The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is without a doubt the most powerful and profitable entertainment empire of the modern era. His works have attracted many “copycats”. This is the reason why DC Superhero Movies are still successful despite having separate plots.
The DCEU began in 2013, half a decade after Marvel launched their monumental masterpiece. In its infancy, the DCEU was almost entirely the creative product of one filmmaker, director Zack Snyder. Snyder is a very controversial figure.
His fans say he’s the only person who understands the source material, while critics see it as a problem with the film industry. Snyder presented his first two DCEUs, Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Wonder Woman by Patty Jenkins, Aquaman by James Wan, Shazam! by David F. Sandberg, Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey, and all corners of the James Gunn franchise have evolved over the years. The new creators have brought their unique vision to DCEU, which creates a patchwork of stories and interconnectedness like Marvel has. While not all of them were successful, some of them became more unique and special than their competitors.
DC owns an absolutely staggering amount of IP (intellectual property rights). Some of these were made into film or TV projects that would exist separately from the larger canon. Sometimes, the same character can be portrayed in very different ways across multiple unconnected films. Those films have embodied interesting versions of old comic books, Joker for example.
Of course there are benefits to placing multiple stories in the same universe, but letting the film exist on its own, unaffected by the continuity of others. One of the benefits is that it can generate lots of new ideas.
Matt Reeves’ recently released film, The Batman, features some of the best-selling characters in DC Comics history. This film has no relation to other previously released DC films.
Reported on the Game Rant page, Friday (18/3/2022), it was originally conceived as a continuation of Ben Affleck as Batman, which took place in Snyder’s Gotham. However, after Affleck left the project, Reeves created something new. Batman could not have been made under the restraints of the existing DCEU. Not just because it’s transgressive and new. Not because it has nothing to do with Ben Affleck’s character. However as every DCEU project must be re-examined against every other project, past, present, and future for the franchise.
Making movies for interconnected universes is not just a project, it’s also creating puzzle pieces that have to follow certain guidelines to go through. This is the solution to the problem of media franchises for years, fear of risk.
DC can’t just leave their universe to any creator and let them do what they want with it. All creativity must still allow the canons of the past to stand and the marketable decisions of the future to work in a narrative manner.
Letting the filmmakers have their own universe, has absolutely nothing to do with the bigger DCEU. The events of the “crisis” and countless universes have been created, separated, and combined to allow ideas to exist independently of one another. DC has combined universes time and time again to come up with ideas that people love.
Following the MCU’s business model, where every major project clings to the central canon or ends up shutting down, isn’t the only way forward. DC should have more things like Peacemaker and more things like The Batman. Some projects need a larger universe, and some need to exist on their own.
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