Fans of superhero movies have had a thrilling week, especially if you enjoy DC Comics. The beginning of James Gunn and Peter Safran’s 8–10 year plan to restore DC icons like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman to their proper position at the summit of comic book culture was unveiled this week by the duo, who together manage DC Studios at Warner Bros.
It will take some time before the ten projects that will make up chapter one of a broader, interwoven universe—five on HBO Max and five in theaters—begin. Superman: Legacy, the first film, won’t hit theatres until July 2025. That is very far away.
So, in the interim, Gunn took to Twitter to give fans an idea of the specific comic runs that inspired the films he and his team are developing for Superman, Batman, Supergirl, and Swamp Thing, as well as the big-screen debut of Wildstorm’s team, the Authority.
This helped quench some of the thirst and excitement for these properties. Gunn did not provide links, which is why we are here.
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow by Tom King comes first; although not seen there, it is mentioned. That is available at that link. Then there’s All-Star Superman: The Deluxe Edition, Batman by Grand Morrison Omnibus Vol. 1, and Absolute Swamp Thing by Alan Moore, all of which are accessible at that link.
We’re talked a lot about Woman of Tomorrow, but these are more of the comics inspiring #DCStudios and the new #DCU in these early days. That doesn’t mean we’re adapting all these comics, but that the feel, the look, or the tone of them are touchstones for our team. Check ’em out! pic.twitter.com/34KrVPeEL5
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 2, 2023
Sadly, The Authority Omnibus that Gunn referenced in his tweet is no longer in print, while the stories it contains are still available in various editions. More details on that are available here.
Again, it’s crucial to consider the remainder of Gunn’s tweet. Don’t anticipate the exact plots to be transported to theatres, even while these runs with these characters, authors, and artists are inspiring the DCU in their “feel,” “look,” and “tone.” Just the “touchstones” are included here.
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