David S. Goyer, the mastermind behind the new Warner Bros. DC Comics projects, was talking about the future of the franchise as he works on the upcoming “Superman vs. Batman” movie. In some disheartening news for DC Comics fans, Goyer feels it is too soon to start talking about building a DC Comics Universe similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With Marvel doing so well with their combined universe, Sony making big plans for the Spider-Man universe and Fox planning a major X-Men universe, it seems strange to see Warner Bros. unwilling to consider the same for DC Comics. However, what Goyer was saying might be misconstrued. There is a chance that Goyer is just interested in taking it one movie at a time, like Marvel was in the start, and just wait and see what happens from there.
Superman vs. Batman
Everything started with the new Superman movie, “Man of Steel.” The Christopher Nolan directed “Dark Knight” trilogy was considered a stand-alone franchise that doesn’t connect to any other movies that Warner Bros. is making right now. “Green Lantern” was supposed to be part of the new start, but it failed to impress critics or comic book fans. However, with “Man of Steel” successful at the box office, Warner Bros. is taking their first step to connect the DC Comics superheroes by having Superman meet Batman for the first time on the big screen in 2016. That movie will tell whether or not DC Comics will finally start to work as a connected world.
Also rumored to appear in “Superman vs. Batman” is Diana Prince, also known as Wonder Woman. Her role is supposed to be small, but Gal Gadot told reporters that she signed a multi-picture deal to portray Wonder Woman in movies, so that is a big sign that there are some loose plans for an interconnected universe. There has yet to be a legitimate and successful comic book superhero movie with a female lead, and there might not be a better choice than Wonder Woman. If that succeeds, three of the biggest members of The Justice League team would have new movies, and that could set up DC Comics answer to “The Avengers” down the line.
The TV world
Despite the statement that a combined DC Comics movie universe is too soon to talk about, television has started to move in that direction. “Arrow” is based on The Green Arrow, a member of The Justice League in the comics, and that show is spinning off into “Flash,” a founding member of The Justice League. With a Batman prequel series coming in “Gotham,” it seems that DC Comics on television are much closer to the combined universe than the movies. Whether or not they eventually cross over is another story.