The DC Extended Universe may only be a few movies deep, but Warner Bros. has big plans for the franchise. While films like Suicide Squad have left audiences questioning the DCEU’s vision, upcoming releases like Wonder Woman and Justice League are slated to course-correct the blockbuster series. Clearly, Warner Bros. is willing to bet heavily on the franchise since it’s already announced a slew of superhero films which are in-development. Movies like Nightwing and Batgirl got a green-light earlier this year, leaving fans stunned by the sudden confirmation. Now, a longtime producer of the DCEU is now speaking out about the studio’s Batverse projects, and he sounds optimistic about the features.
Recently, Joblo had a chance to speak with Charles Roven about Wonder Woman and his work within the DCEU. It was there the site asked about Batgirl and the studio’s plan to build up an entire Batverse. Here’s what the producer had to say:
“Well, again, I’m not involved in Batgirl, but I’m really a big fan of Joss Whedon as a filmmaker. I think it’s great that he is involved with the DCEU right now. I’ve been trying to get into business with him for a really long time. Up until a few years ago he was involved with Marvel and then when he left he didn’t want to think about it for awhile,” Roven explained.
Of course, Whedon has not been shy about the break he took from superhero films. After directing the first and second Avengers films for Marvel, the director stepped away from the limelight when Age of Ultron garnered wishy-washy reviews. Whedon shifted his focus to work on smaller and more personal projects. But, now, it looks like the DCEU has managed to persuade the director to join its cause.
Earlier this year, Whedon shed light on why he wanted to work on Batgirl. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the director said he became obsessed with Barbara Gordon’s so-called damage.
"I started getting obsessed with how a young woman could get hardcore enough to need to put on the cowl. Like, what's her damage?" he admitted. "Who is this person, who decides — rather than being forced to by their childhood trauma — decides to pick up this life? How intense and driven that person is ... I just couldn't stop thinking about it."
In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder, from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, and features an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck (Batman), Henry Cavill (Superman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Ezra Miller (The Flash), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Ciarán Hinds (Steppenwolf), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth), J.K. Simmons (Commissioner Gordon), Amber Heard (Mera), Kiersey Clemons (Iris West) and Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor).