Just when you thought it was safe to get all excited about DC and Warner Bros. announcing that they were serious about finally making a Justice League movie, the camp pulls the rug out from under fans once again.
To summarize, the report by Variety Magazine alluded that the Justice League movie is by no means set in stone and the film ever hitting the theaters is dependent on how well Man of Steel does this summer. You can read the article by visiting this page.
I suppose this is news that I should put in the Comic Movie News section at Total Comic Mayhem, but I opted this to be a rant. Surely, not a rave by any means.
The news of DC's top brass waiting to see how Man of Steel performs before pushing ahead with the Justice League has further left me frustrated at the inept ability for DC/Warner to get their mainstream heroes up on the screen. I know that other fans have also felt this way as well.
The fact that Warner would announce a release date and then later doubt it makes me believe that Warner should sell the DC rights over and let a more competent movie studio with the guts and vision to bring DC's library of comic heroes to the screen. Or, do what Marvel did, and license the characters out if they can't handle them.
Either way, it shows absolutely no backbone, and this lame statement shows me, as a fan, that they don't really believe in the characters or the project.
The mindset over at the Warner/DC camp seems to be the complete opposite of Marvel and Disney, who believe in their heroes enough to push forward and take risks when it comes to getting their characters on the screen. And it's not just their mainstream A-list characters, either. Those at Disney/Marvel are excited to even get their less popular characters like Gaurdians of the Galaxy, Iron Fist, and Doctor Strange from the comics to the screen.
Maybe the less than stellar performance of Green Lantern in 2011 has spooked Warner/DC. Still, Marvel is even talking aggressively about doing another Hulk movie even though the two predecessors didn't live up to expectations.
Everything hinges on the Man of Steel, and if the movie sucks, Warner/DC may likely pull out of pushing ahead with a Justice League film. Can Superman carry the load for a film that could be a huge and major epic event in cinematic and comic book history?
Truthfully, I don't know the answer, and why should I be optimistic about it when it seems that the heads over at Warner even have doubts of their own Man of Steel film. Kevin Feige, president of production at Marvel Entertainment, was already talking excitedly about Marvel's Phase II before the Avengers movie even was released and proved itself successful.
So, I say this as a comic fan to the DC/Warner camp, if you guys don't have the love, belief, and vision to get our beloved comic characters to the big screen, let them go to people who can take the reigns and make things happen! It will only be so long until we get tired of only Batman (in which Nolan's trilogy was quite amazing) and Superman reboots.
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