For those of us who thought that the greatest problem with the DCEU (the DC Extended Universe) was Zach Snyder’s stewardship, you were right (sort of).
Though to be fair, that’s like blaming the small (relatively speaking) bit of iceberg that remained above the surface for sinking the Titanic.
Reason being, some executive(s) okayed Snyder’s approach, which is the real issue.
I bring it up because there’s talk of a Joker origin movie that seems to exist outside the DCEU (essentially an Elseworlds-type of story). And this is a problem because–while Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies were popular, they existed outside the DCEU, which means that everything that this new movie establishes will likely not be a part of the current universe as well.
And there are so many different DCEU’s as it is. There’s the version that exists in movies, which has finally begun to gain traction with Wonder Woman. Then there’s the DCEU as it exists on television, which shares characters like the Flash and Superman.
Now there’s what I call the Elseworlds DCEU, that takes characters people are aware of, and places them outside the universe proper.
This is where the Nolan Batman movies reside
If you’re a comic reader, the latter scenario I mentioned is hardly an unusual one (Marvel Comics had their own take on stories based in an alternative Marvel Universe called What if… ) but moviegoers might find it a bit confusing.
Though what’s worse is that the DCEU has failed to establish their mainstream characters with anything resembling consistency, so now they’re creating alternative takes, seemingly independent of the greater DCEU!?
Such a move may be profitable in the short term, but it does not bode well for the DCEU as a whole.