I do not suggest that the creative team at Warner Bros. need my humble opinion on the matter. I merely want to take some time to evaluate what DC can bring to the table in terms of their take on the superhero movie genre. With Marvel at a steep 6 year head start with the official first instillation being Iron Man (2006), it is safe to say WB and it's DCU will have to waste no effort in cementing it's place in the superhero movie-sphere. Here are some of my ideas on how they will make that happen.
1. "The world isn't big enough for the two of us!"
A lot of comic movie fans think there is not enough fan-dom to go around and Marvel has left DC in the dust. When it comes to the movie world this is just FALSE. Pushing back the working title film [Batman vs. Superman](movie:711870) back to 2016 may have been the worst news that fan-boys could have heard early this year, however it may secretly be genius. Right now as it stands every film release that has anything to do with the Avengers opens to record breaking opening weekends, most recently Captain America: WS, bringing in over $93 million last weekend. I'm sure with the May 1st release of Amazing Spider-Man we will see yet another huge weekend at the movies. With these movies doing so well, with no signs of slowing down, there is no doubt in my mind that this trend of super powered sci-fi fantasy flicks will continue well past the 2016 release date.
"But Mike, what about [Green Lantern 2](movie:593221)? That was horrible!" Yea, yea we all remember, but do you not recall the most famous hero movie bomb of all? The Hulk (2003) proves it takes more than an awesome character to make an awesome movie. There are some that will defend it till they are blue in the face, but there was a fundamental issue with Ang Lee's interpretation of the green giants story, and I am 100% faithful that the team DC has entrusted with the Justice League will do great.
2. "If you build it, they will come."
There are millions of DC fans out there, myself included, which is no surprise since they have been in the business of comic books longer than anyone else. Starting as Detective Comics in the 30's, DC has a long line-up of characters, story arcs, and plot twists to pull from, as well as the longest running comic book series, Action Comics, with 842 issues in the collection. In all that time I am sure there are plenty of die hard fans that will give the DCU a major injection of funds via ticket and blue-ray/DVD sales.
3. "I am BATMAN!"
So here it is. This is where you all get to learn way too much about me. I LOVE BATMAN! I have read almost everything Batman written tin the past 25 years. I have seen countless Batman YouTube fan made films, every major motion picture produced he has ever been in, including the abysmal 1943 movie starring Luis Wilson, and I am one of the few that thought the Christian Bale's "Bat-voice" wasn't "that bad"... okay maybe it was, but I think I've made my point. Batman alone will rake them in despite the Bat-Fleck haters.
Then you have to consider the rest of the JLA founders. We have Superman, who is probably the most loved, yet simultaneously hated superhero ever, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Martian Man-hunter, Green Arrow, The Flash, and then we have Hawkman and Hawkgirl, [Aquaman](movie:264237) (who does way more than just talk to fish) and newly introduced and frequently rewritten Cyborg. These guys are DC gods, and all of them have aspects that give them the great potential of being excellent on the big screen
4. "TV fries your brain."
Science is still out on that one, but I can sure tell you that if DC brigdes the gap between it's shows like Arrow, and next season new comers [The Flash](movie:15273), and Gotham, this will change how we look at Hollywood in general. the best thing they could do is mold these young actors into the perfect Superheroes. Playing these characters every week will allow for the lesser known heroes to get some recognition, as well as their acting counterparts. Marvel's [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](series:722469) is not enough, and unlike the Netfilx plans of Marvel, DC plans on bringing these shows into the mainstream and they have a real chance of acquiring many more non-comic book fans.
The last and final point I'd like to present is the one thing that DC has that Marvel may never get back; Access to their entire roster. The worst situation to be in is where Marvel will no doubt be in come [The Avengers 3](movie:738027), is the restricted access to certain characters, I'll explain. One thing that Marvel will undoubtedly do since they bothered to introduce the Winter Soldier is kill off Captain America. Chris Evans only has two more movies on contract which means he may die in [Captain America 3](movie:994409). In the Comics, Roger's death is the culmination of the many events of Marvel's Civil War, which includes EVERYONE in the Marvel ranks. Mutants, the Fantastic 4, and even our friendly neighborhood Spider-man, all hava part in the story, and none of them belong to Marvel Studios/Disney. does this mean they can't simply write it in somewhere else? No, not exactly, but we all know what happens when fan boys expectations aren't met, i.e. the Mandarin. DC still owns every major player in the DC world from Batman to Catman, they have full reign to do whatever arcs they want and are unlimited by petty licensing and rights.
So, that's it! That is why I think DC may have something in their game plan that the rest of us aren't realizing, and if they play their cards right, they can be just as successful as Marvel, and hopefully do the League proud.