Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Hollywood Is Giving DC Serious Side Eye

On the eve of the release of Marvel's next Avenger's movie, The Hollywood Reporter has run a story about how little faith Hollywood has in DC ever getting it's shit together. It's full of industry insiders shit talking the company and tearing into the disastrous looking Batman V Superman movie trailer.

DC has a lot of reasons to be nervous. They're losing their grip on TV supremacy as Marvel has stepped up their game with Daredevil and Agent Carter. Marvel's comics are outselling DC's and this entire summer is 100% Marvel. The next DC film doesn't come out until this winter. What are they thinking?

The ultra-grimdark and pointless looking Batman V Superman is supposed to be the lead-in to the Justice League and I'm afraid to say I couldn't care less. Wonder Woman already looks like a beleaguered undertaking since it has already lost it's director and there isn't even a script yet. According to the Hollywood Report, DC hired five different writers to write a script SEPARATELY and the best one wins. OH lord. Aquaman sounds as if it has the same writer problems, with DC hiring three writers to make separate scripts and neglecting to tell them when the studio's vision for the film changes. They're just spinning their wheels.

 The Hollywood Reporter article is a fascinating look at a group who has some of the most famous superheroes in all of comic book history and has no idea what to do with them. DC still comes off as embarrassed about making superhero films, overcompensating with bleak characters and dark plots. It's obviously not making them any friends. Add in the absolutely bizarre styling of the Joker in Suicide Squad and DC is losing their fans as well. I honestly want to pull the DC execs aside and shake them REALLY HARD shouting "WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?!".

Meanwhile, the Avengers opens this weekend and I could pass out from sheer excitement. DC, this was your race to lose and it isn't looking good.
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