DC Is Signing Actors to 10-Year Contracts Covering Movie, TV Appearances


As James Gunn and Peter Safran announce Chapter 1 of the new DC Universe, actors are reportedly being asked to sign 10-year deals with DC Studios.

DC Studios bosses James Gunn and Peter Safran have revealed a number of projects that will make up the first “chapter” of their new DC Universe. And since the duo’s full, two-chapter plan for the DCU spans eight to 10 years, the studio is looking for actors who will be in for the long haul.

According to Jeff Sneider of Above the Line, because of Gunn and Safran’s eight-to-10-year plan, “talent is being asked to sign 10-year deals that cover both film and television.” So, barring any extraordinary circumstances, the DCU’s major characters likely won’t be recast for at least a decade. While it’s certainly not uncommon for actors to be asked to sign multi-years deals when joining major franchises, fans should find this development interesting, given the fact that certain characters featured in the old DC Extended Universe are being recast for the new DCU (e.g. the abrupt departure of Henry Cavill as Superman).

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That being said, while these 10-year deals cover movies and TV, the new DCU will not be limited to those mediums. “[G]aming is a big part of what we’re doing,” Gunn said. The DC Studios co-chair previously confirmed that, following earlier reports, DCU continuity would indeed extend to video games. Gunn and Safran may have already kicked off a new trend in that respect, with Amazon reportedly planning something similar for its new Tomb Raider franchise.

What Projects Make Up Chapter 1 of the DC Universe?

Currently, Gunn and Safran’s slate for Chapter 1 of the DC Universe consists of 10 projects in total — five feature films and five TV series. The schedule of films includes Superman: Legacy, The Authority, The Brave and the Bold, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow and Swamp Thing. Meanwhile, the TV shows currently in the works include Creature Commandos, Waller, Booster Gold, Lanterns and Paradise Lost. However, Gunn clarified that “[t]his just the first part of the first chapter. This is not all of Chapter 1.”

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Of course, before the new DCU kicks off proper, there’s the matter of wrapping up the old DCEU. Before Superman: Legacy hits theaters in 2025, four DCEU films are scheduled for release this year: Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Flash, Blue Beetle and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Furthermore, Gunn’s own DCEU-set HBO Max series Peacemaker has been renewed for a second season. It should also be noted that under Gunn and Safran’s leadership, certain DC projects not part of the lager DCU continuity will continue under the DC Elseworlds banner, such as Todd Phillis’ Joker sequel and Matt Reeves’ The Batman sequel.

Source: Above the Line


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