Far from a surprise, DC co-Chairmen and CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran confirmed that Waller, the spinoff of their Suicide Squad HBO Max series Peacemaker, was one of the first TV shows they’ll be hatching under their new DC universe, Chapter One, “Gods and Monsters.”
The series centers on the mercurial and political Amanda Waller (Oscar winner Viola Davis), who is a senior civil servant and director of ARGUS. She established the Suicide Squad, in her quest to assemble a team of expendable metahumans who would be used to execute covert operations against dangerous threats. While it already had been out there that Watchmen EP Christal Henry would be writing and executive producing, Gunn and Safran announced that Doom Patrol creator Jeremy Carver is joining her to write Waller.
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“We’re using the same actors; this is a continuation of Peacemaker,” Gunn told the press in the unveiling of his DCU Chapter One. “I’m working on Superman, so we can’t do PeacemakersSeason 2. We’re working on Waller in between.”
While none of the movies planned, i.e. the edgy Batman & Robin title The Brave and the Bold, is rated R, the TV series could lean into being more adult.
Other TV series announced as part of DCU Chapter One included the animatd Creature Commandos, penned by Gunn; the True Detective-like Lanterns; Paradise Lost, an all-female Game of Thrones-type series set on Wonder Woman’s island home of Themyscira; and Booster Gold, which follows a loser guy from the future who comes back to present and pretends to be a superhero.
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In regards to former DC TV architect Greg Berlanti, the co-DC bosses said Monday that they don’t have any shows in development with the Warner Bros TV producer who just inked a new four-year exclusive deal with the Burbank lot. In regards to old DC shows that would keep chugging along, Gunn and Safran were under the impression Monday that the Berlanti-co-created Superman & Lois had two more seasons under its belt.
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