JUSTICE LEAGUE ASSEMBLE!! No, wait, that’s not right.
Hello folks, Dale Denton here and it seems that good old Kevin Smith has been talking once again.
The director of ‘Clerks‘, ‘Chasing Amy‘, and the upcoming ‘Tusk‘, as well as the host of a number of podcasts, such as ‘Fatman on Batman‘ or ‘Hollywood Babble-On‘, has spoken in the past of how he has been shown elements of the production of the ‘Man of Steel’ sequel, including the new batsuit. And damn was he right about how awesome that batsuit was.
Well now our comic book Lord of the Nerds has been telling more of his inside information (I suppose it helps when you’re close friends with a certain Dark Knight). Smith has spoken about how Warner Bros. are going ahead with their shared universe, and how they are differing from Marvel Studios’ approach. First he speaks about his thoughts on the recently revealed title of the ‘Man of Steel’ follow-up ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice‘:
“It’s a bit of a mouthful. And also, I don’t know why Batman V. Superman. Why not just throw the “s” in there? Or spell it or something like that. Or honestly, every comic book fan on the planet, who is a DC comic book fan, I think we all wanted to see Batman/Superman: World’s Finest.”
He continues on with this:
“But look, they’re obviously beginning something, and there’s a stretch of these flicks. And so this is the beginning of the Justice League, as we all suspected as they were announcing that cast. We were like, ‘This is the beginning of a Justice League movie.’ From what I understand now, it’s no longer like, ‘This is Superman 2.’ They’re not doing these things. They’re doing like, ‘Here’s Man of Steel. Here’s Batman/Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ The next one is not like a sequel to one of the characters. They’re just going to keep building their universe for about five or six movies….But all of them…it’s supposed to tell one massive story, which is all Justice League oriented.”
So according to Smith, instead of following Marvel’s formula of individual hero film, individual hero film, CROSSOVER!! Individual hero film etc, Warner Bros are going a different direction and crafting one long story spread out over several film instalments. A superhero magnum opus if you will. This is incredibly intriguing folks, not only is Warner Bros and DC breaking out of Marvel’s shadow and doing their own thing, dare I say could it possibly be better?
JUSTICE LEAGUE, ROLL OUT!!
Something’s missing, that’s still not it.
Now I’m not going to pretend that the Marvel movies aren’t awesome, because they absolutely are, I mean just look at ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘, their most recent release and my personal favourite of the franchise. However, in a post-Avengers world where everyone is quickly trying to build their own shared superhero universes on the big screen, with 20th Century Fox and their X-Men/Fantastic Four universe and Sony building towards Venom and the Sinister Six in their Spidey-verse, to varying levels of success, it’s actually pretty bold of Warner Bros to go against the proven formula and standard set by Marvel and try something different. Whether they fail or succeed, they get credit for trying in my book. And let’s face it, ever since ‘The Avengers’, the Marvel movies have had to deal with the issue of “Where was such and such when that happened?”
“The President was in danger in ‘Iron Man 3‘, was that too inconvenient for Captain America?”
“So big things are happening with SHIELD and Hawkeye isn’t helping Scarlet Witch??”
We’ve all heard it, and while we ultimately know the logical reason why the other heroes aren’t there, still it’s a question people continue to ask. But if the DC movies are going to not bother with the solo outings, and essentially each film is another instalment in an ongoing Justice League saga, then that is a problem Warner Bros won’t have to deal with.
I for one think it’s a great idea and am eagerly looking forward to it, I mean come one, Batman and Superman battling one another, on screen for the first time EVER, followed by a JUSTICE LEAGUE film only a year or two later. We are very lucky geeks people.
5… 4… 3… 2… 1… JUSTICE LEAGUES ARE GO!!!
You know I think I’ll get back to you on the whole catchphrase thing.