Warner Bros. announced this week that they will be going forth with a “Justice League” movie. I’m shocked because I thought Supes was getting the short end of the stick with his sequel being the unofficial JLA movie. Well whoopty-doo.
I wish I could be more excited about this movie but like I already said, it seems like the “Man of Steel” sequel was already setting up as the Justice League movie in the making. Just last week it was announced that someone was cast as Victor Stone/Cyborg in the “MOS” sequel. The reason I’m not thrilled is that Superman is getting upstaged in his own movie and that pisses me off.
Aside from the obvious “oh shit” moment that the JLA is coming to the big screen, the comparisons to Marvel’s Universe are going to come rolling like a fat kid down a hill. Marvel decided to build their characters individually before bringing them together for the super hit “The Avengers.” Obviously DC isn’t going that route so it’s a different take on what the accepted norm is. I’m interested to see how this way works.
If “MOS” is the first in a shared DC universe then their take on the comics will be a more realistic, grounded approach without the color and pizazz that Marvel has brought to theirs. I’m a fan of Chris Nolan’s Batman movies but I enjoy Marvel’s movies more. Comics are meant to be an escape from the real world, larger than life and amaze the reader. The movies based on those comics should do no different but DC believes that’s not what people want. Marvel has over one billion reasons to argue differently. I was talking about dollars by the way if that sly joke went over your head.
Another fact that DC must address is its casting. So far all we know is how Henry Cavill plays Clark Kent. We know Ben Affleck will play Bruce Wayne and Gal Gadot will play Princess Diana of Themyscira. And whoever got cast as Vic Stone (I don’t feel like looking him up right now.) Will Flash, Green Lantern and Aquaman all make an appearance in the sequel or Justice League? Who’ll play them if they do? One of Marvel’s biggest success has been their casting choices. Robert Downey Jr. has owned the role of Tony Stark and helped catapult Marvel movies in the stratosphere. Chris Evans has brought Steve Rogers to life and made Cap popular again. The same goes for Chris Hemsworth as Thor. Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo were pleasant surprises as Natasha Romanoff and Bruce Banner respectively. My point is the movie is only going to be as good as the actor carrying the movie. Marvel understands this but does DC? That’s a question that we’ll have to wait to find out.
My only hope is that the Justice League movie isn’t a knee-jerk reaction to the success of Marvel and their movies. DC will maintain that it isn’t but if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably DC trying to keep pace with Marvel. Just please don’t screw with Superman. He’s the man.