• Filmmaker Zack Snyder's new film series, Rebel Moon, is a long-awaited project he has worked on for many years.
  • Rebel Moon features notable actors such as Sofia Boutella and Charlie Hunnam.
  • The release of Rebel Moon coincides with the end of Snyder's previous movie universe, the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), which will officially be defunct after the premiere of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

Filmmaker Zack Snyder is getting ready to debut a project he has been working on for over ten years — Rebel Moon — which will coincide with the ending of his previous movie universe. The director and screenwriter's new film series is split into two parts (Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire and Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver), with the sequel releasing a few months following the first movie. It was initially conceived as a Star Wars film but was ultimately turned down by Disney. Synder reworked the script as an original concept, and Netflix later greenlit the project as a possible universe of movies and shows (if it performs well).

Rebel Moon is an epic space opera that unsurprisingly shares similarities with Star Wars. However, the Netflix film series distinguishes itself from the popular franchise with its extensive world-building and ensemble of characters. Some of the members of the Rebel Moon cast include Sofia Boutella as Kora, Djimon Hounsou as Titus, Charlie Hunnam as Kai, Michiel Huisman as Gunnar, and Ray Fisher (who previously worked with Snyder on the aforementioned film universe) as Darrian Bloodaxe. While those who admire Snyder's work prepare for the beginning of his new movie universe, they must also get ready for the death of his old one, which occurs on the same day.

Zack Snyder's Rebel Moon Universe Will Begin The Same Day Aquaman 2 Releases In Theaters

Arthur Curry in costume in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Netflix is releasing Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire on December 21 at 10 p.m. ET, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom's first showings are on the same day. Whereas A Child of Fire is the first installment in Snyder's Rebel Moon universe, the Aquaman sequel serves as the final film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). As many know, Snyder directed many movies in the DCEU — Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, and Zack Snyder's Justice League. The filmmaker was also a producer and writer on other movies in the franchise. But the DCEU will officially be defunct following the Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom premiere.

The end of Snyder's era with the DCEU paves the way for the DC Universe under James Gunn and Peter Safran.

Snyder parted from the DCEU following his work as an executive producer on The Suicide Squad in 2021 and began filming Rebel Moon in 2022. He ultimately made the right choice to focus on his new movie universe because the DCEU will soon be dead and replaced with the DC Universe, created by James Gunn and Peter Safran, the new co-chairmen and co-CEOs of DC Studios. So, the end of an era for Snyder is truly the beginning of another.

Rebel Moon's Budget Explained: How Much Netflix's Two-Part Movie Cost To Make
Zack Snyder and Netflix invested a lot of time and money into the two-part epic space opera, Rebel Moon. Read on for the budget for the two films.

Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire had a limited theatrical release on December 15.

Will Zack Snyder's Rebel Moon Be More Successful Than The DCEU?

Rebel Moon and the Snyder Cut poster

It's difficult to predict if Rebel Moon will be successful enough for Netflix to continue expanding its universe, but it has the potential to be greater than the DCEU. The DCEU failed for numerous reasons — its lack of direction, awful box office figures, and negative reviews from critics and fans alike. However, Snyder won't have to be concerned about the box office for his new film series since it's debuting on streaming, and he has more creative freedom with the story. So, only time will tell, but Rebel Moon could be more successful than the DCEU (even with its initial negative reviews).