James Gunn Confirms Three DCEU Actors Returning In The New DCU

The transition from the DCEU to James Gunn’s upcoming DCU have not gone well. It’s been a bumpy road, to say the least, with multiple flops in a row leading up to December’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which might also underwhelm. But even more than that, fans are rightfully confused at what DC Studios is going to be. It’s not a full reboot, but new films won’t have any connection to anything that came before. Some actors are returning and some aren’t. So what is this hybrid monster gonna be, anyway?

Gunn hasn’t done a very good job of clearing things up. However, he’s at least confirmed in a Threads post the three actors from the DCEU who will continue on in their roles, and you won’t be surprised by any of them.

John Cena will return as Peacemaker, having played the character in the Gunn-directed film The Suicide Squad and spinoff Peacemaker series. Viola Davis will also return as Amanda Waller. She’s been around since 2016s Suicide Squad, and starred with Cena in the aforementioned projects. There’s also a Waller series reportedly in the works.

Finally, Xolo Maridueña will suit up as Blue Beetle, even though the superhero movie did not do well at the box office. The reviews were positive, though, in particular for Maridueña, and Gunn has been touting the actor’s role in the DCU for quite a while. Don’t be surprised if he pops up in the Booster Gold series.

That still leaves some pretty big unanswered questions. What happens with Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, and Jason Momoa as Aquaman? Whose going to the next Batman? When can we expect Ray Fisher’s Cyborg to return? Just kidding about that last one. Definitely not happening!

Gunn’s DCU kicks off with Superman: Legacy on July 11th, 2025

 

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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.