Not only is director Patty Jenkins not interested in directing , she doesn’t think anybody should be focused on another movie for a while. She shared her thoughts in reference to DC fans suggesting Jenkins or director James Wan as the best options to helm :
The movie — I find those movies to be extremely challenging. I think they’re fantastic when they are well done. But taking on all of those characters at the same time in the timeline… I sort of hope that we don’t do a movie for a little while, because I think that each of those characters are really great. And I’m super excited to see each of their movies. I want to see , and I want to see , and I want to… you know? So, you never know — I would never say never — but I think everyone should have a moment to shine right now.
Good answer. was challenging for the DCEU at large. Zack Snyder started it, Joss Whedon finished it, Warner Bros. micromanaged it, and then almost everyone crapped on it, as if it was a surprise that making a movie that way might not produce the best result.
It sounds like WB/DC have taken some lessons from ‘s success and they’re slowing things down, especially on the shared universe front. They are treating each movie as its own thing, and focusing more on the directors’ vision. That’s the plan, anyway.
Right now, DC is high on the $1 billion-plus success of . It’s the first DCEU film to join The Billion Club, and it even just passed The Dark Knight Trilogy to take the title of top DC Comics film of all time. is still the top film at the domestic box office.
So it does make sense to think either James Wan or Patty Jenkins would be the best choice for . That said, James Wan hasn’t even signed on for , for some good reasons, and Jenkins is busy with her sequel , with plans for .
As Patty Jenkins just told The Hollywood Reporter, now is a good time for the individual characters to have a moment to shine. The Justice League already gave Superman his own movie, and it’s not clear what’s next for him — with or without Henry Cavill.
Batman is also a mystery, when it comes to Ben Affleck and whatever will still be tied to the DCEU, but Matt Reeves’ film is reportedly aiming to start filming this coming fall. The Flash movie was meant to start production in late 2019, but just delayed production to late 2019, and that may screw things up for Ezra Miller’s schedule. Ray Fisher said he still wants Zack Snyder to direct a Cyborg movie, but who knows what’s really going on there.
Right now, Patty Jenkins should be happy, because the focus is on individual movies. Aquaman’s first solo film was a hit, and we’re about to meet a brand new guy for the DC world with Shazam isn’t part of the Justice League, and he doesn’t have much of a connection to the existing DC universe, although Henry Cavill was supposed to cameo at one point. The movie looks like a lot of fun, though, and a perfect follow-up to . arrives in theaters April 5, as one of the many films to look forward to in 2019. is scheduled to open in theaters June 5, 2020.