by Mike Buskill
In 2008, with Iron Man, Marvel began laying the groundwork for what would become the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an achievement of epic proportions. They have built this universe over the last nine years and have released some of the best comic book movies to date. So, naturally DC set out to achieve a similar goal with the release of Man of Steel in 2013. However, it seems that Marvel has the secret formula to building a stable and entertaining movie universe, and DC can’t quite replicate the recipe.
For the most part, Man of Steel was a success, garnering approval from many fans and breathing new life into Superman, a character that desperately needed some fresh ideas. I’ve never taken a liking to Superman, and even I found myself going back to Man of Steel for a few more viewings. It seemed DC was off to a strong start and many people were eager to see more.
Jump ahead three years to 2013’s Batman V. Superman, and the story starts to take a turn. While there are some absolutely brilliant scenes, it is vastly overshadowed by its flaws. The long runtime was no deal breaker for me as a fan of the Lord of the Rings franchise, but much of that runtime was spent with no action and the story moved along at half the speed of a turtle fart. Couple that with glaring plot holes and poor acting from the likes of Jesse Eisenberg, (what was with the creepy jolly rancher scene?), and only allowing Batman and Superman to fight for maybe FIFTEEN MINUTES. I would touch on the whole “Martha” incident, but you get the idea. Holding an abysmal 27% on Rotten Tomatoes and the average 6.6 rating from IMDB reviewers, and you have yourself a certifiable flop.
DC then followed this up with an equally disappointing Suicide Squad. While most claimed it would be DC’s answer to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, this film was far from funny and focused entirely too much on a few characters, while others were left with absolutely no character development, (did Slipknot even get more than one line?), and the story itself was absolutely terrible.
Then came Wonder Woman, a shining beacon of hope for the DC Universe. With great character development, awesome action sequences, and a solid story, it’s hard to find something to criticize the movie about. It was so successful that DC is bringing it back to select IMAX theaters for a limited time.
While Wonder Woman gave us new hope for DC, the future still looks bleak. Justice League looks good in trailers and sounds good in theory, but there’s a lot of characters to introduce in one movie. Sure, it helps that many of these characters have been staple characters of DC comics for years, but you can’t help but to feel like they’ve rushed things in an attempt to catch up to Marvel. The Flash movie can’t seem to find a director and we don’t know much about the Aquaman movie.
To top it all off, Matt Reeves The Batman can’t quite decide what its purpose is. Originally intended to be directed by Ben Affleck, he dropped the director role, but stated he would still remain as Batman. This was followed by rumors that he was done being Batman, which he refuted, but the latest news has stated that this Batman movie will not only feature someone else as Batman, but will not be considered part of the DCEU. Then what’s the point? When you’re trying to build a cohesive universe, why would you release a movie that has one of the characters from that universe and make it a separate entity. It seems that DC is setting itself up for failure and it’s a shame. These are characters I grew up reading about and had so much excitement to see them all together on the big screen, but I don’t know if it will live up to the hype.
UPDATE: Matt Reeves has hit everyone with an update through twitter:
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