Apr 292014

We all know the incredible success Marvel has had with their films in the last few years, not to mention the properties that they don’t control the movie rights to (Spider-Man and the X-Men). While there have been some successful DC movies, they haven’t had the cohesion and thought put behind them as the Marvel ones. Now it looks like that may be changing a bit. With the upcoming Superman vs. Batman movie helmed by Zack Snyder, who’s also doing the follow-up Justice League movie, it looks like Warner Bros. is getting serious about movies based upon DC comics. How serious you ask? Well, news has come out that the studio has nine DC movies in development.

The sad news is that it appears that Wonder Woman isn’t on the list, which I find a total head-scratcher. Wonder Woman is one of the iconic superheroes in the DC universe and many people still fondly remember the Lynda Carter tv series from the 1970s. Once again, it looks like the studios are ignoring women and girls, not realizing that they have a huge base that they can tap into to. Ask any comic retailer in a major market, and they’ll tell you that comics aimed seriously at women are becoming mainstays. Even Anthony Mackie, who plays Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, says, “Scarlett does great representation for all the other girls, but there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that.”

DC gallery
With that vent out of the way, let’s look at some of the nine DC movies that we know are in the works. There’s one for Shazam (the real Captain Marvel), Metal Men, Fables, and 100 Bullets. I understand Shazam as he’s now a key component of the DC setting, but the others are very esoteric characters. I’m not saying that those movies shouldn’t be made, but there’s plenty of superhero goodness left in the well to be drawn upon. I understand not making a movie based upon Green Arrow or the Flash as they have a tv show. But what about groups like the Teen Titans or Checkmate? Or heroes like Zantanna, Blackhawk, Aquaman, or the Question? I would recommend trying to make a non-crappy Green Lantern movie as well.

Still, it’s nice to see that Warner Bros. is committed to making DC movies, but the question is how good will they be? Unlike the Marvel movies, the DC movies are made by a studio that has no real vested interest in being true to the lore and canon of the superheroes. As long as they can make money and sell a lot of merchandise, then they don’t mind messing around with the heroes that we know and love.

BTW, I’m still waiting for the Atari Force movie…

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