Charles Roven Talks DCEU’s Brain Trust, Prequels & More

We’ve known for a while now that Warner Bros. intends to give a lot of creative freedom to the filmmakers that will be working on the upcoming DC adaptations that the studio has slated all the way up to 2020, but under the condition that those films feel like they’re part of one big, interconnected universe. Speaking with Collider, Charles Roven, producer of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and the upcoming DC films, talked about the talent that will get to play in the DC Extended Universe sandbox, as well as the the creative team behind it, which consists of himself, Geoff Johns, John Berg, and of course, Zack and Deborah Snyder.

I think also very much involved in that brain trust is John Berg, who is the executive vice president at Warner Bros. I would say the Snyders, myself, John Berg, and Geoff Johns would be sort of that Brain Trust… I’m working with great people. They’re all really great people. And not that we don’t—there are many times we agree, and there’s many times we don’t agree [and] we work it out.

The other thing that I really love about what we’re doing is we’re also bringing in really talented other filmmakers and having them come in and create—I call it the sandbox. We’ve got this sandbox of the Justice League DC characters, and we are hoping to create—this series of movies that we’ve announced are somewhat interlinked. The characters move at a throughline that hopefully will take us all the way to Justice League 2, but they also can interact in the other films as well in some way.

Roven also teased that few of the upcoming films could actually be prequels and origin stories for the characters that we’ll meet next year in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League in 2017.

So if, for example, The Flash movie or the Aquaman film is gonna come out after Justice League 1, it’s not gonna be a completely different character; that character will have evolved from Justice League 1. Wonder Woman, when we see her in Justice League 1, will have evolved from Batman v Superman. Unless we decide that in one of these stories we’re gonna do something that happened in the past and have it be more of an origination story, in which case you’ll realize how that character became what they were in the movie that they were first introduced.

There have been plenty of rumors about how Wonder Woman and Suicide Squad could actually be set before the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Roven’s comments certainly don’t confirm those rumors, but it’s good to know that we might actually get to see how the heroes we’re all eagerly waiting to meet, came to be who they are before we first see them in action next year. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comment section below.

SOURCE: Collider

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.