CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS Producers Don't Know If Animated Movies Will Continue Under DC Studios (Exclusive)

CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS Producers Don't Know If Animated Movies Will Continue Under DC Studios (Exclusive)

There's a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment's DC movies and the producers of Crisis on Infinite Earths have now revealed what they know of DC Studios' plans...

By JoshWilding - Jan 18, 2024 11:01 AM EST

Last January, James Gunn and Peter Safran revealed their ambitious DCU plans as the new co-CEOs of DC Studios. They intend to tell the stories of these characters across film, television, and video games, as well as in both the live-action and animated realms. 

When Gunn, who has already produced a Creature Commandos TV series, was asked whether the popular animated movies from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will continue, he responded: "We’re dealing with all that. Some of that stuff will continue as Elseworlds, but a lot of other stuff we’re starting to bring into animation with Sam Register so that we’ll have things that are connected with this."

"I think there have been a lot of really marvellous DC cartoons," the filmmaker added, "so we’re going to keep moving forward with that."

It was a vague, albeit somewhat promising, update. However, when we recently spoke with Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part One executive producers Butch Lukic and Jim Krieg, it became clear they're in the dark about DC Studios' plans.

With DC Studios’ formation, there’s some uncertainty about the future of these animated movies. Are you hoping they’ll continue as Elseworlds projects or do you not know yet?

Butch: At this stage, we don’t know, but even something like Justice Society: World War II could definitely be continued with other versions as far as stories. It’s all dependent on where they want to go. It all has to be Elseworlds. We can’t go into the James Gunn universe but our whole goal, even before James Gunn came in to be in charge, was to have a ten-movie structure and then be finished at this point. Beyond that, when it comes to sequels based on these films, that’s up to DC and Warner Bros.

Jim: You know, as we’ve been doing these interviews, Butch, I’ve had flashbacks. The Tuckerverse, I think, was twenty five movies. A tremendous amount. Butch and I had this idea that we would have a long time to build to Crisis which was the pitch. I remember you and I talking to Sam Register and saying, ‘Maybe we can have twenty films and then end in Crisis?’ I think he said, ‘How about three?’ [Laughs] We built it out and negotiated up. This is where we are.

Butch: I originally wanted to keep doing a slow build with movies like The Long Halloween and Man of Tomorrow. I wanted to take as long as possible and once we gave them our pitch, they said they wanted Crisis involved and they wanted it done in ten movies. That’s why we had to fast-track some of these stories and build it towards this. 

Any future DC animated movies being Elseworlds projects isn't a surprise and, if nothing else, it's been made clear to the Tomorrowverse team that they won't be telling stories set in the new DCU. 

Gunn may choose to get more hands-on with these direct-to-DVD features (to ensure, at the very least, they don't clash with what DC Studios is up to) but it would be a real shame to see these fall by the wayside. After all, they often put a fresh spin on the iconic stories not adapted for screen and scrapping them is a surefire way to disappoint a lot of longtime fans. 

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part One is now available on Digital and arrives on 4K UHD in limited edition SteelBook packaging and Blu-ray starting January 23. 

Parts Two and Three of the Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths trilogy will debut later in 2024. 

Based on DC's iconic comic book limited series 'Crisis on Infinite Earths' by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, join DC Super Heroes from across the multiverse in the first of three parts of DC’s new animated film Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part One, which marks the beginning of the end to the Tomorrowverse story arc.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the all-new, action-packed DC animated film features some of DC’s most famous Super Heroes from multiple universes including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, who come together to stop an impending threat of doom and destruction.

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bobevanz - 1/18/2024, 11:51 AM
I'm sure they already did part two, at least I hope. How hard is it for live action cbm's to actually follow the comics!
KennKathleen - 1/18/2024, 11:53 AM
@bobevanz - DC acts like this is the only story they've told.

I would've liked to see Gunn pull off Zero Hour. It needed a bit of a trim, and a little taming, but it could've been a helluva film...
tmp3 - 1/18/2024, 11:59 AM
Makes sense for their last films be animated takes on Crisis and Watchmen, the two definitive DC comic stories of the last 50 years. Feel like they’re really gonna [frick] up Watchmen though
lazlodaytona - 1/18/2024, 1:59 PM
@tmp3 - why do you think they'll mess up Watchmen? Seems like they have a pretty good track record....
dracula - 1/18/2024, 2:37 PM
@tmp3 - too bad they never did Kingdom Come

Could never replicate Alex Ross’s art style but think something like the Bruce Timm style would be a good but different substitute
tmp3 - 1/18/2024, 9:43 PM
@lazlodaytona - I think it’s just too complex of a story to be told by a group of story tellers who have, at best, excelled at B+ saturday morning cartoons with added gore and curses, and pure edgelord garbage like the killing joke at worst
grif - 1/18/2024, 12:01 PM
stopped watching an buying these many years ago.

but i may still pay out for a proper knightfall film.
Himura - 1/18/2024, 12:04 PM
I hope Part 2 is better than Part 1. Felt like they stayed on the Amazo plot point for way too long.
Arthorious - 1/18/2024, 2:40 PM
@Himura - agreed I thought they would’ve wrapped the Amazo plot in a short time, not 2/3 of the run time.
GhostDog - 1/18/2024, 12:10 PM
Movie was ASS
lazlodaytona - 1/18/2024, 2:00 PM
@GhostDog -

ScottPilgrim29 - 1/18/2024, 12:14 PM
Tomorrowverse has been a major disappointed. Good its ending.
Arthorious - 1/18/2024, 2:41 PM
@ScottPilgrim29 - I’ll die alone on this hill: the new52 movies are better than the Tomorrowverse ones.
harryba11zack - 1/18/2024, 12:19 PM
Hate the art style, most oF the animated dc movies over the RECENT years has been a55.
Batmangina - 1/18/2024, 2:33 PM
@harryba11zack - Agreed. It was like the DC Comics Archerverse - WTF.

LITERALLY one of the greatest comics artists of a generation on the source material and they couldn't find an approximation/homage to his style.
BackwardGalaxy - 1/18/2024, 1:21 PM
DC's animated films have been mediocre to awful for a very long time. I welcome a change.
marvel72 - 1/18/2024, 1:59 PM
I hope they do I'm still waiting for

Kingdom Come
Sinestro Corp War
Blackest Night
Dark Knights Metal
lazlodaytona - 1/18/2024, 2:03 PM
@marvel72 - EVERY ONE OF THOSE STORIES NEED TO BE MADE. Some of my favorites (Sinestro Corps War being my fav)
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 1/18/2024, 2:03 PM
The only DC animated movies I recommend as of late are Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham and Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons. The only two movies that aren't part of the Tomorroverse, go figure.

DC Animation is always at their best when each film is unique. I'm not one bit excited to see what happens with DC Animation under James Gunn because it's going to be part 3 of this shared universe shit. Even worse, they're are going to be connected to the live action movies as well.
dracula - 1/18/2024, 2:42 PM
The Bruce Timm years were solid and really most of the best stuff that came after he left was the stuff he would occasionally do.

The DCAMU era was hit or miss and the universe was rushed from the start

The Tomorrowverse started so good then they started rushing after the first 3 films

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