Discussing the future of the DC Extended Universe in a new interview with Vulture, DC Comics chief Geoff Johns says that the company is now scaling back on the integration level of its various films once this Fall’s “Justice League” is out.
Warners has tried to create a shared cinematic universe for its DC Comics properties, and while the films make bank – the critical reaction wasn’t so kind until this Summer’s “Wonder Woman”.
As a result, Johns says while they’re not giving up on continuity, they will de-emphasise the idea of these movies all sharing the same world and having to cross over regularly ala the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
“Our intention, certainly, moving forward is using the continuity to help make sure nothing is diverging in a way that doesn’t make sense, but there’s no insistence upon an overall story line or interconnectivity in that universe.”
That explains why, post ‘League,’ the studio is taking time with its DC film projects and allowing development on them to take place organically as opposed to forcing it to be done to match a deadline. Standalone is the new black Johns explains:
“The movie’s not about another movie. Some of the movies do connect the characters together, like Justice League. But, like with Aquaman, our goal is not to connect Aquaman to every movie. Moving forward, you’ll see the DC movie universe being a universe, but one that comes from the heart of the filmmaker who’s creating them.”
“Aquaman” will be the first post-‘League’ DCEU film and is currently targeting a very late December releaes.