The success of Aquaman poses a distinct problem for Warner Bros. What to do with the DC Film universe moving forwards?
There are now two streams of movies within the universe. Those like Aquaman and Wonder Woman which have proven critical and fan successes and those like Justice League and Suicide Squad which have proven to be more divisive.
Luckily for fans it seems like now, more than ever, the studio has a much better idea about the trajectory of its film franchise. A new quote from chairman Toby Emmerich in The Hollywood Reporter points towards a more standalone approach in the future.
“We all feel like we’ve turned a corner now,” Emmerich says. “We’re playing by the DC playbook, which is very different than the Marvel playbook. We are far less focused on a shared universe. We take it one movie at a time. Each movie is its own equation and own creative entity. If you had to say one thing about us, it’s that it always has to be about the directors.”
How do you feel about more standalone movies in the future?
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an acition-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.
Aquaman stars Jason Momoa in the title role of Arthur Curry/Aquaman. The film also stars Amber Heard as Mera; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe as Vulko; Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry; Dolph Lundgren as Nereus; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta; with Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman as Atlanna.
The film is being produced by Peter Safran, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Rob Cowan, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.