The last couple of days have seen a lot of news items about Ben Affleck and his decision to drop out of directing The Batman. A lot of better articles have been written about what it means, what the future of DC movies looks like now and whether the world is going to explode. So I wont contribute to the “well, what does it mean?!?” conversation.
Instead, allow me to say: WHAT THE HELL, DC/WB?!?!? FOR F*CK’S SAKES!
In the last 8-months, DC/WB movies have lost 3 directors from their DC-based properties. Almost 12-months ago, I sat and watched a TV special hosted by DC overlord Geoff Johns and Kevin Smith discussing the future slate of DC movies and what to expect. And then in March of 2016, they kicked it all off with Batman vs Superman.
Oh and I know, a lot of people thought it was a pant load but I didn’t mind it, espeically the much better Extended Cut. I still think that there are a lot of issues with the movie but that’s neither here nor there. Then Suicide Squad came out in August 2016 and I started to get slightly worried about what the hell was going on.
The Justice League movie was announced and once again, Zack Snyder was directing his 3rd DCEU (DC Extended Universe) movie, following Man of Steel and BvS. Again, we could go on about that decision but the reality is, the movie is coming out this November. That’s a lot better than what is going on with The Flash movie, which has gone through 3 directors itself and is now in a page-1 re-write. You know what that means? It means that the entire script gets re-written but they keep the characters involved. Well, that’s good to hear, since they’re all based on comic book characters!!
I know that Wonder Woman is coming out this June and that the Justice League is out in November. And filming of Aquaman is about to start or has just commenced this week (the below pic was taken at the table-read with cast and director). But I want a Flash movie. I want to see The Batman movie! I don’t want stupid delays and hold ups and shit like that.
And I whole heartedly put all the blame on Warner Bros. for just screwing around. Marvel didn’t have these issues because they had a plan, they mapped it out and they make great fucking movies. Marvel movies are made by fans of the source materials. So far, the driving force behind DC movies are the idiots wearing suits and drinking $20 coffee beverages with intricate names that belong in NASA handbooks.
Please, DC. Please WB…just take a breath and get The Flash going, get a director for The Batman and get rolling on that…just get going. Because Marvel has the next 10 years planned out and if its anything like the first 10 years, you’re in some deep shit just to be competitive.