James Gunn, Peter Safran named new heads of Warner Bros.’ DC studios

by | Oct 25, 2022 | Business

James Gunn and Peter Safran will be the next co-heads of Warner Bros. Discovery’s DC Comics film and TV unit, the company announced Tuesday. Their appointments will be effective Nov. 1.The news comes during a tumultuous time for the newly formed Warner Bros. Discovery. CEO David Zaslav has been attempting to remake WarnerMedia after merging it with Discovery in April, including through layoffs and content elimination from streaming service HBO Max. Zaslav has been looking for someone to steady the ship at the DC film division, home to superheroes such as Wonder Woman and Superman, as Warner Bros. Discovery aims to capture the kind of consistent success enjoyed by Disney’s Marvel Studios.Both Gunn and Safran have experience with the superhero genre and have brought heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Universe to the big and small screens, including “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Suicide Squad” and “Peacemaker.””DC has among the most entertaining, powerful, and iconic characters in the world and I am thrilled to have the singular and complementary talents of James and Peter joining our world-class team and overseeing the creative direction of the storied DC Universe,” Zaslav said in a statement Tuesday.The pair will be responsible for the creative direction of the franchise across film, television and animation.”We’re honored to be the stewards of these DC characters we’ve loved since we were children,” Gunn and Safran said in a joint statement. “We look forward to collaborating with the most talented writers, directors, and actors in the world to create an integrated, multilayered universe that still allows for the individual expression of the artists involved.”Warner Bros. Discovery has been searching for a new head of this studio for months, but had little luck getting an executive to take the post.”The Lego Movie” producer Dan Lin was at one point considered for the job, but ultimately, contract discussions ran into complications because of Lin’s ownership of production company Rideback and how Warner Bros. Discovery would compensate him for that.Another possible candidate was Emma Watts, a former top film executive at 20th Century Studios and …

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