After a couple of unsuccessful attempts, Man of Steel is officially the starting point for Warner Bros.’ highly demanded DC Cinematic Universe. However, the only movie definitely confirmed is Batman vs. Superman, scheduled for May 2016. Justice League is expected to follow shortly after that. Then, in addition to the currently running Arrow, there are a number of DC television shows in development, including The Flash, Gotham, and Constantine. Despite the apparent lack of plans to connect the TV shows and movies, it doesn’t sound like the possibility is completely out of the question.
Speaking with IGN, Man of Steel scribe David S. Goyer addressed this point. He says that Warner Bros. wants its DC Universe to be more “cohesive”, but adds that it’s too “early” for such a move. “I mean, it’s too early. I know that Warner Bros. would love to make their universe more cohesive. There have been a lot of general conversations about that, but it’s really, really early. I’m not sure. Marvel has had enormous success, but I’m not sure that everybody should try to emulate them either. It’s just been vague conversations so far.” He also reaffirms that The Flash’s presence on The CW is not a deciding factor for whether or not he will be featured on the big screen. “Smallville was running while Bryan Singer’s Superman came out, and no one had a heart attack over that. I don’t know.”
Goyer then states that, despite Marvel Studios’ success, he doesn’t look too closely at it. “I mean, I know this is going to sound cheap, but I don’t really. There’s just our approach to how we want to tell a story, and hopefully we can convince Warner Bros. or whatnot of that. We don’t sit in a room with cigars and say, “Look at what these guys are doing!” It doesn’t work that way. I don’t know.” He finishes by answering whether or not he’s pressured by Marvel to do “more of the same”. “I mean, yes and no. Look, we’ve been pretty lucky with the films we’ve done so far. I think right now it’s just kind of, “More of the same, please.” I’m trying to branch off with Sandman.”
Warner Bros. recently teased the announcement of a new DC film series, including Justice League. And last year, Guillermo del Toro – who is developing a Justice League Dark movie – said that WB has plans for the “entire” DC Universe. So, it’d sound like the studio is planning something. However, if Goyer’s comments are any indication, perhaps WB is unsure of where to go from here. Hopefully, we’ll get some clear answers by Comic-Con this summer.
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