While it was clear to most that the success of this summer’s Wonder Woman had a huge impact on the struggling shared universe of DC films from Warner Bros., the true depth of that impact is just being revealed.
In a profile by Abraham Riesman from Vulture, a whole new strategy has been adopted by the studio for their films that keeps them a shared universe but drops the idea that they have to shove in characters and storylines from other films into each installment. Even though Wonder Woman very briefly touched upon her connection to Batman from Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the film for the most part stood alone and told it’s own story.
That will be the model for films like next year’s Aquaman and beyond.
“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 story line or interconnectivity in that universe,” DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson said in the profile. “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.”
DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns said that films like Justice League will continue to bring characters and stories together and build things but films like Aquaman will tell their own story within the universe without worrying about including other characters or events.
This also likely helps put comments by The Batman director Matt Reeves earlier this summer into context that he meant that his possible trilogy of Batman films will still be part of the DCEU overall but will stand alone. As will other films that the company has on the docket like Suicide Squad 2, The Flash, Batgirl, Gotham City Sirens, Shazam! and more.
Another facet of this change in strategy was the official confirmation that previous reports of a second film banner of fully stand alone films, not in any way connected to one another or a larger universe, will indeed be happening. As those previous reports stated the first film for this unnamed banner, a name reportedly will be revealed soon, is the Joker solo origin film from Hangover director Todd Phillips.
Check out the full story on Vulture for even more tidbits.