Following the monumental success of James Wan’s standalone Aquaman movie, it seems Warner Bros. is making a few changes to the DC Extended Universe!
Toby Emmerich, who became chairman of Warner Bros. last year, recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the success of Aquaman and how WB is planning to develop future movies based on DC Comics characters. He said:
“We all feel like we’ve turned a corner now. We’re playing by the DC playbook, which is very different than the Marvel playbook. We are far less focused on a shared universe. We take it one movie at a time. Each movie is its own equation and own creative entity. If you had to say one thing about us, it’s that it always has to be about the directors.”
It’s not surprising to hear that Warner Bros. wants to move away from a shared universe, especially when you look at the box-office results for recent standalone movies, Wonder Woman and Aquaman. As for what this could mean for the future of the DCEU, we can only assume that David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! and Cathy Yan’s Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) will tell self-contained storylines that don’t reference the larger universe or feature cameos from other DC Comics characters. It’s also safe to assume that Warner Bros. is in no hurry to develop a sequel to Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which brought together the DC Universe’s most iconic heroes.
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