It’s Time to Stop Saying DC is in Trouble
Recently, I wrote an article about how hiring Mel Gibson, could help the DCEU. The response I got was overwhelming. The DCEU wasn’t in any trouble and I could stick my article up my ass. So, I began to ask if DC really is in trouble.
The DCEU (DC Extended Universe) includes four movies. Green Lantern (There’s some argument as to whether this is still canon so I threw it in), a movie that everyone, fans and critics alike, believed was garbage; man of steel which once again was disliked by critics, while receiving lukewarm to positive reactions from most fans; then came Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad, which were hated by critics and split the fan base. Even loyal DC fans will argue if the movies are good or not.
That being said, does this mean that DC is in trouble, and WB should just whip out the old reboot?
Let’s look at this from another perspective. Money. All four of these films were financially successful. While all did underperform expectations, these four movies made over two billion dollars. So why is it, that DC can produce movies that are critically panned, and still be so wildly successful?
The answer is simple, and I found it out the hard way. They have an extremely dedicated fan base. This means that there will always be a group of people willing to watch superheroes they love put on the screen, even if some plot points aren’t the best (I’m looking at you “Martha”). This isn’t a bad thing, Marvel benefits from the same thing.
Age of Ultron and Thor the Dark World were not that great. Thor the Dark World was especially bad, yet both were successful. It’s not because people like to watch crap, it’s because these are characters they enjoy watching interact on screen. Who cares if the villain is as imposing as a gerbil in a tutu?
So DC is not in trouble.
They will always have this strong fan base, even if their movies are subpar. That being said, if DC were to step up their game, they would make literally all the money. They had a movie with Batman and Superman, arguably the two most iconic superheroes, on screen together, and earned less than a billion at the box office. How is that even possible?
I don’t think the answer is to be more like Marvel, in the comic book world DC and Marvel occupy different spaces. DC goes dark Marvel goes light, and that’s fine. But, DC needs to give control to its directors, interfere less and STOP TRUSTING ZACH SNYDER. Seriously, I don’t know why they’ve kept him on for so long.
But, I’m getting off topic, because the fans who corrected me were right, the DCEU is not in trouble. It could continue on this course until plastic man gets his own movie. But I think casual fans like myself, and more avid fans, have to act like the parent and say “We’re not angry at you, just disappointed. We know you can do better.”
Because DC can do better, and I can’t wait to see what they make, when they figure out how to improve.