It’s been a tough few years for the DC cinematic universe. But can they redeem themselves?
A few years back in school, I had to write an article as an assignment for English. This was before the release of Suicide Squad, or even Batman V Superman for that matter.
Nevertheless, I was literally excited out of my mind (but not literally) for a DC Cinematic Universe and decided to explore DC’s amazing plans for the next few years to come.
I was hyped to see Batman and Superman together on the same screen for the first time in history. And I wrote that, even though Marvel had started their cinematic universe years before, DC would surely be on par, if not even better, than the MCU.
Unfortunately, fast forward a couple of years and here we are in 2017, with me looking like an idiot. The most hyped up blockbusters turned out to be nothing more than complete busts, Warner Brothers is in turmoil, and a revolving door of casts and directors eagerly try to detach themselves from DC property.
Can the DC Cinematic Universe redeem itself from the hole they’ve dug themselves in to?
It’s a shame that our most iconic cast of heroes – Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman – weren’t even able to support themselves in a feature length film, and to expect that to be the start of a whole new universe is a big call.
Perhaps juggling the immense hype of such a blockbuster and the burden of establishing a new set of characters was simply too much to handle? Either way, I think most of us could agree that Batman V Superman sure as hell didn’t bring any ‘justice’ to the characters. Ha.
Now optimistically speaking, DC isn’t completely done for. Their new set of movies for 2017 are pretty much done and dusted, unless they choose to panic and do last minute reshoots again, like what they did with Suicide Squad (and we all know how successful that was).
There are some DC movies to get excited about.
There have even been recent reports suggesting Wonder Woman is a great film. If they give us what we have seen, and what we expect, from the Wonder Woman trailer, then I’m sure it will be amazing. Even Justice League looks to be more fun, colourful and not overly depressing like Batman V Superman, which has to be what made it flunk in the first place.
By far the only DC film that I’m somewhat confident in is Aquaman. Say what you will about Aquaman or Jason Momoa, but he looks badass as the character. And with James Wan as director, I don’t see a way that this film could be disappointing. That is unless Warner Bros. comes in for some studio interference.
Ultimately, these upcoming sets of films will either make or break the DC Cinematic Universe. And while that can be a huge burden to bear, it’s not impossible.
Rumours about certain production failures are worrying.
What seriously concerns me is the recent updates and even rumours about future DC productions, such as the Flash or the Batman solo film. Written by great scriptwriters Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, as well as having a well-rounded extended cast, The Flash was set to begin production in January of 2017. As of now, not only have they gone through four or so directors, but they’re just now starting a page one rewrite, meaning they’re RESTARTING THE ENTIRE script. Why???? Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are great screenwriters; any script they write would be of high quality. Is it really THAT bad that you need to rewrite the whole script again??
Thankfully the supposed rumours about the Batman solo movie and Affleck’s ‘doubts’ about it, as well as Matt Reeves’ hesitation on his commitments as a director, are nothing more than rumours. Still, that’s not to say that the Batman project hasn’t had its fair share of problems. Nevertheless, Warner Bros. has had a lot of problems with people spreading rumours on DC property, and that’s not exactly helping them out.
So what should DC do?
Now, let’s say for a second that the DC Cinematic Universe does flop. Every movie that comes out is rubbish and not well received by audiences, they fail to establish a universe – or even characters for that matter. What are they gonna do?
Well, if you ask me, I think they should drop it. Stop production on any DC projects; give it a 5 year break or so. That will give them time to clear their heads, let press and fans cool down, and when they’re ready – IF they’re ready – they can start fresh. Better yet, use it as a cool excuse to introduce Flashpoint, allowing them to change actors and even a new universe, while still being in the continuity of the previous films.
DC started off rough; I think we can all agree on that.
But just like every one of us, DC has the power to rebound and get back up. They have to. Most of us grew up with these heroes – Flash, or Batman or Superman – and I can’t imagine a world where these icons don’t get their own place in cinemas around the world.
If you take one thing out of this article, it is that DC isn’t hopeless. They have lots of opportunities to do well in the coming years. And I can guarantee you that in a few years time, DC will almost be on par with the MCU. Maybe even better.