I’ve given DC plenty of advice as to how they could possibly compete with Marvel on the big screen during my short time here at ScienceFiction.com. Since their search for a director for the ‘Justice League’ movie has begun, it doesn’t look like they’re taking my advice to go younger. There’s still a chance that they’ll try to be as dark as Christopher Nolan with these new movies, but it looks like the plan is do the opposite of ‘The Avengers’ and spinoff each hero from a ‘Justice League’ movie. All of which I briefly suggested in passing a month or so ago. You’re welcome, DC. I’ll be waiting for that check.
According to Blastr, the latest rumor going around is that ‘Man of Steel’ will be loosely tied to ‘Justice League’, which will then spawn franchises for Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and so on. Since it’ll take some time to get the legion of superheroes together and on the big screen, we probably won’t see a new Batman movie for another five years. If that’s the case, then that’ll give fans a little time to distance DC’s new movie universe from Nolan’s Batman trilogy.
Overall, I’m not a huge fan of rebooting something that’s still fairly new, but if DC is looking to create a cinematic universe to tie all their heroes together, then it has to be done while the fire is hot. No doubt, there will be plenty of eye rolls for making the move, but if the new Batman is good enough, then DC can silence the detractors. The key here is to get a director on board who cares about the material as much as Joss Whedon cares about his team. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Maybe they can get Kevin Smith?
Anyway, if DC and WB actually follow through with this plan of taking a reverse-Avengers approach to their movies, then I think it would be a step in the right direction. What do you think? Is it still too soon for another Batman? Do you think starting with ‘Justice League’ and branching out is the way to go? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below!