DC Entertainment Alters Its Cinematic Universe Plans

DC cinematic universe

If you’ve been paying attention to blockbuster movies over the past few years, chances are you’ve asked yourself this question: what the heck is going on with DC Entertainment? It turns out the answer is “quite a lot,” and thanks to a new profile, we’ve learned that DC and Warner Bros. are now rethinking the idea behind their interconnected DC cinematic universe. Could this be the course correction the embattled franchise needs?
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Wonder Woman No Man's Land

Wonder Woman 2 is adding another writer to pen the script alongside Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns.

Dave Callaham, who co-wrote The Expendables and has worked with Jenkins on the upcoming movie Jackpot, is joining the Wonder Woman writing team.

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Ben Affleck Batman

Some rumors have been going around that Ben Affleck‘s time as Batman would be over after Justice League. When Affleck was promoting the film at San Diego Comic Con, he denied the claim he wanted out of the role. While not a confirmation that the actor is no longer going to play the Caped Crusader, his brother, Casey Affleck, told a radio show he doesn’t think he’s going to star in director Matt Reeves‘ The Batman before seconds later retracting the statement, saying he was just making stuff up. Read his comments below.

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the batman script

The Batman has lost an acclaimed director, gained another acclaimed director, reportedly almost lost its star, and now, it’s dropping its original script in favor of a completely new story.

Now, this could all be cause for alarm. But director Matt Reeves dropping Ben Affleck’s script to rewrite the story from scratch is something that has been brewing for a long time, and will likely be a good reset for the embattled production.

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Wonder Woman Poster

While we still don’t have official confirmation that Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins is coming back to direct Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 2, here’s a big step in the right direction: Jenkins is co-writing the sequel’s treatment with DC Films’ co-chairman Geoff Johns. Get the latest Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman 2 details here.
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Wonder Woman Trailer

The difference in tone between last year’s grim and dour DC Extended Universe movies Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad and this year’s far more uplifting Wonder Woman couldn’t be more clear, and fans and critics around the world have spoken: they prefer positivity to seeing heroes mope around. The executives at DC Films, to their credit, have heard that response loud and clear, and the company’s co-chairman, Geoff Johns, says that their plan is to make DC movies fun again moving forward.
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Richard Donner Tribute - Geoff Johns and Kevin Feige

Today comic book movies are all the rage. In fact, there are so many that every now and then there’s a thinkpiece talking about the possibility of superhero fatigue, though the box office shows that seems to be more of a wish from certain critics rather than something that’s actually happening. If anything, audiences are just getting smarter about what kind of comic book movies they want and the subgenre is evolving. But we may have never gotten the superhero movies of today if it wasn’t for one man.

Richard Donner was the first filmmaker to bring a comic book superhero to the big screen in a respectable way with Superman: The Movie back in 1978. But beyond that, Donner also gave Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns their first jobs in the entertainment industry when they were fresh out of college, and the two offered up a tribute to the director recently at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

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Josh Gad as The Penguin

Almost exactly one month ago, Beauty and the Beast star Josh Gad tweeted a photo of The Penguin, the classic villain from Batman’s Rogues Gallery. Speculation ramped up about the actor potentially playing that character opposite Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight in Matt Reeves’ upcoming movie The Batman, but Gad threw some water on his own fire by saying that he was “just having some fun” when he posted the picture and there was nothing to it.

But now it appears that there may have actually been something to it after all, because Gad has tweeted a photo of him meeting with some influential people at DC Films and the rumor has begun anew.
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justice league reshoots rumor

Reshoots are a part of the movie-making business. And it can seem overzealous to simply report on the fact that reshoots are happening — trust me, I’m as tired of these kind of stories as you are, especially when they act like this is something out of the ordinary. In many cases, they’re a good thing and help make a good movie great. But when reports say that Justice League has essentially been “remade…twice” after “significant” reshoots, and is looking at even more reshoots down the barrel, that’s seems — well — significant.

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Wonder Woman Sequel

The release of Wonder Woman is just a couple months away, and as more footage of the movie has been shown at CinemaCon and WonderCon over the past week, fans are getting more excited to see the DC Comics superheroine get her own adventure on the big screen. But before you get too excited about a Wonder Woman franchise, you should know that it sounds like Warner Bros. and DC are waiting to see what happens with the hero’s first outing before they make any grand pans for the future.

While making an appearance at WonderCon this past weekend, DC Comics President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns was asked about Wonder Woman sequel plans, and his answer indicated that they’re not getting ahead of themselves for the time being.  Read More »