While the world DC Films is creating as the DC Expanded Universe - the DCEU - has been generally linear, obviously Wonder Woman is taking a bit of a departure from that. With a framing sequence set after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that starts Diana on her trip down memory lane and then sets up her Justice League adventure holding it in place, most of the movie will technically be a flashback, as she remembers her first entry into man's world, during World War I.
It turns out that fluid timeline approach is how DC Films plans to go forward from this point on. Just as Batman v Superman had some flashbacks to the recent past and even some flashforwards to a possible dream-like future, other movies in the universe will explore origin stories while also teasing what's to come.
"For example, the Justice League movie will take place in a universe that's post-Batman v Superman, just like Batman v Superman takes place in a universe that's post-Man of Steel," producer Charles Roven told ComicBook.com in an interview supporting Wonder Woman's release. "When we're dealing with either The Flash or Aquaman, since they will take place in a universe that has happened after Justice League, the characters and the world will be informed by the movies that preceded them, except that there's flashbacks or whatever within those particular movies, [and] flashforwards within those particular movies."
That's part of the job of the production staff, which now includes Geoff Johns at the head of the team, keeping things straight while allowing the individual writers and directors of each film to grow on its own.
"When we talk about who Arthur Curry is, and we talk about the universe when that movie starts in terms of him and where he is, obviously Atlantis exists and has existed before the timeline of his movie, but both [Justice League director] Zack [Snyder] and [Aquaman director] James [Wan] collaborate on what the look of both movies will be."
That's why we see Zack Snyder posting first looks at Aquaman, and we'll continue to see that kind of collaboration at the hands of Roven, Johns, and the rest of the production staff. Those collaborations, and allowing directors to explore the individual characters' pasts, is how we'll get a combination of both origin stories and films that set up the future of the DCEU in each movie.
Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot as Diana, Princess of Themyscira, is in post-production now for a June 2, 2017 release.
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot, Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine, crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers...and her true destiny.
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