one DC Movie Universe? No. Two DC brands on the big screen! Warner Bros has decided to take the superhero movie genre in a new direction with a second brand separate from the DCEU. DC Dark or DC Black, (whatever it may be that WB decides to call it,) is heading our way. The idea behind starting up a DC film sub-franchise is to allow room for directors to come in and make one-off DC movies.
This will allow films to be made that do not stick to the continuity of the larger DCEU. This is great considering that DC has reportedly six Joker movies in some stage of development. With this announcement comes the news that the Joaquin Phoenix-led Joker film, rumored to be inspired by The Killing Joke, would be the first movie under the DC Black/Dark label.