I used to be a movie buff way back when. We had action thrillers, psychological thrillers, horror, romance and the list goes on. If you wanted an interconnected universe of stories – you watched TV. The whole point of a movie is that you can watch it without having to know anything beforehand.
Enter the MCU, a juggernaut in its own right that up until the last Avengers movie wasn’t too difficult to follow. Things like Wikipedia are a huge help. Anyway, the success of the MCU is unmatched and unrivalled and with the way the world is today, I doubt its success will ever be replicated. Once they took the Disney+ route, I tapped out. I’m not interested enough to sit through multiple TV shows just to make sure I can follow the plot of a movie. However, the MCU interconnection began very subtly with end-credit scenes before it evolved to where it is today. For the first three phases, no prior knowledge was needed to enjoy the films.
Enter James Gunn and his DC Slate. I already have no plans to spend any money on DC movies just based on the sloppy way they handled the Henry Cavill situation, and also the Batgirl movie.
DC’s failures have come as a direct result of trying to copy the MCU blueprint, in the sloppiest way. It didn’t work. And yet they’ve decided to do the same thing again.
The projects so far summed up:
- Young Superman. The premise sounds vague. Like, he could be describing Man of Steel. I’m also not looking forward to a Superman written by Gunn.
- Dark Supergirl? Sigh.
- Creative Commandos – never heard of them.
- The Authority – WHY? Injustice would make more sense, but it’s way too early on for either.
- Swamp Thing – nobody watched the TV show, but let’s make a horror movie.
- Waller. Eye roll.
- The Brave and The Bold, in which Batman deals with Damien Wayne as Robin. Double sigh. The fact that Gunn said Damien Wayne is his favourite Robin says it all.
Oh, and The Batman that came out last year? That’s still getting a sequel. So, there will be two Batmans. Throwing a banner on the second one is the solution to help avoid confusion. I expect one of them to be cancelled or pushed back.
The entire thing (or some of it because there’s more to come!) just sounds exhausting. And I like DC. I like comics. I like Superman. I like Batman. What I don’t like is this obsession with creating universes. Just make a good movie. That’s it. Start from there. Did we not just do this with Zach Snyder ten years ago? Literally the SAME thing. Superman movie. Batman movie. And then some others that only the diehard fans cared about (Gunn is not going to let The Suicide Squad go, ever, but I’ve never been interested in it). I haven’t been compelled to watch Shazam, let alone the sequel.
My biggest issue is that they’re not even starting from scratch. So…viewers will need to have a passing knowledge of what happened in the DCEU. Oh, and Gunn and Safran are in charge of games too (why?) and the plan is to have those bridge the gaps between movies. We won’t even have the animated stuff because that’s all going to be connected too!
I have no comment on most of the projects but Damien Wayne? WHYYYYY. Amanda Waller getting her own show? Nobody asked for it. Waller works best as a shadowy, dubious badass government figure who shows up in the shadows. I might be biased though, the only appearance I’ve seen of the DCEU Waller is in Black Adam.
Quite frankly, I think it’s bs that Gunn is picking and choosing who he wants to keep (and that most of the people he’s keeping are from his projects). I’ll watch to see how it goes, but I’m not paying to see any of these films. I’m only interested in Booster Gold and Supes (and barely). I also question the logic of dropping these projects on the same people they need to go and watch the next four movies (that may or may not be canon to the new DCU!).
Apparently, I feel very strongly about this.