Changes continue at Warner Bros. regarding DC-branded content. According to Channing Dungey, a senior executive at Warner Bros. TV Group, Warner Bros. Television Studios is closing a major animation deal with Amazon for DC contentpossibly introducing some DC animated content to Prime Video.
According to Deadline, Dungey revealed the news at Content London, saying the studio is “exploring animated IPs across different platforms.” This includes HBO Max, which is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery.
“With animation we used to stay at home, but now we’re doing it on different platforms,” Dungey said. “HBO Max is the first stop, but we’re in the process of closing a great deal with Amazon for DC-branded content in animation.”
Dungey did not elaborate on the deal between the two mega-companies.
Warner Bros. Discovery has made it clear that it wants to merge HBO Max and Discovery Plus into a single streaming service, so the new deal with Amazon may be looking for a new home for DC animated projects.
The news comes at a time of drastic change at DC. Since Warner Bros. was acquired by Discovery in April, the company has implemented significant changes to the DC Extended Universe. From the cancellation of Batgirl to the appointment of James Gunn and Peter Safran as heads of DC Studios, a new era of DC is surely upon us.
One of Gunn and Safran’s main responsibilities is DC’s animated properties, so the deal between Amazon and WBD would likely have big implications for the duo’s future plans. As Gunn and Safran continue to formulate their 8-10 year plan for DC, the future of animation seems to have gotten a little more complicated.
What this move would mean for current DC TV series on various platforms remains to be seen, but hopefully things will clear up once the deal is finalized.