Things are going to be ramping up for the DC Extended Universe next year with both Wonder Woman and Justice League set to hit the big screen. There is a lot riding on these movies to deliver not only at the box office, but the ever elusive critical praise that has so far eluded Warner Bros.
The entire shared universe was put together incredibly fast, which made many fan wonder what the overall plan was. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Charles Roven, producer of all the DC films to date, spoke about the aggressive timetable, and the reason he’s stepping down from producing all of the DC films. Here’s what he said:
“The studio made me the producer of all the DC movies, and they announced eight. When we finished the [timetable], we looked at each other and said, ‘This is incredibly ambitious, but we haven’t taken into consideration if something goes wrong.’ We also hadn’t decided where we were going to shoot those movies. As difficult as it was for me to commute from Toronto to London to Italy, it became really clear I couldn’t do the job that I do as a producer [with Aquaman likely to shoot in Australia]. I’m for sure producing the sequels of the movies that I have made.”
It was obvious to everyone that DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. were playing catch-up with Marvel Studios’ cinematic universe when the DCEU was announced. So far, they’ve delivered some surprisingly good casting in some awful films in their overall Justice League universe.
I keep hoping that the studio gets there act together, and the upcoming Wonder Woman will be the first excellent film in their universe. Roven also went on to say that the upcoming films would have a different tone than what came before. Here’s what he said about both Wonder Woman and Justice League:
“Wonder Woman is an origination story, so the whole dynamic and the plot moves are different than other DC movies. There’s also a great relationship between her and the guy [played by Chris Pine] who crash-lands on her island, and is the trigger mechanism for her going back to man’s world.”
“We knew we were making a very serious, compelling, driving film with Batman V Superman. Now the bell has been rung and the whole tone of the movie is lighter.”
This seems like the same spin the DCEU has been putting out, that the plan was for the tone to change all along, but by Roven’s own admission there was never any plan when they started. Even if Warners doesn’t admit it, we all know that these changes are to deal with the criticisms the DC films have received up to now (go back and look at the much lighter-in-tone Justice League preview from Comic-Con 2016). At least they’re doing something about it.
Justice League will premiere in theaters on November 17, 2017. Here’s the official synopsis for the film:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.