Hey there, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve made topic, but this has been on my mind a lot recently so I figured I should open myself up to a discussion to hopefully gather everyone’s thoughts.
Now, the DC Entertainment Universe as we know has been a bit clumsy and clunky in my opinion. I’m not saying this to crap on the films that have been released or to tell you that you shouldn’t enjoy them. I just mean that the actual construction of a cinematic universe doesn’t seem to have been thought through and there lacks a consistent through line that seems to tie them all together outside of Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman, and Justice League. (Yes, I’m aware there are cameos of characters in Shazam! and Suicide Squad), but beyond that the universe has felt very disjointed in my opinion. None of the events in each of the films that have been released seem to have any impact on other films or the universe as a whole. That’s something that is VERY important for making these cinematic worlds feel real and lived in.
I know the MCU isn’t for everyone, and I’m not here to argue that DC should take on the Marvel approach, but I think it’s important to acknowledge that each of the films they’ve released have an impact on the universe as a whole. What happens in a one film will bleed into and directly affect almost every film after it. DC’s universe as it stands doesn’t seem to have that affect. There haven’t been any consistent or compelling through lines that connect or build upon the films that have been released.
Beyond that major issue, I think the thing that fueled this uncertainty and concern with the DCEU was really sparked with the recent release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Personally, I haven’t been a fan of his work thus far, but I hold a great amount of respect for him. I think the reason he was originally pulled off is tragic and the fact that he got to complete his story is beautiful and just (pun intended). That said, I have ZERO interest in seeing his cinematic universe expanded upon from here on out.
I’m not here to argue my opinions on the Snyderverse as that’s not the point of this discussion (feel free to reach out to me personally or tag me in a thread on the topic if you would like to have that conversation and I’ll try my best to get to it). At the end of the day, I just don’t like or want it, but I can’t tell if maybe I’m in the minority here. Do most DC fans want the DCEU to keep going as it has been or are the people being listened to just in the very outspoken majority? I mean, I may not like it, but there is CLEARLY a demand for it from a lot of people; and it would be foolish of me to ignore that.
I think there is a clear fracture that seems to be splitting DC fans and right now there hasn’t been much of an effort to satisfy either of them on the part of Warner Bros. But, to be fair, I’m not quite sure how they should go about it. So that’s why I’ve set up this thread. To ask a diverse and passionate sector of the DC fandom what they would like to see and how they think it should be handled.
What should Warner Bros. do with DC films from here on out? How has the release of Snyder’s Justice League affected what comes next and how do we properly address it? I have a way that I think will work that I’ll share below, but I just wanted to use this opening to set-up the conversation. I appreciate your patience and willingness to read this as it was quite long haha. I look forward to seeing your responses.
Make sure to keep the conversation respectful and kind. It’s cool to disagree on stuff, but don’t let it turn into fighting or being mean. Let’s all try our best to have a positive conversation where we all get our thoughts out and maybe bridge the gap on the two sides a bit.