DCU Reborn: Your Reading Checklist

Exciting news for DC Comics fans! The newly formed DC Studios, led by none-other than Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn, has just unveiled plans for the rebooted DC Cinematic Universe…

In a press event held at the Warner Bros. studio lot, Gunn and fellow DC Studios boss Peter Safran introduced the first 10 film and TV titles that will kick off the revamped DCU in a phase known as “Gods and Monsters.”

From Superman and Batman to lesser-known characters like Booster Gold and Swamp Thing, this lineup look enticing for comic books fans of all stripes. Join us below to delve into what we know so far about the reborn DCU – and check out our reading recommendations to get a headstart!

DCU Feature Films

Superman flying over a city | Art by John Byrne

Superman: Legacy (2025)

Scheduled for release on July 11, 2025, “Superman: Legacy” marks the starting point of the DCU. Written by Gunn, this film explores Superman’s struggle to balance his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing. Safran describes Superman as the embodiment of truth, justice, and kindness, navigating a world that often overlooks such virtues.

What To Read First: All-Star Superman

DC Comics' The Authority team lined up | Sidetracked Comics

The Authority

Following “Superman: Legacy,” “The Authority” is an ensemble movie centred around a group of superheroes with somewhat extreme methods of protecting the planet. Though not many details were provided, Gunn set the table for what to expect: “One of the things of the DCU is that it’s not just a story of heroes and villains […] There are white hats, black hats and gray hats.”

What To Read First: The Authority (Book One)

The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Robin (Damian Wayne) running | Sidetracked Comics

The Brave and the Bold

Introducing another new version of Batman, “The Brave and the Bold” looks set to showcase more of Batman’s world than we’ve seen on the big screen since at least 1997. This includes the cinematic return of Robin (at long last!) – which this time means Batman’s son Damian Wayne, described by Gunn as “a complex and fascinating character”.

What To Read First: Batman And Son

Supergirl holding a sword aloft while Krypto the Superdog dances either side of her | Sidetracked Comics

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow

Based on the comic run by Tom King, “Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow” offers a unique take on Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El. Unlike Superman, Supergirl’s early life on a fragment of Krypton was filled with tragedy. This shaped her into a different – and arguably more interesting – type of superhero. If it’s anything like the comic expect far-out space adventures and engaging, beautifully portrayed characters.

What To Read First: Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow

Swamp Thing standing in the snow | Sidetracked Comics

Swamp Thing

Venturing into the realm of horror, “Swamp Thing” explores the dark origins of this iconic character. Gunn and Safran’s commitment to diversifying the DCU is evident in this project, promising a fresh and thrilling perspective.

What To Read First: Saga of the Swamp Thing: Book One


First look at the DCU Reborn: Creature Commandos | Sidetracked Comics

Creature Commandos

The artwork above shows off the first project greenlit by Safran and Gunn for HBO Max: Creature Commandos. This animated series set during World War II brings together characters like Frankenstein’s monster, a werewolf, a vampire, and more in the fight against the Nazis. It sounds bonkers in a good way and it’s already in production!

What To Read First: Creature Commandos

Amanda Waller and Peacemaker from DC Comics | Sidetracked Comics


With Gunn focusing on Superman, Season 2 of “Peacemaker” is on hold. Instead, Viola Davis will return as the ruthless and morally ambiguous Amanda Waller for this newly-announced spin-off series. Exploring the aftermath of Peacemaker, “Waller” is being written by Christal Henry (Watchmen) and Jeremy Carver (the Doom Patrol TV series).

What To Read First: Suicide Squad Vol 6: The Phoenix Gambit

Green Lantern Corps assembled | Sidetracked Comics


Safran and Gunn expressed particular excitement for “Lanterns,” describing it as an HBO-quality event in the style of “True Detective.” This series focuses on the Green Lantern Corps members Hal Jordan and John Stewart as they delve into a mysterious investigation that ties into the overarching story of the DCU.

What To Read First: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 1: Sinestro’s Law

Wonder Woman and the Amazonians of Themyscira coming in Paradise Lost, part of the reborn DCU

Paradise Lost

Drawing inspiration from the political intrigue of “Game of Thrones,” “Paradise Lost” is set on Themyscira, the island of the Amazons. Little is known about the show beyond how it aims to explore the complex dynamics and power struggles within an all-female society long before Wonder Woman’s birth.

What To Read First: Wonder Woman Vol 1: Blood

Booster Gold grinning and saying "let's go change history."

Booster Gold

Finally, “Booster Gold” look set to inject some humour into the DCU. The character, a fan favourite, is a futuristic loser who uses time-travelling technology to masquerade as a superhero. It’s a motivation many comic fans can understand! Gunn describes the show as a reflection of imposter syndrome in a superhero world.

What To Read First: Booster Gold: Past Imperfect


The DCU Reborn!

The future of the DC Universe is brimming with potential as Gunn and Safran spearhead its revitalisation. With a captivating lineup of films and television shows featuring iconic and lesser-known characters alike, fans can look forward to immersive storytelling experiences across various genres.

The DCU is reborn… and it is a time of Gods and Monsters!

Are you excited for any of the projects? Drop a comment below and let us know what you’re most looking forward to!

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