Geoff Johns assuages fans by affirming that the movies in Warner Bros.' DC cinematic universe (unofficially known as the DCEU) are 100 percent connected to each other. The universe officially launched with Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice last year, a film that followed up the events of the filmmaker's 2013 film, Man of Steel. The events of Batman V Superman not only played a role in the formation of Task Force X in David Ayer's Suicide Squad but in the formation of the Justice League as well.
So far, each movie has taken place after the events of the movie before it, even Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman, though that film's core story was told as a flashback. Next year, James Wan's Aquaman has been confirmed to take place after Justice League and will presumably have a storyline somewhat affected by the upcoming blockbuster film. However, DC Films head honcho and DC Comics chief creative officer Geoff Johns sent shockwaves through the universe's fan base earlier this week when his comments about not connecting Aquaman to every movie was apparently taken out of context.
Johns' comments could have been interpreted as him saying that DC and Warner Bros. don't want to restrict themselves too much when it comes to continuity, but that's actually not what Johns meant at all. In response to a fan's inquiry on Twitter, Johns confirmed that all movies in the DC universe are 100 percent connected to one another, just as they have been all along.
It 100% is. pic.twitter.com/CIxSh59x1r
— Geoff Johns (@geoffjohns) October 1, 2017
Aside from Johns' comments earlier this week, another reason people have been concerned about DC's cinematic universe is because the studio has revealed plans to develop additional DC movies separate from the shared universe, such as the upcoming Martin Scorsese-produced Joker origin film. Whether or not people actually want to see a Joker origin story is debatable, but developing side stories - akin to DC Comics' Elseworlds stories - isn't necessarily a bad idea. In doing so, Warner Bros. can develop all sorts of side stories, such as Superman: Red Son, without having to worry about breaking continuity. Then again, establishing shared universes may already confuse the casual moviegoer, so why move forward with separate films at all?
These are things that DC and Warner Bros. will discuss at a later time, when they are ready to make their announcements. For now, we know that Aquaman hits theaters in December 2018, with David F. Sandberg's Shazam! and Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman 2 coming in 2019. Then, Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps will release in 2020. We'll just have to wait and see what DC has planned after that.
Source: Geoff Johns
- Wonder Woman 2 (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019
- Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019