Warner Bros.’ DC Films banner has drawn at least one significant lesson from the success of director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman: A shared cinematic universe doesn’t have to be bound by rigid continuity.
“Our intention, certainly, moving forward is using the continuity to help make sure nothing is diverging in a way that doesn’t make sense,” DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson explained to Vulture, “but there’s no insistence upon an overall story line or interconnectivity in that universe. 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.”
She added that while Wonder Woman contained nods to 2016’s Batman v Superman, which introduced Gal Gadot as the iconic DC Comics heroine, “you don’t need to have seen it. It’s a great stand-alone.”
Geoff Johns, DC Entertainment’s president and chief creative officer, elaborated, saying, “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.”
The DC Extended Universe expands Nov. 17 with Justice League, which stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Raymond Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Amber Heard as Mera and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
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