Before actually finishing a second film, Warner Bros. went ahead and mapped out a decade-long plan for its DC properties set to span 8+ films (and a whole lot more, hopefully). But was there ever a Plan B?
In a lengthy interview with The Hollywood Reporter, DC producer Charles Roven took a deep dive into the studio’s approach to its connected universe and the process of mapping it all out. As expected, a whole lot of the planning seems to have happened in a hurry. And the adjustments are happening on the fly, as Roven noted Batman v Superman was “seriously” “compelling” and “driving.” Next? Justice League will be “lighter.”
In regard to the aggressive timetable and planning, Roven said they never really planned for failure. Which is kind of a crazy thought. Here’s an excerpt from his comment:
"The studio made me the producer of all the DC movies, and they announced eight. When we finished the [timetable], we looked at each other and said, ‘This is incredibly ambitious, but we haven’t taken into consideration if something goes wrong.’ We also hadn’t decided where we were going to shoot those movies. As difficult as it was for me to commute from Toronto to London to Italy, it became really clear I couldn’t do the job that I do as a producer [with Aquaman likely to shoot in Australia]. I’m for sure producing the sequels of the movies that I have made.”
Warner Bros. is pouring millions of dollars and years of time on the big bet that its DC universe can rival (and possibly surpass) what Marvel’s been doing the past several years. One major reason for Marvel’s success was a willingness to be flexible and follow where the story leads.
Time will tell if DC’s rigidity will keep them tied to a singular vision, or following a bridge to nowhere.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)