The DC Extended Universe And Then Some: A News Report

During the week we have been given a bevy of updates, reports regarding certain aspect of the DC Extended Universe's future, so let's breakdown those stories from a Joker origin film to Matt Reeves' The Batman and then end off with some advice.

The Joker


First we have a report coming from Deadline which reports that Warner Bros. and DC are in early stages to develop an Elseworld story, a narrative that would not interact nor connect with the existing cinematic universe - which has Ben Affleck as its Batman, Henry Cavill as its Superman, Gal Gadot as its Wonder Woman, etc - which will showcase an origin story for all new Joker.

The current iteration of The Joker is played by Jared Leto, who will appear again in the sequel to Suicide Squad and its spin-off Gotham City Sirens - a film which will have Margot Robbie reprise her Harley Quinn role and will be joined by other female characters from the DC Comics lore like Catwoman and Poison Ivy - but won't appear in this film. The intention is to have a completely new take on the character and to played by a different actor altogether.

This Joker origin film if greenlit, will be directed by Todd Phillips of The Hangover fame, with Scott Silver and Phillips writing the script. Martin Scorsese will produce. It is reported that the setting of such film will be in a 1980's version of Gotham City and will have a more unique vibe compared to other DC films and will have a more "Taxi Driver, Raging Bull or The King Of Comedy" texture to it.

DC/WB are tapping into to the Multiverse lore from the DC Comics, by creating a new banner, separate to the existing DCEU, that will allow for more Elseworld stories to be told. This Joker film is the first under this new banner.

The Batman


Second story we have is a small update regarding Matt Reeves' The Batman, which will see Ben Affleck once again don the cape and cowl to become The Dark Knight of Gotham.

Speaking to KCRW, Reeves discussed about his intention with making the film, saying: “Well, I have a vision for a way to do something with that character that feels like it resonates with me personally, and a perspective that can grow out into other things. When they [Warner Bros.] approached me, what they said was ‘look, it’s a standalone, it’s not part of the extended universe.'”

While many have taken the "it’s not part of the extended universe" part as a confirmation that it will be like The Joker origin film it should be noted that Ben Affleck, the actor playing the DCEU's version of Batman, is set to play the role in this film, meaning that it will take place in the DCEU. The standalone aspect can be likened to Wonder Woman, a story that takes place in the pre-existing universe but has one main character, Wonder Woman or in this case Batman, headlining it unlike Justice League which has multiple ones.

Harley Quinn & The Joker


Last up we have some news regarding Gotham's nightmarish dynamic duo, Harley Quinn and The Joker, played respectively by Margot Robbie and Jared Leto.

The Hollywood Reporter have learned that the studio is looking at having a film revolve around these two iconic DC Comics characters, in what has been described as "an insane and twisted love story. When Harry Met Sally on benzedrine." 

Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, are in negotiations to write and direct the film, their credits include the series This Is Us, 2011 film Crazy, Stupid, Love, and two Margot Robbie-starrers 2015's Focus and 2016's Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

The plan is to have this feature come out after the sequel to Suicide Squad, but may be fast tracked even further to compete with actors' holding agreements, per one source. This, if made will be a part of the existing DCEU and not the new Elseworld banner DC/WB are planning out.

Final Thoughts

While I have seen many fans online become somewhat disenfranchised and discouraged to continue on being fans of the DCEU by the recent news I think that a) they should learn that projects go into development in Hollywood on a daily basis and that some projects never see the light of day; b) think of the immediate future of this franchise i.e. looking forward to seeing Justice League, waiting to watch the first trailer for Aquaman, and read about the casting of Shazam when that news arrives not think of a future that is several years ahead that may not even be the future we envision right now; c) remind themselves that they are other films being planned out that aren't Batman-centric like Shazam, Cyborg, Green Lantern Corps, Black Adam, Wonder Woman II, and they are probably looking at more films that don't have Batman be a focal point in them.


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