– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s been known for some time that DC has a lot riding on BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. Warner Bros and DC Entertainment are hoping to use the film to catapult us into a sweeping slate of films based on its JUSTICE LEAGUE characters: Superman, Batman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, & Cyborg. The specifics of how all of those films will come together has remained shrouded in mystery, but we did hear last week that Zack Snyder has an entire timeline mapped out to allow for each character to have a logical place in this cinematic universe they’re trying to build.

Producer Charles Roven has now come out and shed some light on where two of those films will fall into the grand scheme of things. He told the Wall Street Journal that AQUAMAN and THE FLASH will not be origin stories. They will build on, and continue, the storylines that are created in 2017’s JUSTICE LEAGUE. Many had wondered if this would be the case, or if the solo films would venture backward to give audiences a look at where these characters they met in JUSTICE LEAGUE came from. 

Roven says that each film will be part of the greater narrative introduced in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and JUSTICE LEAGUE. “While each movie stands alone, they’re all part of one long arc of storytelling,” the producer elaborated. 

Also included in WSJ’s preview of BATMAN V SUPERMAN was a discussion with writer Chris Terrio (ARGO). Much has been made about the hiring of the Academy Award-winning scribe, and if his comments here are any indication then he really is every bit the artiste that fans have been giddy about. WSJ asked about his research, and what they learned may surprise you. Terrio didn’t namedrop any comic books, but rather dove into some fairly heady homework. “He studied red- and blueshifts in electromagnetic physics to think about the Flash,” WSJ learned. “[He] investigated deep sea biology in the Mariana trench to create the world of Aquaman, and read the Greek historian Diodorus of Sicily’s account of the war between Amazon and Atlantis to better understand Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman wasn’t the only character Terrio went all mythological on. When it came to the films titular heroes, Terrio drew a very apt comparison to two other gods. “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,” Terrio told the newspaper.

Terrio also noted that these kinds of themes surprised even him. “If you told me the most rigorous dramaturgical and intellectual product of my life would be superhero movies, I would have said you were crazy,” the writer quipped.

As for Terrio joining the project, the writer had a message to convey to skeptics: “Given the scale, you would think the whole thing has a corporate stench, but the way we worked there was this quality of, ‘I can’t believe they’re letting us do this.’” It sounds like WB/DC really allowed Terrio and Snyder to let their imaginations run wild, which should hopefully make for a film fans will never forget.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE comes out on March 25. JUSTICE LEAGUE will come out on November 17, 2017. And, if everything goes according to plan, THE FLASH and AQUAMAN will be unleashed on March 16, 2018 July 27, 2018, respectively. 

What do you make of these comments by Roven and Terrio? Sound off below, and don’t forget to share this post with all of your friends!

SOURCE: Wall Street Journal

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.