I’ve seen a lot of dramatic comments lately, of the “I’m jumping onto the Marvel bandwagon now” sort. First of all, is there a need to be on one side or the other? Nope. Second of all, everyone needs to take a deep breath, because its (probably) going to be okay. Warner Bros. are not a stupid studio. You don’t get as big as they do by being stupid, so if you’re concerned about the state of DC Films currently, here’s why you shouldn’t be.
So we know that Justice League wasn’t the biggest success (although if any other movie made $650 million at the box office we’d be pretty stoked). And things have seemed a bit messy with Ben Affleck currently out of action for personal reasons, and Henry Cavill rumoured to no longer be Superman (nooooo). Since Justice League it’s clear that Warner Bros. have re-thought their previous plans, with a new head, Walter Hamada, being appointed in January to oversee things. Hamada is very experienced and according to inside sources he has been tough on cleaning up the in-development slate. And this is good news, because you need someone experienced to say, hey guys, let’s not just throw s**t on the wall and see what sticks!
Let’s take a look at some progress he’s made since getting the top job – next year we are definitely going to see 3 DC movies. We were supposed to get 3 this year (Batman, Flash and Aquaman) but that obviously didn’t happen. However Shazam! is already in post-production, and Wonder Woman and Joker are in production, yay! We also now have the release date for the Birds of Prey film, which seems to be making steady progress.
But what’s the strategy? It looks like we won’t be seeing a Justice League 2, but that’s maybe a good thing. These individual films now don’t have to be creatively restrained from doing what ever they want, because they don’t have to worry about that team-up movie coming out which all needs to connect.
This is what makes me excited about Joker. Yes, we saw Joker in Suicide Squad, and yes this is a different Joker. But no it’s not a bad thing. We can get a great character study of this fascinating absurdist character, which doesn’t need to be tied down by a looming cinematic universe. It has the creative freedom to go nuts and be bold. Joaquin Phoenix is an amazing actor, so it’ll be exciting to see what he does with the role.
If you like the Joker, make sure to check out my character analysis HERE
Then you have Shazam! I loved the trailer – it didn’t feel like any other DC movie, it had its own identity. Sure, the film was supposed to be connected, with Superman supposedly going to make a cameo. And whilst I do love Supes, I can live without. The film looks fun and conveys a sense of childlike wonder, completely different to other DC Films, and that’s great.
The thing about DC characters is that they are so strong on their own, they don’t need to be connected to a wider universe to be interesting. These characters are complex and engaging on their own, they have their own tones, themes and identity. Why limit what they can do by being concerned if it fits into the wider universe? And yes some of the films will still be connected, with Birds of Prey being a spin-off to Suicide Squad, but I think Warner Bros. have accepted that they will not be Marvel, and that’s okay. I think now they are focused on getting the best stories out there for these characters. And that’s why we shouldn’t lose faith just yet.
I can’t wait for 2019, to see what DC has to offer. But what are your thoughts on this whole situation, let me know in the comments below!
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