In an alternate timeline, we’re currently in the midst of a robust run of interconnected DC films that’s building towards a Justice League 2, all spearheaded by filmmaker Zack Snyder. But the thing about plans is they can change rapidly, as they did when Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theaters back in 2016 to disappointing box office and critical reception. And once Snyder left Justice League in post-production, Warner Bros. pivoted hard towards removing the connective tissue between their DC films. But what’s old is new again, as a new report suggests the studio is going to attempt just that one more time – they intend for their upcoming slate of DC movies to be part of an interconnected universe.
DC’s New Era
The news comes via THR, in their report on Warner Bros. cancelling two DC projects yesterday: Ava DuVernay’s New Gods movie which would have made Darkseid a main character, and James Wan’s Aquaman spinoff The Trench. The studio said in a statement that these films did not fit in their current schedule for DC projects, but noted that they could be revived down the line. But that certainly begs the question, what’s the plan?
According to THR, DC is “plotting its films and shows to share the same universe,” which includes upcoming projects like Aquaman 2, Black Adam, and Shazam! Fury of the Gods. The one big outlier here is Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which reboots the titular character with Robert Pattinson filling out the role, but THR says this film is set on an alternate Earth known as Earth-2.