Having been signed on to helm Nightwing, filmmaker Chris McKay is adamant that he will have more leeway to create his sequel/spinoff than he would have under the Marvel banner. With a partnership established with the animation comedy The LEGO Batman Movie, McKay believes DC and Warner Brothers films put the power back in the hands of the director while their peers on the Marvel side must work within stricter limitations.
With producer Kevin Feige yet to have his right of reply, there is evidence to support McKay's theory. While Zack Snyder has been a consistent presence in the DCEU framework, they have gone out to secure the likes of James Wan (Aquaman), Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) and Joss Whedon (Justice League) brought across from the MCU, seeing the likes of Matthew Vaughn, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller linked to Flashpoint.
McKay: DC Have Greater Standalone Quality For Filmmakers
Whether born out of an inconsistent plan that leaves Suicide Squad and Cyborg clambering to find directors amid a string of screenplay cuts and changes, or a well laid out blueprint that gives each project its own voice, McKay is clearly backing the DC horse all the way. Speaking with Metro.Us, he left no ambiguity for which superhero studio is best for an incoming director.
"Warner Brothers is a more director-driven studio. Period. The end," he stated. "More than any other studio you're ever going to work at. Just look at the roster of world class filmmakers that have worked at Warner Brothers and made it their home. Warner Brothers is a director-driven studio, and that's exactly how they are operating these movies."
Not shy about pumping his own tyres up, McKay saw Jenkins' work as a case in point. For all their woes in the past including Ben Affleck's struggles, Warner Brothers and DC provide an open environment to craft a unique adaptation separate from all the larger universe attachments.
"That's the kind of filmmaking you are going to see, and have seen with Patty Jenkins on Wonder Woman. That's what they have done and what they will continue to do, and that's why these movies are not trying to follow the Marvel model, they're trying to do their own thing with filmmakers that they like, and produce things that are wholly original and wholly unique."
Surprise For On-Set Seb as Winter Soldier Details Kept Hidden
The element of surprise might be something the MCU does hold over the DCEU. As actor Sebastian Stan was talking with Collider this week, he admitted that he has zero idea what is in store for his character the Winter Soldier.
Spotted in the leaked trailer for Avengers: Infinity War, all the performer knows going into an MCU installment is that he is cast in the feature. What happens beyond that is up to the producers and writers, a team that Stan backs 100%.
"I didn't read a script for the last movie, so I was kind of in the dark. Which is always ok for the Winter Soldier," he said. "I think there's just an element of trust, it's a family system and at this point, I feel like between the writers and the Russos everyone kind of guesses their next move so to speak and I feel like they know very well what I'm going to be bringing."