A couple of weeks back, a report came out revealing the discombobulated inner workings of Warner Brothers’ DC Cinematic Universe. After having Patty Jenkins sign on to replace Michelle MacLaren as director of Wonder Woman, various outlets reported that the studio was hiring up to five writers to work on the script.
The report also mentioned execs were creating the rules and the world of the DC Cinematic Universe as they go. It was also being reported that there was clear lack of leadership. Not exactly the kind of news that inspires confidence, especially since the first Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice teaser failed to live up to expectations.
Now in response to these rumors and reports, execs are revealing details to their plans for DC films. More on the story below.
Focusing on the DC side of things, Silverman talked about how DC will be different from Marvel:
“We have a great strategy for the DC films, which is to take these beloved characters and put them in the hands of master filmmakers and make sure they all coordinate with each other. You’ll see the difference when you see Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad, Justice League and all the things that we are working on.”
Responding to the reports that there are competing scripts and that up to five writers are penning Wonder Woman, Silverman said:
“Every project is different. On some projects, we have multiple writers working together. In some cases, we put writers together who have never been a team together. And sometimes, there is only one writer whose voice is right. In the case of Wonder Woman, the right approach was to have writers pitching different scenes within the framework we created.”
“They came to me and said they wanted to try this approach. I don’t know how much collaboration and non-collaboration was going on. Treating writers well is a massive priority at this studio. I’d be very shocked if writers weren’t treated with respect and grace.”
When asked if this will be a constant theme in the DCU, Silverman said:
“There is intensity and a seriousness of purpose to some of these characters. The filmmakers who are tackling these properties are making great movies about superheroes; they aren’t making superhero movies. And when you are trying to make a good movie, you tackle interesting philosophies and character development. There’s also humor, which is an important part.”
We’ve extensively reported on the news of who will direct Wonder Woman, and although the job ended up going to Patty Jenkins, there is no denying that there’s a low number of female directors.
Silverman talked about the importance of having a female director working on Wonder Woman:
“We had a very intensive process looking at everybody. Patty and Michelle were really the ones who came to the forefront the first go-round, so when things didn’t work out with Michelle, we all knew we had someone great who had expressed interest before. She came back and is doing a great job. But it was never about the best female director. She has demonstrated doing amazing work with female characters, such as in Monster.”
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on March 25, 2016. Suicide Squad opens August 5, 2016. Wonder Woman is tentatively scheduled for a June 25, 2017 release.