Continuing our look at Empire’s feature story about Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” film, Snyder has also gone into more detail about the overall DC cinematic universe plans that Warner Bros. Pictures are beginning to play out – an initiative that really gets going with “Batman v Superman” and builds from there:
“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.
I want all the other directors of the other films to be able to stretch their legs and do what they want, but at the same time there is a big 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.”
In fact, the magazine says they saw what is essentially a “DC Extended Universe” timeline where the various announced projects and how they all linked up with each other was visually represented.
Producer Deborah Snyder says it is: “Kind of a timeline of what every movie is, where it is going, and where the films fit in relation to each other.” Fellow producer Charles Roven adds to Snyder’s comments saying that each of the film’s directors will have quite a bit of creative freedom:
“We call it 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.”
Zack Snyder cites Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy as setting the tone for the DC universe, with the new films the “legacy” of the Nolan ones. Because the tone is so different to that of the Marvel films, he doesn’t see much of a rivalry: “Right from the beginning it is different tonally from where those movies are. You know, DC is an ancient world in a lot of ways.”
Deborah Snyder praised Marvel’s films but agrees that the DC ones are tonally very, very different:
“I can see how people would want to make it this big, intense rivalry. Listen, they are so great. I loved Guardians of the Galaxy…our films are a bit more serious. They deal with things that are a little darker. Things that place them in our world.”
Source: Empire Online