While Man of Steel was the official start of the DC Extended Universe, next year will see the world fully opened up. We have Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad expanding this universe, with Wonder Woman, Aquaman and, of course, Justice League on the way. In the new issue of Empire Magazine (via CBM), director Zack Snyder explains the process of building this universe and leading into the 2017 superhero ensemble.
Snyder says that these films will make up one big storyline, with Justice League being the foundation. “What we are doing is ground up all the way. It is one giant story. The first thing we had was the Justice League concept. The other movies, in a way, have to support that. That is our Wonder Woman, our Aquaman. They have their own creative concepts that supports them, but they do serve Justice League in the coming together of those heroes.” Speaking of Aquaman, Snyder rehashes that the character does have an “elusive” cameo in Batman v Superman, saying, “You will understand he exists.”
Snyder goes on to reaffirm that directors working within the DCEU will have plenty of creative freedom, despite the fact that this is a single, interconnected universe. “I have given everyone amazing access to our story, to me, and what we are doing. All the films have like minded conceptual jumping on points.”
Charles Roven, producer on Batman v Superman and other future DC films, elaborates on directors’ involvement. “We call [the DCEU] the sandbox. It has borders around it, but everybody gets to play in the sandbox. On Suicide Squad, David Ayer has a lot of specific control over his area of the sandbox. Even if he crosses the line a little bit, we see if we can push our boundaries back a little bit.” This sandbox is visualizes in a board mapping out the entire franchise, which Empire was able to view. Producer Deborah Snyder calls it “Kind of a timeline of what every movie is, where it is going, and where the films fit in relation to each other.”
Some very exciting info here. Stay tuned for more as we have it.