Here’s How Justice League Will Connect to Aquaman
This week marks a major moment for Warner Bros.' DC Extended Universe with the release of Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman on June 2. The reviews are pouring in, and they are gushing, which bodes very well for the future of DC's films, which included Justice League, due in theaters on November 17, and Aquaman, due out December 21, 2018. While Jenkins' film is Diana Prince (Gal Gadot)'s origin story, set during World War I, it turns out James Wan's Aquaman will actually be set after the events in Justice League, despite it being the first stand alone film for the aquatic superhero.
Cinemablend reports that Wan's Aquaman will be set in the aftermath of the events of Justice League, per executive producer Charles Roven, and that events in Aquaman will relate directly to Justice League's action. Cinemablend’s Eric Eisenberg points out that along with Jason Moma’s titular superhero, two of Justice League’s characters have major roles in Aquaman; Amber Heard's Mera and Willem Dafoe's Nuidis Vulko.
“Further discussing possibilities in the future of the DC Extended Universe, Charles Roven also noted that the comic book movie franchise most definitely isn't accepting any limitations when it comes to setting," Eisenberg writes. "While it's true that Aquaman will take place after all of the movies we've seen so far, there is still exploration on the table for the many, many years we haven't seen portrayed on the big screen just yet. Said Roven:
James [Wan] definitely knows where he's going with [Aquaman], and that movie takes place in a world where Justice League happened, and Man of Steel happened, and Wonder Woman obviously takes place before Man of Steel — except for the bookends we have. So that's where we have the most ability to freeform. We could do a movie that takes place after Justice League, we can do a movie that takes place after Batman v Superman… well not really. You can't do a movie in between Batman v Superman and Justice League, but we can do movies that take place after Justice League and we can do movies that precede Justice League.”