James Gunn’s new DC Universe slate curiously misses out on five major Justice League characters, but they could still appear in future DCU projects. On January 31, 2023, James Gunn revealed ten new projects which will form part of the first Chapter in the new DCU, following the universe’s reset during The Flash. These projects, delivered across film, television, and animation, will introduce new heroes to the DC Universe as well as delivering new twists and different perspectives on some of DC’s most iconic superheroes, some of whom were featured during the previous run of DCEU projects centered around the core members of the Justice League.
While the likes of Superman and Batman will see a full revamp in the DCU’s future, with projects such as Superman: Legacy and The Brave and the Bold detailing fresh stories for these legendary heroes, the futures of the DCEU’s Justice League’s other members is currently unclear. During his announcement, James Gunn stressed that the confirmed projects were only a piece of the DC Universe puzzle, though he neglected to reveal any endgame along the lines of Justice League or Marvel Studios’ The Avengers, which would see heroes from solo projects team up against a common enemy. This has left the fates of some fan-favorite DC heroes hanging in the balance.
gal gadot as wonder woman in dc projects
Introduced in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman became a founding member of the Justice League, with her backstory being fleshed-out in Patty Jenkins’ smash-hit, Wonder Woman. While its sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, didn’t perform so well, Gadot was set to have a long future in DC’s shared universe. This future was expected to continue throughout Peter Safran and James Gunn’s new DCU slate, so it came as a surprise when no mention of a Wonder Woman project was announced, though there will be a Game of Thrones-style HBO Max series, titled Paradise Lost, that will explore the land of Themyscira, Wonder Woman’s home.
While Jenkins’ script for a planned Wonder Woman 3 was scrapped by Gunn and Safran, the pair still remain open to Gal Gadot reprising her role, or perhaps taking on a new role, in future DCU projects. During a DC Studios press event (via Comicbook.com), Gunn mentioned that “[Gal’s] up for doing stuff. We’re not sure what we’re going to do with that,” emphasizing that while Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill wouldn’t be returning, other former DCEU actors could. Even so, Wonder Woman’s future in the DCU is still a mystery, but it doesn’t sound as though this is the end for Gal Gadot’s portrayal of the Amazon warrior Demigoddess.