After the success of Marvel’s The Avengers, we’ve seen DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. actively taking steps towards building a shared movie universe for their lineup of superheroes. While details on the exact nature of this endeavor are still taking shape, we do know that DCE/WB wants (needs) superheroes to replace Harry Potter as their fiscal centerpiece. The defunct Justice League movie has been dusted off, and while Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises might not mark the beginning of the DC Movie Universe (DCMU), Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel very well could.

However, Marvel didn’t just jump from the success of Iron Man to the Mega-success of The Avngers: there were missteps and growing pains along the way. While it can be intimidating to have to follow a successful act, we have five suggestions that could help the DCMU give the Marvel Movie Universe a (literal) run for its money.

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