Here we go again. Warner Bros. is getting skittish about their slate of Justice League films. According to Drew McWeeney of HitFix, Warner Bros. is so worried about the fan reaction of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, that there could be a shuffling of films or scrapping of films altogether. Here’s what Mr. McWeeney said:
“Warner is a little bit worried. This movie is starting to scare them. It’s scaring them because they’re showing it to people now, people are actually laying eyes on the film now, and the response has not been what I think they wanted. If I were going to lay a bet on how it may happen, Suicide Squad, they’ll go all-in on. They’ll push all their chips in on that and I think Suicide Squad’s going to be a hit for them. I think Wonder Woman will be finished the way they’re working on it right now and they’ll release it. I would be surprised if Justice League starts shooting when they say it’s going to, and I would be equally surprised if Zack Snyder directed it.”
That’s quite the statement. The movie starring two of the biggest icons in pop culture history is scaring them based on early reactions to the film! The fact that they can’t even knock a sure-thing as a film starring Batman and Superman out of the park is devastating to a company that, for all appearances to the contrary, has been desperate from the movie’s inception! McWeeny says in his report Warner Bros. announced Dawn of Justice at Comic-Con 2 DAYS after greenlighting it, (obviously attempting to step on the same stage as Marvel who had just released the Avengers 2 months prior) and that he believes Warner developed this Justice League slate from a position of “panic” and if it doesn’t eclipse $1 billion, heads will roll. I’ve been on record (in the video below) about how Warner Bros. jumped the gun and didn’t take the proper time to develop all the characters to stand on their own without certain “distractions” and according to McWeeny, I may have been prophetic. (Too bad I couldn’t prove equally as such when it came to that massive Powerball jackpot last month).
Batman To The Rescue….Again.
Then McWeeny says the ONE thing that would be sure to raise my ire more than anything, and spawned this written response to his reporting:
“My guess is what’s going to happen is based on what I’m hearing… I’ve talked to enough people who have seen the film now that I’m starting to sweat a little, is Justice League is going to get moved back and that Ben Affleck Batman movie, that’s what’s going to end up in that spot. My guess is they’re going to throw whatever money it takes at Ben Affleck to make that Batman film happen sooner rather than later. They’re going to need to rebuild again, they’re going to need to win people over, they’re going to need to lay some different groundwork. I don’t think this is going to be the springboard into the Justice League that they wanted it to be.”
Now we have no confirmation that this is actually true, and its not like Warner would tip their hand until the time is right anyway, but if it comes to pass then this can only be seen as validation for my thought process about Warner Bros. and their entire approach to their intellectual properties. Despite the 75 years that these iconic characters have lasted in the public eye, and the love we all share for them, Warner Bros. doesn’t believe in them. They don’t believe in them the way Marvel does and they don’t believe in them enough to put the right people in place to make them successful. Things have unfolded in just the way I feared they would, for them when the going gets tough, turn to Batman. In a movie that should have been more about establishing Superman in the modern times, Batman is once again the focal point of everything, to the detriment of everyone else in Warner Bros. stable. For everything we have seen in this film, Superman, the hero that others have always aspired to be, is being portrayed as the villain that Batman needs to save us from. He’s been presented as a menacing demigod who will wipe us out on a whim. He has never once smiled in any piece of scenery we’ve been shown. He’s been aggressive to the point of threatening Batman in a distinctly Batman-like fashion: “The Bat is dead. Bury it.” Suicide Squad is also a victim of this way of thinking, as it is starring 3 Batman villains, including the biggest one of them all.
Warner Bros. Doesn’t Know What They Are Doing
Warner Bros. is about to repeat all of the same mistakes they’ve made over the years and appears ready to squander all of the things they’ve built or planned so far out of panic. Batman v Superman comes out next month, and that they are ready to scrap the entire slate of films they have planned is a huge red flag. There’s no shame in admitting that they panicked, but these are ICONS they own in their stable. They have their hands on the 3 biggest defining heroes of the entire comic book genre, and a very solid stable of heroes behind them, but they aren’t willing to take the same risks their counterparts at Marvel take with lesser-known characters. I do not understand why they are so hesitant to believe in what they have! All they need do is look at their television division who is KILLING Marvel in that area. Maybe the fledgling group that has been running the show needs to be swept away. Maybe then the great Greg Berlanti will be given the reigns, in the same way that Joss Whedon was instrumental in getting the Marvel Cinematic Universe off the ground.
They’ve already come this far, and I would much rather see them stick to their guns and develop better from here on out. Yet I can’t help but believe that had they not attempted to go with an older Batman, and put the focus on Superman running into a violent vigilante in Gotham City who is terrorizing the criminal element instead of making him the villain, we wouldn’t even be where we are right now. That being said, I am still eager to go and see Batman v Superman and judge for myself whether things are really that bad or not.
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