Warner Bros. have promised that we will likely see a lot less of Batman over the next few years, as the DC Universe goes in another direction following some changes at an executive level.
Last month, James Gunn and Peter Safran were appointed in major roles at Warner Bros. to oversee DC Studios.
The former will lead DC Studios from a creative standpoint, while Safran will focus on the business side of things.
Gunn has actually worked for both Marvel and DC, having helmed The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise for Marvel and The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker (as executive producer) for DC.
Following the departure of previous executive Walter Hamada, the pair have been given these new, vital roles.
One change that will happen is we will see fewer versions of Batman, according to Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav.
“I think over the next few years, you’re going to see a lot of growth and opportunity around DC, there’s not going to be four Batmans.
“And so part of our strategy is drive the hell out of DC, which James and Peter are going to do.
"I think they’ve thrilled the fans. I think they’re going to thrill you over a period of time.”
Robert Pattinson played Bruce Wayne in The Batman and will reprise that role in a sequel, while Ben Affleck is set to appear as another version of Wayne in the upcoming Aquaman sequel.
Michael Keaton was also set to return as Batman in Batgirl, but we won't see that due to that movie's cancellation.
Going forward, though, it seems like we will only get one or two at the most versions of Batman.
DC's 10-year plan
In a recent conference call with Zaslav, Gunn explained: "The opportunity to make DC as great as it can be and as it should be – that is the reason why I'm doing this job because I know that Peter and I can do that.
"We spent the past couple days with a group of some of the best thinkers in the industry, the best writers in the industry starting to map out that eight to 10-year plan of what it's going to look like in theatre, in TV, in animation, across the board for these characters.
"I love Superman, and I love Batman. I love their interaction. I love the ways in which they're the same and the ways in which they are completely different."
Gunn will work for both Marvel and DC for a short period, as he is currently still working on Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3.
So far, DC's attempt at an extended universe has not garnered as much success as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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