For Comic book fans, the DC Extended Universe has been similar to having one of your favorite bands release a few mediocre albums in a row. The substance and ability to please is there, yet, the execution has left something to be desired. Launching in 2013 with Man of Steel the DCEU has been unstable at best, while I personally loved Man of Steel and could see the intent of Batman v Superman (it wasn’t that bad), I do feel like Suicide Squad was the worst of the three films. Don’t get me wrong, it was still a fun two hours, but I think it could have been so much more.
Speaking recently with Variety, producer Jon Berg gave us their insight on the issues and reception of the movies in the DCEU thus far:
“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.”
Doing well commercially, and being critically acclaimed, are two very different things. Even with a budget reportedly over $400 million (including promotions), Batman v Superman still raked in double that. However, the film was not universally loved by fans. Suicide Squad pulled in over $700 million worldwide, on a budget of $175 million, while more or less being received in similar fashion to Batman v Superman by fans.
It does appear as if Wonder Woman has stabilized the DCEU, at the very least it proves DC has the ability to produce on both fronts, both financially and critically. Fans can only hope that DC takes a look at why Wonder Woman was successful and applies aspects of that to future films, and judging by Berg's comments, it seems likely they will do so.
What are your thoughts on the DCEU? Has Wonder Woman restored your faith, or at least given you hope? Let us know in the comments down below!
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