It is fair to say the DC Extended Universe has had a bit of a rough start after Man of Steel was met with mixed, but more or less positive, reception upon release, with exception to Wonder Woman, the franchise is still trying to find a balance. Though the direction made by Zach Snyder and Warner Bros. for both Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was rather clear, tonal directions and multiple edits have left much of the universe to feel tonally disconnected.
Since 2016, there has been multiple shake-ups and reconstructions for what the future slate of this Universe would become, just the past few weeks saw New Line Cinema’s Walter Hamada take the role of overseeing future production as producer Jon Berg would be integrated to a different role at Warner Bros., leaving many to wonder where the DCEU will go and if it will continue to function as an organized universe.
What we do know is that we will be getting Aquaman on December 21st, 2018, with Shazam and the sequel to Wonder Woman following in 2019. Outside of that, it gets rather murky. Flashpoint is happening but the development has struggled and Cyborg is also likely, but little is known about it. Another interesting question is whether the Green Lantern Corps film will actually happen. Described as a “buddy cop” movie, Green Lantern Corps is expected to see Hal Jordan and Jon Stewart (first live action appearance) joining forces to protect the universal Green Lantern Corps., so obviously fans and movie audiences alike would be disappointed to see this concept be forgotten. Fans got their first taste of the Lantern Corps via flashbacks in Justice League, so seeing more of these characters are an inevitability.
Luckily we have hope! Screenwriter David Goyer, who had previously worked on Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, confirmed when speaking with TCA, that the Green Lantern Corps film is still in development stating that the movie is “still in the works”. Goyer also provided an update on the future of DCEU, however, unlike the new Green Lantern film, the state of the franchise is still in a questionable position:
“I don’t know. Who knows, especially with what’s currently going on with the DC Universe? There’s obviously a whole re-calibration with that right now.”
Though not likely the news fans of the DCEU were hoping to hear, but remains unsurprising. Hopefully Warner Bros. and Hamada have a set plan in development that is requiring some tweaking. The DC Extended Universe has the utmost potential to be something special, there is so much lore and philosophy built into the current releases that it would be a shame to see those concept abandoned.
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