Charles Roven Talks DC Movies Brain Trust That Plays In Justice League Sandbox


Since the announcement of the DC Extended Universe slate of films, fans have been curious to see how the film universe will develop. Unlike Marvel Studios, which began building with solo films to introduce their characters before bringing them together in Marvel's The Avengers, Warner Bros. is jumping in the deep end by introducing at least five of their major players in 2016's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (the titular combatants, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Cyborg), then following that up with the first part of the Justice League movie in 2017.

Speaking to Collider, producer Charles Roven revealed the members of the "brain trust" responsible for making this universe tick.

"I think also very much involved in that brain trust is John Berg, who is the executive vice president at Warner Bros. I would say the Snyders, myself, John Berg, and Geoff Johns would be sort of that Brain Trust… I'm working with great people. They're all really great people. And not that we don't—there are many times we agree, and there's many times we don't agree [and] we work it out."

He also went on to explain how the relationship between the core brain trust and the individual directors of each film works.

"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."

Sounds like Warner Bros. has a plan. Now fans just have to wait and see if it pays off.


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