WB/DC has done it again, they continue to keep us baffled as to how long they will continue before someone steps in and finally say “enough is enough”. It has been reported that the as yet untitled Batman vs Superman has been pushed back from its July 6, 2015 start date to May 6, 2016. The official press release states:
Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that the release of Zack Snyder’s untitled Superman/Batman film has been moved to May 6, 2016, allowing the filmmaker’s time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story. The decision was made following the shift of the start of production to second quarter of this year. The Studio has also set a July 17, 2015, worldwide release date for its as-yet-untitled all-new Peter Pan adventure. Joe Wright will direct the epic live-action film about the boy who would never grow up, created by J.M. Barrie. The dual date announcement was made by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Translation: We never had a plan to begin with; we have been coming up with and throwing in ideas as we go along. We figure we will need more time to add whatever else just came to the mind to this “STILL” untitled movie that we announced at Comic Con a year ago. I am extremely tired, disappointed and annoyed by WB/DC’s lack of vision, foresight, direction and confidence in their material. As I have stated numerous times in past blogs, I have had a bad feeling about this whole film since they announced that that Ben Affleck would portray the most iconic super hero of all-time in Batman. And if that was not questionable enough they go out and cast Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. To both actors’ credit, I feel that although they are not cut out for the roles they have been casted in, they could still play characters within the DC Universe, I think that Affleck could be a pretty good Hal Jordan and Gadot could pull off playing Zatanna, but sadly that is not the case. The two most pivotal casting pieces, is Batman, who never should have been rebooted, and Wonder Woman. This whole ordeal stinks of DC/WB not ever having a plan in place to carry this movie through, going into Comic Con last year they knew they wanted to introduce Batman in Superman, but really was not sure as to how they wanted to move forward in doing so. They reportedly had been in negotiations with Affleck to play Batman before/during Man of Steel and had him as their Batman but yet did not have him at Comic Con. If he was your guy for Batman why not have him cameo as Bruce Wayne in Man of Steel, so that the fans can get a feel for this “new” Batman? Translation: lack of planning.
We are going into Comic Con 2015 and still do not have a title of the film, how pathetic is that? Bryan Singer announced a few weeks back that he was following up his X-Men : Days of Future Past with X-men: Apocalypse which will have a May 27, 2016 release date, he also gave us not only a title but at least some sort of a synopsis for the film, we all know already and will see how the events from XDOFP will tie into this film. Singer also stated “All I know is that I have my own specific beliefs about how to take this universe forward. I started with the first X-Men, then First Class and now I am combining them and I think it could go further than that and I have some ideas about that”, he also adds that “It will also address historical mutant-cy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that. It’s something that’s always intrigued me when we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers.” This shows us he has a vision and a game plan as to how everything will connect and work together to create another epic Marvel series of films. We have already been made aware of many of Marvel’s upcoming films, character, synopsis as well as the next series of films to come. Since 2008 Marvel has released as series of solo films which culminated into the ground breaking Avengers film. The Amazing Spider has been successfully rebooted. Marvel has since released more solo films and will introduce a new team of heroes in the Guardians of the Galaxy as well as their next phase of films (Ant-Man, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange).
What has DC done? They brought us an Epic Dark Knight trilogy that will always be my favorite, however they turn around and kill the franchise and in turn also state that the Nolan’s trilogy “does not exist in Superman universe”. You spend 8 years on a franchise that placed you back on the map for comic action films, set the bar for how comic films are successfully created; you found an actor in Christian Bale who took the Batman character and propelled it to even greater level which resulted in creating the blue print and tone for the creation of the Man of Steel (which has been called “Nolarization” -dark gritty, grounded comic, emotional film adaptation Christopher Nolan/David Goyer created within the Dark Knight trilogy). Although I have my reservations about the Man of Steel film it was a good film and yet disappointing at the same time. In the mist of the Dark Knight trilogy, they had no long term vision or plan for that franchise, Nolan as well as Bale expressed that they were taking the films one movie at a time and “felt fortunate for a 3rd film being made”. Why DC/WB never locked Bale in just as Marvel have done with Robert Downey Jr is beyond my understanding. How is it that you never had the vision of creating Nolan’s Batman for a bigger universe just as Marvel did with Iron man 1 and 2, remember there were no aliens in those films yet Tony Stark found himself fighting along the Avengers against the Chitauri invasion as well as human allies in Black Widow and Hawk Eye. No reason in the world as to why Nolan’s Batman could not do the same.
Let’s take a look at what Marvel has and are doing compared to what DC has and is not doing.
- Iron man 1
- Iron Man 2
- Iron Man 3
- Thor: The dark World
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Captain America: the Winter Soldier which is set to release in April 4,2014
- The Amazing Spider Man
- The Amazing Spider Man 2 set for May 2, 2014, part 3 and 4 have been slated for releases as well, with Villains spin off film in the works
- X-Men 1
- X-Men United -X-Men The last Stand
- X-Men: First Class -Wolverine: Origins
- The Wolverine (my favorite movie of summer 2013)
- X-Men Days of Future past May 23, 2014
- Guardians of The Galaxy: August 1, 2014
- Avenger: Age Of Ultron: May 1, 2015
- Ant -man: July 31, 2015 -Fantastic Four: June 19, 2015
- Two unannounced Phase 3 marvel films: which will be Doctor Strange /Black Panther
- Netflix shows: which will include Luck Cage, Iron Fist , Dare Devil, Jessica Jones, which will result in them all teaming up to form the “Defenders”
- Marvels Agents of Shield
- Dark Knight Trilogy that they do not want to use in their “new” DC Universe
- Superman Returns, which was a disaster
- Green Lantern, unsuccessful, the casting of Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan was a mistake he is more Flash than Jordan.
- Arrow; My favorite show on television, yet DC/WB does not have the foresight or plan in place to connect this to their “new universe”
- Man of Steel: a success, but sequel still in limbo, has not even been given an official title; casting has created lot of controversy.
It is extremely obvious looking at both franchises who is more in tuned with how they are moving forward with actual plans to bring more successful products to the big screen. I have a feeling that there is more going on behind the scenes regarding Batman/Superman, and we may get yet another release date for this film; who knows, they may scrap it entirely and go back to the drawing board or hopefully see that it would be great for them to now only cast another Wonder Woman, but not go forward with Affleck and continue on with Bale /connect his Trilogy or cast someone who embodies the Batman character better, Josh Brolin, Anson Mount, Jon Hamm could all have donned the cape and cowl. Yeah I know a lot of wishful thinking on my end. I wanted to see a great Man of Steel team up as well as a successful Justice League film and additional standalone movies, however it just seems all we are in store for is more years of crazy rumors, bad casing and procrastination from the DC camp. DC has so many great iconic characters that would blow the film industry away, yet we play the waiting game only to get more unconfirmed information, stay tuned.
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