DC’s The Wonder Twins film adaptation has been canceled as David Zaslav found the $75M production budget too high. The Wonder Twins film adaptation was announced back in Feb 2022, Riverdale star KJ Apa and 1883 star Isabel May were signed to play the role of Zan and Jayna, and Black Adam writer Adam Sztykiel was helm to write and direct the film under Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey production.
Why DC’s The Wonder Twins Canceled Before Production?
According to The Wall Street Journal, David Zaslav and his team when analyzing the production estimate, Zaslav found the $75M production budget too high and its return too limited for a made-for-streaming movie. Instead, Mr. Zaslav wants Warner Bros. to focus on increasing its number of theatrical releases to between 20 and 25 a year, a person familiar with his thinking said. Theatrical movies also tend to perform better on HBO Max than movies made exclusively for the service. Last year, Warner Bros. released 17 movies.
Who Is The Wonder Twins in DC Comics?
The Wonder Twins were created by Norman Maurer, William Hanna, and Joseph Barbera, The 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 by Mark Russell, Stephen Bryne, and Dave Sharpe.