DC is about to enter a new era. DC Studios, under the stewardship of James Gunn and Peter Safran, has revealed plans for DCU Chapter One. Titled Gods and Monsters, the slate in the rebooted DC Universe features 10 movies and shows.
Heavy-hitters, such as Superman and Batman, are all present. Beyond that, there are characters that will finally get the chance to shine on both the big and small screens. Supergirl, Creature Commandos, and Booster Gold are all about to make their impact.
Blue Beetle may have been described by Gunn as the first DCU character, but Superman: Legacy is the DCU’s first film, arriving in 2025 (Creature Commandos will hit Max first).
To prove it’s all change, there have been some major decisions made already: Henry Cavill is out as Superman, with David Corenswet replacing him as the Man of Steel. Gal Gadot will also seemingly return as Wonder Woman in the DCU.
With Aquaman 2 set to say goodbye to the previous DCEU iteration this holiday season, we’re here to get you ready for what’s to come next, including Swamp Thing, The Brave and the Bold, and more. Here’s everything you need to know about DCU Chapter One: Gods and Monsters.
New DC Movies
Superman: Legacy is the first movie in the new slate and will be released globally on July 11, 2025. Written and directed by James Gunn, it will focus on a younger Superman entering a world full of heroes.
“This is really the start of the DCU,” Safran said in a statement, per Deadline. “It’s not an origins story, it focuses on Superman’s balancing his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing. He’s the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way, he’s kindness in a world that thinks of kindness as old fashioned.”
David Corenswet will play Kal-El, while Rachel Brosnahan is getting her journalist cap on as Lois Lane. Nathan Fillion will play Guy Gardner/Green Lantern, Edi Gathegi is Mister Terrific, Isabel Merced will portray Hawkgirl, and Anthony Carrigan is Metamorphy. If we didn’t know any better, we’d say Gunn is putting together a mini-Justice League already. We can expect more casting moves post-actors’ strike.
We’ll be getting a new Supergirl project as well. This time around it’s a movie described by DC as a “science fiction adventure”. Based on Tom King’s comic book series of the same name, this will introduce a “Supergirl viewers are not used to seeing”.
“We see the difference between Superman, who was sent to Earth and raised by loving parents from the time he’s an infant,” Gunn told Variety. “Versus Supergirl, who was raised on a rock chip off of Krypton, and watched everyone around her die and be killed in terrible ways for the first 14 years of her life.”
Supergirl was previously played by Melissa Benoist as part of The CW’s Arrowverse franchise, but this was canceled back in November 2021. A DCEU version, played by Sasha Calle, recently graced our screens in The Flash.
DC are also introducing its live-action Batman and Robin in a new movie called The Brave and the Bold, directed by The Flash’s Andy Muschietti. This is based on Grant Morrison’s comic series about father and son.
“Assassin, murderer who Batman takes on, who is Batman’s actual son that he doesn’t know exists for the first 8-10 years of his life….it’s a strange father and son story about the two of them and based on Grant Morrison’s run of the Batman,” Gunn explained to Deadline about the movie.
Information on the new Swamp Thing movie is still limited, but it will focus on the origins of the mysterious DC character. From what’s been revealed so far about this one, it’s expected it will be tonally darker than the other DC projects. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny director James Mangold is reportedly circling the project.
Another new upcoming movie from DC Studios is The Authority, which will see WildStorm characters will join the DCU. They’ll be taking “matters into their own hands to do what they believe is right”, per the official synopsis.
Paradise Lost is a new Wonder Woman TV prequel series set in Themyscira. This is the home of the Amazons and the birthplace of Wonder Woman.
“It’s going to be a Games of Thrones-ish story about Themyscira, the home of the Amazons and the birthplace of Wonder Woman. This drama is really about the political intrigue behind the society of all women. How did that come about?” Safran said in a statement.
“What’s the beautiful truths and the ugly truths behind all of that and what’s the scheming like between all the power players in that society?” Gunn added. It’s not yet known if Gal Gadot’s mooted Wonder Woman project is this series or something else entirely.
Booster Gold is a series based on, you guessed it, Booster Gold. Per the synopsis, he will use “basic technology from the future to pretend to be a superhero in present day”.
Creature Commandos is a new seven-episode animated series about Amanda Waller creating a black ops team of monstrous prisoners. Gunn has written the whole first season, and the show will be the first project of the new DCU.
Waller has been confirmed as a new DC spin-off show, featuring Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller in the lead role. The series will pick up in the aftermath of Peacemaker season 1, as the second season of Peacemaker has been put on hold.
“I’m working on Superman, so we can’t do Peacemaker season 2. We’re working on Waller in between,” Gunn confirmed (H/T Deadline), announcing that all of the main Peacemaker cast will star in the series. Watchmen’s Christal Henry and Doom Patrol’s Jeremy Carver are writing the show.
Described as a “enormous TV event series”, Lanterns will follow intergalactic cops John Stewart and Hal Jordan. It will be a mystery show described as a superhero take on True Detective.
According to the DC Studios bosses, this will also “play a really big role leading us into the main story that we’re telling across our film and television.”