It’s been revealed that the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) has now been rebranded to the DCU, which I believe stands for the DC Universe, and I think this is the perfect name for the upcoming slate of DC films. This was revealed in The Hollywood Reporter in an article that revealed that DC Studios is going to be headed up by James Gunn and Peter Safran.
So, this new rebrand was announced in a statement made by Warner Bros Discovery’s CEO, David Zaslav. Here’s what he had to say in the statement:
DC has among the most entertaining, powerful, and iconic characters in the world and I am thrilled to have the singular and complementary talents of James and Peter joining our world-class team and overseeing the creative direction of the storied DC Universe.
The key point in that statement was when Zaslav referred to the upcoming slate of DC films are the “DC Universe”, which is the first time he’s ever referred to as that. This basically officially confirms that we’re going to be called the DCEU the DCU moving forward.
The DC Extended Universe is now called the DCU
Warner Bros. Pictures heads Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy also made a statement about James Gunn and Peter Safran being named as the co-CEOs of DC Studios. Here’s what they had to say in the statement:
We could not be more excited to have James Gunn and Peter Safran join the team and assume the leadership of the DC Universe.
In fact, the exclusive report from The Hollywood Reporter that announced the move began with the conspicuous line: “The hierarchy of power in the DC universe really is changing.” It really does seem as though that really is the case.
What is the DC Universe?
So, the DC Universe is basically the upcoming slate of DC Comics films. However, it doesn’t include movies such as Joker: Folie A Deux and The Batman 2. Those movies can be seen as DC’s Black Label of upcoming films, and it seems as though those movies will be set outside the main DC Universe films.
The upcoming DCU movies will include the likes of The Flash, Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom, Shazam! Fury Of The Gods, Wonder Woman 3, and whatever Dwayne Johnson Black Adam, Henry Cavill Superman and Ben Affleck Batman movies they might be making in the future. Shows such as Peacemaker will also be part of the DC Universe.
It’s going to be really interesting to see whether Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Studios will really push the DCU branding online and on social media. Over the past few years, the hashtag #DCEU has been very prominent on Twitter, and it kind of became synonymous with the DC-branded movies. I think it might be a good idea to start using ‘DCU’ more in upcoming films’ and TV shows’ branding, just it makes it clear that we’re moving away from the DCEU.
What do you make of this news? Are you looking forward to watching the upcoming DC Comics movies? What do you think James Gunn and Peter Safran are going to get up to as the new leaders of DC Studios? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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