The DC Cinematic Universe is the live action Injustice universe; Will be abandoned for new, brighter cinematic universe.
Dc Comics from the start has laid the grown work for this since 2011.
- In 2011, The “New 52” universe was created as a reboot of their character image
- Also in 2011, Green Lantern Starring Ryan Reynolds was released in Theaters
- Due to the critical and box-office failure was the film, Warner brothers openly agreed to take their property in a different approach
- In 2013, Both the Man of Steel film and Injustice: Gods Among Us were released
Green Lantern was to be the beginning of Geoff Johns’s vision of a hopeful, brighter DC Universe. After the failure of the film, Dc Comics was sold on the idea of being tonally different than their comic book rival Marvel Comics. As Marvel films tend to be brighter more family friendly, DC films will be darker and the stakes will be higher. Enter Zack Snyder, director of previous comic book adaptations as 300 and watchmen. Who better to convey the mood and set the tone for our new darker universe.
Though Man of Steel was extremely polarizing to many fans, critics and moviegoers alike, It was not the catalyst of this adaptation. I believe that it was the financial and critical success of Injustice: Gods Among Us that fueled this idea and pushed the entire company into the curve.
In 2016, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice debuted to generally mixed to negative reviews from critics and fans alike. It pitted hero against hero and painted Batman as man and Superman as a God…
Bits and pieces of the Injustice plot were sprinkled into the script as we see warnings of Superman’s one true weakness (The death of Lois Lane) and even a glimpse into the injustice timeline where Superman has conquered the world. Batman V. Superman was considered a financial failure to both DC Comics and their parent company Warner Bros.
DCEU received a slight reprieve as their next cinematic blockbuster “Suicide Squad” performed well at the box office, but not so much on the critical ratings. Current events leaked new of troubles surrounding almost all of their upcoming projects include:
- Wonder Woman: Director Michelle MacLaren left the project due to creative differences
- Justice League: Film was to be in two parts, but now condensed to one film.
- Aquaman: Director James Wan nearing leaves project over creative differences
- The Flash: Multiple directors left the project due to creative differences and issues with the studio; The project is now on hold
- The Batman: Director Ben Affleck steps down from the director’s chair, and script being completely rewritten
I believe that the critics and fans have spoken. Our heroes do not need to be gritty and dark, but to inspire hope and fill us with wonder. Who is to save the DC Cinematic Universe from Complete implosion?
In 2016, Warner Bros. confirmed that Geoff Johns was promoted to President of DC Entertainment while still retaining his position as chief creative officer. The man with the dream has come back full circle to “write” the wrongs and set a new course for the DC Cinematic Universe. How this will take shape, I do not know. I can say that I am more hopeful than ever that the future of DC Comics is in good hands.