Welcome to the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The fourth instalment of the franchise, Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot, turned out to be their highest grossing film at the US box office. It also remains their most critically acclaimed film yet. Prior to this, the DCEU was struggling to find its footing – even as the Marvel Cinematic Universe and X-Men franchise extraordinarily dominated the superhero belt of movies.
Riding on the success of Wonder Woman, the shared universe will now look to press forward. They will assemble their most sought-after superheroes in Justice League. Slated to release on 17 November 2017, the film’s production had suffered a major setback earlier this year. The studio’s most trusted director Zack Snyder decided to step down from the film following the tragic loss of his daughter. Since much of the film was already planned according to his direction and vision, it was always going to be tricky to find the right transition. But the studio didn’t have to look much further. Enter Joss Whedon. As it turns out, Whedon was already working on some additional photography and direction needed for the film. So his move to the director’s chair wasn’t completely unprecedented.
If you’ve been following the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you would already know that The Avengers (2012) set the precedent for what was to follow. Directed by Joss Whedon, the film became a monster hit worldwide. He also directed its sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Asked by Snyder to step in for Justice League, Whedon will now complete Snyder’s journey. And even though the final product will be a synthesis of these two talented directors, Justice League will still very much remain Zack Snyder’s movie. But with a trademark Whedon touch.
Given their contrasting styles of filmmaking, fans will hope to expect the best of both worlds.
– Varun Kumar | Enterapped