One of the biggest complaints about DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.‘ movies so far is that they’re complete downers. All the seriousness and none of the light-heartedness to break you out of the empathetic downward spiral of emotions, or lack thereof. Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad (though not for the lack of trying on the latter), seem to be the last straw with some comic book movie-going fans, and maybe even for a few higher-ups. Enter Geoff Johns, DC Comics‘ chief creative officer.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Johns opens up on what they’re doing to make the upcoming movies in their lineup better. After all the dark and grittiness that were the previous three films, Johns feels its time to bring something more optimistic to the table:
“[I]n the past, I think the studio has said, ‘Oh, DC films are gritty and dark and that’s what makes them different.’ That couldn’t be more wrong. It’s a hopeful and optimistic view of life. Even Batman has a glimmer of that in him. If he didn’t think he’d make tomorrow better, he’d stop.”
WB executive Jon Berg was in of the interview as well. He said that after looking at the reactions to Batman v Superman, they pushed forward Justice League so they could “get to the hope and optimism a little faster.”
Justice League will also “directly address Batman’s extreme actions in [Batman v Superman], such as torturing criminals and nearly killing the Man of Steel, rather than accept them as par for the course.” I naturally assumed Ben Affleck‘s Batman was more akin to the version of Bats from Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns. But yeah, a little explanation of how that happened exactly would be nice so we can start caring for these characters again.
According to Johns, it all comes down to taking “a really hard look at everything to make sure we stay true to the characters and tell stories that celebrate them.”
My biggest complaints have always been that the stories and character moments are too rushed. Something meaningful gets presented to us, but it gets completely mowed over by bad editing and pacing so badly that it has no chance of following through (ex: relationships between key characters appear out of thin air, never forged).
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see when Wonder Woman comes out, and then Justice League. I just hope they don’t throw all of their jokes into the trailers, leaving nothing new for us to look forward to in the theater. I’m looking at you, Suicide Squad…
Wonder Woman comes out June 2, 2017, and Justice League follows later that year on November 17, 2017.
Source: Wall Street Journal