Warner Bros Discovery Is Born: Will The Snyderverse Return?
Yesterday, Friday, Warner Bros finally announced that Warner Bros Discovery was born after completing the multi-million dollar merger of the entertainment groups WarnerMedia and Discovery. This new platform will compete with industry leaders such as Disney+ and Netflix. It brings together one of the largest content libraries in the market and a hundred historical brands spanning television, film, and news, such as CNN, HBO, and Eurosport, and what interests us most here, DC Comics. In the face of this new merger, many fans wonder what will become of DC’s future in film, which has been taking erratic steps in several directions for some time now.
Warner Bros Discovery Is Born: Changes Taking Place at WarnerMedia
We are excited to announce that WarnerMedia and Discovery, Inc. are now Warner Bros. Discovery. pic.twitter.com/PscY04cK9L
— Warner Bros. Discovery (@wbd) April 8, 2022
WarnerMedia had been through many changes before Warner Bros Discovery was born. We recently announced the delayed release of upcoming DC movies, with Black Adam for October 21st, 2022, Shazam! Fury of the Gods for December 16th, 2022, Aquaman 2, March 17th, 2023, and The Flash for June 23rd, 2023. This news was a disappointment for fans, looking forward to seeing their favorite characters on the big screen again.
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On the other hand, there is an internal reorganization leading to layoffs. Nine top executives were ousted from the company. Among those affected were CEO Jason Kilar, Warner Bros. head Ann Sarnoff, HBO Max general manager Andy Forssell and several other senior staff members.
David Zaslav, now the new CEO of the combined media firm, dubbed Warner Bros. Discovery, will take control of the megacompany on Monday. We may see more moves in the production schedule and personnel restructuring.
Return of the SnyderVerse with Warner-Discovery merger
With this significant change for Warner, many fans wonder what will happen to the DC Extended Universe. A large group of fans is waiting to see if this merger will influence the return of Zack Snyder’s canon in the DCEU, the last manifestation of which was Zack Snyder’s Justice League. In this framework, we would have the Justice League formed by Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Batman (Ben Affleck), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and Flash (Ezra Miller).
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Using the hashtag #RestoreTheSnyderverse, many fans are setting social media ablaze, calling for a continuation of this universe, especially with a Justice League sequel and a Batman solo movie with Ben Affleck. The latter even has its hashtag, #MakeTheBatfleckMovie, which has hundreds of thousands of Tweets. So far, Warner’s management has neither confirmed nor denied that this could happen, so the option remains open.
On the other hand, The Flash movie plays a significant role in the reorganization of this universe since, as far as we know, this film will lay the foundations of the future of DC in the cinema. The movie’s plot will be similar to the story of the Flashpoint comics. In this story, Flash travels to the past to prevent the death of his mother, but when he returns, the entire universe has changed. Although the film does not carry this title, we do know that the Scarlet Speedster will travel between parallel universes, meeting other versions of iconic characters such as Michael Keaton’s Batman or Sasha Calle’s Supergirl.
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The recent delay of The Flash’s premiere by a year has fueled the debate of whether it is due to possible changes in this universe. Rumors point out that the Batman character, played by Ben Affleck, would have his last appearance in this film. However, if the studio decides to give continuity to Zack Snyder’s universe, they need this Batman version alive.
Warner Bros Discovery was born, the next few weeks will be crucial to know what will become of our favorite DC characters in their multiple versions. Fans are clamoring for more content, so ideally, they should give the green light to the continuity of several coexisting universes.
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