By Tom Spiegel
Warner Brothers needs to create the DC Cinematic Universe and make it as successful as the Marvel Cinematic Universe and yet they still haven't been able to figure out a way to tell good stories in the few films they have done. This is the never-ending story with the old DC vs Marvel rivalry, the same one that has been going for the better part of the last 80 years. Just as DC had the upper hand for decades because they started early in comic books, Marvel started their cinematic universe as a whole earlier than DC and their success has triggered an urgent reaction from the heads of Warner Brothers studios.
The red flags have been presenting themselves for the better part of the last decade, the head of Warner Brothers, Kevin Tsujihara, has been considered the main person responsible for this poor representation of DC comics in the last three films they have produced. Since the Nolan Batman films, there hasn't really been a comic book movie produced by this company that can rival the frequently good films Marvel Studios have given to the public. We got intel from someone on the inside about the turmoil inside the studios that usually makes film directors clash with executives.
The latest red flag was Ben Affleck, who just confirmed that unless the script for the new Batman movie is good, he won't take part in directing the solo film. Geoff Johns' latest tweets in which he makes his wishes for 2017 and doesn't even mention the Batman movie was another red flag. The executives are obviously still trying to micro-manage all the movies and by consequence, they have managed to sabotage them, just like they did with Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad last year. They may have the animated movies all figured out, but they still lack the skills that Kevin Feige has at Marvel Studios where they mostly get home-runs.
The reasons for this recent problem with Ben Affleck could be a few. The most frightening one is that Affleck and Jones don't agree on the script. The other one is the most obvious, which is the studio heads are nosing in to try and modify the story that Jones and Affleck were so excited to tell just a few months back. The year 2017 will be key for what DC movies has in store for us because despite making good money out of the 2016 flops, they still haven't lived up to the expectations of the die-hard comic book fans. Our source at DC believes that the main problem is Tsujihara and the sooner he steps down from his position at Warner Studios, the better.
Here at Kinofilia as movie fans and comic book enthusiasts, all we can hope is that Wonder Woman and Justice League are amazing movies that make up for the 2016 disasters. We hope Affleck and Johns are still in good terms and if the studio heads are the ones interfering with the project, we beg them to let the specialists do their job. We are not rooting for one side or the other in the DC vs Marvel rivalry, we want both to be as amazing as they are in comic book form. So please do what you can to make us, the fans, happy with the material and not frustrated.