In next month's Empire Magazine, superhero fans will receive their first major look at [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870), with photos and interviews of the cast and crew. Luckily for us, we don't have to wait that long for the first sneak peek -- Empire has teased a few different interviews through CBM, and a few very interesting details have arisen.
One particular note stands out from these interviews: There is, absolutely, some form of control over the storylines that we'll see coming from DC and WB on the big screen. Amidst fears that the DC Cinematic Universe might not be as established or connected as that of its perceived rival, Marvel, DC has established its own way of creating a movie universe, according to Batman V Superman director Zack Snyder.
What we are doing is ground up all the way. It is one giant story. The first thing we had was the Justice League concept. The other movies, in a way, have to support that. That is our Wonder Woman, our Aquaman. They have their own creative concepts that supports them, but they do serve Justice League in the coming together of those heroes.
Snyder explained that creators within the DC Cinematic Universe are given quite a bit of freedom, but are also expected to color within the lines when it comes to keeping the ties between films unsevered. "I want all the other directors of the other films to be able to stretch their legs and do what they want, but at the same time there is a big interconnected universe,” he said. “I have given everyone amazing access to our story, to me, and what we are doing. All the films have like minded conceptual jumping on points."
He calls this a "sandbox," and explained how, exactly, it works:
We call it the sandbox. It has borders around it, but everybody gets to play in the sandbox. On 'Suicide Squad', David Ayer has a lot of specific control over his area of the sandbox. Even if he crosses the line a little bit, we see if we can push our boundaries back a little bit.
The freedom allows for interesting storytelling, but fans will have to wait until next year to see how well this concept works for DC, with the March 26th release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.