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And, as you could probably guess, their inspiration came from Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman movie.
Basically, they have now decided to rethink the whole shared universe concept.
Whilst they are not giving up on the idea of continuity within their movies, they do want to deemphasise the idea that all of their movies are occupying the same space.
In an interview with Vulture, DC Entertainment‘s President Diane Nelson explained;
“Our intention, certainly, moving forward is using the continuity to help make sure nothing is diverging in a way that doesn’t make sense, but there’s no insistence upon an overall storyline or interconnectivity in that universe.
Moving forward, you’ll see the DC movie universe being a universe, but one that comes from the heart of the filmmaker who’s creating them.”
Whilst the movies moving forward will still be a part of the DCEU, they won’t need to be viewed as part of a wider series of movies to be fully appreciated and enjoyed.
Wonder Woman has already proved dividends with this ideology as it, more or less, ignored the outside DCEU and focused purely on being a Wonder Woman movie, and in the process, out-earned every other movie this summer and pulled in a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes – which is better than nearly every Marvel movie.
This kind of makes Warner Bros. intended DC movies that will exist outside of the wider DCEU banner make sense; they will be DC movies with DC characters that are existing just as a bunch of movies with the intention not to further a plot point or introduce new characters for future instalments, but to be enjoyed.
Therefore, I guess I need to apologise to DC and Warner Bros. for seemingly going mad.
Geoff Johns, DC Entertainment’s president and CCO, elaborated on Nelson’s points, saying;
“The movie’s not about another movie, some of the movies do connect the characters together like Justice League did.
But, like with Aquaman, our goal is not to connect Aquaman to every movie.”
Whilst the DCEU will slightly move away from having a series of interconnected movies, their next offering, Justice League, needs to operate within that sphere.
Starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Raymond Fisher as Cyborg, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, DC’s Justice League movie will be in cinemas everywhere from 17th November.