Justice League: Warworlds started streaming on the 25th of July, 2023. While it was created relatively separate from James Gunn and Peter Safran’s new DC Universe (which they have been reforming since taking over DC Studios), the pair seemingly prevented the studio from making the next movie they planned to make and effectively cancelled a Kingdom Come animated movie. This is incredibly surprising, seeing as it’s a popular story that is generally accepted as part of DC’s Elseworlds.
We already know that Gunn and Safran’s plans for the DCU will be for all aspects of DC projects under Warner Bros., including live-action films, TV shows, animated counterparts, and even video games. While many shows and movies were cancelled and prevented during the changeover from Warner Bros. to Warner Bros. Discovery, we all thought that that time had ended.
Apparently, this is different. While shows and films like Harley Quinn and Justice League: Warworlds are meant to operate separately from James Gunn and are thought to have relatively free reign, the director-turned-co-CEO has even more pull than everyone thought.
Gunn has made it clear that he is planning to reboot the entire DC Universe and will do that through all mediums he controls. This started with booting storylines like Man of Steel in favour of the upcoming Superman: Legacy, and he also has plans for animated storylines.
During an interview with ScreenRant, Justice League: Warworlds producers got together and talked about their project and revealed that while they were meant to be working independently, James Gunn and Peter Safran prevented them from moving forward with their next desired project.
Which project, you may ask? Kingdom Come.
Butch Lekic, one of the producers of Justice League: Warworlds, mentioned in the interview, “We originally talked about Kingdom Come after this, but changing regimes, we couldn’t go forward with anything like that.”
Jim Krieg also mentioned in the interview that DC might adapt it. It’s hard to say what future plans James Gunn might have for Kingdom Come, but he must have something interesting up his sleeve. Fans need help understanding where the storyline fits into the larger picture while Gunn is busy rebooting things and starting from scratch.
Bringing the storyline of Superman all the way to the beginning with Superman: Legacy means that there is still a relatively long gap of time before the Justice League is reformed, and even before the time when it would make sense to incorporate a storyline like Kingdom Come into the DC Universe.
It isn’t unheard of for multiple storylines to be happening simultaneously at Warner Bros., but this is something that Safran and Gunn will be trying to avoid. While other projects, like the live-action DC Elseworlds, are safe to operate independently. However, animated Elseworlds projects might be off the table completely.
There is a grey area surrounding what independent producers working with Warner Bros. can and can’t create, with the lines being blurred as Gunn cancels projects that were meant to go forward without his influence. Unfortunately, only time will tell if this was because he wants to use the storyline in the future or if it just clashes with his and Safrans plans for the reformed DCU.
Either way, it’s such a shame that we won’t be getting a live-action or animated Kingdom Come movie soon. The Kingdom Come Superman, for example, is hugely popular with fans. The character was recently played by Brandon Routh, who previously portrayed Superman in the 2006 film Superman Returns, in CW’s Arrowverse crossover series.
Megan Oosthuizen is a talented writer hailing from East London, South Africa. With a passion for literature, video games, movies, and TV shows, Megan brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to her work as an entertainment journalist.
After earning Bachelor of Arts degrees in both English Literature and Psychology, Megan honed her writing skills as an academic writer. She has since turned her attention to the exciting world of entertainment news, where she is quickly establishing herself as a rising star.
Megan's deep love for pop culture and her keen eye for detail make her a valuable contributor to FortressofSolitude.co.za and SneakerFortress.com. Her articles are informed by her extensive knowledge of literature and her ability to analyze and interpret complex themes and narratives.
Whether she's breaking down the latest developments in the world of gaming, offering her thoughts on the hottest new releases in film and television, or delving into the rich history of pop culture, Megan's writing is always engaging and thought-provoking.