DC Reportedly Kills Wonder Twins Film
Warner Bros. Discovery has reportedly canceled DC Films' live-action Wonder Twins movie.
According to That Hashtag Show, the crew was informed earlier this week that the live-action adaptation of the Wonder Twins had been scrapped before production even began. A reason for this decision was not provided, though the merger between Warner Bros. and Discovery has changed plans for several existing projects. Production was intended to start in Atlanta, GA on July 5.
Wonder Twins was announced in February 2022 with Black Adam writer Adam Sztykiel set to write and direct, along with Temple Hill's Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey producing. The film had also already cast its leads, with Riverdale star KJ Apa and 1883 star Isabel May set to headline as Zan and May, respectively. Casting for the film's villains was also reportedly underway when the project was canceled.
This news comes after reports that, following Discovery's acquisition of WarnerMedia, Warner Bros. Pictures is on the hunt for its own version of Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige, but for DC Films. Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav and his team are also reportedly "toying with the idea of turning DC into its own solidified content vertical." Moreover, sources state that Warner Bros. is planning a total overhaul of its DC Films division. However, it is unconfirmed if these reports are related to Wonder Twins' cancelation.
Created by Norman Maurer, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the Wonder Twins are a pair of extraterrestrial siblings, Zan and Jayna, who debuted in 1977's The All-New Super Friends Hour. The twins were often joined by their pet alien monkey, Gleek, who assisted in their crimefighting. The twins each had the ability to transform -- Zan into any state of water and Jayna into any animal -- by touching hands and saying, "Wonder Twin powers, activate!"
Zan and Jayna were later brought into the main DC Universe in Extreme Justice #9 by Ivan Velez Jr. and Al Rio in 1995. The twins have had rather sporadic appearances throughout a variety of media since then, appearing in the animated series Teen Titans Go! and even in live-action on the show Smallville. The twins also starred in their own 12-issue limited series, Wonder Twins, published in 2019 from Mark Russell, Stephen Bryne and Dave Sharpe.
"Well, the Wonder Twins themselves I kind of view as one really good, well-adjusted person tragically split in half. So they're basically incomplete people. Which is I think the way every teen feels," Russell told CBR in a previous interview. "They're dealing with deep deficits in their personality and they feel awkward and alienated because of it, not realizing that everyone else feels exactly the same way. That's the sort of dynamic I wanted give to the Wonder Twins."
Source: That Hashtag Show