Warner Bros. is approaching their superhero cinematic universe in a different way than Marvel, and it will be interesting to see if their plan actually works. The studio is actually calling it an “Extended Universe,” and it all begins with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and leads to the Justice League films. In an interview with Empire, Zack Snyder explains:
“What we are doing is ground up all the way. It is one giant story. The first thing we had was the Justice League concept. The other movies, in a way, have to support that. That is our Wonder Woman, our Aquaman. They have their own creative concepts that supports them, but they do serve Justice League in the coming together of those heroes.”
I honestly don’t believe they had this plan in place before shooting Man ofSteel. I think the Justice League concept came after the fact, and they just had to find a way to incorporate the events of Man of Steel with what they are doing now.
He goes on to talk about the other filmmakers that are contributing to the DC Extended Universe and how they will have creative freedom.
“I want all the other directors of the other films to be able to stretch their legs and do what they want, but at the same time there is a big interconnected universe. I have given everyone amazing access to our story, to me, and what we are doing. All the films have like minded conceptual jumping on points.”
So in reality, like Marvel, they can’t “really” do what they want because they have to keep in line with the connected universe that they are building. He went on to confirm that there is an “elusive” cameo for Aquaman in Dawn ofJustice and says that we will “understand he exists.” Producer Charles Rovenadds:
“We call it the sandbox. It has borders around it, but everybody gets to play in the sandbox. On Suicide Squad, David Ayer has a lot of specific control over his area of the sandbox. Even if he crosses the line a little bit, we see if we can push our boundaries back a little bit.”
In case you’re wondering if the studio really does have a plan for these movies, Empire saw a board that maps out all of their DC films, and how they will all link together. Producer Deborah Snyder describes the board as, “Kind of a timeline of what every movie is, where it is going, and where the films fit in relation to each other.”
I really do hope that WB can effectively pull this all off!