By George Bate and Josh Reilly B.
The Batman’s release last month ushered in a new era of DC films in which a shared universe is reestablished while also keeping Robert Pattinson’s Dark Knight firmly isolated from the rest in order to retain its grounded and realistic tone. The universe is set to be sewn together in 2023’s The Flash, which promises to introduce Michael Keaton’s Batman and Supergirl.
Although the DCEU is pushing forward into the future, Warner Bros. executive Toby Emmerich pushed back against the idea that the franchise needs to follow in the MCU’s footsteps, where everything is neatly connected in one shared universe. In a conversation with Deadline, Emmerich emphasized quality of the final products over anything else.
“The secret of the movie business is quality. It’s the best business strategy for both theatrical motion pictures and superhero movies. The movies don’t have to all have the same tone, or interlock with other DC movies, or have an Easter egg that sets up another film. Quality is the most important factor for a studio, and the biggest thing you can do to influence quality is the filmmaker that you hire.”
This seems to be high praise for Matt Reeves in particular, who’s unique and singular vision for The Batman was praised immensely upon the film’s release. While the MCU continues to chart its own way forward, working brilliantly for that franchise, this doesn’t suggest that DC needs to follow the path of Disney’s work.
The Batman is in theaters now.