DC Is Scaling Back Plans for Connected Cinematic Universe
Things are in flux over at DC Entertainment. A big new feature over at Vulture details the conditions at the studio responsible for translating the comic book giant’s properties to big-screen spectacles, the constant thorn in the otherwise massively successful company’s side. DC scored a hit with Wonder Woman after struggling to land an Avengers-level populist sensation (despite winning handsome paydays with Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad), and now they’re figuring out how to reproduce that same success. Having isolated the magic ingredient as isolation, they’re now initiating a wider paradigm shift.
DC Entertainment Diane Nelson told Vulture in the new interview piece that they plan to deemphasize the connected universe angle in future films. Operating under the impression that Wonder Woman’s insularity may be the cause of its success, they’ve announced plans to scale back the continuity games without totally abandoning them:
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 chief creative officer Geoff Johns echoed Nelson’s sentiments as well:
The movie’s not about another movie. 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.
They plan on releasing standalone movies (such as the recently announced, utterly baffling Joker origin story directed by Todd Phillips and produced by one Martin Scorsese) under an entire separate banner, keeping them as separate from the connected Justice League universe as possible. Which sounds like it’ll be for the best — people have to reach their eventual breaking point when it comes to keeping all this stuff in order.