It’s been the question on the minds of comic book fans ever since Marvel revealed their plan for The Avengers, and the launch of their larger movie universe: will DC Comics do the same? The public had already gotten more than a few (and perhaps more than necessary) looks at Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in live-action form, most recently with the groundbreaking Dark Knight Trilogy from Christopher Nolan. Would the world need an introduction to DC’s heroes as they had with Marvel’s? Or could DC and Warner Bros. cut to the chase, and release a movie version of The Justice League?
Some of us believe that strategy won’t just be a different approach, but one that will work best for DC Comics’ lineup. The strategy has worked before, and reflects the reality of WB’s situation. With Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel once again exciting comic book fans due to its amount of talent and Nolan-esque sensibility, DC has placed the rest of their bets on a Justice League film coming summer 2015. Here’s why it makes sense for the studio and cast of characters, and why fans should possibly be excited by the proposition, rather than disappointed.
First off, it’s important to recognize that DC isn’t making this decision lightly, in an effort to simply capitalize off of the success of The Avengers – no studio makes this big a decision off of one factor. DC and WB has plans for building an entire gallery of comic book movies at one point, and have since distanced themselves from most. Instead, Marvel’s ‘competition’ is putting of all their eggs into one basket, and giving themselves almost three years to create one story with a single creative team.
The plan is risky, but could work. Marvel fans (and those who’ve never read many DC Comics), please hear us out.
A Singular Vision
Rather than simply handing out every hero and super-team DC has ever created to a variety of directors and writers, the studio has the opportunity to bring DC’s best creative minds together for one great story. DC/WB creative talents like Geoff Johns, Mark Waid, Bruce Timm, Lauren Montgomery, or any combination thereof have proven their writing skills and knowledge of the characters time and again. That was the idea previously pointed to by our own Kofi Outlaw in his advice for building a DC movie universe, and it’s still the best route.
The assumption that more characters automatically means less story or development was proven dead wrong with Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, and most comic book writers know that undercooked ensemble stories are merely a result of poor writing. If DC is taking their time, the opportunity is theirs to tell a strong story, while setting a single tone and style for their universe going forward. This is the same thing Marvel seems to be seeking after hiring Joss Whedon to oversee their entire “Phase 2″ universe, while not recycling any directors for their ‘Phase Two’ projects. Marvel’s using few writers as well – not surprising, since Whedon was brought in to rewrite both Captain America and The Avengers.
We know DC’s rogues gallery of writers can create a strong narrative utilizing the heroes assembled, since Justice League stories have proven to be among the best ones in the company’s history. Simply look to ‘Kingdom Come,’ ‘Identity Crisis,’ and the community aspects of ‘Green Lantern: Rebirth’ and ‘Flash: Rebirth,’ both written by DCU Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns.