In the DCEU continuity, there has been a clear progression so far in its contemporary setting. This week’s “Wonder Woman” shifts that, offering a WW1-set tale placed within 21st century bookends that take place after “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” but before “Justice League”.
So what about the other standalone films on the way. With “The Flash” on hold and still having not locked down a director, it’s not clear where they will go. James Wan’s “Aquaman” is currently filming and the question has been whether it will follow the “Wonder Woman” model or be entirely set after “Justice League”.
Speaking with Cinema Blend this week, producer Charles Roven has confirmed that the latter is the case and explains the plan:
“Aquaman will make reference [to Justice League]. There will be some reference to something that preceded Aquaman that will be in Aquaman. I believe that is the intention. James [Wan] definitely knows where he’s going with [Aquaman], and that movie takes place in a world where Justice League happened, and Man of Steel happened, and Wonder Woman obviously takes place before Man of Steel – except for the bookends we have. So that’s where we have the most ability to freeform.
We could do a movie that takes place after Justice League, we can do a movie that takes place after Batman v Superman… well not really. You can’t do a movie in between Batman v Superman and Justice League, but we can do movies that take place after Justice League and we can do movies that precede Justice League.”
Shooting is currently underway on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia ahead of location shoots in Newfoundland, Sicily and Tunisia. Wan helms from a script by Will Beall, Geoff Johns and Wan.