With the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice just around the corner, it's hard to not anticipate what the future movies might look like. We know that Aquaman and The Flash will be making appearances in DC's battle of its most famous heroes, but producer Charles Roven has now elaborated on the details about the characters' own films.
Standalone Movies For Aquaman And The Flash Won't Be Origin Stories
Instead of going back in time to establish how these heroes got their powers, each of the solo films will play a role in a larger narrative across many movies that begins in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Justice League. In an interview for the The Wall Street Journal, Roven promised distinct stories that fit into one epic adventure:
"While each movie stands alone, they’re all part of one long arc of storytelling."
The hope is that keeping one streamlined focus will help build DC's Extended Universe into a cohesive and entertaining story that can carry over many years. That's definitely a tall order, but keeping it linear should certainly help.
Writer Chris Terrio Also Revealed Some Of His Inspiration Behind The Characters Of 'The Justice League'
Argo writer Terrio was tapped to lend his talents to Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice as well as the two-part Justice League films. In the same Wall Street Journal interview, he elaborated on his influences. He studied electromagnetic physics to understand The Flash, the Mariana Trench's deep-sea biology for Aquaman and, most of all, Greek mythology to understand Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman.
While Wonder Woman is certainly influenced by the tales of the Greek gods, Terrio's interpretation of Batman and Superman is a little more unexpected:
"In superhero stories, Batman is Pluto, god of the underworld, and Superman is Apollo, god of the sky. That began to be really interesting to me—that their conflict is not just due to manipulation, but their very existence."
That's a perspective I've never considered before, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it's translated to film. Best of all, Terrio also admitted that there is no "corporate stench" on his projects, with the studios letting the artists take creative control.
The first of Warner Bros. and DC's new slate, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, comes to theaters March 25. Justice League is scheduled for November 17, 2017. If these movies are as successful as the studios hope, The Flash will have its theater run starting on March 16, 2018, and Aquaman will conquer audiences on July 27, 2018.