In 2008 the Marvel started its integrated cinematographic universe, and since then it has been a success in sales and critics, and with that success Warner who had already scored several hits based on the works of A.D, began planning an integrated universe for the publisher's heroes.
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This new DC cinematic universe began to be drawn from The Man of Steel (2013), the film set the tone for this universe with the director's vision Zack Snyder, who within the studio had already worked on features such as Watchmen, a Legend of the Guardians and the franchise 300.
However, the timeline of this universe was designed in a different structure than the one made by Marvel Studios, where instead of solo films presenting the characters, we had the first contact with several characters in a team film.
The film was followed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), a film that divided the fans of the characters in relation to its quality, and a large part of the errors presented in the narrative were attributed to the cuts made by the studio, and although it was not a total failure at the box office, the feature did not reach the long-awaited home of the billion.
After the feature, several projects were reviewed by Warner, several features that had been announced were postponed or went into limbo.
And several problems kept Zack Snyder away from the studio's productions, and that happened during the development of Justice League (2017), with this, the person chosen to continue the project was Joss Whedon, who years earlier had directed The Avengers.
Despite being a big name, there were several backstage controversies, such as cases of racism and abuse denounced by Ray Fisher (Cyborg). Among these denounced situations were reported where the director aggressively called the actress Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) fat.
The director requested remakes of the feature, and from there it was already possible to see that in fact the studio was not satisfied with what had already been presented by Zack Snyder. The result of the reshoots, new cuts and change of command was the fiasco that was presented to us, and the film only reinforced the stigma left by the Suicide squad in 2016.
Although this entire process of structuring the universe has had several problems, little by little Warner seems to be investing and improving DC's projects, and this investment and the freedom to the creators has been bearing fruit, after Justice League the studio produced several features based on characters from the publisher such as Shazam, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Joker, Birds of Prey, Justice League: Snydercut and the company's latest success: The Suicide Squad.
The company's features show that for you to build a strong and resistant franchise, you don't necessarily need to have an integrated universe, and this plurality of tones between the stories and characters has always worked out in the publisher's comics, and this seems to be the way to the publishing house in the cinema.
And it is enough to analyze some works to understand how beneficial it can be to have your universe apart and still keep good films of different tones: while we have a teen movie, fun and colorful like Shazam, we also have a more realistic, bloodthirsty movie and cold like the Joker.
Warner does not need to go far to find ways to solve its cinematic universe, using resources already presented by DC in other media it is possible to create its own method of continuing its universe.
with the announcement of Flashpoint, Loki and rumors about Spider-Man: No return home, the concept of multiverse fell in the taste of the general public, and the fact that the works do not follow a single timeline, does not prevent circumstances from occurring that result in a great crossover meeting the most diverse characters of the company.
The publisher has several arcs that can be considered successful cases, and one of the most recent examples was the crossover of the DC series that adapted the arc. Crisis on Infinite Earths, where he brought together characters from several works by the company, such as characters from the CW (who by themselves already lived in different timelines and had their crossovers on a smaller scale), Lucifer, Black Lightning, Smallville, Constantine in addition to appearances of characters from the publisher's films, ranging from a small corner of the Robin in Burt Ward (Batman 1966) to the surprising appearance of the Flash in theaters in Ezra Miller.
And it seems that the publisher will in fact follow this path, since Flashpoint will bring together the Batman of Ben Affleck, the Batman of Michael Keaton and there are several rumors that indicate that the film may have other cameos.
This seems to be the easiest path for Warner to take, thus resolving its various versions of characters and putting fiascos like 2016's Suicide Squad and 2017's Justice League in a distant land so there's no need to mention them. again.
Another artifice used several times in the comics is the reboot, this artifice can be done randomly and without explanation, or as a result of an action (which is more common in comic book exchanges). Flashpoint could be the event capable of restarting a universe from scratch, thus making the works most acclaimed as canon, and what didn't work as something that was rebounded.
This solution seems more distant since Ben Affleck's Batman will return to the scene, and in parallel we have a long solo of the bat man being played by the actor Robert Pattinson. This kind of “cleaning up” in a timeline could be viewed negatively by the general public.
It is worth mentioning that in the DC animated feature universe, everything started from Flashpoint and the reboot was made from another flash back in time.
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It doesn't necessarily require a reboot within the DC cinematic universe. Warner can simply adopt the stance that was taken in The Suicide Squad, where at no time is it mentioned that the film is a sequel.
However, this hypothesis is also not ruled out, and if this is the position, it would only be necessary to retcon the Justice League to define which version is canonical, and that firmly reinforce the fact that The Batman set in another timeline unrelated to the Snyderverse timeline.