Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were recently asked how they’d fix DC’s cinematic woes. These two scribes are responsible for helping to write some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s greatest hits and while they acknowledge that what DC Films and Warner Bros. have put together are nothing like the MCU, they could still see a way to make things work.
The question came from creator and superfan Kevin Smith who recently hosted the writing duo for a live event where Smith asked:
“You guys have made wonderful films about people. You don’t make movies about superheroes, you make movies about people who have these powers, and they happen to have these powers. That being said, if somebody offered you a f—ton of money and swayed you to the dark side and said, ‘Fix these f—ing movies,’ how would you fix the DC universe?”
This is where Markus and McFeely could easily have laid into the competition but instead, Markus jumped in and gave a very straightforward response, and it is one that many fans of DC are likely hoping that the studio heads are listening to:
“I mean, I would look at what Marvel did out of necessity, in that they didn’t have their A-list characters. They didn’t have Spider-Man. They didn’t have the X-Men. They went down a line and found a, I mean, he’s pretty f—ing famous, he’s Iron Man, but he wasn’t there, and they made a really good movie out of it.
I might put Batman and Superman and everybody else, I mean Wonder Woman is doing fine, aside for a second. Go through the vast world and go, ‘That guy,’ or ‘That girl,’ and go, ‘Let’s just make a really good movie and not a universe and see what happens.’ There’s a lot of spaghetti being thrown at the wall.”
McFeely was happy to share his insight as well and stated:
“My familiarity with the DC universe is not that great, but I can just say, strategically, ‘Make one,.’ To quote Justice League, ‘Save one person.'”
Smith jokingly jumped in here to declare “You would fix them with their own advice!”
Bringing the humanity back to the superheroes of DC Films and making them relatable isn’t a bad piece of advice. You can make these giants both Godly in power and relatable as people in a way where audiences will come back for more.
Do you agree with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely that this could be a great way to fix the DCEU? The studio has made a point to not follow in the footsteps of Marvel while crafting their own cinematic universe but should they take some cues from a working formula to fit into their own? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Comic Book