“With every movie that we’re looking at now, we are thinking, ‘What’s the potential Max spinoff?’” Hamada told NYT.
DC Extended Universe: Every Upcoming Movie
Originally, Joss Whedon was attached to write and direct the Batgirl movie, but Whedon dropped out in February 2018 after failing to crack the story. Later that year, Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson was tapped to pen a new screenplay, but there’s been little word on the project since. Meanwhile, Creed star Michael B. Jordan has signed on to produce the Static Shock movie.
We’re already seeing the early fruits of this unified theatrical/streaming approach, as both 2021’s The Suicide Squad and 2022’s The Batman will have companion prequel series on HBO Max. Peacemaker will focus on John Cena’s brutally patriotic vigilante, while Gotham PD will dig deeper into the corruption plaguing Gotham City during Batman’s first year on the job. Hamada’s comments now confirm HBO Max will play home to standalone DC movies as well as spinoff series.
Hamada also confirms previous reports indicating Warners will focus less on one, singular shared universe and more on a multiverse wherein multiple incarnations of various heroes and villains are allowed to coexist. We already know The Batman is a complete reboot set in a separate universe from the DCEU, even as both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton are expected to reprise their respective Batman roles in 2022’s The Flash. That approach will likely be the norm, not the exception, going forward.
“I don’t think anyone else has ever attempted this,” Hamada said. “But audiences are sophisticated enough to understand it. If we make good movies, they will go with it.”
However, any DCEU fans hoping the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League will lead to future sequels set in that particular cinematic splinter universe may need to keep expectations in check. According to NYT, Snyder is not currently involved in any other projects with DC, and Warners executives are reportedly referring to The Snyder Cut as “a storytelling cul-de-sac — a street that leads nowhere.”This interview comes shortly after Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich announced a third Wonder Woman movie, with director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot both expected to return. Previously, Jenkins indicated the third Wonder Woman movie won’t be a period piece like its predecessors, but will instead take place in the present-day DC Universe. Jenkins is also attached to an Amazons spinoff movie, one which now seems like a clear contender for the HBO Max treatment.
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