There have been some interesting comments this past week about the plans DC and Warner Bros have in getting their cinematic universe off the ground. While there is reason to be a bit uncertain about the possibility of DC succeeding at a game that Marvel basically invented, it was entertaining to hear about how enthusiastic Aquaman actor Jason Momoa is about taking the challenge.
Aquaman Shoots First
While we are still about a year away before Warner Bros officially makes good on their ambitious plan to unite their DC Comic characters in an expanded DCU, if you will, Jason Momoa went ahead and fired the first shot across the bow of Marvel's ship by autographing a poster for a fan at the Indiana Comic-Con.
The story goes that a fan came up to Momoa and asked him to write a reason why Marvel fans should join the DC camp. You could say that Jason Momoa's response is pretty famous at this point as he simply wrote "F **k Marvel" above his signature and the fan now has what will surely turn out to be one of the most priceless Aquaman posters, and Jason Momoa autographs, ever.
No Hard Feelings
This sentiment from Jason Momoa isn't without it backstory. Before he was brought aboard the DC ship for the Aquaman movie, Justice League and Batman vs Superman, he was heavily rumored to be in contention for the role of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy - the role that Dave Bautista eventually destroyed (in a good way).
Reports followed that the negotiations between Momoa and Marvel quickly soured and eventually broke down altogether. It's quite conceivable that Momoa has taken that experience and is giving Marvel a bit of a razzing leading up to the inevitable box office showdowns DC and Marvel will be getting into over the foreseeable future. Especially when Aquaman is released in July of 2018.
No More Surprises?
Another interesting take on the DC vs Marvel strategy is some statements that were made by the creator of [The Walking Dead](series:201193) when the conversation delved into the current state of comic book movies. Kirkman reiterated how unique it was when Nick Fury showed up at the end of Iron-Man and how naturally the movies built towards The Avengers. About the DC and Warner Bros plans, he continued:
"[DC's plan] just seems derivative, so it puts them in a backseat position to Marvel. It’s not organic so there’s going to be so much scrutiny on Batman vs Superman when it comes out. It’s got an uphill battle. If they hadn’t told anybody if the Justice League were going to appearing in that, and they were forming that, it would have been surprising and exciting and weird. People are forgetting how important the surprise is. But, you know, Aquaman looks awesome and I’m sure it will be great."
Aquaman does indeed look awesome - if not somewhat strangely Rob Zombie inspired - but still, it does completely change the blond haired, orange and green guy that has persisted in people's imaginations.
Looking at the schedule of DC movies, you can understand where Robert Kirkman is coming from. It doesn't just take away some potential surprises for fans, it also leads to a confusing and seemingly random line-up, especially when it comes to Aquaman. With only [Wonder Woman](movie:45787) getting a movie before Justice League Part One, there is a definite sense that these individual movies of the Justice League members may not be working together to move a larger story forward.
With Aquaman getting sandwiched in between the two Justice League movies, even Jason Momoa assumed that the Aquaman movie will be flashing back to tell an origin story. And this is exactly the kind of move that will keep DC and Warner Bros fighting the uphill battle that Robert Kirkman mentioned.
It's great that DC has the confidence to open [Aquaman](movie:264237) only weeks away from Black Panther and whatever X-Men movie Fox will be unveiling. But if DC is going to bring the fight to Marvel, they'll have to take another page from Marvel's playbook and do away with the origin story move that bogged down the superhero movies of previous generations.