Although we will have to wait to see how James Gunn and Peter Safran will change the future of DC Studios, it has been said that Joker: Folie à Deux will stay out of any connected universe broader that the two new directors lead.
As reported by Variety, Gunn and Safran will begin work as CEOs of DC Studios on November 1st and will find themselves not only with a future that they will be in charge of crafting, but also with a bunch of projects that have already been underway before the important one. announcement of their new roles.
One such project is Joker: Folie à Deux, the sequel to 2019’s Joker, which hits theaters on October 4, 2024, and will star Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga. According to the report, this film “will exist outside of whatever cinematic universe Gunn and Safran go on to build.”
This shouldn’t be too surprising, as Joker director Todd Phillips has previously stated that his film wasn’t “really connected to that DC Movie Universe. And it really wasn’t on purpose.” He was talking about the first movie as one before it was known there was going to be a sequel, but the decision to keep them separate seems to still stand.
It’s also unclear yet whether Matt Reeves’ sequel to The Batman and its wider universe, which includes spin-offs announced as one starring The Penguin and another centered on Arkham Asylum, will fall to Gunn and Safran or somewhere else. Speaking of the sequel, it’s not likely to arrive until 2025 at the earliest, as the script has yet to be completed by Reeves.
However, in addition to these two projects, Gunn and Safran will direct anything new that comes out of the studio.. This also appears to include a “Superman sequel produced by Chuck Roven currently soliciting writers.” This will undoubtedly be one of DC’s most closely watched projects, especially after Henry Cavill has confirmed that he will return as Superman in the future.
As co-general managers, Gunn will focus on the creative side of DC Studios and Safran will handle the business and production side. Gunn will continue to direct projects, exclusively for DC, and Safran will continue to produce. This movement is one more step to fulfill the idea of the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, David Zaslav, to follow a ten-year plan similar to the one that Disney and Marvel have done with Kevin Feige at the helm.