Charles Roven Talks DC’s Brain Trust and Extended Universe

by Antonio Jose Chavez
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Producer Charles Roven talks about DC’s team behind the extended film universe and how they work together to build the stories we are so eager to see in theaters.

You know how this will endWhile Marvel’s Cinematic Universe introduced many heroes starring in their very own films before forming the idea of the Avengers, DC Comics’ films took a leap of faith and as you may already know by now, they will introduce various of the mayor players in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Charles Roven

During an interview with Collider, Charles Roven shared details about the creative team behind DC’s extended film universe.

“I think also very much involved in that brain trust is John Berg, who is the executive vice president at Warner Bros. I would say the Snyders, myself, John Berg, and Geoff Johns would be sort of that Brain Trust… I’m working with great people. They’re all really great people. And not that we don’t—there are many times we agree, and there’s many times we don’t agree [and] we work it out.”

Though having a core brain trust, he shared how they bring more creative minds into the fold.

“The other thing that I really love about what we’re doing is we’re also bringing in really talented other filmmakers and having them come in and create—I call it the sandbox. We’ve got this sandbox of the Justice League DC characters, and we are hoping to create—this series of movies that we’ve announced are somewhat interlinked. The characters move at a throughline that hopefully will take us all the way to Justice League 2, but they also can interact in the other films as well in some way.”

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Each step you take is a step further from when you begun, and Charles Roven knows this and how it works within the characters they are materializing.

“So if, for example, The Flash movie or the Aquaman film is gonna come out after Justice League 1, it’s not gonna be a completely different character; that character will have evolved from Justice League 1. Wonder Woman, when we see her in Justice League 1, will have evolved from Batman v Superman. Unless we decide that in one of these stories we’re gonna do something that happened in the past and have it be more of an origination story, in which case you’ll realize how that character became what they were in the movie that they were first introduced.”

The DC Extended Universe will continue with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), followed by Suicide Squad (2016), both in post-production. Other films in development include, Wonder Woman (2017), The Flash (2018), Aquaman (2018), Shazam (2019), Cyborg (2020), Green Lantern Corps (2020), and the two-part Justice League film, with Part One releasing in 2017, and Part Two in 2019.

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