Superhero directors The Russo Brothers, Joe and Anthony Russo, are open to being at the helm for the DCU’s upcoming Batman movie. Months have passed since the appointment of James Gunn and Peter Safran as co-CEOs of the newly minted DC Studios under Warner Bros Discovery.
Back in January, Gunn and Safran presented the first ten titles under their DC slate Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters. Because it is DC, the initial list featured key characters to the mammoth franchise. Already it had projects that would cover the new DC Trinity. One of which is the Batman project entitled The Brave and The Bold.
While Gunn and Safran have yet to announce developments for the titles, they also have yet to bring a director or a pair of directors on board. So far, they have only confirmed that James Gunn will be directing Superman: Legacy. This might have actually been something that Gunn and Safran wanted to keep under wraps for a little bit longer, but it ended up being revealed by comic book writer, Tom King. Gunn is also the official writer of the movie.
Now in a recent interview, directors of the over-the-top performing films for Marvel Studios, such as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, not to mention Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, have expressed interest in helming a project connected to the DCU Batman.
The Russo Brothers Aren’t Closing Doors To Gunn’s DCU Batman
Speaking to ComicBook.com, The Russo Brothers talked about their latest project Citadel which debuts solely on Prime Video this 28th of April. The newest movie from the directors will introduce a world of espionage starring Richard Madden as Mason Kane and Priyanka Chopra Jonas as Nadia Sinh.
In the interview, the directors discussed the possibility of being at the helm of a DCU Batman project. Mainly because they have been fans of the comic book DC character throughout their youth. Answering the ultimate DC question, Anthony started with:
We don’t get asked a lot about DC characters.
Then Joe followed with his memories of collecting the comic books as a child. He said:
Obviously James over there running it, it would be a no-brainer. We love him to death. We love the direction he’s going to take that world in. You know he’s gonna be inventive with it. And favorite DC characters? I mean, man. There are so many good ones.
I always answer based on the comics I collected as a kid, and the two comics I collected the most were Spider-Man — actually, the three — were Spider-Man. X-Men and Batman. But there have been a lot of iterations of Batman, so I feel like that’s an obvious answer.
Anthony then specified which would be his favourite among the DC characters. Following Joe’s comment, he added:
But, you know, it’s hard not to answer that. Here’s how you know we haven’t actually gotten literal about it and specific about it is because, yeah, Batman would be my favorite character for my entire childhood. But obviously, it’s been well explored.
The Russo Brothers Are Open To Helm DCU Batman
It isn’t hard to imagine The Russo Brothers directing a DC Batman project. Whether it be The Brave and The Bold, or any project down the line for the DC slate, considering that the directors are fans themselves of the Caped Crusader, there will always be room in their creative minds for the Dark Knight.
There is, however, a certain apprehension that I feel lies behind the last comment from Anthony Russo. The character is already well-explored. DC’s Batman has already gotten a number of iterations. The one that is still very much active is of Matt Reeves and previous ones under Chris Nolan, Tim Burton, Joel Schumacher and Zack Snyder.
But as the new DC slate steadily approaches its proper launch, DC Studios will need a director (or directors) for their upcoming Batman projects. It is also already possible that the Russo Brothers are on a shortlist of directors that the co-CEOs are considering.
Any apprehension at this point will be addressed after the DC Batman director gets to chat with the powers that be of DC Studios. For one thing, the Russo Brothers already have a good working relationship with Gunn. So that is an advantage to their possibility.
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