While Marvel (and their corporate overlords at Disney) continue to stroke long balls over the fence from the wheelhouse at the movie theater, Warner Bros. continues to struggle with the DC cinematic universe. No, we’re not talking about financial struggles, because even though it under-performed, Batman v Superman still pulled in a sizable amount of dough. After all, we’re well aware that people will always have a look-see, and fill theater seats, regardless of how poor the offering might be (we’re looking at you, Green Lantern). But if the team at Warner Bros is tired of taking pot shots from former leads (see: Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool), perhaps they should take the suck out of their films. For 10 years, they set the standard for comic book movies with Christopher Nolan and his Batman trilogy. Now they’re closer to becoming the joke of the industry. Here are a few ways we thought of how to fix DC’s ongoing problem with their films.
8. Offer Consistency Through All Films
When it comes to the DC movie universe, where are we now? A few years beyond The Dark Knight Rises, in the dregs of the Zack Snyder era that includes a pair of lackluster Superman films, while preparing for the introduction of the Justice League, as well as a standalone Batman film written by the guy playing Batman, and of course, Wonder Woman. Will any of them deliver something up to the standard set by Christopher Nolan? Would it be too much to ask that we at least get a consistent timeline, similar to what was offered in the Nolan trilogy? Regardless of how you feel about Chris Nolan, from a film-making perspective, his efforts are unparalleled. Marvel fanboys and girls may argue to their hearts’ contentment, but CG paint will never compare to the practical FX of Nolan’s works. DC needs to get their writers in the same mix, or at least meeting together, on all the upcoming features. For example, Ben Affleck is now writing an “original story” for his Batman movie. Will it be harmonious with the other films that are coming up? Get it all working together, DC.