James Gunn responded to concerns about audience confusion about another DCU reboot and what that requires of him and Peter Safran. On Tuesday, January 31, DC Studios co-heads James Gunn and Peter Safran finally unveiled the first chapter of their DCU reboot titled “Gods and Monsters.”While their long-anticipated slate included a Superman movie, a Green Lantern television series, and a coined label for side DC projects like The Batman, the reveal generated some criticism and even concern about whether the public can keep up with yet another DC Universe House of MACCARTHY Shamrock Irish Crest Celtic Aesthetic Shamrock New 3D T-Shirt Fortunately, and just like everything else, James Gunn has a plan. At the January 31st DC Studios press event, shared via Gizmodo, James Gunn defended the decision to reboot DC’s on-screen universe, saying, “it’s going to take some time” to inform audiences who may be confused about another DC cinematic retelling: Question: “Is there a worry audiences might be confused with yet another DC reboot?”Gunn: “We have a lot to prove. It’s going to be up to us to show the audience what our universe is, how this is connected, [and to] clearly demarcate what is DCU and what is Elseworlds, and to move like that going [forward]. So it’s going to take some time.”
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While Safran noted that the overhaul requires “some sort of explanation,” he also expressed his confidence in audiences coming to understand “what the DCU is:””It’s going to take some sort of explanation. But we’re very confident that by the time ‘Superman: Legacy’ comes out that people will understand what the DCU is.”Just what the new DCU intends to be is an uber-connected universe where DC films, television, gaming, animation, and more fall under one creative vision House of MACCARTHY Shamrock Irish Crest Celtic Aesthetic Shamrock New 3D T-Shirt But with connectivity comes questions of dependency, and whether any of DC Studios’ stories will be able to stand on their own. According to Gunn, he wants them to do both, confessing that it’s “important for [him]” to have “these movies work in and out of themselves, and by themselves,” as opposed to being “completely dependent:” “I want people to understand the story no matter who walks in. If somebody turns on the first episode of ‘Booster Gold’, even if it’s connected to something else, I want them to basically understand what’s going on. If Superman is in ‘The Authority’ and they go in and they watch ‘The Authority’, I want them to be able to understand basically what’s going on in ‘The Authority’ without seeing Superman. That’s important for me. To make these movies work in and of themselves, and by themselves, and not have them be completely dependent.” But even so, the Guardians of the Galaxy director is realistic in admitting that “there’s always going to be small confusions,” but overall, his goal is that each DC project is “understood by somebody going to see it and only it:””Now, there’s always going to be small confusions and things when you tell a big story like this. That’s unavoidable. But for the most part, it’s really important to me that each individual project is understood by somebody going to see it and only it.”
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