James Gunn and DC are axing most of the Snyderverse, and while that might be a controversial decision, it's the best course of action for the new DCU.
The sudden cancellation of Henry Cavill's Iron Man 2 is the latest blockbuster news from DC that confirms once and for all that the Snyderverse is officially dead and the right move for the DCU. While it hasn't been confirmed whether the Snyderverse will officially end, Zack Snyder's vision is a foregone conclusion. Plus, with Aquaman: The Lost Kingdom set to hit theaters and Gunn's new DCU replacing the DCEU, it's only a matter of time before that changes.
Dying Snyderverse, a colloquial term for Zack Snyder's DC films, beginning with 2014's Man of Steel, the film that kicked off the entire DCEU. However, after a string of poorly received films, the Warner Bros. studio ultimately chose to part ways with Snyder midway through Justice League production. The inevitable result was a splintering of DC's vision, which included a plethora of projects that followed Snyder's original vision, tone, and style. Although Snyder's version of Justice League is finally launching on HBO Max, recent events, including the hiring of James Gunn and Peter Safron as new DCU heads, clearly mean that DC's Snyderverse is done.
Why The Snyderverse Didn't Succeed
Zack Snyder's Vision for DC The cinematic universe takes a darker approach to the iconic comic book character, with themes about the nature of great power, human fear and loss of the unknown. The "Epilogue" sequence in Zack Snyder's Justice League even confirmed that if Snyder continued in his role at DC, the apex of his vision would be an adaptation of the "Injustice League" storyline. However, Snyder's vision never materialized, and his time at DC was cut short in 2017 before he could implement his future plans.
After the backlash and box office slump for Zack Snyder's DC film, Warner Bros. executives became lukewarm about adapting Snyder's future plans for the DCEU. Especially after the success of Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman in 2017, certain people at DC and Warner Bros., including DC Entertainment's former Chief Creative Officer Jeff Johns, began interfering with Snyder's projects to try to give them a A lighter tone, more akin to the thriving Marvel Cinematic Universe. The problem with this approach is that the lighter tone doesn't fit with Snyder's overall world or his apparent interests as a filmmaker.
Zach Snyder's stint with DC ended in 2017 when he left the mid-production Justice League film due to personal family issues. With the comparisons to the MCU in mind, DC hired Joss Whedon, the director of the MCU's first two Avengers films, to finish the film. The end result of Justice League was an unsatisfying blend of two very different visions that left the movie torn apart and the universe disorientated. Aside from finishing the director's cut of Justice League, Zack Snyder hasn't worked on any DC projects since leaving, which has completely stalled his DCEU plans.
Is James Gunn's DCU Erasing The Snyderverse Completely?
While Black Adam's post-credits scene had DC fans hoping that Zack Snyder's vision would continue in some form, the recent cancellation of Iron Man 2 and the exit of Henry Cavill as Superman seem to have ended any talk of a Snyder universe continuation Thoughts. Additionally, apparent leaks and widespread rumors suggest that Jason Momoa will no longer be playing Aquaman in the DCU. Even more shocking is the news that Wonder Woman 3 is no longer moving forward, despite Gunn hinting that Gal Gadot may return character. In any case, the main characters of the Snyderverse seem to be being erased at breakneck speed.
Although DC Studios has not officially announced whether it will end or continue the Snyderverse, it is clear that James Gunn's plan is not to revive the Snyderverse at all. Instead, the filmmaker seems to be picking out ideas and stories that don't fit his vision for the new franchise and weeding them out before they materialize. However, he indicated that certain actors, films, and storylines may still have a place in the DCU, suggesting that the Snyderverse won't be wiped completely, as some fear, but will be modified to better suit future episodes. narrative.
Why The Snyderverse Needs To End
While both the announced and upcoming cancellations have proven to be mildly controversial, their end result will inevitably be a healthier franchise overall. Even if the end result will take a while to bear fruit, the end of the Snyder universe and the DCEU itself is a good thing for the future of DC movies. If Snyder's vision comes to fruition, it could be a win, but it's not nearly enough Too late to revive his version of the movie world. Ultimately, the damage was done, and there was little that could be done to repair the relationship between Warner Bros. and Snyder.
Furthermore, James Gunn, as an independent and unique creator, cannot be expected to inherit the vision of another filmmaker with a very different voice and storytelling style. If Warner Bros. was ever going to revive the Snyder Universe, the studio worked hard to repair its relationship with Snyder himself. Instead, the studio decided that James Gunn's new DCU plans, canceled and all, were the best way to move forward, and in doing so, fully embraced his approach to filmmaking rather than Snyder's. So it's no surprise that Gunn chose not to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor.
James Gunn's DCU Future Looks Bright
Despite some resistance to James Gunn's changes to the DC film universe, the future of the franchise looks bright in his able hands. The director is behind two of the DCEU's most beloved projects, Suicide Squad and Peacemaker, proving his storytelling continues to resonate within the genre. Plus, his work with the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. The film also showcases his keen emotional storytelling skills and engaging characters. While he faces many future tests, including recasting Superman for the DCU, Gunn is clearly up to the challenge at hand.
James Gunn's recent move as head of DC has certainly divided the past few weeks, especially among those excited about the prospect of Henry Cavill returning as Superman. However, Gunn's first move has confirmed that he is the right man for the job. He's proven himself willing to make tough calls for the good of the universe, even if it seems painful at the time. Even though it looks very different from what fans are used to in the DCEU, and could cost several exciting projects like Iron Man 2, James Gunn's DCU does look very bright.