‘DC Extended Universe’ Not An Official Title, Origin Of Term Explained

The term 'DC Extended Universe' is reportedly not recognized as an official title for the shared universe of DC Comics-based films.

Earlier today, DC Films co-chairman and DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson outlined the studio’s new continuity strategy for the DC Extended Universe following the release of Justice League. While the term DC Extended Universe has widely become accepted as the designated title of shared cinematic world, Vulture‘s Abraham Riesman has learned that the term is not an official title for the interconnected line of DC films and uncovered the first use of the now-popular moniker.

Riesman reveals that the term “DC Extended Universe” is an official title for the shared universe of DC Comics-based films:

“Early on in my reporting, officials at WB/DC told me no one uses the term “DC Extended Universe” internally and that it’s not official.”

Riesman’s research led to the first use of the term in an Entertainment Weekly article by Keith Staskiewic. When reached for comment, Staskiewic explained that he coined the term as a joke:

“it was my own phrasing when I used it in the story. Just seemed like the kind of thing they’d call it!”

Early on in my reporting, officials at WB/DC told me no one uses the term “DC Extended Universe” internally and that it’s not official.”

Of course, this news is unlikely to dissuade fans from using the term, especially considering DC and Warner Bros. have not officially labeled the cinematic universe themselves as of today.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Directed by Zack SnyderJustice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, Julian Lewis Jones and Ciarán Hinds.

Justice League will be released in theaters on November 17, 2017.

Source: Abraham Riesman

Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

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