Written By: Nick Poulimenakos
The DC Extended Universe is divisive. There is no other way to put it. Lot’s of people love it. Others can’t stand what DC Comics is doing with their beloved comic characters. Aside from Wonder Woman, the three previous DCEU entries, Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad have all been met with a mixed reception from critics with fans. Now, Geoff Johns, President of DC Comics and the Cheif Creative Officer, along with Justice League producer Jon Berg are speaking out on the mistakes made in past DCEU films. Opening up to Variety, Berg and Johns had this to say:
“There are lessons from every movie. You would be silly not to analyze how a movie was received — what went right and what went wrong on the making of a movie. On Suicide Squad, the movie did incredibly well commercially. It didn’t work narratively. You had some great casting and some great characterizations, but where the story fell down was on narrative, on plot. We could do better. Batman v. Superman was tonally dark. People didn’t respond to that.”
I have to admit this but, I find Man of Steel and Batman V Superman The Ultimate Edition to be entertaining films and Suicide Squad to be a fun experience. However, all three of these films suffered from glaring missteps and hearing that the higher-ups at DC and Warner Bros. are listening to the criticism and are working towards rectifying these issues in future films is very refreshing. While Suicide Squad had great characters (minus Enchantress), narratively it was all over the place and would have worked better with a more grounded story. Batman V Superman (which again I really liked) divided fans on the tone of the film and the dark nature of the characters. With Justice League on the way, Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon are looking to get the DCEU back on track.
Justice League is set to be released on November 17, 2017