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

DC Justice League Banner Superman Joss WhedonEarlier 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!”

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 Snyder, Justice 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

10 Justice League Members Who Should Join The DCEU Next

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The Justice League isn’t limited to the six members we saw in Zack Snyder’s film. The team has an expansive roster that features dozens of reserve characters ready to help the Justice League save the world on a moment’s notice.

With movies like the Green Lantern Corps and Shazam in the pipelines, it’s clear more heroes will be introduced to the DC Extended Universe soon. The Avengers featured a small team and it only grew as more characters were introduced into the Marvel movie universe. The Justice League is gonna need all the help it can get to fight Darkseid and keep the streets safe from lower-tier villains like Deathstroke and Joker.

Did I forget to include your favorite Justice League member? Well let me know in the comments why Fire and Firestorm are better choices.

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  • I don’t think it has to be named by the studio at all. Lots of times, the media labels a genre, system, process, person(s), places, franchises, or things. That’s how the USC, and Notre Dame got their nicknames, or how the Hulk was named, or even Superman (same thing for Obamacare). The media gave them their names, so in the same tradition, the media is calling the DC Film franchise surrounding the Man of Steel trilogy and its shared universe the DC Extended universe.

    Quiet as it is kept, although the phrase actually originated from Keith Staskiewicz’s 2015 Entertainment Weekly piece, Charles Roven did also indicate in an interview with Mark Hughes (see https://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2016/04/08/interview-charles-roven-discusses-evolution-from-dark-knight-to-batman-v-superman/#2c01fe935cc9_ ), that (Man of Steel) “was going to be the gateway to the expanded universe,” which kind of justifies the labeling of the franchise as the DC Extended (or Expanded) Universe.

  • 39steps

    Warner today released the “official” name in a remarkable burst of creativity.

    It’s going to be called….the D.C. Cinematic Universe

    Take that Marvel.

    • Axxell

      That’s how I’ve been calling it all this time, much to the chagrin of anaI DC fans. Logically, DCEU is a senseless title (since the comics universe IS an extended universe; the word doesn’t specify that it refers to the films).

      But most of all, I call it the DCCU because that way I don’t have to move my hands to 4 different letters when I type…

  • Marquis de Sade

    Just read the whole article + a few related articles by some insiders, and the consensus is dceu has threw in the towel as far universe-building is concerned. After jla’s release, waterman and all subsequent releases will be stand-alone fare, so expect Matt Reeves batman trilogy to have no connective tissue to the (defunct) dceu.