Man, it feels like the DC Extended Universe just can’t win. For every success they gain, they take three losses. Black Adam was met with mixed reviews, but we got back Henry Cavil as Superman. Warner Brothers finally gained a new creative direction, with director James Gunn. But with the news of both Cavil and Dwayne Johnson not coming back to be a part of the first stage of WB’s new project slate, and with new rumors of more actors leaving, fans are wondering if certain projects are safe. While Gunn has confirmed that Margot Robbie, John Cena, and Jason Momoa are safe in their respective roles, fans continue to speculate just what is DC doing. Since WB Studios are basically rebooting the franchise, here’s a list of what I think Warner Brothers should do, during the “DC Rebirth”.
A Superman Movie.
While Cavil may be out, he did leave on good terms with Gunn and company. But one thing is needed…a damn Superman film. It’s been years since Man of Steel released in theaters, and while Gunn says he wants to tell a story with a younger Last Son of Krypton, one thing is clear. We drastically need another Superman movie. In addition, if the CW and Into The SpiderVerse have taught us anything, it’s that there can be more than one Superman. Just have an interesting villain (Luthor, Darkseid, Brainiac, Mongol, etc) and go from there. With current political events where they are, a Superman movie would be interesting to witness.
Static Shock Project
From the Milestone comics, Dakota City’s electrifying hero, Static Shock has quite the cult following. From his introduction in the 90's to the breakout cartoon, to various appearances in Young Justice, it’s time for Virgil Hawkings to make a live-action appearance!!! Maybe, we could have fellow Milestone heroes, Icon and Rocket appear. Black Lighting can also be featured, and answer the age-old question that blerds have: why is it that so many black superheroes have lightning powers?!
Green Lantern Corps
The Green Lantern film starring Ryan Reynolds was…less than successful. But, if Gunn can make some C-List heroes like the Guardians of The Galaxy a success, he can make a Green Lantern Corps movie a hit. With veteran ring-slingers like Hal Jordan, John Stewart, and Kyle Rayner, with new blood like Simon Baz, Jessica Cruz, and Sojourner Mullein, I can’t see why this won’t work.
A Bat-Family series
While the video game, Gotham Knights, didn’t exactly make a splash, and the CW made a show with the same name (but with completely different characters. Like, WHY?!), fans deserve a true project about the Dark Knight’s proteges. My picks would be Nightwing, Oracle, Cassandra Cain as Batgirl, Batwing, and Tim Drake as Robin.
Finish the Knightmare Scenario.
Look, I get it. Not everyone loved Zack Snyder’s DC movies. While I personally loved them, his plans weren’t perfect. Dick Grayson dying, Batman and Lois having a love affair, and some other bad creative ideas played a part in how the tone of his DC movies However…there cannot be any denying that his version (some would say the true version) of the Justice League film did so well, that there could be a chance to have that expanded on. What I’m saying is, to keep the main continuity, but if they can make a Joker sequel separate from the main continuity, then they can make this movie separately. Plus, I really want to see the Justice League fight Darkseid.
No matter what path Warner Brothers and DC Comics take, we need to have some form of consistency in place. Tonally, their movies have been ranging from comedic (Birds of Prey, The Suicide Squad), to focusing on standalones (The Batman, Joker), to the eventual reboot of the franchise (The Flash), have a thought-out plan and stick to it. Don’t try to do what Marvel is doing, because frankly, fans are getting fatigued. Instead, use the iconic characters and storylines that DC is known for, trust your actors and creators, and go from there.
That’s all I got, y’all. For my fellow DC fans, I know it’s hard, being a fan. Especially with all the recent news shaking up things. But all we can do is hope that they learn from their losses and not make the same mistakes. Till next time, fellow blerds!!!