The future of Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC Universe goes through James Gunn. And it seems that the filmmaker is completely dedicated.
James Gunn has taken up permanent residence at Warner Bros. Pictures. The new DC Studios, led by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director Peter Safran, will have its own permanent location in the United Kingdom. More specifically, at Leavesden studios, which are planning a huge expansion to accommodate the reboot of the DC Universe that is underway.
As reported by Variety, Leavesden studios intends to increase its capacity by more than 50% and add ten sound stages to the 19 it currently has. The production space will have an additional 12 square kilometers. Warner Bros. Discovery will begin the expansion next year, with the plan to have it completed in 2027. Leavesden was the production center for Game of Thrones and The House of the Dragon. And also movies like Barbie and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. A film that will hit theaters in December and will be the last film of the current era of the DC Universe before James Gunn’s reboot.
The future of DC Studios is at stake with this reboot
Other projects in the future from DC Studios include the film Superman: Legacy, which will be directed by James Gunn himself and whose theatrical release is scheduled by Warner Bros. for July 11, 2025. This will be the first film in the new DC Universe, although the recent Blue Beetle has been described as the first character in said reboot. A Batman and Robin movie and a Swamp Thing movie are also in the works, as well as television series with Green Lantern and Booster Gold.
Apparently, James Gunn and Peter Safran are communicating with Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden to make sure the expansions fit into their creative plans.. Simon Robinson, Discovery’s Chief Operating Officer, highlighted the positive impact the Leavesden expansion will have on the UK economy. “We are proud to not only grow our productions in Leavesden and make it the main hub for DC Studios, but also to increase our economic and community contributions to the British creative sector.”