In the summer of 2013, Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder released Man Of Steel. It was rather small in scope when compared to The Avengers, which took the world by storm the previous year. While Marvel had an ever expanding universe building year after year, Warner Bros. seemed hesitant to commit to a similar world centered around the heroes and villains of DC Comics.
Or so it seemed.
Speaking with ComicBook.com, producer Charles Roven discussed how the studio had gone into Man of Steel knowing they were going be laying some foundations for a shared DC Cinematic Universe - even if it took until the following year to confirm its existence.
"When we started with Man of Steel, we knew that we were going to expand the universe. From the moment that we started with Man of Steel, we knew that once we opened up the Superman ... You can't do Superman without talking about aliens existing in our universe. We knew that we were going to have to really consider what the world building would be beyond the unique film. Then, as soon as Warner Brothers announced that slate, we really got intensive about it."
He would go on to discuss the tone of the DC Universe.
"But the thing is, each unique film in the DC pantheon is going to be unique because the directors are different except for Zack directing Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the two Justice League movies. Each one of those directors, whether it be David Ayer or Patty Jenkins or James Wan, they are bringing their sensibilities and a different production designer and different costume designer, et cetera. That world building will still be of the same DC Justice League universe, but have its own unique point of view.”
It certainly sounds like there has been a plan in place since Day #1 - even if this universe hasn't been wholly embraced by fans. And that is good news! We've loved the direction of the DC Films universe since Man Of Steel arrived in 2013, and we can't wait to see what the future holds for our favorite heroes and villains on the big screen.
Wonder Woman will expand the DC Films universe on June 2nd.
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