After the critical drubbing and widespread fan dissatisfaction that ‘Batman v. Superman’ has endured since it was released, the future of DC Comics’ ambitious Cinematic Universe project may be in some jeopardy. Are you still willing to see some of the studio’s upcoming movies, or have you lost interest already?
From the results of last week’s poll, more of our readers prefer DC’s various TV shows (‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Gotham’, ‘Supergirl’, ‘Legends of Tomorrow’) than its feature films. That’s exactly the camp that I fall into. Although I didn’t hate the ‘Man of Steel’ movie, I didn’t love it either. I waited to watch it on Blu-ray and will do the same for ‘Batman v. Superman’. Assuming that the rest of these movies actually come to fruition, that’s how I plan to treat all of them as well. Although I’m sure that I’ll probably see most of them eventually, I’m not terribly excited for any of them.
Unlike its competitor Marvel, DC has decided to keep its TV and movie properties separated with no crossover. (The upcoming movie version of ‘The Flash’ will not be connected to the current TV show.) In the wake of the reaction against ‘Batman v. Superman’, I wonder if perhaps the studio might reconsider that position now?
As far as I’m aware, DC is still committed to the plans it released in late 2014 and is pushing forward with at least the first few of these scheduled projects. ‘Suicide Squad’ is almost completed and will certainly come out as announced. I have no doubt that, at the very least, ‘Wonder Woman’ and the first ‘Justice League’ are too far along to stop now. After that, however, I have some doubts about whether peripheral characters like Aquaman, Shazam or Cyborg will really be considered worthy of their own standalone films.