Chin up, chest out and carry on.
The other option of course is to have no kind of reboot at all, whether hard or soft, and just start making better movies with these characters and hope that as the quality improves, so will the profit. Wonder Woman proved that if you have a good movie which is well received both by audiences and critics that the profit will follow. Word of mouth in this digital age is far more powerful than it ever was in the past.
This is a great time to reveal that I have not had the chance to see it yet. Now why do I bring it up? To prove a point. Thanks to all the buzz surrounding the flick, I’m less tense about this than I was by not being able to see Thor Ragnarok for the first week of its release. I’ll get to it eventually, but imagine if the praise was flowing for Justice League like it was for the first Avengers movie. The chances are I’d likely have found a way to get out to the cinema by now. I’m already trying to plan to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi on opening night no matter what. Even spoilers don’t concern me for Justice League, after all, it’s a pretty straight forward story that one could work out just by watching the trailers, or so it seems to me from looking on. In short, no matter the universe baggage, had this film been well received, I would have made the effort, and we think that holds true for most moviegoers.
I can’t say for certain, but I imagine that if Justice League had been better received, then the movie would also have done much better numbers than we are currently seeing. Is the DCEU, in its current state, salvageable? That’s the question which Geoff Johns and the WB money men have to answer soon. And if the Batfleck rumors do have any substance, then I guess they’d just have to go the James Bond route of recasting.
I don’t think there is an easy answer here, every option presents risks which could be hard to come back from. One thing is universally clear, Justice League was not the movie to launch the DCEU into the minds and hearts of the general audience in the way Marvel’s Avengers did.
It’s going to be very interesting to watch the fallout from this and see the corporate wheels turn and find out which direction WB ultimately does decide to go. For me I’d prefer to see the soft reboot option of using Flashpoint as a mini reset button for certain aspects of the universe, because I just desperately want to see some great DCEU movies and so far I haven’t fell in love with any of them, including Wonder Woman, which was to me….just ok.
But of course, WB doesn’t care what I think, however they do care what you think, so what option would you choose? Am I missing a fourth or fifth option that you can think of? Sound off below about what you think should happen with the DCEU. After all as film and comic book fans, surely we all want to see a successful and engaging DCEU to run alongside the MCU? Clearly I don’t have all the answers and the most important people in all of this are you guys, the fans, the audience that pay the bills for movie production, and you are by and large telling WB that you are not happy so far with the DCEU.
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