While DC movies may be struggling at the box office, they undeniably boast a remarkable roster of some of the most iconic characters ever created. With newly appointed DC Studios co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran at the helm, the DC Universe in film and TV is set to undergo a major revamp, promising to usher in a new era for our beloved superheroes and the expansive universe they call home. Additionally, Warner Bros. is taking a retrospective look at the comic book publisher’s rich history and has recently released the first trailer for its upcoming documentary series, Superpowered: The DC Story.
This upcoming thre-part docuseries aims to provide “the ultimate origin story,” chronicling the 87-year-old legacy of the renowned comic book company. First announced in 2021, the forthcoming docuseries is a collaborative effort between two accomplished filmmakers Leslie Iwerks and Mark Catalena. Superpowered: The DC Story sets out to explore the captivating and extensive history of DC, showcasing an array of talented comic writers, artists, and luminaries who have contributed to its enduring legacy. Moreover, the series will go beyond the ink and pages, delving into the world of live-action adaptations, inviting celebrated stars, directors, and producers from throughout DC’s illustrious history in pop culture.
Narrated by Rosario Dawson (known for her incredible performances in both voice and live-action roles within the DC universe), the three-part series promises an “unprecedented look at the enduring and influential legacy of DC, allowing fans to rediscover the universe of characters, as well as the iconic comic book company’s origins, its evolution and its nearly nine-decade cultural impact across every artistic medium.” The docuseries will have more than 60 interviews, both new and archival, featuring a diverse array of actors and executives.
The extraordinary lineup includes the newly appointed co-CEO of DC Studios, James Gunn, Melissa Benoist from Supergirl, the visionary Greg Berlanti behind the Arrowverse, Kaley Cuoco from Harley Quinn animated series, former Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, and Regina King and Damon Lindelof from Watchmen. These interviews aim to offer viewers unique insights and firsthand accounts, providing a deeper understanding of the DC universe and its lasting impact on the world of entertainment.
You will also have the opportunity to hear from a star-studded roster including Bruce Timm, Tim Burton, Mike Carlin, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Patty Jenkins, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Keaton, Zoë Kravitz, Jim Lee, Zachary Levi, Tom Mankiewicz, Jason Momoa, Christopher Nolan, Robert Pattinson, John Ridley, Margot Robbie, Michael E. Uslan, and the late Christopher Reeve.
If you want a sneak peek into what’s in store, here are the synopses for all three episodes:
Episode 1: “The Hero’s Journey”: For over 85 years, DC has been home to a universe of iconic characters and unparalleled storytelling, but its origins began with the brilliant minds who created a Super Hero trinity: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. From survival to revival, DC navigates the birth of the sidekick, parental concerns after WWII, and a corporate takeover amid a struggle to stay current.
Episode 2: “Coming of Age”: During a period of declining comic book sales, a bold move resets DC’s entire universe, as the company decides to also take a gamble on a new Superman movie. While rivals begin to address pressing social issues, a determined DC introduces its first Black Super Hero and breaks story boundaries under the new imprint, Vertigo Comics, with the hopes of maturing comic books into an everlasting adult art form.
Episode 3: “A Better Tomorrow”: Tired of being left out of the conversation, a group of diverse creators form Milestone Media to give voice to marginalised characters and stories born out of their own experiences. After more than eight decades of history, DC visionaries look toward a future that is representative of all in their ever-expanding universe.
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