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James Gunn Explains What Will Be Canon in New DC Universe

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James Gunn Explains What Will Be Canon in New DC Universe

By Movieguide® Contributor

After taking over as head of the DC Universes, James Gunn recently explained what will and will not be considered canon in the future.

The Gunn-led DCU will officially begin when SUPERMAN: LEGACY is released in 2025. However, some fans wonder what the takeover will mean for previous DC projects.

Gunn explained that projects including THE BATMAN and JOKER movies and their sequels will be exempt from his DC Universe. DC video games also “do not all have to be canon to the shared universe of the films,” per CBR.

This may be disappointing for some fans who will feel like upcoming releases like JOKER: FOLIE À DEUX and THE BATMAN PART II will go to waste as they have no bearing on the Universe’s future.

However, this decision is likely for the best. It does not force Gunn’s ideas onto projects that were in the works before he took over, and he doesn’t have to conform his future projects with stories created before his time.

Gunn’s decision to decouple the video games’ canon from the movies’ canon follows the precedent set by Marvel, who has not made any video games canon with the cinematic universes since the early 2000s.

In doing so, the video games can tell complete stories – such as a villain’s entire story arc – without limiting the options for future movies.

However, Gunn has expressed interest in video game tie-ins in the past, stating that he is open to making video games that are canon with the cinematic universe. While no known project of this type is currently in the works, something of this nature may occur.

Movieguide® previously reported on Gunn’s DC Universe:

Co-CEO of DC Studios James Gunn recently revealed his plans for the next 10 years for superhero movies based on DC comics. 

“Storytelling is always king. That’s all that matters to us,” he shared. “So as many of you know, DC has been disconnected in film and television for a long time. And it’s one of our jobs, mine and Peter’s [Safran, co-CEO of DC Studios], to come in and make sure the DCU is connected in film, television, gaming, and animation that the characters are consistent, played by the same actors and it works within one story.”

Gunn explained that upcoming projects will be labeled as either part of the DCEU or DC Elseworlds. The Elseworlds projects include movies and shows that take place outside of the mainstream continuity timeline of other DC projects.

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