Okay, I’m not really demanding that the powers that be at Warner Bros. Discovery put me in charge of their DC properties and the movies that could possibly be made in the next 10 years. I mean… someone should definitely be in charge. They need a Kevin Feige-esque architect that can mold their cinematic universe into one that actually makes sense, instead of the mess that we’ve been getting for so long.
Let’s face facts… The movies that have been based on DC Comics have been hit or miss. Mostly, if we’re being really honest, they’ve been miss. Now, I have my personal opinions about these movies. Some I’ve loved. Some I’ve hated. Some have just been okay… But they’re nothing as cohesive and impressive as what Disney has been able to do with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I may prefer DC over Marvel, but I’m man enough to admit that Marvel has been doing it right.
Warner Bros. seemed to be on such a bull-headed rampage that they were in too much of a hurry to catch up with Marvel. They sort of put the cart before the horse. Sure, we got a Superman solo movie… but then we got a team-up? Sure, we got a Wonder Woman movie… but then we got a full-on Justice League? Marvel’s phase one didn’t give us a team-up until four years after the debut of its cinematic universe. Marvel was in it for the long haul. They were willing to give it a slow burn. And then when we got Avengers, it was worth the wait.
There’s been a lot of controversy coming out of this Warner Bros. Discovery merger and a lot of it has had to do with the future of projects under the DC Comics banner. The biggest disappointment came with the announcement that the nearly completed Batgirl movie has been shelved indefinitely. While it was planned for a 2023 HBO Max release, it can now be assumed that it will never see the light of day. Seems like a waste considering they’ve finished filming it, were in post-production, and already spent $90 million making it.
This leaves a lot of questions hanging about the future of what DC Comics related media could look like in the future. With movies and TV shows in various stages of planning and production, both for the big screen and for HBO Max, it’s hard to know what we will actually see when all the dust settles from this merger.
But we’ve been told they have a 10 year plan for their DC properties. I think that’s supposed to translate to something along the lines of don’t give up hope.
Look, it’s not that I don’t trust the suits at Warner Bros. Discovery to make the right calls here. Actually… it’s exactly that I don’t trust the suits at Warner Bros. Discovery to make the right calls here. Current president and CEO, David Zaslav, was the president and CEO of Discovery, Inc. prior to this merger. You know what that tells me? His priority is Discovery. His knowledge is Discovery. So if he’s coming at me with a plan for home remodel shows and Shark Week documentaries, this is the guy I’m ready to listen to.
What does Mr. Discovery know about DC Comics? Is he the kind of guy who can hire someone who knows what they’re doing? Someone who cares about the intellectual properties that make up the DC Universe? Someone who can actually tell a long running cohesive story that will excite people about classic characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and even Green Lantern again?
Okay… I know people get excited about Batman every 32 seconds. Why else would they reboot his movies every other year?
I initially thought I’d use this post to spell out how I’d shape the DC Cinematic Universe if I was the one in charge. But I’ve taken up way too much space just leading up to any ideas I might have… So I’m gonna end this one here. If you’re interested in finding out how I’d do things, given the chance, come back Thursday. I’ll post my “Phase One” for DC movies.
I’m sure a hundred others out there have done the same thing. But they’re not me…