After new DC films like Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad were met with a less-than-enthusiastic response, this summer’s Wonder Woman felt like a exhale of uninformed air. While prior DC films set adult sequels, teased spinoffs, and connected to a incomparable cinematic universe, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman was an wholly self-contained story, focusing usually on Gal Gadot’s Amazonian soldier — with usually a few little nods to other movies. The film was a large hit, outgrossing each other DC extended star film during a domestic box bureau and apropos one of a best-reviewed superhero films in years. Now, DC is perplexing to replicate that success.
Vulture’s Abraham Riesman has published an in-depth feature about a DC universe’s past and future, chronicling all from a arise of Greg Berlanti’s CW star to DC’s big-screen competition with Marvel. The whole story is a good read, though a biggest news is that DC is holding divided a pivotal doctrine from a success of Wonder Woman: Going forward, a studio will be downplaying a cinematic universe and vouchsafing a standalone films, well, mount alone.
“Our intention, certainly, relocating forward, is regulating a smoothness to assistance make certain zero is diverging in a proceed that doesn’t make sense,” DC Entertainment boss Diane Nelson said. “But there’s no insistence on an altogether story line or interconnectivity in that universe.”
DC arch artistic officer Geoff Johns combined that a upcoming Aquaman movie, that stars Jason Momoa, will be in a same standalone capillary as Wonder Woman
“The movie’s not about another movie,” he said. “Some of a cinema do bond a characters together, like Justice League. But, like with Aquaman, our idea is not to connect Aquaman to each movie.”
Johns and Nelson also reliable that they’ll shortly be rising a new line-up of DC films that are unfriendly to a existent universe. First adult is a new play about a Joker, to be destined by The Hangover’s Todd Phillips. Jared Leto played a purpose in Suicide Squad, but Phillips’ film will expel a opposite actor as a grinning supervillain.
“They’re outward a mainstream film star and they underline opposite actors and worlds and takes on a characters. They’re many expected all going to be one-offs,” Johns says. “We’ll be announcing a name of it soon-ish, though those films and a proceed to those films is going to be a really opposite approach. The Joker is a usually design to date that is underneath a ensign — it’s a really opposite take on a character, it’s a really opposite form of movie, and it’s unrestrained by continuity.”
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The subsequent film in a DC extended star is Justice League (out Nov. 17), which stars Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Momoa’s Aquaman, Ben Affleck’s Batman, Ezra Miller’s Flash, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, and Henry Cavill’s Superman.