DC Comics: What’s REALLY going on with Batman reboots and Justice League movies?
I don’t know about you, but in the run up to The Avengers and ever since, movie sites have been agitating for the DC universe to get their act together and do the same: put together a group of DC Comic’s best-loved heroes in movie form for the first time.
And who can blame them? Marvel have perhaps pulled off one of the biggest master-strokes in cinematic history. They set up a series of individual hero films: Iron Man, Thor, Captain America. Then they smartly tied the actors who played those characters in for various sequels. And they wrote some clever cameos into each movie that paved the way for the super-orgy that was The Avengers.
None of that could have been easy, either from a story, business or casting point of view. What if Chris Evans feels that running around in patriotic attire is stifling his career? Or Chris Hemsworth gets tired of being a hammer-wielding Asgardian? The point is, Marvel pulled off a logistical coup that even now has me totally baffled.
But on to the DC universe. Of course people want to see Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman (especially now that Supes and Wonder Woman are the Brad and Angie of the comic book world) and the rest of the Justice League come together for an epic movie. The eternal problem – and this was talked about for years before Avengers – was how they would cast the roles. Would Batman be Christian Bale? Who would be Superman though – the recently hired Brandon Routh, or Tom Welling from Smallville? It would have been a massive coup to tie the series ending of Smallville into Tom Welling’s big screen adventure as Superman, but that’s all a distant fantasy now.
The current state of play is that DC have come off with a hugely successful Batman trilogy and are in the process of producing a Superman movie which is darker and more realistic looking than anything we’ve seen before. Rumours abound that a Justice League movie is in the works, but it seems to be stuck tying down a director at the moment.
Technically, you’d think that DC would be planning to put Christian Bale’s Batman up against Henry Cavill’s Superman and bring in the other characters as they’re required. At least that would pave the way toward a Justice League movie. But no. These’s days we’re talking about a Batman reboot. Which presumably will involve recasting the role of Bruce Wayne. And which also makes me wonder if they’ve written a JLA movie into Henry Cavill’s contract too. Certainly the Latino Review link (above) suggests that Cavill has signed up to be the face of Superman for quite some time.
Ultimately, this is a rather frustrated fan rant about the state of the DC movie universe. I’d love nothing more than to see Superman done properly on the big screen, and hopefully Cavill’s Man Of Steel will help remove the bad taste that Superman Returns left. But at the end of the day, if DC are going to follow Marvel into the superhero supergroup market, then they need to get their house in order. Let the fans know what their intentions are. Clarify who has or hadn’t been cast – surely Christian Bale would don the cowl and cape one more time?
Since starting their own studio venture, Marvel have gone about creating their universe with a sense of purpose and confidence. DC Comics seem to be blundering into this landscape and fans want and need reassurance that the future of their movie adaptations is in good hands.
Do you agree?