What does that mean? I don't know. In Hollywood time, that could mean 3 minutes or 3 decades, or it could mean a black hole has popped into existence and swallowed DC. A lot of folks want to see Flash and Wonder Woman in film form before Justice League reaches the big screen. I,
however, think that would be a bad idea.
|I am awesome. That is all.|
That said, it's important to realize that a lot of DC's characters have baggage from previous film histories. Batman and Superman have mostly escaped their own baggage. Not easily, of course. Batman made a minor shift in the Tim Burton films, fell into the abyss with Forever and Robin, and then took a huge turn (for the best, I believe) with the Nolan trilogy. Superman had a similar journey. My hatred of Returns notwithstanding, the film did at least offer a lead-up to the Nolan-influenced Man of Steel.
this IMDB page suggests otherwise). All of these facts are good reasons for both characters to have their own films...eventually. I, however, think DC would be better off going another route.
- TV adaptations will allow the characters to develop in the sort of depth they deserve.
- We'll avoid the uncomfortable mess of 2.5 hour camp-fests (Wonder Woman especially; she's a cool character, but her origin story will not inspire audiences). I don't think film origins of these characters will do them justice, in part because most of us haven't seen the characters outside of the comic "universes." If you're not a Flash fan already, you don't know anything about him (and vice versa for Wonder Woman). And, well, I don't think characters with super-speed work all that well on the big screen (that's my personal hangup, though).
- I think starting with the trifecta of TV series (Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, and the Flash) will also give DC's franchise a huge boost in the right direction. If you create three TV shows that cross over one another, each leading towards a Justice League film, you cross-pollinate your audience quite brilliantly. A good deal of people will watch all three, some will watch one or two, and some will come from entirely different avenues: following on the heels of Batman and Superman. Basically, hitting almost every direction at once seems like a perfect method for making a Justice League movie a success.
Granted, none of this is likely to happen. If DC is hell bent on releasing a Justice League movie in 2015, then it doesn't really matter what I think. Two years is hardly enough time to get two new TV series off the ground. My hope is that a film version of Wonder Woman provides roughly the same tone as Marvel's Thor. Two parts serious, one part camp. If you allow the camp to override everything else, the film will be a disaster.
I can dream, of course, but dreaming isn't the same as reality. Whatever happens, I sincerely hope they get it right. Marvel's cinematic universe is killing in the box office right now. Even with Nolan's exceptional Batman films, DC's cinematic universe is one step away from self-destruction. Batman and Superman movies are wonderful, but we need more. We need Marvel's level of cinematic pollination in DC's cinematic universe. It'll be great for DC, great for comic book movies, and great for film overall.
I guess we'll see what happens.**
|This is the bad idea I'm talking about...|
*Including Green Arrow in a Justice League film might actually make for an interesting crossover. Assuming the show remains on the air for the next few years, there's ample opportunity to suck in audiences from two different directions and lead up to a Justice League movie in a slow and deliberate manner. Imagine having an entire season of a TV show leading us up to a film. You could do so much with this! The entire season could involve conflicts and events, the climax or conclusion to which could appear in the film version.
**If they cast Megan Fox as Wonder Woman, I will lose my friggin mind. However, if they bring in Nathan Fillion as the Green Lantern, I will rejoice, for the Lord will have spoken...