James Gunn Shares Huge New CREATURE COMMANDOS Story Details; Shares Update On Approach To DCU

James Gunn Shares Huge New CREATURE COMMANDOS Story Details; Shares Update On Approach To DCU

DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn has shared new Creature Commandos story details, including how it fits into the DCU. He also talks more about characters jumping between animated and live-action projects.

By JoshWilding - Jun 14, 2024 10:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Creature Commandos
Source: Nexus Point News

We recently learned that Creature Commandos will premiere on Max this December. The 7-episode animated series serves as our introduction to the new DCU, with at least one character - Frank Grillo's Rick Flag Sr. - already confirmed for a live-action appearance in Peacemaker season 2.

Nexus Point News was on hand at this week's Annecy International Animation Film Festival and has revealed some details shared with attendees. 

DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn appeared in a video at the start of the panel, confirming characters in animated and live-action projects will jump between both formats as part of a "unified DCU." The Hollywood Reporter has also shared some quotes, with the filmmaker explaining:

"What this means in practical terms is that our characters can move in and out of animation or jump into a game or onto the big screen, but they will remain consistent throughout: same character, same history, same actor."

Future live-action appearances were reportedly considered when the Creature Commandos' leads were designed for this series. Gunn also reiterated previous comments that any voice actors who are cast for animated DCU projects are done so with potential live-action appearances in mind. 

It was also confirmed that, while CG was used to set up various shots, the final version of Creature Commandos we see will be realised with 2D hand-drawn animation. 

In terms of story details, the site learned that Belle Reve, Frankenstein Manor, Frankenstein's Lab, and Poko Castle are among the locations we'll visit. Gunn also offered a few insights into where in the DCU timeline the story takes place and why this unique team assembles in the first place.

"The new series picks up directly after our Peacemaker season one finale, which leaves Waller with her hands tied operationally, meaning that she’s no longer able to get away with putting human lives on the line to carry out her clandestine morally questionable missions. Instead, she recruits a ragtag band of misfits, not unlike the Suicide Squad and Peacemaker."

He'd add that Creature Commandos' leads, "are actual literal monsters, and I can’t wait for you to meet them. Creating this series has been one of the absolute joys of my life."

As for the importance of animation to DC Studios moving forward, the Superman helmer said:

"It’s a cornerstone of the legacy we’ve been entrusted to carry at DC Studios and plays an integral role in the vision for our future storytelling. Since taking the reins, our true north has been to bring DC film, TV, animation and gaming into alignment under a single banner and bring a sense of unity and consistency into the DCU as a whole. This frees us to create a range of products that are diverse and compelling, and deliver great stand-alone entertainment experiences on every medium, while also being part of a larger story that we’re telling within our unified DCU."

Stay tuned for updates on Creature Commandos as we have them.

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vectorsigma - 6/14/2024, 10:39 AM
DC will be great soon.

soberchimera - 6/14/2024, 10:53 AM
@vectorsigma - I'll be more excited once the Wonder Woman, Flash, Teen Titans, and Aquaman reboots are announced. And I'd be way more excited for the Green Lantern reboot if it was a movie.
JackBurton1 - 6/14/2024, 11:53 AM
@vectorsigma - I mean the DCU has an opportunity to grab a very firm hold on comic book movie interest with how things are going with Disney but we'll see.You'd think the DCU think tank would take note of what's work with Marvel and the bad path it's went down the last 5 years and not do those thinks.
supermanrex - 6/14/2024, 12:04 PM
@soberchimera - green lantern as a series is far better. more time to explore the nuances that make both hal and john tick vs trying to cram it all into a 2.5 hour film.
soberchimera - 6/14/2024, 12:09 PM
@supermanrex - You could make that argument for nearly every single comic book character. The difference is that a television budget won't be able to capture the universal scale and spectacle of the comics. DO you honestly think a tv show can accurately adapt this?
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supermanrex - 6/14/2024, 12:39 PM
@soberchimera - money spent on whatever projects is a studio decision not a actual hard set limitation. so yes. if they wanted to really make [frick]ing good quality show then they can absolutely throw the budget for a movie at it and bring it to the small screen in a six to ten hour format vs 2.5 hours every three [frick]ing years. but its self imposed restrictions of old school practices. we seen when you put more money into shows you get some great shit that has shown up effects wise on some of these streaming sci fi shows.
soberchimera - 6/14/2024, 1:10 PM
@supermanrex - They would have to put more money into it than Amazon did for Rings of Power, and in that show no one needed to fly through the vacuum of space. Makes more sense for a that budget to go into a feature film.
Arthorious - 6/14/2024, 2:37 PM
@supermanrex - agreed, I mean look at how the animated show was able to expand on the lore. I’m all for Marvel and DC doing shows with their big heroes from time to time as long as the story is good.
Demigods - 6/14/2024, 5:00 PM
@vectorsigma - I really hope so. In theory, a unified TV, movie and game universe sounds awesome.
vectorsigma - 6/14/2024, 7:42 PM
@Demigods - i have faith in Gunn's skills as an artist and he hasnt failed us yet. This approach is unprecedented as well which i think will work
marvel72 - 6/14/2024, 10:44 AM
I do love a bit of DC horror,House Of Secrets and House Of Mystery and of course Swamp Thing.
HermanM - 6/14/2024, 10:44 AM
Just hope it's not another period piece.
DravenCorvis - 6/14/2024, 10:45 AM
Surprised you didn't turn this into a glorified hit piece on the DCU.
vectorsigma - 6/14/2024, 11:07 AM
@DravenCorvis - t
Josh the Marvel shill is playing it safe.

He knows it will be the DCUs time soon so he needa to be in the bandwagon
Nomis929 - 6/14/2024, 10:46 AM
I don't understand his infatuation with the Creature Commandos.

It wasn't like they had any long running success as a comic book.
Shmokey20 - 6/14/2024, 11:32 AM
@Nomis929 - Well no one knew who The Gaurdians of the Galaxy were until James Gunn brought them to the big screen... he's good at making obscure characters relevant & probably has some great ideas when it comes to that team
Nomis929 - 6/14/2024, 12:19 PM
@Shmokey20 - "Well no one knew who The Gaurdians of the Galaxy were until James Gunn brought them to the big screen..."

Well, I did. Started reading about the ORIGNAL TEAM as a kid back in he '70s till the '80s.

The differnce between the two is that the GOGT was a mainstay in Marvel comics since their inception, and had a pretty long run in their own comcis the '90s, so there's some kind of legacy with them. But as I mentioned many times on here, I am NOT a fan of Gun's take on GOTG in the movies.

While the Creature Commandos quickly bowed out of Weird War Tales comics in the '70s and their short lived '2000s series.

I just don't see why he think they'll be some interest in them.
newhire13 - 6/14/2024, 1:23 PM
@Nomis929 - Yeah you know the Guardians but the general public wouldn’t have been able to pick them out of a line up.

And the CC are likely characters he enjoys and, like with most stories people tell, he thinks there’s a story worth telling and characters worth exploring.
Nomis929 - 6/14/2024, 1:34 PM
@newhire13 - "Yeah you know the Guardians but the general public wouldn’t have been able to pick them out of a line up."

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Arthorious - 6/14/2024, 2:39 PM
@Nomis929 - not sure if Peacemaker had a long run in the comics but look at what Gunn did with him.
Nomis929 - 6/14/2024, 2:54 PM
@Arthorious - yeah, but look what he did to Vigilante.

He eviscerated the character till he's nothing like the comic book version.
Arthorious - 6/14/2024, 4:15 PM
@Nomis929 - sadly that happens with both Marvel and DC characters. Taskmaster, Aquaman, Joker, just to name a few have all been butchered and mismanaged.
Batmangina - 6/14/2024, 4:20 PM
@Nomis929 - I did like getting stoned and reading Weird War Tales with the WTF Creature Commandos and I also liked I, Vampire - DC would throw out some rando shit back in the day and give long ass ropes before they hung themselves...
Nomis929 - 6/14/2024, 4:32 PM
@Arthorious - This is true.
Nomis929 - 6/14/2024, 4:37 PM
@Batmangina - Oh man, some crazy stuff came out of Weird War Tales. The orignal "Death" came from that sereies.

Remember G.I. Robot? (J.A.K.E. 1)

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LOL! I think a lot of the DC editors at teh time was tokin' on the smoke!
Batmangina - 6/14/2024, 6:14 PM
@Nomis929 - Yes! The fact that some of those titles went for 100+ issues blows my mind - The War That Time Forgot was always a crowd pleaser - T Rex vs Tanks? Yes, thank you!
Nomis929 - 6/14/2024, 11:28 PM
@Batmangina - I was A big reader of G.I. Combat with the "Haunted Tank" growing up.

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Batmangina - 6/15/2024, 6:58 AM
@Nomis929 - Hell yeah! Jesus would heads explode today from a Confederate General's ghost being in a comic book 🤣
Doomsday8888 - 6/14/2024, 10:47 AM
Is anyone even hyped for this shit?

Who the hell starts their shared universe in this way?
Nomis929 - 6/14/2024, 10:53 AM
@Doomsday8888 - Agreed. This is not good.
WruceBayne - 6/14/2024, 10:57 AM
@Doomsday8888 - I’m hyped for it. It’s just a different approach to storytelling, we’ve seen the same ole, same ole for so long that seeing something different is welcomed.
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