A (Kind Of) Cohesive DC Cinematic Universe
Hooooo boy. I know I’ve gone on, and on, and on about my worries regarding Batman vs. Superman and WB’s plans for a DC Cinematic universe before, but the latest interview with David Goyer has gotten me all up in arms again.
In a recent interview with IGN, David Goyer, writer of Man of Steel, said this in regards to the rumors of Warner Bros.’ plans of creating a shared cinematic universe like Marvel:
“ I mean, it’s too early. I know that Warner Bros. would love to make their universe more cohesive. There have been a lot of general conversations about that, but it’s really, really early. I’m not sure. Marvel has had enormous success, but I’m not sure that everybody should try to emulate them either. It’s just been vague conversations so far.”
Are. You. Kidding. Me.
First off, it being “too early” is completely bogus. Warner Bros. has been trying to make a Justice League film since the mid 2000’s, and they were this close to doing it, shuttling production shortly before filming started. If Goyer is seriously trying to say that Warner Bros. hasn’t been looking at Marvel’s success with The Avengers and going “we can do that too” then he’s completely full of shit. Why wouldn’t they? Fox is attempting it with Days of Future Past by combining a ton of mutants in one film. Hell, Sony is attempting with Spider-Man by giving the Sinister Six their own move. You mean to tell me that WB is perfectly fine with letting piles of money sit on a table instead of collecting it?
Also, what does this mean for the amount of characters that will be in Batman vs. Superman? Up until now, we all assumed that the reason for all of these characters was because WB was going to build up to a Justice League film. However, after Goyer’s comment, that’s not something that could actually happen? So they’re going to cram in Batman, Wonder Woman, Alfred, Lex Luthor, and who knows who else for a one off movie? Seriously?
On the other hand, maybe Goyer’s interview is a way of trying to prepare fanboys for a smaller scale sequel than we’ve been hearing about. Maybe, just maybe, execs at Warner Bros. have realized how out of hand this movie has seemingly gotten, and are starting to cut out unnecessary characters and settings. Maybe they’re going to film Batman vs. Superman and Justice League back to back, which I’ll admit would make me feel a lot better about this project. Or maybe they’re completely downsizing the movie’s scope, and focusing on introducing Batman into the Man of Steel movie universe and hinting at a wider DC universe (which is what they SHOULD DO). Batman vs. Superman should be a big movie, yes, but it’s getting TOO big now, and turning off many people who would’ve already paid to see it when it was simply going to have Batman in it. I know my initial excitement is pretty much non-existent after the repeated rumors and new characters added to the movie. In fact, to be honest, I’m terrified over what the final product may end up being.
I said it once before, and I’ll say it again: Warner Bros. should absolutely, 100% poach from Marvel’s playbook when it comes to getting the DC characters on the big screen. It’s stupid of them not to. But for some reason, a shared live action DC universe is this impossible dream for WB. They’ve got a fantastic hit show with Arrow, upcoming series for The Flash and John Constantine, and Man of Steel was pretty big hit, so why is it so hard? Is it the characters? Maybe. Is it Avengers jealousy? Probably. But I also think it’s because they don’t have a solid person in charge. Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has not only movie industry cred, but fanboy cred as well. Not to mention that Marvel also has Joss Whedon as their creative guru for all things Marvel. David Goyer was that guy for Warner Bros after Man of Steel was released, but since then there’s been little to no news from him, and his script for Batman vs. Superman is currently being rewritten by Argo’s screenwriter (who also happens to be friends with Ben Affleck). Maybe Goyer is being given the boot from the position.
If that’s the case, I’ll gladly do it, because as I’ve said before, it ISN’T AS HARD AS WB IS MAKING IT OUT TO Be.