First thing's first, I am a huge DC comics fan. I've always loved Batman since I was little, but the thing that really got me into DC was watching the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited cartoons with my dad when I was about 10. There were so many great story arcs, voice actors, and characters in those shows. However, I think the thing that truly made these shows spectacular was how true the characters were to their comic incarnations, and their interactions with each other. Also, THEY DIDN'T RELY ON BATMAN. Sure he was in the show and he was awesome, but he didn't eclipse every other character or get extra screen time, he was just a member on the team. Anyways, here are five ways DC can make an incredible cinematic universe!
5. Don't Rely on Batman!
Yes, Batman is one of the coolest and most complex superheroes out there. That's the thing though, there are thousands of other heroes out there at DC's disposal! I've heard complaints of Fox's over-usage of Wolverine in their movies, but that is NOTHING compared with DC's over-usage of Batman. He's had 15 solo animated movies, (not to mention the 11 others he's appeared in alongside other heroes) 7 live-action movies, 8 TV shows, 9+ video games, and not to mention the countless comics he has appeared in. I mean way more comics than any other superhero. In the New 52 run, he had 4 different issues with different creative teams and titles, while characters like The Flash and Aquaman only had one. Now I know there is a higher demand for Batman than any of the other heroes, but I think it's partially DC's fault, since they always give Batman the best writers and artists, giving him the best story lines and villains. DC it is time to stop relying so heavy on Batman. You guys seriously do it in every medium of your business. In this cinematic universe we need Batman to play a part for sure. We do not, however, need him to have a trilogy that takes precedence over other DC films.
4. Accept Failures and Move On!
Can you believe that Green Lantern came out the same year as Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor? Well that is because you probably haven't seen this movie since then, because critics destroyed it and fans rallied on the internet with their hatred, creating a majority of dislike. (I personally enjoyed it, and you can check out the redeemable aspects of the film here) Anyways, WB has been super gun-shy since this movie, only relying on their heavy weights, (Batman and Superman) and not letting the past stay in the past.
3. Be Creative!
After the failure of GL, WB did what any company would do, and looked at what they did have that was successful: The Dark Knight franchise. So they figured, since The Dark Knight worked amazingly in grey-scale and gritty tone, then their entire universe would as well, starting with Superman! No WB! Just because TDK trilogy worked with a gritty theme and Green Lantern did not work with a brighter theme, does not mean that all of your movies have to be dark. Superman deserves blue skies to fly in not grey ones. Aquaman needs blue oceans to swim in, not weird shadowy depths where you can't see him! I mean sure it's a cool idea to have a darker tone than Marvel, but not every single movie needs to look like The Watchmen!
2. Take Risks
Something Marvel Studios has done extremely well is giving directors and producers chances. Just look at James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy. Before he directed that he was not a blockbuster director, mostly doing Indie projects and TV stuff. He gave us an awesome new film with a unique vision as compared to The Avengers or Iron Man. DC seems to be giving Zack Snyder too much control over their universe, just because Man of Steel was a success. Marvel lets their creative teams be creative, but also gives them guidelines and requirements for the characters, giving us a (mostly) comic book accurate experience as far as characters go. So take risks on directors, but give them those guidelines. Yes, they don't need to copy everything Marvel does (and they are trying their hardest to do the opposite) but no one can argue the success of the MCU.
1. Get Bruce Timm and Paul Dini Involved!
This is it. If you only listen to one of these suggestions listen to this one DC! (Yes I know DC will never read this article...) Bruce Timm and Paul Dini are responsible for Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Static Shock, Batman Beyond, and the aforementioned Justice League and Justice League Unlimited series. Referred to by nerds as the Timmverse or the Diniverse, these are some of the best cartoons ever. Not to mention some of the best DC story arcs and character interactions I have ever seen. These guys understand DC. They know these characters, and they care about them. Bruce Timm has also produced a lot of the animated movies DC cranks out every year. Including Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman: Year One, Justice League: Doom, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse and many more! Oh and they also created the fan-favorite character Harley Quinn!
Anyways, those are my thoughts on how the DCEU could really blow it out of the water!