It’s hard to argue that the DCEU hasn’t had its fair share of bad luck. An idea that started out as a strong yet divisive take on the Man of Steel attempted, in vain, to catch up to the success of Marvel in a fraction of the time. After only two movies DC tried to launch their headliner team, with barely any buildup and a storyline that just simply didn’t work with their timeframe. However, I am not trying to crucify the DCEU here, I love what they have done so far, albeit some small issues. In my opinion, Man of Steel is the best Superman movie ever made, and I have nothing but love for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. These films have a notorious reputation for being divisive in the fanbase.
Regardless of your stance on the DCEU’s beginnings, no one can deny the success of Wonder Woman and most recently, Aquaman. Both were box office hits and critically acclaimed projects, giving much needed boosts to the DCEU. These solo movies are working much better than expected, and the executives at Warner Bros are finally realizing that. CEO Kevin Tsujihara himself admitted this during an interview with the L.A. Times.
“The upcoming slate, with Shazam, Joker, Wonder Woman 1984, and Birds of Prey feels like we’re on the right track. We have the right people in the right jobs working on it,” Tsujihara told the L.A. Times. “The universe isn’t as connected as we thought it was going to be five years ago. You’re seeing much more focus on individual experiences around individual characters. That’s not to say we won’t at some point come back to that notion of a more connected universe. But it feels like that’s the right strategy for us right now.”
This may not be the best news for fans still holding out hope for the continued shared universe, or a Justice League sequel, however Warner Bros. should be credited for admitting their faults. The recent success of Aquaman proves that their new strategy has promise and it will definitely be interesting to see how everything plays out. Shazam will arrive hot off the trail of Aquaman’s success and from what we’ve seen it looks as if it will be another hit for the DCEU.
Tsujihara also referenced Wonder Woman in the interview, a fully unexpected box office hit that seems to have been the inspiration behind this new game plan.
“What Patty Jenkins did on Wonder Woman illustrated to us what you could do with these characters who are not Batman and Superman,” explained Tsujihara. “Obviously, we want to get those two in the right place, and we want strong movies around Batman and Superman. But Aquaman is a perfect example of what we can do. They’re each unique and the tone’s different in each movie.”
This new attitude towards the DCEU may be just what it needs to finally get its feet off the ground. Only time will tell how the new strategy fares, but I for one am very excited to see what is in store.
Shazam is next in the lineup for the DCEU and premieres April 5, 2019.
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