by Brett White
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has had a pretty decent success bringing the Marvel Universe to the big screen. I mean, two Marvel movies now account for the top two biggest opening weekend box-office grosses of all time, so, you know, pretty decent success. While Marvel is prepping sequels to their biggest films and getting the incredibly obscure Guardians of the Galaxy ready for the big screen, DC Comics and Warner Bros. are just... well, waiting it seems.
"It's what I say all the time and have said over the years, which is, have confidence in the characters, believe in the source material, don't be afraid to stay true to all of the elements of the characters no matter how seemingly silly or crazy they are."
For a company that has had bigger characters for decades longer than comparative upstart Marvel Comics, DC Comics has had a tough go of getting their icons adapted successfully. Their only real success of the last 30 years is Batman, a character that's enjoyed two monstrously successful franchises (and survived one of those franchises getting lost in a sea of Bat-nipples). "Superman Returns" didn't work, "Green Lantern" didn't work, and "Catwoman" didn't work. Warner Bros. had Joss Whedon locked in for "Wonder Woman," and then passed on it. The company has had success on the small screen thanks to their acclaimed animated universe and live-action dramas like "Smallville" and "Arrow," but big screen success for any characters other than Batman seems to elude them. But this summer's "Man of Steel" could change that.
"Man of Steel looks like it's going to be awesome," says Feige. It's been pretty much confirmed that a Justice League film is on hold unless "Man of Steel" triumphs at the box office. If "Man of Steel" is a success, how should Warner Bros. go about assembling their team?
"I think there have been a lot of great DC stories and there are a lot of great DC characters, and if they focus on those things the audience will be interested. It was a very unique model that we were lucky enough to be able to do – introducing each individual hero before introducing The Avengers. That, to me, is what was always interesting about The Avengers. The Avengers are not The Guardians of the Galaxy, are not The Dirty Dozen, where you spend a movie introducing each character and putting them together for the first time. 'The Avengers' was cool because they were preexisting characters that teamed up for a big event. I think that’s why Justice League was cool, Justice League was first. That's what they did first in comic form."
Whether or not Warner Bros. will follow "Man of Steel" with more solo offerings that lead up to "Justice League" or follow it with "Justice League," with solo movies to spin out of that team film, remains to be seen.
"Man of Steel" opens on June 14th, so we can probably expect an update on "Justice League" (or at least a more educated guess) on June 17th.
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