DC Studios CEO James Gunn has recently given fans a better idea of when the new DC Universe (DCU) will officially begin. While Superman: Legacy is set to be the theatrical debut of the new super-powered universe, there is one project that will come before that film. This is Creature Commandos, which will serve as a narrative precursor to the new story being told.
Creature Commandos is an animated adventure that is set to release on HBO Max. While it was previously unclear when the series would be released, Gunn has now confirmed on Twitter that it is set to release in 2024. This marks the official beginning of the new era for the DCU, with the animated series coming first.
Expected Release Date Window
If the 2024 release date holds true, fans should expect to see the series later in the year. This ensures that there is not too much of a gap between Creature Commandos and Superman: Legacy. With Aquaman 2 coming out at the end of 2023, it seems likely that Warner Bros. would want a significant amount of time between the ending of one DC universe and the beginning of another.
Fall 2024 is currently the best bet for Creature Commandos’ release date. This will allow enough time between the old DCEU and the beginning of James Gunn’s DC Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters, while also not leaving too much of a gap before Superman: Legacy hits theaters in July 2025.
The Elseworlds story, Joker: Folie à Deux, is set for release on October 4, 2024. While Gunn likely isn’t too worried about crossing streams, he will probably try his best to not step on other DC-branded toes. This means that Creature Commandos makes a lot of sense for either September or November 2024, leaving enough room for Todd Phillips’ Joker sequel.
Casting for the animated series is currently underway, with The Purge star Jack Grillo being the first actor confirmed to appear in the super-powered title. While no official release date has been confirmed yet, fans can expect Creature Commandos to hit HBO Max sometime in 2024.