During yesterday’s big event where DC Studios co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran unveiled Chapter One: Gods and Monsters — their planned revamp of the upcoming DCU — five new TV series were announced, including one that Safran describes as “a Game of Thrones-type story about Themyscira,” the birthplace of Wonder Woman.
That live-action series, named Paradise Lost, will take place before Wonder Woman’s birth and tell the origin story of the nation of the Amazons, which Safran says “involves all the darkness and drama and political intrigue behind this society of only women.”
“What are their politics like?” Gunn adds. “What are their rules? Who’s in charge? What are all the games that they play with each other to get to the top?”
The first TV series under Gunn and Safran’s new plan, however, will be Creature Commandos, an animated series that Gunn wrote all seven episodes of and will go into production soon. It finds Amanda Waller creating a black ops team out of monstrous prisoners, and Gunn teases that “we’re going to cast actors that are going to be able to play the characters in this as well as in other things.”
Amanda Waller is getting her own series too
Speaking of that powerful political figure, Waller will be getting her own series too — simply titled Waller — that will have Viola Davis return in the titular role, along with other members of Team Peacemaker. It will take place in between Peacemaker Seasons 1 and 2, and is being written by Christal Henry (Watchmen) and Jeremy Carver (Supernatural).
Also on the docket is Lanterns, which Safran says is a “True Detective-type mystery” with two famous Green Lanterns, Hal Jordan and John Stewart.
“That leads into the overall story that we’re telling throughout the different movies and television shows,” Gunn says of Lanterns. “And we find this ancient horror on earth, and these guys are basically super cops on Precinct Earth.”
Closing out the announced TV series, which are all being developed for HBO Max, is Booster Gold, following man who uses basic technology from the future to pretend to be a superhero in present day. Gunn says they’re already in talks with an actor for the leading role.
“I think of it basically as the story of a superhero is imposter syndrome, and how do you deal with that?” Gunns says. “How does he try to use this future technology to be loved by people today? And what is really at the base of that? And it’s a character study that’s going to be a very different type of show.”
See all of the big announcements from the reveal of the DCU’s Chapter One: Gods and Monsters right here.
Alex Stedman is a News Editor for IGN, overseeing entertainment reporting. When she’s not writing or editing, you can find her reading fantasy novels or playing Dungeons & Dragons.
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