The DC film franchise made a comeback with 'Aquaman,' and its new technique will distinguish it from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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  • After the success of “Aquaman,” Warner Bros. has a brand new DC superhero film technique.
  • “The universe isn’t as related as we thought it was going to be 5 years in the past,” Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara informed the Los Angeles Instances.
  • It is the appropriate transfer. The DC film universe ought to give attention to what has labored for it, slightly than making an attempt to duplicate the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Upcoming films like “Shazam!” and “Birds of Prey” will inform standalone tales, which benefited essential and box-office hits “Marvel Girl” and “Aquaman.”

After “Aquaman” smashed the field workplace final yr with over $1 billion worldwide, a sequel was inevitable. On Wednesday, the studio Warner Bros. set its launch date for December 16, 2022. However the success of “Aquaman” would not simply profit the Atlantean superhero. It benefited your complete DC franchise, as Warner Bros. rethinks its superhero film technique.

“The universe isn’t as related as we thought it was going to be 5 years in the past,” Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara informed the Los Angeles Instances in an interview printed Wednesday. “You’re seeing rather more give attention to particular person experiences round particular person characters. That’s to not say we received’t sooner or later come again to that notion of a extra related universe. Nevertheless it looks like that’s the appropriate technique for us proper now.”

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Warner Bros.’ DC film universe, as soon as often known as the DC Prolonged Universe, started with “Batman v Superman: Daybreak of Justice” and “Suicide Squad” in 2016. Each films carried out effectively on the field workplace, however have been torn aside by movie critics (each have 27% Rotten Tomatoes critic scores).

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The essential and monetary failure of “Justice League” was the ultimate nail within the DCEU’s coffin. Meant to be DC’s reply to Marvel’s “Avengers,” the 2017 film grossed simply $229 million whole within the US, lower than final yr’s “Avengers: Infinity Warfare” did in its first weekend.

The silver lining for DC was “Marvel Girl,” 2017’s blockbuster that was a success with each audiences and critics. The film was largely faraway from the bigger universe, telling extra of a standalone story than “Batman v Superman” and “Suicide Squad.” It set a precedent for what “Aquaman” may accomplish, and due to this fact the DC franchise.

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How a brand new technique will profit DC’s film universe

Each “Aquaman” and “Marvel Girl” have been disconnected from the shared film universe Warner Bros. constructed that culminated in “Justice League.” They’re additionally the best-reviewed films throughout the franchise, and have been main hits on the field workplace. 

Going ahead, it is good for Warner Bros. to zero in on what has labored for the franchise slightly than making an attempt to duplicate the system of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not solely is an “Aquaman” sequel shifting ahead, however a spin-off film concerning the Trench creatures is in improvement, as effectively.

A “Marvel Girl” sequel, “Marvel Girl 1984,” will as soon as once more be set up to now, this time in the course of the Chilly Warfare versus World Warfare I. It is coming to theaters subsequent June after being pushed again from this November. The primary film additionally hit theaters in June, and Warner Bros. clearly needs to reap the benefits of the summer season launch date.

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Upcoming films will attempt to seize the magic of “Marvel Girl” and “Aquaman.”

“Shazam!,” a few younger boy who’s granted magical powers and might flip right into a superhero by uttering the title phrase, drops in April. An origin story about Batman’s best nemesis, “Joker,” starring Joaquin Phoenix because the well-known villain, involves theaters in October. And a “Birds of Prey” film shall be launched subsequent February, with Margot Robbie reprising her “Suicide Squad” position of Harley Quinn.

As for Batman and Superman, Ben Affleck won’t be returning to the position of the Darkish Knight in director Matt Reeves’ (“Warfare for the Planet of the Apes”) reboot, set to hit theaters on June 25, 2021. And Superman actor Henry Cavill will not return, both, The Hollywood Reporter reported in September.

“What Patty Jenkins did on ‘Marvel Girl’ illustrated to us what you could possibly do with these characters who usually are not Batman and Superman,” Tsujihara informed the Instances. “Clearly, we wish to get these two in the appropriate place, and we would like sturdy films round Batman and Superman. However ‘Aquaman’ is an ideal instance of what we will do. They’re every distinctive and the tone’s totally different in every film.”

 “Shazam!” is a coming-of-age film, “Joker” shall be a criminal offense film, and Robbie has mentioned that “Birds of Prey” is “not a really critical film” — its full title is “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).”

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The DC universe bought off to a tough begin, however its future seems to be shiny.

Have a tip about DC, Marvel, or the rest? E mail the writer at tclark@businessinsider.com

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