For a time, it looked like Warner and DC would finally emerge with a clear new plan for the so-called DCEU after the many troubles and unfortunate decisions of the past: “The Flash’ was supposed to bring the Zack Synder era to a close and create a new status quo that would feature Michael Keaton and not Ben Affleck as Batman. But after the latest developments, a big question mark has to be placed behind these plans again.
Because not only did Warner with “The Flash” to fight properly, which – not least because of the numerous scandals and legal problems of leading actor Ezra Miller – is pushed further and further back, which in turn has an impact on the other DC films (most recently “Aquaman 2”).
Now there is also the drama about “Batgirl”, which the new Warner boss David Zaslav – probably due to tax advantages – packs forever in the poison cupboard and which will now never be published. And this case is spreading: like the magazine Rolling Stone namely reported a planned film about DC heroine Supergirl is said to have been canceled.
Supergirl (played by Sasha Calle) appears in “The Flash’ made her debut and went on to become a very important character in the new DC Universe. The suspicion was even obvious that she was planned as a Justice League replacement for the previous Superman Henry Cavill, about whose future there is still uncertainty in the DCEU.
But the sources of Rolling Stone now report that work on “Supergirl” is unlikely to continue. However, the reasons for this are unclear: Was “Supergirl” also planned as one of the medium-sized DC films that – as the case of “Batgirl” shows – should no longer exist under Zaslav? Will Sasha Calle still be Supergirl and then be in a Justice League 2? Or does Zaslav actually want to bring Superman back?
In the past, at least, word has been circulating that the Warner Discovery boss is a big fan of the character and has stated internally that it absolutely has to play a central role and that it’s a shame there isn’t a great Superman every few years -Movie give. Whether that also with a return from Henry Cavill would be connected, but is more than uncertain. A recast of Superman is at least as likely as a possible comeback of Cavill.
All of this upheaval doesn’t seem to point to a return to the universe once designed by Zack Snyder. This also provides the Rolling Stone clear and has an interesting anecdote to provide. Documentary filmmaker Leslie Iwerks, who last inspired the mini-series “The Imagineering Story” about Walt Disney’s inventors, is currently working on a major project about the history of DC. She also asked to be able to use excerpts from “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”, which she was forbidden by the new DC leadership. There is only one Justice League, the version that hit theaters in 2017, which Joss Whedon completed instead of Zack Snyder.
Rumors have been circulating in the past that the new Warner boss, David Zaslav, shook his head when the old management decided to give Snyder another $70 million for the late completion of his vision. It’s exactly the kind of money burning he wants to stop.
Zack Snyder is unlikely to return any time soon and save the DCEU as some of his fans dream of. After all, the filmmaker has himself contractually bound to Netflix and there are now many projects in the works for the next few years. So he has no time anyway.
What happens to Superman? What’s next for the DCEU? It is possible that some of this speculation will end very soon, because We could soon find out what’s going on: Today, August 4, 2022, there will be a major investor call from Warner Bros. Discovery, where, among other things, the future plans of the film division could be discussed. There are already rumors that films like “Shazam 2” and “Aquaman 2” are to be postponed again and also the start dates of “Black Adam” and “The Flash” are probably not set in stone…