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Superman: Legacy's James Gunn Reveals if DC Games Will Be DCU Canon

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The new DCU is quickly approaching with the arrival of Superman: Legacy, which will establish the shared universe between a variety of new DC films and video games, though not all of them will be canon.

Superman: Legacy director James Gunn recently responded to a fan question regarding upcoming DC games, hoping to clarify whether every DC game following the film's release will also share a universe with Gunn's DCU. He also responded to Threads user hen_vratski with a succinct "no", confirming that DC video games do not all have to be canon to the shared universe of the films, though he did not provide any more specific details.

Gunn's update may not come as a surprise to many fans, however, as DC has continued development on numerous projects that began before the Guardians of the Galaxy director took over as co-head of the new cinematic universe. Sequels to The Batman and Joker are still in the works at Warner Bros. along with several other projects and video games that are exempt from having to adhere to the rules and events of Gunn's DCU.

As for video games, Rocksteady's Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League recently finished its closed beta test period and is set to release in Feb. 2024, over a year before the beginning of Gunn's DCU, and is set within the developer's Batman Arkham universe. Monolith Productions is also working on a Wonder Woman game, and though they have not revealed a release window for the title, at least fans now know it will not be attached to a potential film.

Marvel has taken a similar stance when it comes to its licensed video games, with titles like Marvel's Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy taking place within their own separate worlds entirely unconnected to the MCU. Unlike DC, however, Marvel has not produced any video game tie-ins to its shared cinematic universe since the late 2000s, and that does not appear likely to change anytime soon.

However, Gunn also stated in the past that the DCU might expand into video games as well, so fans may see some DC titles that are explicitly set within that universe. No current plans for video game tie-ins are known at this time, though, as Gunn remains quiet about upcoming projects.

Superman: Legacy is set for a 2025 release.

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