Superhero group The Authority will play a huge part in the DCU, with James Gunn assuring a “very different kind of superhero story.” Revealed along with the rest of Chapter 1 of Gunn and manufacturer Peter Safran’s prepare for the franchise, The Authority will follow the release of the Superman reboot, Superman: Legacy, and present audiences to this rather odd set of supers.
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“So this is one of my real passion projects. I’ve been working really hard on it with the writers, we’re starting to put together the entire story. […] This is a big movie. […] I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the authority WildStorm characters. WildStorm was a comics imprint that was bought by DC that I really love, we’re moving a lot of these WildStorm characters into the DCU.”
As well as being an enthusiasm task for Gunn, The Authority will be a lot more intricate than simply heros versus bad people, with the filmmaker and now co-CEO of DC Studios describing through social media how The Authority will lean much even more into the gray locations that include being a superhero.
“Yeah, this is a big movie and I don’t know how many of you know are familiar with The Authority… The Authority is a very different kind of superhero story. They are basically good intention, but they think that the world is completely broken and the only way to fix it is to take things into their own hands, whether that means killing people, destroying heads of state, changing governments, whatever they want to do to make the world better. And we’ll see how that journey goes for them. But as I said earlier, there’s morally gray characters of which these are.”
Safran includes, “They’re kind of like Jack Nicholson in ‘A Few Good Men.’ They know that you want them on the wall, or at least they believe that,” with Gunn exposing that The Authority “is being written now.” Though we’re uncertain by whom …
Who Are The Authority, and How Will They Factor into the DCU?
Created in 1999 by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, The Authority was initially a job playing out under the Wildstorm banner. Following the experiences of superhero group, a few of the members of which were rollovered from Ellis’ Stormwatch, The Authority ultimately ended up being a part of the DC universe following The New 52 multiverse merger, with the group serving as an extremely deceptive group entrusted with taking on hazardous objectives while staying unidentified to the bigger superhero neighborhood.
Notable members of The Authority consist of Jenny Sparks, “The Spirit of the Twentieth Century” who is connected with the basic sensations surrounding the status of the world and is the group’s creator and initial leader; Apollo, who is something of a Superman archetype and can focus solar power into blasts of laser; and Midnighter, who has superhuman strength, speed, reflexes and durability thanks to some bioengineered improvements. Apollo and Midnighter ultimately wed, with the set frequently considered a parallel to Batman and Superman.
The Authority must offer an extremely various, and likely a lot more violent, require to the DCU than we have actually seen up until now, and will follow on from Superman: Legacy, which is because of be launched on July 11, 2025.