James Gunn Reveals DCU Chapter 1 Comic Inspirations & More Details

By | February 3, 2023

A couple of days after announcing the DC Universe’s Chapter One slate, DC Studios Co-CEO James Gunn has given further details about some of the upcoming projects on Twitter.

First, Gunn tweeted out that though he spoke a great deal about the comic Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, there were multiple other comics that were serving as inspiration for the beginning of the new DCU.

The four comics Gunn posted are:

  • All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, and Jamie Grant
  • The Authority Omnibus by Warren Ellis, Mark Millar, Tom Peyer, Frank Quietly, and Dustin Nguyen
  • Batman by Grant Morrison, Andy Kubert, and Tony Daniel
  • Absolute Swamp Thing by Alan Moore. Stephen R. Bissette, John Totleben, Rick Veitch, Shawn McManus, and Dan Day

You can check out Gunn’s tweet below to see the covers of each comic.

Gunn was then asked about if he’d have Grant Morrison, who wrote two of the four listed comics, contribute to their comic adaptations. The Co-CEO responded by saying he’s friends with Morrison and that the two of them talk.

Another fan said that The Brave and the Bold — the planned Batman and Robin film based on Grant Morrison’s Batman run — will have to be starkly different than 2022’s The Batman. Gunn responded saying no vision for a good film starts with it being “not” something.

Finally, one fan said that they hope to see a talk show starring Weasel, the Sean Gunn-played creature from 2021’s The Suicide Squad, in the DCU. Gunn said, “You might be in luck,” which could be a joke or a genuine hint, given the director’s affinity for weirder characters.

The DC Universe’s first phase, called Chapter One: Gods and Monsters, will feature a multitude of different movies and television shows. A few of the announced projects include a Batman and Robin-focused movie called The Brave and the Bold, a Supergirl movie titled Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, a Swamp Thing film, and multiple TV shows.