If someone still had a doubt, Zack Snyder confirms quietly that Warner has broken his plans.
Zack Snyder will be credited on Aquaman and Wonder Woman 1984 as a producer, and has left the production of the Justice League for personal reasons, but there is no doubt that the director of Watchmen has taken its distances with the expanded universe DC launched by the Warner with Man of Steel in 2013. It prepares The Fountainhead, an adaptation of the book by Ayn Rand, seems to confirm that it has turned the page of super-heroes.
But if the film Justice League has more or less been forgotten by the public (upon its release, which has been a failure nearly clear), and even the studio, which no longer refers to the result yesterday announced, something resists : the curiosity turns to obsession as the original version of Zack Snyder, the many lost images during post-production, and all of the plans provided by the director to Superman, Batman and company.
Blame Zack Snyder or Joss Whedon, who was hired to obey the producers and did not control the assembly, is a distraction. The real problem is on the side of the studio and the division of DC Films, and that has changed your thinking head with the arrival of Walter Hamada in January 2018, following Geoff Johns.
Zack Snyder on Man of Steel (Up to here everything is going well, so far everything is going well…)
In any case, Zack Snyder has quietly confirmed something that seems obvious : he has never had the intention to manage an expanded universe. Man of Steel, Batman v Superman : Dawn of justice and Justice League were conceived as a trilogy, meant to stand alone, and opening horizons to other characters.
This is once again via the social network Vero that the director of the Army of The dead and 300 , has communicated with the public. John Aaron Garza, a fan hard in DC, shared a theory :
“I think that Zack left on an arc that is not about to have spin-offs and it would have been a world in stand-alone… and I like it a lot. A trilogy The Dark Knight with the Justice League, which has a beginning and an end. With different developers respectful. Would you say that I think in a similar way to you, sir ?”.
To which the filmmaker responded : “Yes.”
Zack Snyder on Man of Steel (“what color is the wall ?… on which is going to crash”)
Nobody will really be surprised at this point, even if Zack Snyder was more dumb than anything else in the face of the chaos caused by the Justice League. It was, however, referred to the plans for Superman, which was to turn against the heroes after losing Laws, and because of Darkseid that would have recovered the Equation of Anti-Life. Sufficient evidence to confirm that the thing has escaped him, therefore, and has been taken over and remodeled by the producers.
When Snyder has started filming Man of Steel in the summer of 2011, the MCU had just been launched. Iron Man was still a hero solo, Thor came out without making splashes at the box office, and nobody was betting a lot on Captain America : The First Avenger , which has also had a career discreet this summer. It was not until may 2012 that all changed with the Avengers. And he has very definitely given ideas to the producers of DC Films and Warner.
Recall that Justice League was originally planned to be a film in two parts, the second before exiting after two years. In June 2016, just after the release complicated of Batman v Superman : Dawn of justice, Zack Snyder announced that there would ultimately be only one movie.
Man of Steel
If the expanded universe DC has in the pipes a dozen projects more or less likely, the future will be with the Joker, worn by Joaquin Phoenix and augurs a brand DC alternative (less expensive, more offset), and Birds of Prey with Margot Robbie back in Harley Quinn.
By that time, Aquaman on December 19, Wonder Woman 1984 October 30, 2019 and Shazam somewhere between the two (it will be released on April 5, 2019 in the USA but has no official date in France), will certainly give more clues on the future of DC cinema.