I’m not ready to call 2017 “a make or break year” for the DC extended universe. Despite how disappointed many felt after Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, both films made Warner Bros. quite a bit of money. This year, however, will tell us what to expect from DC for the near future. It’ll either be more of the same kind of films that keep fans and critics divisive, or a new wave of tonally different films that’ll set up a much different and successful universe going forward than what CEO Kevin Tsujihara initially visioned.
Personally, I cannot wait for Wonder Woman and Justice League to be released. I’m confident these DC films are better than what we’ve gotten so far (not withstanding Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Ultimate Edition). Wonder Woman has seemingly earned the confidence of fans and remains on the highly anticipated lists of many. The vibes I’ve gotten from the promotional material on Justice League tell me that it’ll be the film the DCEU needs to break barriers. And I’m not the only one who thinks so, as Will Beall, who has script duties for the James Wan directed Aquaman, had this to say about the Zack Snyder film:
“I think Justice League again is, what you’re going to see — I hope I’m not going to get in trouble for saying this — but it’s much more fun, much poppier, than … I haven’t seen Wonder Woman yet, but Batman vs Superman was a little more somber. But Justice League is a lot more fun. And I think that feels to me like the direction those movies are heading now.”
Disregarding Suicide Squad for a moment. It’s worth mentioning that DC’s filmmakers have thus far been accurate in their comments with regards to what we can expect from this universe. Batman v Superman co-writer Chris Terrio told us that film would be the darkest in Snyder’s current trilogy, with comparisons in tone to The Empire Strikes Back. For that reason, I’m buying Beall’s comments about Justice League. I think the additions of characters like Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) will give the film some lighter, fun character moments.
Of course, tone wasn’t a problem with Batman v Superman, and seeing as Beall did not mention anything about the story, we’ll have to wait until the end of the year to see how that turns out. Justice League will hit theaters November 17th.