James Gunn Confirms New DCU Won’t Include ‘Watchmen’ And ‘Crisis On Infinite Earths’ Animated Films

A few days ago we learned of new Watchmen and Crisis On Infinite Earths animated movies coming from Warner Bros. next year.  There was quite a bit of confusion surrounding the announcement, although not from us here. Some speculated that both films would be part of the new DCU launched by James Gunn and Peter Safran, although it should’ve been obvious they wouldn’t be since both predate its launch with Superman: Legacy in 2025.

Fortunately, James Gunn isn’t one to leave fans hanging for long. Once again answering questions on Threads, Gunn confirmed that both animated movies are not part of the new DCU. He also told us to look forward to DC animated movies on the big screen, which is itself pretty interesting.

It’s possible these movies could move over to the Elseworlds branding where The Batman and Joker exist.

Gunn also reaffirmed that animated movies will be part of the DCU, and that the same actors will portray their characters across all forms of media; live-action, animation, and video games.

This is actually quite a shame, because a Crisis movie would be a great way to transition from the Snyderverse into Gunn’s DCU, especially since The Flash was a bust.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.