The future of the DC Extended Universe is still unclear

The future of the DC Extended Universe is still unclear ...

During an investor call on Thursday, Warner Bros. Discovery unveiled some of its future plans, while some of the CEO's comments on the Batgirlmovie and what the DC Universe will be like going forward raised even more questions.

Warner Bros. Discovery is aiming for a quality-over-quantity approach to content, which includes the DC Universe. I said we would not go into a film to make a quarter or release a film until we believe in it. And that's it. Particularly with DC, where we think we need to shift, we want to elevate, and we want to focus.

Zaslav continued, saying that the company has taken a careful look at its direct-to-streaming titles, as well as the entire direct-to-streaming video model in general, and that it can't find any economic case for it. Instead, the studio will focus on theatrical releases for blockbusters, and on a new and improved DC Universe.

The CEO also laid forth how the company intends to revive its superhero brands, highlighting Disney's ambitious and unprecedentedly successful approach to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Zaslav told investors that we have done a complete refit. Weve restructured the business, established a team with a 10-year vision focusing just on DC. It's very similar to the structure that Alan Horn and Bob Iger put together very effectively with Kevin Feige at Disney.

While a 10-year plan may sound good in theory, none of Zaslavs' remarks revealed how this might work in practice. Part of the attraction of Marvels films was their endless interconnectivity. Each story, sometimes to its own detriment, was a companion to the larger narrative, giving the universe the building blocks for its next major team-up or villain.

Theres Flash, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman, all forms of the DC Universe that Zack Snyder started with Man of Steel, which seem to have little connection to the Shazam and Black Adamstories, which may or may not be connected to anything else or each other.

At the same time, there are at least two Batman universes: one led by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson, and one that has at least two spinoff shows and a sequel in the works for the time being. The other is Todd Phillips' Joker universe, headlined by actors Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga, and appears disconnected from everything around it.

The current scattershot, director-driven strategy used by DC and Warner Bros. was never planned. Under Snyder, DC intended to merge Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman to form the Justice League, then give heroes like Aquaman, Flash, Cyborg, and Green Lantern stand-alone films of their own.

The DC lineup is now seemingly revolving once more, and it's unclear how the Warner Bros. multiple universes will continue, or even if theyll join forces at some point.

Warner Bros. has announced several other projects that were previously scheduled to be released for streaming. Among them are a Blue Beetle film from Ta-Nehisi Coates and J.J. Abrams, a Zatanna film, and a Supergirl film, all of which are still in doubt today. After Batgirl and the recent removal of a Wonder Twins film, DC and Warner Bros. appear to be focusing on the heaviest superheroes.

The Flash is a film that has been postponed many times, but Zaslav claims it's still a part of Warner Bros. Discovery's future plans, and that it's a film that everyone inside the studio is raving about. This is despite the ominous air surrounding star Ezra Miller, who has been implicated in numerous negative incidents in recent months, including arrests for assault and disorderly conduct, and allegations of harassment and child endangerment. Just this week,

Despite all the attention Warners DC lineup received during the investor call and before it, it's not clear that much will change. Warner stated that it's still very much committed to DCs hero lineup, and that big theatrical blockbusters will always be the focus. Other than that, and the cancellation of Batgirl, DCs future remains a mystery.