Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is so close to the release date on March 25th, it almost feels like it has already come out (yet I still have mixed feelings). Marvel on the other side has cleverly planned to release Daredevil Season 2 the weekend prior to detract a number of BvS viewers who are still in the midst of Netflix binge watching, on top of Captain America: Civil War hitting theaters only two months after in May. Basically, Marvel is in a prime position to put a damper on the success of DC's newest attempt to expand their onscreen universe. A lot is riding on this film, and they should hope for some unexpected record breaking success if they want to stick to their lofty production schedule, including a Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, Justice League, and most likely a new Batman solo film in the next few years.
Maybe Batman v Superman will be a huge hit for the studio, and their other films will follow suit eventually, stealing back the thunder from Marvel. Assuming that won't be the case, DC will have a lot to consider in the following years, especially if they want to compete with their classic rival. Now, I'm not one to typically root for one over the other (I just like great superhero films), but since it has been so one sided for a while now, it'd be nice to see DC back on top again. If Batman V Superman does not work the way the studio expects, they still have one trick that could change the superhero film game forever...
DC could create the first ever big screen animated superhero universe!
Ok, so maybe not with video game art (although the Arkham and Injustice games were very impressive), but there are a number of directions they could go. First, DC's 2D animation team is incredible, giving fans countless amazing shows including Young Justice, Justice League Unlimited, and (of course) Batman: The Animated Series as well as a bunch of extremely successful animated features. If this is too simple, they also did an impressive job with the CGI on Green Lantern: The Animated Series, and the consistency had to be maintained for a full 2 seasons. Personally, I think the best option would be to attempt a full motion capture film. James Cameron and Andy Serkis have both made extraordinary achievements in this field, and just imagine how perfect the unlimited nature of comic books would be for this medium. And even though the look of these films would be important to consider, it is a little more crucial who they would decide to hire.
Bruce Timm and Paul Dini!!!
Genius is an understatement for the collaborative team of Bruce Timm and Paul Dini. Bruce Timm is the extremely gifted animator who essentially, single handedly, designed the entire DCAU, while Paul Dini is the phenomenal writer in charge of almost every single one of these projects. Together, or apart, these guys make gold, and yet they still have never been given the opportunity to try their hand at a big screen feature. Another one who should have a big part in this (although, nowadays it seems like he has a hand in everything DC) is Geoff Johns. Most notably, Johns revived characters such as Barry Allen's Flash and Hal Jordan's Green Lantern while impressively expanding their individual stories and universes. More interestingly though, he started as a film assistant and broke into comic writing through a passion for superheroes, so, who better to guide a new take on a big screen universe?
It's probably years away from the studio ever considering a reboot on the DCEU, also, they haven't been the best at taking awesome risks lately. I'm personally amazed that animated superhero features is not a more popular concept. You have the Incredibles and Megamind which were entirely original properties, and Sony has talked about a Spider-Man animated film for some time now, but DC is honestly the most qualified for the job. They would finally be able to match the tone of the comics perfectly, since the always tend to go too dark and realistic in their live adaptations . Plus, just imagine having Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman in the biggest animated blockbuster of all time? It's all too good to ever be true, and Marvel will probably stay on top until they just can't afford RDJ anymore. You know, many fandom efforts should go into something more feasible, like a Young Justice Season 3 on Netflix... but a nerd can dream.