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Earlier this week, the news of impending superhero-franchise doom ripped across Movie Twitter faster than a speeding bullet. Warner Bros. would not be moving forward with its planned third installment of Wonder Woman as part of a sweeping re-org that will in all likelihood have wide implications with regard to movies throughout the studio’s DC Extended Universe. At issue: a new era associated with corporate belt tightening as the studio’s parent company WarnerMedia continues the creaky merger into the mega- debt-laden , mega-conglomerate Warner Bros. Discovery, leaving the raft of projects given the go-ahead by a previous studio regime — the particular nearly completed, live-action version of Batgirl chief among them — canceled in its wake.

Now, not only will there seemingly be no closure to the five-year-old, Gal Gadot–led film franchise that once stood as the DCEU’s most popular offering and has taken in nearly $1 billion at the box office (at least in Question Woman 3 ’s “current incarnation” according to the article). The entire upcoming slate for Warners’ comics-driven division — specifically, the fate of DCEU architect Zack Snyder’s so-called Snyderverse — remains plunged into doubt, with a wholesale recasting associated with its most canonical roles and further franchise cancellations entirely on the table.

Ahead of a reported meeting next week between Warner Bros. Discovery’s earth-scorching chief executive David Zaslav plus the filmmaker-producer tag team James Gunn and Peter Safran (hired in October to oversee DC’s film, television and animated efforts) to discuss a strategic vision for the DCEU’s “ reset , ” fan hand-wringing has begun inside earnest. Will Henry Cavill return while Superman? Has the Jason Momoa iteration of Aquaman been deep-sixed? Will The Flash ever even come out?!

Nobody yet knows. But herewith, we provide you a character-by-character breakdown of what could happen:

According in order to multiple inside sources, director Patty Jenkins was set to earn $12 million and Gadot $20 mil for their third turn with the magic lasso (not including backend bonuses). Those deals, however, were the majority of likely deemed too rich at the time when Warner Bros. Discovery remains mired in more than $50 billion in debt with Zaslav committed to slashing both IP plus thousands of jobs on his way toward the promised land of profitability.

While it remains debatable whether Gadot jinxed her place within the business with an inauspiciously timed tweet, an already in-the-works WW3 is definitely on ice. Another inside source tells Deadline : “Jenkins could very well hand in another take upon the superhero, but it’s not evident that will happen. ”

The news cycle surrounding regardless of whether Dwayne Johnson’s maiden outing in a super suit should or shouldn’t be considered a flop is one of the more ridiculous examples of the particular Hollywood spin in recent memory: Variety says Black Adam is on track to lose at least fifty dollars million while the Rock himself says it will net more than that amount (when you factor in revenues from movie merch). What continues to be incontrovertible, though, is that the movie cost somewhere between $195 million and $230 million to produce and has taken in $385 million worldwide. Given its prints-and-advertising costs north associated with $150 mil, conventional industry wisdom holds that the anti-hero origin story won’t likely break even let alone merit a sequel. Moreover, THR reports that Johnson did little to ingratiate himself in order to studio brass by campaigning to bring back Cavill since the Man of Steel despite exactly what he publicly described as Warner Bros, “inexplicably and inexcusably” deciding against that move.

Arguably Warner Bros. ’ most embattled upcoming film — due to the particular publicity liabilities surrounding the long string of troubling behavior by its star Ezra Miller The Flash was nonetheless recently bumped up a week to arrive in theaters June 16 of next year. Yet perhaps a lot more problematic, the film features cameos simply by no small number associated with Snyder’s 2017 Justice League : Ben Affleck’s Batman, Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Cavill’s Superman plus Momoa’s Aquaman (more on the latter two in a minute). Never mind that none of them are guaranteed to ever appear in an additional DCEU title.

THR reports The particular Flash “remains an unlocked picture”: business parlance indicating the time-travel adventure-thriller is still open in order to revision and the inclusion of those cameos will be hardly a foregone conclusion. Further, a growing contingency associated with fans led by fanboy-activist-filmmaker Kevin Smith has already been questioning how the $200 million film still merits a theatrical bow while Batgirl has been relinquished towards the cinematic dustbin (in favor of a $90 million write-off to Warner Bros. Discovery’s taxable income). It all combines to compel an outlandish outside possibility: In what would quantity to his most dramatic cost-cutting measure to date, could Zas extinguish The Flash ?

Momoa’s 2018 turn as underwater hero Arthur Curry ranks like the DCEU’s lowest-maintenance hit. The Aquaman origin story grossed $1. 148 billion, launching the particular Hawaiian actor as a major international movie celebrity absent the din of dysfunction that will has accompanied every Batfleck outing to date. Still, seeing that Gunn plus Safran take over stewardship of the Extended Universe from previous division head Walter Hamada, the Atlantean amphibian’s franchise future remains uncertain beyond Christmas 2023’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom — which, in one scenario, “would be the final movie released that was made by the previous regime, ” according in order to THR .

Outside of their brief Black Adam post-credits sequence , Cavill hadn’t appeared onscreen with an S on his chest since 2017. Around that film’s October release, Warner Bros. co-heads Mike DeLuca and Pam Abdy reportedly signed off upon the British actor returning for one more solo outing as Superman in upcoming years. With the Gunn-Safran ascendancy, however , that plan has been thrown into limbo.

Although Cavill took to Tweets to announce, “It’s official. I’m back as Superman, ” plus The Adobe flash filmmaker Andy Muschietti expressed interest within helming the particular project, Guy of Metal 2 has yet to be green lighted. Studio suits have reportedly dismissed one draft of an MS2 script and are soliciting others. Gunn, for their part, responded to the Reporter tale on Twitter earlier recently, saying, “some of it is true, some of it is half-true, some of it is not true, & a few of it all of us haven’t decided yet whether or not it’s true or not. ”

The particular Caped Crusader gets the pass. Director Matt Reeves’s The Batman harvested $770. 8 mil in the global box workplace to effectively reboot the particular long-running franchise. With superstar Robert Pattinson returning to the cowl regarding a sequel announced in April’s Cinemacon, Reeves is currently overseeing the particular kickoff associated with two Bat-adjacent spinoffs — The Penguin and Arkham Asylum — in addition to films and series plotted around villains including Scarecrow, Clayface, and Professor Pyg.

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