WarnerMedia Studios CEO Throws Cold Water On A Future For Zack Snyder’s DCEU… Or Did She?

Speaking with Variety, WarnerMedia Studios CEO Ann Sarnoff was asked about the future of Zack Snyder in the DCEU and what the future of DC films look like, in general. Here are some of the highlights:

On the DC Multiverse…

We’ve got an incredible group of creators — television series creators, Max series creators, feature film creators — who are basically broadening the base of the talent that we work with on DC because we’re so excited about the potential to build out the DC multiverse. 

On a multi-platform approach…

Last August, I was made head of studios and networks and I now have all of the creative groups underneath me, so now around that table it’s not just Warner Bros. film, Warner Bros. television, and Warner Bros. games, but it includes HBO and HBO Max and the Turner networks, Adult Swim, and the Kids and Family networks. We are involving all of those people in our plans going forward and that means the media is going to be more connected, sometimes in subtle ways and sometimes in more overt ways. Like opposite “The Suicide Squad” we’re spinning out “Peacemaker” with James Gunn and Jon Cena passionately developing that for HBO Max. It’s my job to make sure we super serve our fans across all demos and all fanbases.

On #RestoreTheSnyderVerse

I appreciate that they love Zack’s work and we are very thankful for his many contributions to DC. We’re just so happy that he could bring his cut of the “Justice League” to life because that wasn’t in the plan until about a year ago. With that comes the completion of his trilogy. We’re very happy we’ve done this, but we’re very excited about the plans we have for all the multi-dimensional DC characters that are being developed right now.

It is this last quote that sticks out to me, though there are parts of the others that also speak to what I believe is going on here. We are on the cusp of a full-fledged multiverse in the DCEU with multiple portrayals of the same character (referred to as “multi-dimensional DC characters” above), standalone projects, and different platforms to execute them on. In anything that was said by Sarnoff in her Variety interview, there is never a flat-out “NO” or “Thanks, Zack, but bye!” The door is left open, in my opinion.

Will there be a Justice League 2? I doubt it. But what about two important pieces to the story of Zack Snyder’s Justice League? One, we have the inclusion of the scene with Joe Mangienello’s Deathstroke being sent off by Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor to hunt Ben Affleck’s Batman, long expected to be a part of the ill-fated Batfleck movie. Then we have the entire Knightmare sequence itself, which would be a solid HBO Max series, if you ask me. And remember back when word first broke about Jared Leto’s Joker being in ZSJL? Leto had this to say at the time (via The Playlist): “I look forward to working with him (Snyder) again in the future. We have lots up our sleeves, Zack and I.” Never mind the fact that Snyder commented on future Justice League plans a few weeks back saying that he has different ideas for where the story could go than the one outlined on the infamous white boards in AT&T’s lobby.

Remember, Zack Snyder’s Justice League wasn’t happening until it was happening. The future is wide open for DC and even Zack Snyder’s involvement to tell more of his story (hey, Darkseid!), the only difference being that there is not a film sitting in canisters waiting to be finished. If WB wants different voices taking on different parts of the DCEU, and with WB being in the business of making money last I checked, hang tight… more is to come.

Photo from Hollywood Reporter

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