Warner Bros. Discovery is still searching for a Kevin Feige-like executive to oversee the creation of DC superhero movies. Soon-to-be-former DC Films head Walter Hamada will depart the organization the day after Black Adam hits theatres (i.e., this Friday). Still, James Gunn and Matt Reeves have ideas for what the company should do next: permit them to produce more DC superhero films!
The details in this sentence are taken from a detailed Hollywood Reporter story on the future of Warner’s DC film division. It mentions that Gunn is reportedly discussing with WBD about producing “a mystery movie” and possibly more than one of them. To be clear, this does not allude to a whodunnit project but rather a mystery movie. According to THR, we only know that Gunn would have produced the second Peacemaker season before making whatever this mystery movie is.
Reeves is reportedly working on a sequel to The Batman and wants to make other films, specific films on other Batman villains, according to THR. For HBO Max, Reeves’ The Batman spin-off featuring Colin Farrell’s Penguin is already in production. In particular, Professor Pyg, Clayface, and Scarecrow are named. They might not necessarily be characters who will appear in spin-off movies, but they could serve as examples of villains. In any case, the projects are “in the very early phases of gestation.” Christopher Nolan movies are famous for Scarecrow and Clayface, while Professor Pyg is a more modern, uninteresting villain. On the other hand, a sizable Matt Reeves movie may succeed where Grant Morrison’s books failed and make Professor Pyg hip.
Warner Bros. Don’t you guys enjoy Superman!, Discovery is screaming while wildly swinging its arms! “However, Gunn and Reeves are staking a claim to first dibs on the amusing characters they wish to base films on. Superman, played by Henry Cavill, wants to be a movie star. “No, lol,” everyone replies. In reality, we’re joking. Henry Cavill wants to play Superman again in a film that WBD plans to make. But Dwayne Johnson appears to be the only one with a strategy that entails squaring off against Superman.
There are rumors that Superman even makes an appearance in Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam film, which, if true, may or may not be casually acknowledged by a paragraph in this Hollywood Reporter that discusses how Johnson may or may not have gotten consent to put Superman in the film.
Johnson has been promoting a movie where Black Adam and Superman square off for some time. Hypothetically. Simply said, there is no way to confirm whether Superman makes an appearance in the movie. There is no way. We won’t ever know.
Right now, the only thing left to do is wait for Warner Bros. Discovery to get its act together, which it will surely do eventually.