The DCEU is about to get a whole lot less linear!
Up until this point, the DC Extended Universe has mostly been told in a linear timeline, with each new film taking place after the previous one. Sure, there are a few flashbacks here and there, most notably in Suicide Squad with flashbacks featuring Ben Affleck’s Batman and Ezra Miller’s The Flash taking down some of the film’s primary baddies. However, with the upcoming Wonder Woman film being set partially in present day but mostly during World War I, could DC start adopting a more non-linear approach?
While promoting Wonder Woman in a recent interview with ComicBook.com, DC Films Producer Charles Roven spoke about the timeline for some of Warner Bros.’ upcoming DCEU films:
“For example, the Justice League movie will take place in a universe that’s post-Batman v Superman, just like Batman v Superman takes place in a universe that’s post-Man of Steel,” Roven said. “When we’re dealing with either The Flash or Aquaman, since they will take place in a universe that has happened after Justice League, the characters and the world will be informed by the movies that preceded them, except that there’s flashbacks or whatever within those particular movies, [and] flashforwards within those particular movies.”
Roven went on to talk about the collaborative process between the writers and directors of the various films, as well as the producers, including himself, as well as Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, who run Warners’ DC Films division. Here’s what he said:
“When we talk about who Arthur Curry is, and we talk about the universe when that movie starts in terms of him and where he is, obviously Atlantis exists and has existed before the timeline of his movie, but both [Justice League director] Zack [Snyder] and [Aquaman director] James [Wan] collaborate on what the look of both movies will be.”
Wonder Woman hits theaters June 2, 2017, while Justice League debuts November 17, 2017.
Reasons To Be Optimistic About ‘Wonder Woman’
There’s a fair amount riding on Wonder Woman, DC’s summer blockbuster, for more reasons than just being the first major female superhero movie made. It follows up two divisive entries in the universe, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. While successful, the performances of both at the box office and with critics merited re-evaluation by the filmmakers in the form of corporate restructuring and written mea culpas.
Despite these stumbles, there’s many reasons to be optimistic about Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot was well-received as Diana Prince in Batman v Superman, it’s set in the past, focusing on one character after two ensemble pictures, and both Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns add directorial and comic credibility, respectively. Plus, it’s no small thing that DC Films will beat Marvel Studios to the first female superhero movie, despite the latter having made over a dozen movies to former’s four. It’s important milestone for representation in pop culture.
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