018 over controversial past tweets.
He was later reinstated by Marvel and is directing the third installment of Guardians of the Galaxy, due out in May. He had early successes at DC with 2021’s The Suicide Squad and the HBO Max series Peacemaker.
Safran was initially a manager – Gunn was one of his clients – and has worked extensively with DC and the studio over the past decade.
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