Warner Bros. and the DC Superhero Movie Plan

Who's really in charge of the DC Superhero movie plan at Warner Bros after Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad?

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When someone needs answers about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they probably look to executive producer Kevin Feige. Feige famously has the Marvel Universe mapped out well past 2020, with all manner of contingency plans in case new properties fall back in his lap. But who takes over that role at Warner Bros for the still developing DC Cinematic Universe?

In a chat with Collider, Producer Charles Roven makes it sound like they’ve assembled a Justice League of talent, with Roven, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Geoff Johns, and Jon Berg. It’s good to hear long time DC Comics CCO (and executive producer on The Flash) Geoff Johns included in that list, as well. Few could argue that Geoff Johns has an intricate knowledge of the workings of the DC Universe and what makes its characters special and distinctive from Marvel’s.

“We’ve got this sandbox of the Justice League DC characters, and we are hoping to create—this series of movies that we’ve announced are somewhat interlinked. The characters move at a throughline that hopefully will take us all the way to Justice League 2, but they also can interact in the other films as well in some way.”

I also have to appreciate the “somewhat interlinked” choice of words, as opposed to, I don’t know, inseparable or something similar. While a “shared superhero cinematic universe” is clearly what audiences (and executives) want, Warner Bros. has been carefully choosing directors with distinctive styles, something that can’t always be said about their competition. Those styles don’t necessarily lend themselves into the “one big story” narrative that we’ve become accustomed to with Marvel Studios, though.

But just because much of the DC Universe appears to be already in place in 2016 offerings like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, and the fact that the first Justice League film falls earlier on the calendar than a number of its members’ solo movies, it doesn’t mean that they’re abandoning origin stories. “Wonder Woman, when we see her in Justice League 1, will have evolved from Batman v Superman. Unless we decide that in one of these stories we’re gonna do something that happened in the past and have it be more of an origination story, in which case you’ll realize how that character became what they were in the movie that they were first introduced.”

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From what we understand, the Wonder Woman movie will have elements of an origin story to it, as it takes place in several different eras. Perhaps the question is just whether the “modern” section takes place before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or before the first Justice League movie.

You can see the complete schedule of upcoming DC superhero movies right here.