My Problem With The DC Cinematic Universe

Written by August Aguilar, Follow me on Twitter @AugustAA92, & on YouTube

There’s no denying that we live in the Golden Age of movies right now. More superhero movies and live-action adaptations of other comic books and manga seem to announced each week. I’m not complaining, I absolutely LOVE it. Never in my wildest dreams as a kid I thought I would see the likes of Deadpool, Black Panther, or even Avengers come to life on the big screen. Hell, we even got a freaking Ant-Man and Suicide Squad movie.

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Yes, it is an amazing time for comic book junkies. Ever since the MCU launched in 2008, we’ve been given special treats each year until the ultimate team-up movies rolled out. Sure, DC had The Dark Knight trilogy, which will forever be infamous, but they didn’t bridge worlds like Marvel did. It wasn’t until Man of Steel in 2013 came out where Zack Snyder declared that DC was finally taking the steps to build a cinematic universe. Fans and the world shook when Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was announced, and shortly after a whole other slate of films like Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Cyborg, Shazam, and Justice League were lined up next.

Jumping The Gun

When it comes to being prepared and actually having a plan, you can’t say that Kevin Fiege doesn’t know what he’s doing with Marvel. When it comes to the DCEU, it seems like everyone there is scrambling to come out with movies, ideas, and how to expand their universe, all in a matter of a film.

Yes, so we got the infamous Batman v Superman storyline…sort of. I mean we also got Death of Superman, the introduction to Justice League, and a very poor Lex Luthor, but we got Batman back on our sides at least. The problem with BvS is that they packed too much into a film, paving way for more heroes, villains, and storylines; basically a fast track for Justice League which comes out later this year, and we still don’t know a whole lot about.

Martha!?

Martha!?

When BvS bombed with critics and fans alike, a major shift change went through DC. We got a new slate of writers, producers, and more or less films being added and pulled. It seems to me that instead of taking their time with a solo movie for Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, and Green Lantern, they’d rather throw everyone out there first and then go back and do their stories. Fortunately for Marvel, they had plenty of time to do so, but it seems that DC just wanted to play catch up as quickly as they could.

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Hands down the best thing about BvS was Ben Affleck as Batman. He plays an older Bruce Wayne, he’s badass, built to the core, and looks awesome on film. When everyone showed their love for Batfleck, it was amazing to hear that he was going to write, produce, star, AND direct the The Batman movie. Unfortunately it was almost too good to be true.

 

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I’m not sure if it was pressure, the lack of faith in the DCEU, or just realizing it was too much, but Ben decides to drop out of the directing role. That’s OK. As long as we get the movie we deserve, I’m sure with him overseeing the picture we’ll be just fine. Then the film gets a total rewrite, ouch. Geoff Johns and Ben Affleck both wrote the script that included Deathstroke and The Joker, so now what?

Then with even more disturbing news, rumors broke out that Ben wanted to drop out of being Batman entirely. This was a scare for everyone, because WHY? He is such a great Batman, and doing so would make everyone believe that DC really screwed up their films. But recent news finally put an end to the rumors, declaring Matt Reeves (War For The Planet of the Apes) will be directing, and Ben is still attached to the film.

For now at least…

Future Movies

First of all, I am still upset they rushed Justice League. I would rather take a couple of more years to see some other heroes then just jump right in for everyone to fight a big baddie and then solo films. If the film is good, and not completely over packed and ridiculous, then I will be more accepting and move on, but we shall see in November.

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Why the hell are we getting a Cyborg movie? I understand this guy is a vital role in the Justice League, but do we really need a two hour movie showcasing the dude? I’m not sure how I feel too much about investing into his character.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be playing Black Adam, which is incredible. I think he is going to nail the villain and be both brutal and terrifying. I love that we are already getting a Shazam! movie, but it is even cooler that we are now getting a SOLO Black Adam movie.

Gotham City Sirens will be another future film from David Ayer, that will put Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman together for a crime drama I assume. I am very excited for this.

I will be excited to see a Flash movie, but it seems that they can’t get any director to be attached to the project.

Aquaman is being directed by James Wan, so I’m really imagining an underwater slasher/horror movie. Not really, but I am looking forward to this also.

Suicide Squad 2 is reportedly eyeing Mel Gibson to direct, which is fine with me.

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Finally, they announced a Nightwing movie, which is very surprising and very awesome at the same time. But now I can’t help but think that they are planning to somehow let Ben Affleck step out of the Batman role after Justice League and The Batman so he can let Dick Grayson step in and take over the mantle. With him doing so, Ben won’t step on too many toes by being able to play the character, and leave the DCEU for good, if that’s what he really wants.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is, DCEU seems like they have way too many chess pieces out with no strategy. Of course, I’m sure they have a grand plan of things to tie everything together, but I am still uneasy about the entire approach. I wish Zack Snyder would step away from the meat of things and they start making some serious and smart decisions about their future titles.

It pains me to also see the waste of potential they could have by intertwining their TV universe. We already have an amazing Flash, Green Arrow, Supergirl, and a whole other roster of B-list heroes that they could make films with. The possibility of a multi-verse does exist, but will they really do so in the future? Probably not. At least Marvel might be able to get The Defenders in against the fight of Thanos.

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Don’t get me wrong, I am very hopeful for the future of DC movies. I can’t wait to see how these stories play out, who plays what character, and the overall tone of the films. But I am unsure if they will all be executed right, especially with such a rocky start. I can’t help but love and respect Marvel for what they’ve built over the years. I only wish DC would have gotten started on it a long time ago also.

What do you think of the DCEU? Which film are you excited for the most? Let me know in the comments!

3 thoughts on “My Problem With The DC Cinematic Universe

  1. The DCEU had a jump on Marvel with TV. I believe that inadvertently helped Marvel by keeping interest in comic motion cinema. Marvel’s plan of continually introducing new characters to keep it fresh is keeping them two steps ahead.

    Your line of too many chess pieces sums it up perfectly. The DCEU looks fragmented while the MCU looks like a tight ship. With the backing of Disney I doubt the DCEU will catch up. The best we will probably see are a couple well made movies.

    I’m looking forward to Aquaman. Partially because I’m not as familiar with this storyline, and the underwater venue is exciting. There should be plenty of opportunities for dark and surprising scenes.

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    • Aquaman should be a fun movie to watch, I’m very much looking forward to that as well. But yes you are right, Marvel is set up perfectly now by pacing themselves and with Disney and Kevin Fiege running the show. Time will tell what DC really comes up with.

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  2. Another problem DC has is that their universe is too dark and serious. Your right about CYBORG too. Who cares about that dude? He shouldn’t even be in the Justice league!

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