With the release of Wonder Woman still quite a ways off, DC fans can't help but feel anxious about how the film will play out. Not that Warner Bros. hasn't made money off its films, with each one in the DCEU having grossed $740 million at minimum. The only major problem the films have encountered is that they haven't been well received by fans. Lack of story and character development have haunted the #DCEU ever since its start with Man of Steel. Could Wonder Woman possibly restore fan confidence in the DCEU? Warner Bros. seems to think so!
Warner Bros. Has High Confidence In Wonder Woman
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara explained that the studio is having an amazing year, but it's been a bit overlooked.
“Quietly, we’ve been having an amazing year. The narrative, over all, has not reflected that.”
What is really interesting about the interview was Tsujihara claimed to have very strong confidence in the DCEU's future, due to the upcoming Wonder Woman.
“The thing that really makes me confident is that I’ve seen ‘Wonder Woman,’ and it’s great.”
What Does This Mean?
Personally, I'm not going to take what Tsujihara says too seriously due to the fact we have heard it all before. Earlier this year, Suicide Squad was receiving tremendous praise during its early screenings and previews. But somewhere between those early screenings and the film's theatrical release, some major editing was done that upset the film's flow as well as some of the ensemble cast, due to cut scenes — namely, Jared Leto's #Joker.
So who's to say that same situation won't happen again with Wonder Woman? Honestly, in some fans' minds Warner Bros. has already had three strikes against them. So is Tsujihara really being honest? I mean, it's not like he's going to just come out and say the film is terrible and hurt the studio's chance at making a lot of money.
But in the case that Tsujihara is being truthful, how exactly will Wonder Woman solve this ongoing problem for Warner Bros.?
Wonder Woman Should Be Old-Fashioned
In order for Wonder Woman to truly do its job as a so-called franchise-saving film, it needs to go back to the basics. Wonder Woman should be a simple but invigorating origin story. Call it a safe bet, but it's definitely something the fans of the DCEU want to see. They want to see #WarnerBros. prove it's capable of putting together a solid origin story film for a character. This would restore confidence not only in Warner Bros. as a whole, but it would also restore fans' ability to put their trust in the direction that the DCEU takes. Even Marvel took this approach with the release of a solid origin film in Doctor Strange.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying the DCEU needs to lighten up its tone in a bid to challenge Marvel, but it should focus on just making solid superhero films. Warner Bros. doesn't need to compete with Marvel in making these massive blockbuster films that are stacked with superheroes. It just needs to focus on the simple elements of constructing a good comic book universe, and the popularity is sure to follow. After all, we are in the golden age of comic book films, you know!
Lastly, Wonder Woman will not be a Captain America film! It may have similar elements, but if Warner Bros. focuses on the concepts I've outlined above, then the film will be a solid cinematic outing.
Wonder Woman will be released to cinemas on June 2, 2017. What do you think? Will it perform well for fans and critics? Let me know what you think in the comments below, and check out the trailer.