With Justice League being released in theaters this fall, fans are eager to see the heroes of the DC Extended Universe unite for the very first time. However, it appears once the epic superhero team-up film arrives, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment will be adopting a new approach to continuity for their shared cinematic universe. In an interview with Vulture, DC Films co-chairman Geoff Johns and DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson outlined the studio’s new strategy for the continuity of their upcoming slate of films.
Nelson explained that while the concept of shared continuity will not be abandoned, there will be an effort to deemphasize the idea that the films exist in the same world and are required to serve an overall storyline:
“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.”
Geoff Johns added that they are looking at Wonder Woman as an example moving forward, noting the how the film told a standalone story with few nods to the larger universe:
“The movie’s not about another movie. Some of the movies do connect the characters together, like Justice League. But, like with Aquaman, our goal is not to connect Aquaman to every movie.
Nelson became the latest to assert that the DC films will be filmmaker-driven projects:
“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.”
Geoff Johns also addressed the criticism directed towards the studio alleging that there is no concrete strategy for their upcoming projects:
Some of the stuff is true, some of it isn’t true. When we talk about things or we’re making deals for people to develop scripts or whatever, sometimes, things leak; sometimes, things are misreported, and it’s frustrating. Because we do wanna go out there and talk about what our strategy is, and this stuff just muddies the water. There’s a lot of internal conversations going on about, How do we help kind of clean that up a bit?”
What do you think of the new plan for the DC Extended Universe’s continuity? Share your thoughts below!
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.
6 Times The Justice League Came Up Short
The Justice League is comprised of the best and brightest heroes the DC Universe has to offer. When you’ve got Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman all on one team, it’s a hard combination to beat. Despite their combined strength, the Justice League has been taken down quite a few times in their long history.
Over the years, the League has faced all kinds of threats, ranging from a grief-stricken Black Adam on a rampage to an invasion of White Martians. Usually the Justice Leauge is able to overcome these threats, but sometimes they don’t have what it takes to stop evil. Of course, these are comic books and things usually shift back towards the light side in time, but that doesn’t mean darkness can’t win, at least temporarily.
Hit Next to learn more about six times the Justice League lost!