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Ranker data suggests new CEO James Gunn could deliver a DC renaissance

Superhero sequels Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Shazam: Fury of the Gods both struggled at the box office in 2023
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The upcoming “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” will be the last film in the DC Extended Universe — after that, the franchise gets a slightly less complicated title and, more importantly, a new CEO. James Gunn, the popular writer/director of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” films and of the DCEU’s “The Suicide Squad, will helm the DC Universe, aka the DCU, a soft reboot of the DCEU. 

Gunn’s reputation with fans and his pledge to maintain story continuity between movies, shows, and video games in the DCU make fans feel hopeful about the future. What’s more, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has finally begun to wobble after more than a decade of almost uninterrupted box office success.


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