HBO Chief Claims James Gunn's DC Slate Could Get Axed If Isn't Promising Enough

By this time, some DC universe fans are getting convinced that J.J. Abrams, Warner Bros., and HBO are not a good combination, given the chaos that is happening inside their partnership, including the cancellation of DC shows and movies as well as the dropping of fan favorites. It’s both a curse and a blessing that these big bosses are not easily won over by a single pitch. Despite appointing James Gunn and Peter Safran to head the comic book company's film, television, live-action, and animated output, it's not guaranteed that everything they planned will have a chance to air, regardless of whether it's been announced, confirmed, teased, or even vaguely hinted at.

In an interview with Variety about the upcoming DC slate, which includes Creature Commandos, Waller, Lanterns, Paradise Lost, and Booster Gold, HBO president Casey Bloys stated that they are currently working with DC Studios co-heads, but if something isn't working, he's willing to explore other options.

“As I talked to James and Peter about it, we’re going to develop these things and hopefully they’re all great. If they’re not, we’ll have other options and we’ll see. But what’s most exciting is that they’ve got a plan. Anything that James is excited about in terms of DC, I’m good with. I just want to make sure for Max that they’re the best shows that we can do.” he explained.

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TV show cancellation sprees are all the rage these days on nearly every notable streaming service, including Netflix and Disney+, so it’s highly likely that there may come a time when Gunn and Safran have to fight an uphill battle to get a DCU project on the airwaves because Bloys and his team prioritize quality over quantity.

Given that we are still two years away from the launch of the new DCU, some fans remain skeptical that the upcoming DC slate has the chance to fail. One fan took to the r/DC Cinematic subreddit to express their displeasure with the plan in a variety of ways. They reasoned that separating video games from film and television narratives allows for more creative freedom. Other fans agreed with them. One stated their observations and explained that creating a successful video game is such a complex process that producing high-quality games for multiple franchises would be difficult.

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