I want to start by giving thanks to the movie Wonder Woman. Instead of failing for the many reasons that it should’ve, it became one of the biggest films for 2017. Not only that, but it unknowingly became the life support for the current state of the DC universe (better known as the DCEU).
A year ago, if you were to say that Justice League would not only disappoint this DC fan, but also fall hundreds of million of dollars short of reaching the $1 billion dollar mark at the box office, a common milestone for these kind of superhero event films, then I would’ve called you CRAZY. Instead, here I am feeling disappointed after seeing Justice League twice, acknowledging its failure. Yes, the movie was at times fun, but it should’ve been that and so, so much more! It was a movie I’ve been talking up all year.
When it comes to unseen superhero event films, Justice League was the last one of its kind for audiences to experience. This movie should’ve been a phenomenon for comic book fans, and audiences alike. Instead, it’ll ultimately be a forgettable film, one that we’ll look back on and mainly focus on on its many behind-the-scenes mishaps. This now puts the DC universe into some serious trouble.
Jim Gordon: The numbers came in for Justice League’s opening weekend. Not good.
Warner Bros realizes this, and is reportedly doing something about it. They plan on sitting down in January to discuss the future of this universe, after its crown jewel (Justice League) will ultimately under-perform. I’m not particularly excited about this, because these guys also thought making Justice League‘s run time under two hours would be a good idea. Let’s hope for the best, but expect nothing of it.
Reports also mention that Ben Affleck wants out as Batman, and that water is also wet. Seriously, I’m honest to god sick of hearing that Affleck wants out, and the sooner it happens, the sooner I’ll be able to let out a huge sigh of relief. See, I love him as Batman, but seeing how Warner Bros treats its directors, its post-production on DC films, and universe building, I don’t blame Affleck one bit for wanting out.
From producers getting the boot, to Zack Snyder‘s initial vision of Justice League getting the cold treatment from Warner Bros, its clear things are a mess right now. Of course, general audiences don’t have much to worry or stress about, but for DC fans like myself & millions of others, it appears our hope for the DC universe is on life support. I can no longer trust this studio to deliver the highest quality of superhero films, especially if all they’re gonna do is meddle with the filmmaker’s art. Here I am, hoping Snyder gets out, because the man is true talent, who’s work has been often compromised.
So what’s next for the DC universe? Does it even matter after the failure of Justice League? Its a long time until Aquaman hits theaters, and if there ever was a slate for upcoming DC films, none of them are safe. Let’s see what the studio that’s responsible for franchises like Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings can come up with during their little talk. For now, the only thing that’s kept their DC universe from resetting is that little movie called Wonder Woman.
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