Baseless rumors are spreading about Warner Bros. canceling the unofficially titled DC Extended Universe, but no one's told Shazam! director David F. Sandberg about any of that. The studio officially launched their DC Comics-based universe with Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. And they continued expanding the franchise with David Ayer's Suicide Squad in summer 2016 and Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman in summer 2017, as well as Snyder's Justice League earlier this month.
Unfortunately, the Justice League wasn't what many people were hoping for. Despite a number of critics praising certain aspects of the film, as well as finally getting Superman "right", the movie failed to break out of "rotten" territory on Rotten Tomatoes and score a big enough gross during its opening weekend to even be considered a success, though Justice League's international box office haul is telling a different story. In the wake of Justice League underperforming at the domestic box office, rumors from fake sources are spreading online about Warner Bros. canceling the DCEU after James Wan's Aquaman hits theaters (which has already wrapped production). The thing is, no one informed Sandberg about the cancellation.
A Reddit user claimed that his "sources" at Warner Bros. told him that they plan on shelving the entire DCEU and taking five years off from any and all DC movies in order to figure out a game plan for the future. Sandberg is an active Reddit user and he responded to the obviously fake rumor in the simplest and perhaps best way possible, saying: "Nobody told me. Can I take the day off tomorrow then? I really want to sleep in."
Considering that Sandberg has been pounding down Coke Zero cans daily just to keep himself sharp, he may certainly want to take a break should the DCEU be canceled, but it's safe to say that's not happening - at least not in the foreseeable future. That doesn't mean, however, that the studio won't retool and restructure the newly-formed shared universe in the wake of Justice League's abominable box office performance.
As previously mentioned, Aquaman has already wrapped production and is slated to release in theaters in December 2018. Sandberg's Shazam! is currently the next DCEU film on the docket to enter production, with Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman 2 expected to begin filming in summer 2018. What comes after those three films, however, remains to be seen, though Warner Bros. does have quite a few movies in various stages of development at this time.
Source: David F. Sandberg
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019