Why DC Film Fans Should Have Hope
A good number of people can agree that DC Comics’ recent endeavor into creating a cinematic universe has been off to a rocky start.
When they started out, hopes were high. The idea of having a cinematic universe for DC characters to rival the immensely popular, Marvel Cinematic Universe excited many. Comic book fans rejoiced at the idea of seeing their favorite DC characters such as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman interacting with each other in exciting action packed films.
However with most of their releases so far receiving mixed, to sometimes very harsh reviews, it seems very unlikely that these high hopes will ever come to fruition.
Films such as, “Man of Steel,” “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Suicide Squad” and “Justice League” have all been met by waves of criticism. Although there are a number of fans who enjoy these films, vast amounts of movie-goers have had only bad things to say about them.
Included in this group of people writing off DC films are movie critics who, if you google any of their reviews, have critically panned these films with negative responses. Though there was a glimmer of hope in the form of the critically praised, “Wonder Woman” film, even that wasn’t enough to keep fans from turning away from DC films all together.
With reviews such as, “’Justice League’ is a Big, Ugly Mess” by Richard Lawson from Variety Fair and “‘Justice League’ Was a Sad Failure In Studio Leadership” by Mark Hughes of Forbes Magazine, it shows that there is not a lot of hope in the efforts of DC films.
Who Will Be the Next Superman and Batman?
With the confirmed departure of Henry Cavill from the role of Clark Kent/Superman. Along with, Ben Affleck’s mostly confirmed departure from the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, this begs a very large question, is it worth it to keep producing these movies at all?
Now if you asked this question to comic book fans and unbiased audience members alike, a good number of them might respond with “No” as their answer.
Now based on content, I am always tempted to respond with “no” as well. However, after taking into account the thought process of all of the film’s producers, I realize that the answer to them, is “yes,” mainly because of money.
It doesn’t really matter what comic book fans say at the end of the day because the higher ups at DC Comics don’t pay much attention to fan reviews. What they really pay attention to are the overall box office earnings from these films and based on those alone, they are doing swimmingly.
Box Office Sales Are Not The Only Factor That Matters…
According to the Forbes article, “How Marvel Studios Movies And DC Extended Universe Films Stack Up At The Box Office” by Mark Hughes, the total global gross for DC’s films as of February 18, 2018 was 3.76 billion dollars.
That’s the earnings on ticket sales alone. Taking into account the profits they make from DVD sales, toys, collectibles, and other merchandise, the box office profit multiplies. One might ask, “who is the cause of DC making so much money off of their films even if their movies are hated by so many people?” However, the answer to that question is the same as the question of, who is making it so that, Logan and Jake Paul are able to make large amounts of money after making controversial content?
The answer to that is, kids. Young children are the ones asking their families to take them to see all of these films, to buy the dvds, and to buy them action figures and halloween costumes of their favorite DC film characters. So as long as this system continues and the producers continue to see profits skyrocket then we won’t be seeing the end of these films any time soon.
Producers also see that they have an academy award winning movie in, “Suicide Squad,” after the film won Best Makeup and Hairstyling in 2016. Even though a good number of people think that it shouldn’t have won, the film still has the award and that adds weight to it no matter what film it’s attached to.
The Future of the DC Universe…
People might bring up Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck jumping ship from DC but this doesn’t matter to producers either. For every Henry Cavill there is a Matt Bomer or Armie Hammer who can slap the signature “S” symbol on their chest.
For every Ben Affleck, there is a John Hamm who can easily don the pointy-eared cowl. Any reason that could be brought forward as to why these films should cease production has a way to be refuted or ignored by the producers and executives at DC Comics. They are going to make money regardless of what die hard comic book fans think, so we will just have to endure it.
However, maybe we should not write off the future of DC Films just yet. As said before it has been a very rocky start and I’ll admit that I’m not an optimist when it comes to DC films. However, I think the answer can be found in, “Man of Steel.”
If we take anything away from that film it is the idea of hope. Maybe that is what we need as more DC films are released. I know that it may be hard to do, but there are many DC films to come so maybe, just maybe, give them a chance to get better. We should still take them with a grain of salt, but just keep in mind that there is a chance that it might be alright. Only time will tell if they can redeem themselves, so we will just have to wait and see.
The next DC film, “Aquaman” opens in theaters on December 21, 2018. Watch the trailer here!