Nope, the DC Universe movies are not connected anymore – kind of
Besides Wonder Woman, things aren't going well in the DC Cinematic Universe!
Between Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Man of Steel, the Warner Bros. properties are averaging a 35 percent on critic review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. And then Wonder Woman came along this summer to single-handedly save the franchise, earning a $820.4 million at the box office worldwide and a 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
It would make sense that after the success of Wonder Woman, the folks at DC would want to change strategies. And, in a new report from Vulture, this strategy includes downplaying the whole shared universe thing.
“Our intention, certainly, moving forward, is using the continuity to help make sure nothing is diverging in a way that doesn’t make sense. But there’s no insistence upon an overall story line or interconnectivity in that universe,” DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson told Vulture. “There were little nods to Batman v Superman, but you don’t need to have seen it. It’s a great stand-alone," he said of Wonder Woman.
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DC launched its shared universe back in 2013, with the entirely average Man of Steel reboot, which starred Brooding Murderer Superman Henry Cavill and was directed by Slo-Mo King Zack Snyder. But, with its subsequently brooding Batman v Superman, it just felt like Warner Bros. was forcing the shared universe with an overall tone that, well, was unpleasant.
“The movie’s not about another movie,” DC chief creative officer and president Geoff Johns told Vulture. “Some of the movies do connect the characters together, like Justice League. But, like with Aquaman, our goal is not to connect Aquaman to every movie.”
So, according to the studio, along with backtracking on the interconnectivity thing — which sounds like a convenient way of erasing Man of Steel and Batman v Superman—they're launching a side label of movies that are completely set outside of the shared universe. This has already been in the works, with rumours going around about a shit-ton of Joker movies, one of which might be produced by Martin Scorsese.
“They’re outside the mainstream film universe and they feature different actors and worlds and takes on the characters. They’re most likely all going to be one-offs,” Johns told Vulture. “We’ll be announcing the name of it soon-ish, but those films and the approach to those films is going to be a very different approach. The Joker is the only picture to date that is under the banner—it’s a very different take on the character, it’s a very different type of movie, and it’s unconstrained by continuity.”
It's a bold, albeit confusing, strategy. Let's see if it pays off.
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