Batman v Superman producer on the DC brain trust, building a cohesive universe

The folks at Warner Bros. have a lot of catching up to do in the superhero business, and now Batman v Superman producer Charles Roven has dropped some intel on how their DC brain trust is structured.

Roven said they’ve essentially assembled a team that includes himself, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns to guide the overall direction and narrative of the Man of Steel-verse. Those folks comprise the “brain trust,” and Roven said they’re tasked with keeping a throughline in place to carry all these characters across their solo films, and back to the mainline Justice League stories, with a coherent narrative.

Check out an excerpt from his comments to Collider below and let us know what you think:

“The other thing that I really love about what we’re doing is we’re also bringing in really talented other filmmakers and having them come in and create—I call it the sandbox. We’ve got this sandbox of the Justice League DC characters, and we are hoping to create—this series of movies that we’ve announced are somewhat interlinked. The characters move at a throughline that hopefully will take us all the way to Justice League 2, but they also can interact in the other films as well in some way…

So if, for example, The Flash movie or the Aquaman film is gonna come out after Justice League 1, it’s not gonna be a completely different character; that character will have evolved from Justice League 1. Wonder Woman, when we see her in Justice League 1, will have evolved from Batman v Superman. Unless we decide that in one of these stories we’re gonna do something that happened in the past and have it be more of an origination story, in which case you’ll realize how that character became what they were in the movie that they were first introduced…

So that’s really challenging and interesting, and you lay out a road map but then when you bring somebody else in they kinda go, ‘Well you’re going to San Francisco by Route 5, what if you took the 101?’ [And you go] ‘Well that’s interesting, maybe we should go Route 101. What if we did?’ And so that changes the whole thing and all of a sudden you realize you can actually get to where you need to get to by a whole different methodology than what you originally planned. Or you might decide to blend the routes. And by doing that it’s very fresh. You’ve got very fresh ideas, very interesting ideas. It’s just really a lot of fun if you’ve got really great collaborative minds working together to try to make things better, more interesting, more fun, more provocative.”

Basically, it’s an extension of what Marvel Studios has been doing for the better part of a decade, and it’s wise to see DC follow the now-proven format. Warner Bros. has a pile of superhero movies in different phases of development, and without a guiding vision for how it all connects (not to mention a concrete timeline), that overarching narrative could become an absolute mess very, very quickly.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.

(Via Collider)

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