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The DCEU: The Big Test of 2017


We reported yesterday on Joss Whedon hopping on board to find the pre-cowl origins of Batgirl. This is positive news for the DC Exteneded Universe’s (DCEU) future to have his genius in their corner to help develop their universe of heroes. After all, he did help make Marvel’s Avengers the greatest superhero film of all time. What makes the DCEU so different from Kevin Feige and Marvel’s approach to a comic book universe is how much freedom they have in developing film adaptations. We are especially seeing a high concentration of DCEU projects located in Gotham City. You have the promised Ben Affleck Batman solo film, Gotham City Sirens project that David Ayer is developing with Margot Robbie as the star, and now this new take on Barbara Gordon. These projects are being announced and DC fans couldn’t be more happier. Yet, are they being announced too quickly while there is still no solid footing for the DCEU and Warner Bros.?

So far, the DCEU has three films released to the masses:

  1. Man of Steel (2013) – 55% Rotten Tomatoes
  2. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – 28% Rotten Tomatoes
  3. Suicide Squad (2016) – 25% – Rotten Tomatoes

In comparison, the first three MCU projects were all solo films yielding the following results:

  1. Iron Man (2008) – 94% Rotten Tomatoes
  2. The Incredible Hulk (2008) – 67% – Rotten Tomatoes
  3. Iron Man 2 (2010) – 72% – Rotten Tomatoes

To sum up, the DCEU has one solo film and two ensemble pieces with the highest score of the bunch at 55%. This means that the pressure is on for the two releases of 2018 – Wonder Woman and Justice League. Based on the trailer, the former has a lot of potential. It’s the first solo superhero film featuring a female character as the lead and I have a feeling this may be the first DCEU effort that cracks the 70% Rotten Tomatoes barrier. The trailer just seems to show footage of a time piece that plays it safe without a lot of the Zack Snyder risks and looks like a lot of fun too. You also have Chris Pine in the film to help whip out those one-liners he’s so used to delivering in the Star Trek franchise. The only issue for Wonder Woman at the box office on June 2nd is that Disney is releasing the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film the week before. She’ll be fighting off the popularity of Jack Sparrow for your dollars. Despite this pirate invasion of box office space, my confidence in Wonder Woman is still sky high.

The bigger test for the DCEU is the Justice League film dropping on November 17th. It may or may not feel the effects of Thor: Ragnarok releasing just two weeks before it, but Snyder has to no doubt deliver the goods we’re still waiting to see. He has a lot to overcome like the tone he set for BvS:DoJ. He rushed character development of Batman, Wonder Woman, and small trailers of DCEU films embedded in the film for Cyborg, Flash, and Aquaman. They would all just benefit from proper intros in nice solo projects in my opinion. The Justice League is already taking steps to introduce Darkseid as its major villain. How well do they develop this villain’s storyline before they introduce him? It’s been 14 MCU films so far and we still have not seen Thanos long enough to fight anyone. Will Justice League take this same approach, or do they rush him out like Doomsday in his last film? As a huge fan of Superman growing up, I hope he succeeds. Otherwise, the DCEU and Warner Bros. may have to take a long hard look, swallow their pride, and reboot.

Source: Rotten Tomatoes


Pete Taase once was a Sith Lord, but was brought back from the depths of dark side by his younglings and old VHS cassettes that require the tracking button to make the screen clearer to view.

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