Director Zack Snyder’s 2013 film Man of Steel not only rebooted the Superman movie franchise; it also served as the launch pad for a shared universe of DC Comics big-screen adaptations (known as the DC Extended Universe). Snyder followed his Superman reboot up in 2016 with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, a film that – as the extended title implies – built on the foundation laid by Man of Steel and paved the way for Snyder’s Justice League to arrive in 2017. Since then, superhero movie fans have been playing a guessing game as to what the over-arching saga of the DCEU and its movies (including both the Justice League team-up adventures and solo character features alike) is going to be.
Rumors about the larger narrative that Snyder and his various collaborators (including Batman V Superman and Justice League screenwriter Chris Terrio) are building towards have popped up since them, most of them stemming from the elements in Batman V Superman (see: alien technology such as the Mother Boxes) that point towards the famous Justice League supervillain Darkseid making his debut in the DCEU down the line. For their part, the producers on the DCEU are keeping their cards close to their chest in that respect – but offer assurances that fans will approve of their planned destination.
Screen Rant visited the Justice League set in London, where (along with other members of the press) we got to ask the cast and crew of Justice League about their planned direction for the DCEU – and how that has been affected, in the wake of the polarizing response to Batman V Superman. Justice League producer Deborah Snyder (who, yes, is married to Zack Snyder), offered the following answer to that question:
Listen, I think every film is a learning experience. Right? And we hear what everyone has to say because we care what the fans say, at the same time, every story that we’re telling is a completely different story, and I think what’s really great is that where we were going is kind of what the audience is wanting. We just had to take the characters from somewhere to bring them up to where they are and that was kind of our journey.
Although there have been changes made in the personnel working behind the scenes on the DCEU post-Batman V Superman‘s release (see Geoff Johns being made the head of DC Films), the overall direction of the DCEU doesn’t appear to have changed much, if really at all. Justice League is moving on forward as planned, as are Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman and James Wan’s Aquaman movie – and each of them are shaping up to be fairly different from one another (like Deborah Snyder says), reflecting the visions of their respective directors. The same goes for The Flash solo movie, even now that Rick Famuyiwa is directing instead of Seth Grahame-Smith.
This lends credibility to the idea that the DCEU is headed somewhere that its producers, as well as the studio heads over at Warner Bros. Pictures, are confident will ultimately please fans and general audiences, in turn. If that proves to be the case (and the DCEU producers’ instincts are on target), then the comparison between Batman V Superman and Iron Man 2 – a film that ultimately helped get the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a place that pleased fans – could prove to be all the more fitting, down the line.
Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020.