It’s time to break down the DCEU into the last atom, and then create a new one.
If you’re confused about DC’s recent and upcoming movies and how they all fit together perfectly, you’re not alone. Hopefully this will all change. During what turned out to be newsworthy on Thursday’s earnings call, Warner Bros. Discovery revealed that its DC Universe will be reset, and the plan it will follow from this point on is directly inspired by Disney’s partnership with Marvel.
This comes directly from Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav (via IGN). “We’ve done a reset. We’ve restructured the business we’re going to focus on, there’s going to be a ten-year plan to focus on the DC team,” Zaslav revealed. “It’s very similar to the structure that Alan Horn and Bob Iger got together very effectively with Disney’s Kevin Feige.”
Of course, the MCU has been incredibly successful from its initial first decade, revealing plans for Phases 5 and 6 at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The ten-year plan Zaslav cites probably started with Iron Man and produced an Infinity War-sized film almost exactly a decade later. DC seems to be trying to fast-track its own version of the MCU to keep up with Marvel, but that hasn’t worked out.
As for what this reset will look like, and when it will start, that doesn’t seem to mean that fans of sticking DC movies need to forget everything they’ve seen so far. Zaslav mentioned Black Adam, Shazam: Fury of the Gods, and The Flash as upcoming movies that the studio is very excited about. All three will likely draw elements from previous DC movies, especially Wrath of the Gods, which will remain a sequel to the 2019 film.
Speaking of sequels, Aquaman 2 is still around, just like Shazam, and some of the groundwork laid by the first movie may still be there despite the DC reset. On the other hand, Batgirl won’t be part of any future plans. Warner Bros. unexpectedly made the film this week, even though it was largely ready. On the plus side, Joker 2 is still on DC and Lady Gaga’s involvement in the film has been confirmed.
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