The Future of DCEU After Wonder Woman
With an opening weekend box office gross of over $100M, and a ton of rave reviews, Wonder Woman has certifiably become a commercial and critical success. The critical reviews for DC's previous three movies had fallen all along a spectrum of good, bad, and ugly reactions, but it seems, in a general sense, audiences and critics alike love the Princess of Themyscira.
Now, what does this mean for the future of the DCEU? Well, for starters, one of the main accomplishments of Wonder Woman has been the establishment of the ideal that a major female-led superhero film can be just as successful as any male counterpart film.
This notion in mind, it seems like the success of this movie may put DC at far more ease to proceed with their plans for future films centered around female characters.
For example, DC recently announced the inclusion in their slate of a possible Batgirl film, and last year expressed interest in making films around two groups of female characters the Birds of Prey and the Gotham City Sirens. It seems that, with the success of Wonder Woman, DC may be far more likely to push any of these projects into fruition.
The success of Wonder Woman is not only important for the completion of films centered around female characters in the DCEU, but, quite honestly, the direction of the entire DCEU itself. After three critically divisive films, DC made the decision to put COO Geoff Johns at the head of the DCEU creatively.
When asked by TheWrap how DC's recent Rebirth initiative, a company-wide reboot of DC's comic lines last year that was helmed by Johns, would influence the DCEU as a whole, Johns replied,
"Get to the essence of the character and make the movies fun."
It seems like this is a formula that will work well for future DCEU movies. Wonder Woman and November's upcoming Justice League are going to play key roles in how Warner Brothers decides to move forward with the DC films. Writer Mark Hughes of Forbes magazine recently wrote,
"The truth is, a lot is riding on how 2017 pans out. The studio wants to see how Wonder Woman performs (so far so good on that front) and how Justice League turns out, before they barrel ahead with multiple more films every year. More films will get made, don’t worry, but it makes sense to ease off the gas a little and be certain about the best route ahead."
So it seems DC's next venture after Justice League, the currently-in-production Aquaman movie, is really the only film in Warner Brothers's DC slate that is set in stone. We'll all be watching eagerly to see exactly how they proceed with future films.
Wonder Woman is still in theaters, so if you haven't checked it out yet, make sure you do! And keep your eyes peeled this November for Justice League!