Warner Bros. CEO of Film and TV Kevin Tsujihara says that the studio's current plan for its DC-based movies, creating independent films not focused on crossing over, is the "right strategy" for the time being - though he also clarified that crossovers which bring the characters together will still be possible.
"The upcoming slate, with Shazam, Joker, Wonder Woman 1984, and Birds of Prey feels like we’re on the right track. We have the right people in the right jobs working on it," Tsujihara told the L.A. Times. "The universe isn’t as connected as we thought it was going to be five years ago. You’re seeing much more focus on individual experiences around individual characters. That’s not to say we won’t at some point come back to that notion of a more connected universe. But it feels like that’s the right strategy for us right now."
Tsujihara pointed to 2017's Wonder Woman, a surprise blockbuster, for inspiring the studio's current DC movies direction.
"What Patty Jenkins did on Wonder Woman illustrated to us what you could do with these characters who are not Batman and Superman," explained Tsujihara. "Obviously, we want to get those two in the right place, and we want strong movies around Batman and Superman. But Aquaman is a perfect example of what we can do. They’re each unique and the tone’s different in each movie."
Tsujihara did not mention Warner's currently in-development Suicide Squad 2, The Batman, Batgirl, and Nightwing films, nor did he mention Ezra Miller's planned Flash solo film.
Additionally, Aquaman 2 was recently set for a 2022 theatrical release, though the next film on the studio's DC movie schedule is April 5's Shazam!.