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May 18, 2022 The Wonder Twins

Looks like it is official that The Wonder Twins won’t be happening. I hope we see KJ in another superhero role sometime!

THR – The Wonder Twins have been deactivated.

The DC-based feature project, which was to have begun production in early July, has been shelved, according to multiple sources.

The project was being developed as a feature for HBO Max and had Riverdale star KJ Apa and 1883 actress Isabel May on board to star. Adam Sztykiel, who worked on the script for Dwayne Johnson’s upcoming Black Adam, wrote the Wonder Twins script and was due to direct.

Sources say the decision to shut the project down occurred several weeks ago. According to insiders, the leadership of Warner Bros. Discovery, the new company combining Discovery and Warner Bros. and now being led by CEO David Zaslav, is imposing a mandate that DC movies should now be made with a theatrical-first goal. Wonder Twins, the way it had been conceived, was “too niche,” said one source.

At the same time, one source said the budget was too high for what is considered an HBO Max movie. Twins was looking at a $75 million budget but according to sources, Zaslav wants to keep HBO Max original movies $35 million and under. He has concluded that higher budgeted offerings do not add enough value, ie., add a significant number of subscribers, as much as having the more modestly-budgeted movies that seem to do the job of retaining subs. Original theatrical movies, however, do a gangbuster job of attracting subscribers, The Batman being a huge hit for the service, according to several sources.

“A lot of things that were developed are going to do away,” said another insider, referring to the broader scrutiny that is coming to the slates of many Warner divisions, including film.

The Wonder Twins are a pair of alien siblings named Zan and Jayna. They imprinted on a generation of television viewers thanks to their introduction on Hanna-Barbera’s The All-New Super Friends Hour as young companions to adult heroes such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. The duo then appeared in the Super Friends comic and, over time, became incorporated into the larger DC universe.

Geek site That Hashtag Show first reported the news of the project’s shutdown on May 1 and a Warner Bros. spokesperson denied the account at the time.

April 15, 2022 Articles - News - Press - The Wonder Twins

Awesome news!

Riverdale – Riverdale star KJ Apa and 1883 actress Isabel May have nabbed the alien-sibling lead roles in The Wonder Twins, a live-action DC comedy for HBO Max.

Apa will play Zan, and May will portray Jayna.

While the plotline is under wraps, Jayna is known for her talent of transforming into an animal, while Zan is a shapeshifter of sorts. The characters made their debut on The All-New Super Friends Hour from Hanna-Barbera and then appeared in The World’s Greatest Super Friends, Super Friends and Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show.

Their history: Zan and Jayna are from the planet Exxor are were being informally trained by the DC superheroes. In a 1977 Super Friends comic book from E. Nelson Bridwell and artist Ramona Fradon, it’s further detailed that the twins were orphaned during a plague and adopted by the alien Exorians. Along the way, they’re given Gleek as a pet. After learning that villain Grax is set to destroy Earth, they travel there to warn the Justice League. They ultimately blend into life on Earth as Swedish exchange students, attending Gotham City High School. The Wonder Twins made cameos in other parts of the DC universe over the years, including TV shows Smallville, Teen Titans Go! and The Flash.

Black Adam and Rampage co-writer Adam Sztykiel is making his directorial debut on the popular DC comics IP off a script he wrote. Production is set to begin this summer in Atlanta. Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill are producing.

Apa is well known for playing Archie on the CW/WBTV series Riverdale. His feature credits include the movies Songbird, The Hate U Give, A Dog’s Purpose and I Still Believe. He is repped by UTA, Matt Luber and Jackoway Austen Tyerman. May plays Elsa Dutton on Paramount+’s Yellowstone prequel series 1883. Her series credits include Alexa & Katie and Young Sheldon. She is managed by Coronel Group and attorney Patty Felker.