Many films residing within The Worlds of DC aren’t exactly the most popular movies these days, especially when competing against the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, I’d like to present my case as to why we shouldn’t give up on them just yet.
About 18 months ago, prior to the release of Wonder Woman, I wrote an article titled ‘DC Will Get Better, Trust Me’, hence the title of this one. My angle was simply that the DCEU / Justice League franchise was still finding its feet and we shouldn’t give up on Warner Bros.
DC hasn’t had the best wrap in the past few years after the releases of the somewhat mediocre Man of Steel, the slightly worse Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and the worst ever Suicide Squad (which deserves no more mentions in this article).
Although, thanks to Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, I was thrilled to see the revival of something that has the potential to be amazing, and in no way walking in the shadow of The Avengers.
I hoped to inspire DC fans and moviegoers to give the developing DCEU a chance and was encouraged myself when Wonder Woman had such high ratings.
Then came Justice League. (‘Wow, Steppenwolf…what a fantastic villain…’).
It felt like we were back to square one thanks to two different directors switching out half way through production as well as the very first shot of the movie featuring Henry Cavill’s heavily CGI’d upper lip – the result of an unnecessarily long legal battle regarding a moustache (which should be a movie in itself).
DC did get better…before it got worse, so now it’s a little unclear on what the future holds especially now that Warner Bros. have decided to try reconciling their mistakes by making stand-alone films like The Joker origin story and potentially developing Flashpoint, which is basically about The Flash going back in time and in the process changing the current storyline, but that film has been in the works for far too long.
So far I’m not making my point convincing, but what comes next is sure to step up DC’s game a little: Aquaman. Directed by James Wan, a successful horror filmmaker, his debut into the superhero genre is bound to be more than mediocre.
After some early reviews claiming the film hasn’t failed to be anything but ambitious, I have high hopes. This ambition may or may not be a good thing but one thing’s for sure, it’s going to be worth a trip to the theatre.
This, however, doesn’t hide my fear of the Justice League franchise becoming a majority collection of passable movies. There will still need to be a significant amount of ‘Certified Fresh’ labeled projects by Rotten Tomatoes for the DCEU to get [back] up onto the leaderboard.
I’m banking on future directors of DC films to take a page out of Patty Jenkins’ book as well as the producers to give their directors more creative reign, which seems to really be what’s lacking right now.
Next on the list following Aquaman will be Shazam, scheduled to release in April of 2019. The trailer is already more entertaining than the BvS and Justice League films combined so I’m slowly gaining back my confidence in Warner Bros.
We then have the much anticipated Wonder Woman 1984, again directed by Jenkins which will certainly boost the franchise’s reputation.
Let’s hope we see the revival of Justice League soon. In my first article, I signed off by claiming I, myself, will give up on DC if Wonder Woman blows. It didn’t disappoint but then you know, Justice League happened, so I technically had to stay true to my word.
I personally think this franchise will get better. I admit it’s taking longer than I expected and maybe I’m too loyal a fan, but it’ll be good…I promise. If Aquaman does suck then I have Shazam to look forward to then the Wonder Woman sequel.
Each of these films undoubtedly have the potential to be uniquely creative while complementing each other so I still think we should give them a chance.