The DC Extended Universe, created by Warner Bros. more as a reaction to Marvel’s success than anything else, now has three films under its belt — Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Three films in, the DCEU is not the critical darling that the MCU seems to be. Though their films do well at the box office, they have yet to live up to the hype and this has left their entire universe in trouble.
In fact, it’s hard to say which films anyone is looking forward to or has faith in to turn the ship around. Justice League comes out later this year, but director Zack Snyder is back at the helm and is a total liability since he’s responsible for the poorly-received Dawn of Justice. The Flash is still on the schedule, but at least two directors have already dropped out and that’s just the ones we know about.
However, there are a couple bright spots on the horizon for us to look forward to. Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins hits theatres later this year and the trailers for it have been, thus far, very well received. Along with Wonder Woman is The Batman, which is being written and directed by Ben Affleck, who’s recently proven himself to be a talented writer and filmmaker. In fact, though Affleck was initially ridiculed when he was first cast as Batman in Dawn of Justice, he proved to be one of the best parts of the film. After seeing him in the role there, fans were excited to see more of Affleck as the caped crusader.
Sadly, this film now seems to be in more trouble than we initially thought. In an interview with The Guardian, Affleck very briefly talked about the film, saying, “…it’s not a set thing and there’s no script. If it doesn’t come together in a way I think is really great I’m not going to do it.” For months now, we’ve heard that Affleck and Geoff Johns were working on the script and it was coming together. Not too long ago, we found out that The Batman was schedule to go into production later this year for a 2018 release date. This does not seem to be the case now.
Honestly, this is both a good and bad sign. It’s good because it shows that the person at the helm of the movie is very much in control of it, knows what they want and will not settle for anything less than that. The person in control of it is Ben Affleck, who’s proven himself to be a very talented filmmaker. However, the bad news here is the implication that Warner Bros. is struggling with their DC properties, unsure how to make them the absolute best they can be.
We would be remiss to not point out that this is simply our interpretation of what he said. It’s entirely possible that Affleck was just hedging his bets, putting a little distance between himself and the project until he’s happy with it. Or happier. For all we know, Affleck actually believes the script is mostly there but just needs a few tweaks. That being said, this is the first hesitance from Affleck we’ve heard and it is not the best sign for the film.
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