DC's cinematic universe, which I have been hearing quite a bit about lately, reminds of Linus (from Charles Schulz's The Peanuts) as he sits in a pumpkin patch, anxiously awaiting the coming of The Great Pumpkin, who as I understand it is like Santa Claus for the Halloween set.
Every year Linus would sit in that damn pumpkin patch, and every year he had nothing to show for it except the disdain of his sister, Lucy.
I mention it because a lot people, such as Eric Eisenberg and Sean O' Connell over at Cinemablend hold similarly strange beliefs and keep talking about a DC cinematic universe as if it were a real thing.
Which it isn't.
Now, unlike Linus–who's heading for a nervous breakdown if he doesn't start facing reality–I fully expect that those people that really want to see a DC cinematic universe will have their faith rewarded someday.
But today just isn't that day because, in the end, it all comes down to numbers and Warner Bros. has released one movie in this so-called universe, and that's Man Of Steel.
So how anyone can extrapolate a universe from one movie boggles the mind (By the way, that stuff about Aquaman rescuing Superman in Man of Steel has got to be the second biggest bit of nonsense I have heard in awhile, though it's an interesting idea that I wished Zach Snyder had invested some time with).
Instead he chose to, in an almost pornographic fashion, to show the devastation of Metropolis.
It's not the choice I would have made, but there you go.
And while I am at it, I might as well dispel another myth that's making it's way around the Interwebs, namely that DC has more diversity than Marvel Studios, in terms of their movies.
And it's for exactly the same reason that I mentioned above, which is that Warner Bros and DC have a production slate, which aren't the same thing as actual movies.
When the features based upon that slate start turning up, then we will see if a DC cinematic universe is truly as diverse as their production slate says–despite the fact that where it counts, the executive suite—Warner Bros will remain predominantly white and male as ever.
I have to mention that I wish that DC had a cinematic universe, which is a series of movies that exist in one interconnected “world” with overarching characters and situations, but as I have tried to get across, that doesn't exist, at least not yet.
So forgive me if I don't sing any praises of the so-called DC cinematic universe or the diverse nature of their features just yet.