While the DC Extended Universe just found its first major hit with Wonder Woman, it’s fair to say that Warner Bros. has struggled to kickstart its shared universe of DC Comics heroes, which is why it’s exciting to hear that the studio is planning to step back from the idea of a shared universe and focus more on creating individual, director-driven movies.
In a new interview with Vulture, DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns revealed that Warner Bros. will focus less on connecting every movie in the DCEU.
See what they said below:
“Our intention, certainly, moving forward is using the continuity to help make sure nothing is diverging in a way that doesn’t make sense,” says Nelson. “But there’s no insistence upon an overall storyline or interconnectivity in that universe.”
“The movie’s not about another movie,” says Johns. “Some of the movies do connect the characters together, like Justice League. But, like with Aquaman, our goal is not to connect Aquaman to every movie.”
“Moving forward, you’ll see the DC movie universe being a universe,” concludes Nelson. “But one that comes from the heart of the filmmaker who’s creating them.”
It’s relieving to hear that Warner Bros. isn’t getting rid of the DC Extended Universe, but I’m glad to know that the studio will focus more on the individual movies and characters, rather than building the over-reaching storyline. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe but in some cases (Avengers: Age Of Ultron), it’s clear that the film only exists to serve the connective universe, rather than being a unique film.
The next film in the DC Extended Universe will be Justice League, which lands in theatres on November 17, 2017!