DC Entertainment Loosening its Reigns on the DCEU’s Interconnected Film Universe
When we sit down to watch a Marvel movie, we expect one thing for sure: This movie will be connected to another Marvel movie. Marvel is now a “Disney owned” brand, pumping out super reliable and exciting Marvel content film after film. As of next year, it will be a decade that the former comic book label has been developing their own cinematic formula–down to a T, I might add. It’s just another day at work at Marvel Studios to pump out films at a staggering rate, which are all part of a beyond successful multi billion dollar interconnected cinematic universe.
The DC cinematic universe, on the other hand–now, that’s a different story.
Today, Vulture featured an interview with several WB/DC execs, talking about the new approach to their own stable of DCEU (DC Extended Universe) films. The studio expresses no interest in scrapping the idea of a Marvel type universe altogether. However, there is a major difference in approach from Marvel: DC doesn’t want their filmmakers to always make “a movie about another movie” as Chief Creative Officer and DC Comics legend, Geoff Johns puts it.
From DC Entertainment president, Diane Nelson: 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.
Abraham Riesman, from the same piece in Vulture points out this summer’s Wonder Woman as proof in the new DC formula puddin’: Wonder Woman outearned every other movie this summer while scoring a 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes — higher than nearly every Marvel movie. And one of the keys, as Nelson and her execs saw it, was the fact that it more or less told the viewer to ignore the rest of the universe and just focus on what was in front of them. There was a tiny nod to Batman v Superman, but that was it.
What do you think about the new DCEU formula? Do you think DC top brass like Johns and Nelson are taking the right approach? Or do you think they should lean more toward the Marvel cinematic method? Please comment below or post to social media! @ComicBookIntl on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram