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DC Bosses Reveal Plans For Developing the DCEU’s Story Arcs Moving Forward

September 29, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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DC heads Geoff Johns and Diane Nelson discussed the company’s strategy moving ahead for the DC Extended Universe’s handling of continuity and shared stories. Johns is the co-chairman of DC Films, while Nelson is the president of DC Entertainment. The two spoke with Vulture about their plans moving forward and how their upcoming slate will maintain the shared universe, but won’t feel beholden to the idea of showing the shared connectivity each time out.

Nelson said, “Our intention, certainly, moving forward is using the continuity to help make sure nothing is diverging in a way that doesn’t make sense, but there’s no insistence upon an overall story line or interconnectivity in that universe.”

Johns added that they’re looking at Wonder Woman as their example of telling a standalone story that is not necessarily filled with plot threads for the greater DCEU. “The movie’s not about another movie,” he said. “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.

Nelson added that the movies will be filmmaker-driven and said, “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.”

Johns also talked about the criticism levied against the studio that claims there’s no firm strategy for what they’re planning, noting, “Some of the stuff is true, some of it isn’t true. When we talk about things or we’re making deals for people to develop scripts or whatever, sometimes, things leak; sometimes, things are misreported, and it’s frustrating. Because we do wanna go out there and talk about what our strategy is, and this stuff just muddies the water. There’s a lot of internal conversations going on about, How do we help kind of clean that up a bit?”