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Zack Snyder Lays Out DC’s Cinematic Universe!

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When The Avengers took in 1.4 Billion dollars during its theatrical run all DC fans reverted their eyes to Warner Bros who has been sitting quietly in the corner for years living off of Batman.  They quickly put plans into effect to jump start their shared universe.  It should be said that, unlike Marvel, WB owns ALL the DC characters and could have started this shared universe idea years ago, but that’s in the past and DC silenced it’s large list of doubters when it released the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer that was shown at Comic-Con.

“What we are doing is ground up all the way. It is one giant story,” Zack Snyder told Empire Magazine. “The first thing we had was the Justice League concept. The other movies, in a way, have to support that. That is our Wonder Woman, our Aquaman. They have their own creative concepts that supports them, but they do serve Justice League in the coming together of those heroes.”

And while the interconnected nature of DC’s cinematic universe will obviously put some parameters on projects like Suicide Squad and the after-mentioned solo films, Snyder—who’s essentially godfathering the entire universe—is giving each team as much creative freedom as possible.

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“I want all the other directors of the other films to be able to stretch their legs and do what they want, but at the same time there is a big interconnected universe,” he said. “I have given everyone amazing access to our story, to me, and what we are doing. All the films have like minded conceptual jumping on points.”

In fact, DC producer Charles Roven even has an official name for his structure: The sandbox.

“We call it the sandbox. It has borders around it, but everybody gets to play in the sandbox. On Suicide Squad, David Ayer has a lot of specific control over his area of the sandbox. Even if he crosses the line a little bit, we see if we can push our boundaries back a little bit.”

I’ll be the first to admit it, I wasn’t behind what DC was doing, I even had an entire article written was was ready to post about how WB/DC just didn’t seem like they cared about their characters but that trailer shut me up.  I like the difference in tone between DC and Marvel, and like Marvel is doing with their Netflix shows, I hope WB will branch out and make some of their future properties lighter in tone and play some in that giant sandbox they are creating.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016!