A Quick Look At The Possible Future Of The DCEU Moving Forward

by Joseph Marcas
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Veteran DCEU producer Charles Roven talked about the future of the DCEU in terms of stand alone movies becoming the norm as opposed to developing a massive cinematic universe. Further reports indicate that some of the spin-off movies may take a backseat while DC Films re-calibrates to focus on the films of major characters.

In an interview with Comicbook.com, DC Films producer Charles Roven, who has worked on virtually every DC film in recent years including The Dark Knight Trilogy, mentioned how the success of Wonder Woman hasn’t really changed the studio’s approach to making DC movies. He stated:

“I’m not actually sure that [Wonder Woman] makes that big a difference to the other movies [in the DCEU]. We want to keep the consistency of tone for this film. And, of course, Wonder Woman was in “Justice League,” and she might be in other DC movies as well.”

One can assume that the successful formula of Wonder Woman, in which the creators are allowed to develop a movie free from the dictates of developing a cinematic universe, will be a driving force in the development of future projects. With greater freedom, creators will have the ability to remain faithful to source material without having to fit the film into a greater amalgamation of movies. Roven continued:

“Warner Brothers has been – even before “Wonder Woman” came out – developing standalone characters, like they did with the Joker and Scorsese: they’ve got a project, and they’ve got a number of projects with a Batman standalone, and things like that, and each one of them has different directors. So it doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s going to be a commonality of creative synchronicity in what each one of those directors are doing.”

It’s great to hear that DC is focusing on making good movies in the future rather than focusing on massive world building but if reports are to believed, it seems that we might have to wait longer than we thought to get those spin-off movies.

Re-evaluating The DCEU After Justice League

Online publication The Wrap is reporting that the studio is in no rush to replace Joss Whedon on Batgirl after he exited the movie a few weeks ago.

“DC Films and Warner Bros. are in no hurry to move forward with “Batgirl” now that writer-director Joss Whedon has stepped away, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.”

The Wrap continues:

“According to the insider, the studio always intended to develop the core members of the Justice League — Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and possibly Green Lantern — before spinning off secondary characters like Nightwing, Deathstroke, Lobo and Batgirl.”

After the lukewarm reception of Justice League, reports from various outlets were stating that DC Films and Warner Bros. were looking to re-evaluate their approach to developing these characters and franchises. As of now we have Aquaman coming late this year with Shazam and Wonder Woman 2 set to be released in 2019. We have no release dates for the Matt Reeves directed The Batman or the stand alone Flash movie based on Flashpoint.
There are other projects in the works such a Nightwing movie, Justice League Dark, Deathstroke, and even rumors of a Lobo movie in development. Now the question remains as to which of these projects will be placed in the fast lane on their road to being premiered someday. One can easily imagine seeing movies based on the DC Trinity (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman) and Justice League characters before we ever see those other movies.

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