Marvel’s mega success continues to eclipse the efforts of rival DC at the movies. So it is only natural that the Avengers: Infinity War screenwriters would be asked how they would fix the troubled DC Extended Universe if given the opprotunity.
Christopher Markus and Stephen Mcfeely are veterans of the MCU. The two scribes have written all the Captain America films, Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Infinity War and the upcoming Avengers 4. So it is safe to say these two writers know their way around a major live-action comic book franchise. Two were were asked the following while being interviewed by geek expert Kevin Smith on his show Fat Man on Batman.
“You guys have made wonderful films about people,” Smith started. “You don’t make movies about super heroes, you make movies about people who have these powers, and they happen to have these powers. That being said, if somebody offered you a f—ton of money and swayed you to the dark side and said, ‘Fix these f—ing movies,’ how would you fix the DC universe?”
Markus had this to say on a possible fix for the troubled DC Extended Universe.
“I mean, I would look at what Marvel did out of necessity, in that they didn’t have their A-list characters. They didn’t have Spider-Man. They didn’t have the X-Men. They went down a line and found a, I mean,he’s pretty f—ing famous, he’s Iron Man, but he wasn’t there, and they made a really good movie out of it.”
“I might put Batman and Superman and everybody else, I mean Wonder Woman is doing fine, aside for a second. Go through the vast world and go, ‘That guy,’ or ‘That girl,’ and go, ‘Let’s just make a really good movie and not a universe and see what happens.’ There’s a lot of spaghetti being thrown at the wall.”
McFeely admittedly isn’t a DC fanatic but felt the same way as Markus on the matter of how to rectify the DC Extended Universe’s issues.
“My familiarity with the DC universe is not that great but I can just say, strategically, ‘Make one, To quote Justice League, ‘Save one person.’”
It is ironic and somewhat fitting that the solution to DC’s issue would be found in their own film. Love it or hate it, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was an over-bloated mess and Justice League was not much of an improvement. Both films were very overwhelming with exposition and never really find their footing. Marvel was very patient before introducing their first team-up film and it couldn’t have worked out better for the MCU. If you want a cinematic universe to work, patience is definitely a necessity.
The moral of the story is that moving forward DC will hopefully just eat one candy bar before starting on another. Walter Hamada recently took the reigns of DC Films and faces an uphill battle bringing this cinematic universe back to glory. Here’s hoping the DCEU takes the advice from the successful and seasoned Infinity War writers