DC isn't calling its cinematic universe the DCEU anymore

The DC Extended Universe is officially dead. (Technically, it never officially existed, but we’ll get to that later.)

The DC Comics-inspired cinematic universe that began with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and culminated with last year’s Justice League has been a hugely bumpy road for Warner Bros Studios, so its bossed have decided to start fresh.

During its presentation at Comic-Con International on Saturday (July 21), Warner Bros officially named its slate of superhero movies the ‘Worlds of DC’, clearly hoping to get away from the rollercoaster box office and tepid critical reception of films like Batman v Superman and Justice League.

The funny bit is that Warner Bros didn’t create the name DCEU in the first place. It was coined by a journalist and caught on among fans, but the term was never officially embraced by Warner Bros.

What fans will likely be wondering now is what this ‘Worlds of DC’ rebranding means for the studio’s current film slate. Aquaman, Shazam! and Wonder Woman 1984 are all still moving ahead as planned, and won’t be impacted at all.

Both Aquaman and Shazam! even got first-look teasers released at Comic-Con, which you can watch right now by clicking here and here respectively.

Warner Bros has also started a division with the sole purpose of creating projects based around DC’s super-villains. Some of the projects will be standalone and unrelated to the Worlds of DC, like director Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker.

But this villain-centric label will also encompass Worlds of DC movies, like the Birds of Prey film that will bring back Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.

In terms of how fans are receiving the ‘Worlds of DC’ rebranding so far, reaction seems to be fairly positive:

That said, not everyone’s a fan.

Next up for The Worlds of DC is Aquaman, which opens in cinemas on December 14. Watch a trailer below:

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