James Gunn Says Zack Snyder Has Been “Incredibly Supportive” During DCU Transition

James Gunn and Peter Safran are the co-heads of DC Studios and taking over the DCU.

The DC Extended Universe launched with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel in 2013 and ended with 2023’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. As Gunn and Safran draw start a new timeline for the DC superheroes, Snyder said he’s “excited” for that is to come.

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“You know, I’m a pretty open book. I really feel like, you know, if the characters are treated with reverence, and mythologically correct, then I’m down. I’m in,” Snyder told CBR about the future of the DCU under Gunn and Safran. “Let’s see what happens. I’m pretty excited. I mean, we’re going to get Superman pretty soon, so we’ll see what that’s like.”

A fan asked Gunn if he had seen Snyder’s remarks about the DCU, and he replied on Threads, “I didn’t, but I knew it already because he’s texted me. He’s been incredibly supportive throughout this process.”

After Gunn revealed his plans for the reboot of the DCU, he revealed he had been in contact with Snyder, which piqued fans’ interest into what the two filmmakers talked about.

“He contacted me to express his support about my choices. He’s a great guy,” Gunn replied to a fan on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter. “Again, he seems really happy with the massive world-building he’s doing now.”

Gunn referred to Snyder’s Rebel Moon films as the “massive world-building” he was in the process of creating at Netflix.

Superman will be the first theatrical film that starts the new DCU, which is set to open on July 11, 2025. The film stars David Corenswet in the titular role, Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane, Nicholas Hoult as Lex Luthor and María Gabriela de Faría as The Engineer. The ensemble includes Skyler Gisondo, Sara Sampaio, Sean Gunn, Edi Gathegi, Anthony Carrigan, Isabel Merced and Nathan Fillion.

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