It's no secret that DC's big Avengers contender Justice League was not a huge success. At $657.9 million worldwide at the box office, it made only $150 million more than Marvel's solo outing for Ant-Man, and Justice League featured the entire roster of DC's future heroes.
With Ant-Man and the Wasp predicted to outpace Justice League, and the future of DC films unclear, it seems the studio may be changing direction.
As Comicbook.com reports, a rumor from a trusted DC source suggests the future for DC films is stand-alone pictures, "with very few crossovers."
"Jenkins, Wan, Reeves and Sandberg to deliver their own great stand-alone Superhero films," revealed the source. "Then someday down the road they'll crossover again (and this time they'll make it work)."
Patty Jenkins is set to direct Wonder Woman 1984, the sequel to the only successful DC film in the franchise, James Wan directed the upcoming Aquaman film to be released this December, Matt Reeves is rumored to be helming The Batman (with or without Ben Affleck), and David Samberg just finished filming Shazam!
The rest of DC's films, Flashpoint, Green Lantern Corps, Batgirl, Birds of Prey, Nightwing, and two Joker films, are all in early development, and have been for quite some time.
With Marvel's success, writers and directors have been asked how they would recommend DC move forward, with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige suggesting that DC films have been good before, and the studio should take advantage of their great characters and great history. It appears, if the reports are true, that DC has taken their advice.
Aquaman premieres in theaters on December 21st, 2018.