Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins is asked if she has any interest in directing a Justice League movie, but she says she doesn’t think one should be made right now.
In an interview, Jenkins tells THR:
You know, the Justice League movie, I find those movies to be extremely challenging. I think they’re fantastic when they’re well done. But taking on all of those characters at the same time in the timeline, I sort of hope that we don’t do a Justice League movie for a little while because I think that each of those characters are really great, and I am super excited to see each of their movies, and then I want to see Aquaman 2, I want to see Flash. I don’t know. You never know. I would never say never. But I think everybody should have a moment to shine right now.
Patty Jenkins not wanting to direct a potential Justice League 2 echoes recent statements made by the chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, Toby Emmerich, who said DC is no longer concerned about creating a shared movie universe.
“We all feel like we’ve turned a corner now. We’re playing by the DC playbook, which is very different than the Marvel playbook,” Emmerich said. “We are far less focused on a shared universe. We take it one movie at a time. Each movie is its own equation and own creative entity. If you had to say one thing about us, it’s that it always has to be about the directors.”
Both Emmerich and Jenkins’ comments follow the recent success of James Wan’s Aquaman movie, which is the #1 DC movie of all time, having passed Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises at the box office this weekend. Aquaman was basically a standalone movie that didn’t connect to other DC movies and didn’t further a story to build to a big event shared universe movie, like a Justice League 2. It could actually be argued that James Wan took Aquaman away from the Justice League movie with his portrayal of Arthur Curry, as while Arthur blamed and hated his mother in Justice League, he didn’t feel that way in Wan’s movie. The tone of James Wan’s movie is opposite of Zack Snyder’s DCEU flicks.
Justice League was released in 2017 and bombed at the box office. It’s recently been blamed for the layoffs at Warner Bros. and DC Comics.