James Gunn Answers a Fan Question About DCU Chronology

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As we expected, the newest DC movie ‘Blue Beetle’ turned out to be another commercial disappointment, even though James Gunn promised Blue Beetle as the first official character in his DCU. There’s only one DCEU movie left to be released this December, ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,’ and even though the original ‘Aquaman’ is the highest-grossing DC movie of all time, we are honestly afraid to make any predictions about the sequel.

Earlier this year, James Gunn officially announced the first ten projects that will be set in DCU: five movies and five television series, out of which one will be an animated series. That animated series is ‘Creature Commandos,’ and it’ll serve as the first DCU project since it’s scheduled to be released next year on Max, while ‘Superman: Legacy,’ the true beginning of the franchise on the big screen, won’t come out before July 2025. Although the franchise is yet to start, there are already some questions about its chronology, and Gunn recently commented on that.

James Gunn answers a fan question regarding the chronology of DCU!

In James Gunn’s recent Instagram post, one follower asked him if there’s going to be an official chronological order posted somewhere for DCU fans to access once the franchise kicks off. Here’s how Gunn answered:

“Yes, here: 1. Creature Commandos, 2. ‘Superman: Legacy.’ Nothing else is finished being written yet (and won’t be until after the strike!)”

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By saying this, the co-CEO of DC Studios confirmed that the ‘Creature Commandos’ animated series would be set before the events of ‘Superman: Legacy,’ and eight more projects are currently on hold due to the ongoing WGA strike. The script for ‘Superman: Legacy’ was turned in before the strike, but SAG-AFTRA also started the strike independently, meaning the entire project is currently frozen. Gunn previously said that production is set to begin in January 2024, but who knows if those strikes will be resolved by then?


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When you have large movie franchises like MCU, Star Wars, and DCEU, there are many fans who prefer watching the movies in chronological instead of a release order. The MCU was rather easy to follow chronologically during the Infinity Saga since most of the movies took place in the present day at the time of their release. Following a time-jump in ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ it became so hard to follow that Marvel provided the official chronological order on Disney+.

In DCU’s case, since Max is something like “Disney+ for DC,” it would be good to have a category in which DCU projects would be listed chronologically. When the chronological order starts differing from a release order, that is.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you prefer watching large franchises in a release order or chronological order? Let us know in the comments.

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