One of the biggest differences between the DCEU and MCU has to be their organization. For the MCU we know who is in charge and we also know what direction they are going and to some degree are pretty certain as to which films are coming out next and what they lead up to. In this case, we know that there is a showdown with a Infinity Gauntlet wearing Thanos in the near future. As far as the DCEU all we know for a fact right now is that Justice League comes out in November, Aquaman is in production, Josh Whedon is working on a Batgirl film and that David Ayer is working on a Gotham City Sirens film. But even those two projects that are being developed will more than likely be delayed for a while, lets look at the reason why.
First off lets look at Josh Whedon’s Batgirl. People were very excited when it was first revealed that Josh Whedon was leaving the MCU to helm a Batgirl film for Warner Bros. Pictures. But as we all know Zack Snyder, the director for Justice League, suffered a terrible tragedy in his personal life and was forced to leave the film, leaving Whedon to step up and finish the project. Taking on such a task will no doubt take a lot of his time in the next coming months. Not only wrapping up the film but also having to be part of the marketing and promotions for the movie during the upcoming months. This means that Whedon’s concentration will be on Justice League, leaving Batgirl on the sidelines for a while.
As for Gotham City Sirens written and directed by David Ayer and produced by Margot Robbie Forbes has some interesting thoughts on why that project will also be delayed. When it was first brought about, they were hoping for a 2018 release but it looks like schedules may not allow this to happen. Margot Robbie for example, has added a few projects to her schedule and there is a rumor that she and her husband may have a child this year. David Ayer’s schedule also looks like to be filling up, so the speculation is that this project too will have to be pushed back.
I understand that the movie business is a very complicated monster where you either make it or not. Reviews and critics could kill a project and any plans going forward. For the DCEU the negative reactions to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad made Warner Bros. Pictures take a step back and have to try and save the DCEU franchise, the last thing they would want to have to do is reboot again. Of course Wonder Woman was a fantastic film that brought back some confidence in the brand, but even with that Warner Bros. executives still want to see how Justice League does before really diving into any more DCEU projects. My issue is how quick they are to make certain announcements, for example with with ambitious slate of films that were supposed to come out through 2020, or the fact that Dwayne Johnson is going to play Black Adam without a place to put him anytime soon. Meanwhile, Disney on the other side, like I mentioned, has their films coming out like clockwork. Audiences know what to expect and when to expect it and this of course is makes the DCEU look worse than it already does. As a fan of DC Comics this is frustrating. What do you think of the way the DCEU is going about their films? Chime in below!
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