Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder revealed in a recent interview with Empire Magazine how all of the upcoming DC and Warner Bros. Extended Universe movies (including David Ayer’s Suicide Squad) are essential to their Justice League flick, and how plans for the superhero team that includes Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and the Flash (Ezra Miller) will impact their solo movies.
"What we are doing is ground up all the way. It is one giant story," director Zack Snyder explains. "The first thing we had was the Justice League concept. The other movies, in a way, have to support that. That is our Wonder Woman, our Aquaman. They have their own creative concepts that supports them, but they do serve Justice League in the coming together of those heroes."
Even though he will be keeping a close eye on the other filmmakers’ solo movie projects (a la Marvel's Kevin Feige), they'll still have lots of leeway and creative control, as Snyder explained in the interview.
"I want all the other directors of the other films to be able to stretch their legs and do what they want, but at the same time there is a big interconnected universe. I have given everyone amazing access to our story, to me, and what we are doing. All the films have like minded conceptual jumping on points."
Here's what DC producer Charles Roven said about the type of structure Snyder described.
"We call it the sandbox. It has borders around it, but everybody gets to play in the sandbox. On Suicide Squad, David Ayer has a lot of specific control over his area of the sandbox. Even if he crosses the line a little bit, we see if we can push our boundaries back a little bit."
While Snyder didn’t want to get into specifics, he did tease what he called an "elusive" cameo for Aquaman in Dawn of Justice, promising that "You will understand he exists." And for those who were still in doubt that DC had any sort of plan for their cinematic universe, producer Deborah Snyder said that they had "kind of a timeline of what every movie is, where it is going, and where the films fit in relation to each other."
What do you think of the way DC and Warner Bros. are structuring their Extended Universe movie slate?
(via Comic Book Movie)