Next month, Justice League will unite some DC Comics’ greatest heroes in a live-action film for the first time in history. While fans are excited to see their favorite heroes join forces to take on Steppenwolf and his underlings, many are already looking towards the future of Warner Bros.’ DC films, which includes projects and stories that will be disconnected from the DCEU. In an interview with Screen Rant, fan-favorite filmmaker Kevin Smith commented on the future of the DC Extended Universe and weighed in on the notion that the creative minds behind these films do not understand the source material.
While certain fans sense that there is no solid plan for Warner Bros. slate of DC films, Kevin Smith stated that “there’s no such thing as a bad comic book movie” and explained why he believes even a poor comic book film is better than none:
“I’m a forty-seven-year-old man, so I grew up in an era where there were no comic book movies. And then every once in awhile you’d get one, and it was like water in a desert. You’d get Batman in 1989, or Blade or something like that. So now, we live in an era where they’re like, ‘Hey, we’re not even gonna do an interconnected DC universe. We’re just gonna let Martin Scorsese produce a flick where Leonardo DiCaprio might play the Joker.’ That’s exciting. So, to me, I’m like, the more the merrier.”
Kevin Smith commented on Warner Bros. approach to their shared DC universe and how they have deviated from the Marvel Studios template:
“I know they’re deviating from the Marvel template of, like, ‘We’ll make a bunch of characters, and then a reunion movie. Buncha characters, reunion movie.’ Instead, Warner Brothers seem to be going with, ‘Well, we tried that, and we’re gonna keep doing it on the side, but we’re not gonna limit ourselves. We’re gonna do a bunch of other interesting things.’ They’re trying to forge their way in the superhero space. So I think it’s interesting, I’m not against that at all.”
Warner Bros. has prided itself on producing ‘filmmaker-driven’ projects where the director is given creative liberty, though a number of fans have expressed discontent with the direction the DCEU has taken some of the most beloved characters in comic book history. Kevin Smith weighed in on the conversation, expressing his excitement over the possibility of seeing unique minds lend their talent to superhero films:
“And think about—some people get kinda crappy, like, ‘Come on, man, these cats, they don’t know comic books.’ Comic books and characters have been handed to so many creators over the years. You never know what you’re gonna get in the hands of any particular person. I still get crap for making Batman pee his pants in a Batman book once, which is, you know, kind of reducing it to something it wasn’t, but still, regardless, you gotta respect the fact that a creator can come on, maybe take that character [to] a place that you’ve never seen that character be taken. And I gotta imagine, if Martin Scorsese jumps onto a Batman movie, we’re gonna see some sh*t. Not bad sh*t, the good sh*t that we all dream about. Goodfellas in a DC universe movie? I’m there, take all my money.”
While one can appreciate Kevin Smith’s enthusiasm, I find it hard to agree with the idea that a bad comic book film is better than no comic book film. With several comic book films slated for release and under our belts, there’s no shortage of superhero cinema and that means there’s little reason to accept subpar adaptations. Furthermore, while it is true that directors are free to take classic comic book characters in new directions, that does not exempt them from criticism when they take those characters in bad directions, which some – myself included – would argue is the case with the DCEU. I can agree with Kevin Smith on the idea that comic book films don’t need to be connected to a shared universe to be worthwhile and I am certainly interested to see what Warner Bros. has in store for their non-DCEU projects.
Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, Julian Lewis Jones and Ciarán Hinds.
Justice League will be released in theaters on November 17, 2017.
Source: Screen Rant
5 Things That ‘Justice League’ Needs To Deliver On
Over the last few years, Warner Bros. and DC have surprised and entertained audiences with their big screen adaptations of their iconic heroes, starting with Man of Steel in 2013. They have set a path for these films, which has led to something big on the horizon. Justice League is set to hit theaters this November and it’s going to be massive. This is the culmination of all the DC Extended Universe films coming together for the first time and there is a lot riding on this project.
Justice League is going to be a thrilling event for sure and there are many things that need to be done right so that both comic fans and general audiences can equally enjoy and embrace this film. There are several things that Warner Bros. and DC have to deliver on when this film is released and it’s a perfect time to discuss which of these elements need to be shown the most.
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