MCU’s Chris Pratt Expected Join Forces With James Gunn at DC Studios

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MCU’s Chris Pratt Expected Join Forces With James Gunn at DC Studios

By Movieguide® Staff

Actor Christ Pratt, known for his role as Star Lord in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, is expected to join DC’s next slate of movies.

After GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY director and DC Studios CEO James Gunn announced that he expects Pratt, and a larger MCU ensemble to join forces for a new slate of DCU movies.

“This cast are like my family. I cannot tell you how close I am to Chris Pratt and Pom [Klementieff] and Dave [Bautista] and Zoe [Saldaña] and Karen [Gillan]. But I also know I will work again with all those people individually again. Probably at my other job,” Gunn said ahead of the release of his latest MCU movie, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3.

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The director also noted that while finishing off Guardians Vol. 3 is currently his “day job,” planning out his DCU slate has been more of “a very healthy part-time job that’s at least another 40 to 60 hours a week.”

The recent overhaul at DC Studios resulted in the termination of future MAN OF STEEL movies, which starred Henry Cavill in the lead role.

Movieguide® previously reported:

There are a lot of changes going on at DC Studios these days, from the end of actors’ runs as superheroes, to potential sequel plans.

James Gunn and Peter Safran are the co-chairmen of DC Studios and are getting ready to unveil their plans for the next 10 years at the organization.

The pair have kept things underwraps ahead of their presentation to Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, but a few details have slipped out.

Henry Cavill will no longer be playing Superman, as he announced in a recent Instagram post.

Other heroes might be getting axed, too. A third WONDER WOMAN movie has been taken off the table, and it’s been widely reported that the upcoming AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM will be the end of the Aquaman franchise, although there is no confirmation of this yet.

The movie is set to come out in 2023, along with SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS, THE FLASH, and BLUE BEETLE.

These movies were made under different leadership, and many are wondering if the movies and their heroes will fit with Gunn and Safran’s vision for the DC universe.

“Peter [Safran] and I chose to helm DC Studios knowing we were coming into a fractious environment, both in the stories being told and in the audience itself and there would be an unavoidable transitional period as we moved into telling a cohesive story across film, TV, animation and gaming,” Gunn wrote in a lengthy statement about their new positions at DC. “But, in the end, the drawbacks of that transitional period were dwarfed by the creative possibilities and the opportunity to build upon what has worked in DC so far and to help rectify what has not.”

He continued, “We know we are not going to make every single person happy every step of the way, but we can promise everything we do is done in the service of the STORY and in the service of the DC CHARACTERS we know you cherish and we have cherished our whole lives.

“As for more answers about the future of the DCU, I will sadly have to ask you to wait. We are giving these characters and the stories the time and attention they deserve, and we ourselves still have a lot more questions to ask and answer,” Gunn concluded.

While it’s unknown what direction Gunn and Safran are hoping to take the DC universe in, many are hoping they will continue making movies with redemptive values.

Movies like MAN OF STEEL, WONDER WOMAN, and SHAZAM! all performed well at the box office, largely due to the moral values promoted in them. Let’s hope Gunn and Safran continue on this path as they restructure the DC universe.