Gods And Monsters and Elseworlds – The DC Universe united – and divided – under Gunn
Stability at long last. But sustainability assured?
DC Comics’ plans for interconnectivity betwixt multiple media including movies, TV shows and animation. This includes characters being portrayed by the same actors and storylines interwoven with each other. Story Continuity thus will always have a job. This announcement did not come as a surprise in the least, especially when you consider who it’s coming from. Gunn is Marvel Studios’ alum, and as such he would attack this huge undertaking with a formula he knows that works (for at least a decade) and is comfortable implementing.
The run-on sentence of movies however has one unique punctuation, the Elseworld projects. Projects that belong under the DC umbrella but exist outside the interconnective projects of the DCU. Like Matt Reeves’ The Batman and Joker: Folie á Deux. This is certainly a welcomed detail. However, the need to distinguish this as explicitly Elseworld, and separate to all that is being done in the DCU. This would connote ‘Elseworld’ projects would have branding separate from the DCU movies. A negative byproduct of such a move seemingly gives the impression of these parallel projects being second-rate or inferior.
Furthermore, I would also hate for ‘Elseworlds’ projects to become a testing/dumping ground for potential DCU ideas that execs are not entirely sure about. Granted, this fear stems from nowhere discernable, but it does feel like a very WB exec thing to do.
But alas, if you missed it, check out James Gunn lay out the DC roadmap in a quite understated announcement video below:
Nevertheless, we are curious and equally excited to see what cohesiveness will do for DC, and whether we will look back fondly at this moment a decade from now. God (and monsters)-willing comic book movie fatigue hasn’t caused rigor in fans by then.