James Gunn Confirms Another DC Character That Will Remain in the DCU

Freddie Stroma will continue to play Vigilante in the new DCU.

James Gunn and Peter Safran are now leading the charge at DC Studios, opening the door for a slew of new storylines in movies, television, and beyond. Even as some of DC’s heroes and villains have begun to be recast, there has been the question of which existing live-action portrayals will carry over into the new DC Universe — and now, it looks like another name is added to that list. As Gunn recently confirmed on social media, Freddie Stroma’s portrayal of Adrian Chase / Vigilante will continue to appear in the new DCU. There’s no confirmation at this point as to where Stroma, who previously portrayed the character in the first season of Peacemaker, will reprise his role next.

Will There Be a Peacemaker Season 2?

While a sophomore season of Peacemaker has been confirmed to be in the works, it is not expected to arrive right away, especially now that Gunn is co-shepherding the larger DC Universe. In the interim, there will be Waller, a new spinoff bridging the gap of the narrative between both seasons, and focusing on Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller and the fallout from the end of the Season 1 finale of Peacemaker.

“This is also going to have some of Team Peacemaker in it, as the regulars on the show,” Gunn told reporters when announcing the DCU slate. “This basically follows up to Peacemaker and is going to be done. We have two great creatives working on it. Christal Henry, who is a writer on Watchmen and Jeremy Carver, who created Doom Patrol, have this incredibly marvelous story worked out that I think is really fantastic and HBO loves. So they’re putting this all together.”

What Is On the DC Universe Slate?

As Gunn and DC Studios Peter Safran revealed earlier this year, the initial DC Studios slate for “Gods and Monsters” will include movies for Superman: Legacy, The Brave and the Bold, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, Swamp Thing, and The Authority. It will include the HBO Max television shows Waller, Booster Gold, Lanterns, Paradise Lost, and an animated Creature Commandos series.

“If you look at the MCU, there are very few traditional superheroes,” Gunn previously said of the DCU’s approach. “There was never a guy with a secret identity until Spider-Man in the MCU. Their Cap was turned into a soldier even though he wears a mask. Iron Man outed himself at the end of the first Iron Man because they don’t want to deal with the whole secret identity stuff. But there is a bit more of a fantasy element to DCU, because there are these larger-than-life superheroes and for me, there’s Superman and Clark Kent. They’re two different characters, and you have to find a way to deal with them that’s as grounded as possible within this world of DC. One of the things that I love about DC, that excites me about DC, is that in a way it’s another alternate history. It is Gotham City and Metropolis and Star City and Bludhaven, and all these different places in this other reality, and it makes it a little bit like Westeros in some ways. I love it in that way. I love that we get to create true worldbuilding in DC, it isn’t just ‘we’re throwing some superheroes on Earth.’ I think right now, that’s one of the key differences.” 

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