So Warner Brothers and D.C. have announced a Justice League movie, which will be directed by Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, 300) to be released in 2017. This is also around the estimated release date for the third film of The Avengers franchise (est. 2018 release). With the way film releases are delayed these days there is a possibility of a direct head to head, blockbusting collision between the two films. The question is, do Marvel really have anything to worry about?
Remember, this is a whole three years away and D.C. still has a few film powerhouses in their docks. Kicking off with the highly anticipated Batman Vs. Superman in the summer of 2016, where Ben Affleck is taking the helm as the caped crusader to make his debut appearance as a major comic book hero (let’s just forget about Daredevil). By the sounds of things The Dark Knight is going to have a showdown with Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel, which is enough to make any sort of movie or comic book fan’s mouth water.
They have already casted their Wonder Woman and Gal Gadot will become the Amazonian princess, though there hasn’t been much else revealed about the story or release date. It was initially aiming for a 2013 release, but due to problems with casting and scriptwriting, it has been delayed. Warner Bros have also decided to create a Flash film that will be released the year before The Justice League. There have also been talks of an Aquaman film being in the works, but there’s no solid evidence that that’s happening, so don’t get too excited.
I feel that D.C. have got a game plan and everything sounds good, but they don’t have one thing… D.C.’s characters all lack child-friendliness and charisma. Marvel’s Avengers Initiative (excuse the pun) first came into action when Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man (2008) was a resounding success, then Loki (Tom Hiddleston) exploded onto the scene in Thor (2011) and both developed massive followings, of course from there it’s all (as they say) history. Children and adults alike were going to watch Marvel films in bulk solely because of those two guys. Then Scarlett Johansson came along which obviously interested men and Chris Hemsworth bulked up for the ladies and all in all, everyone on the Avengers team was well liked long before they appeared as the superhero ensemble we all know and love.
All this makes you think, which loveable, child friendly characters have D.C. produced recently? The Green Lantern (A laughing stock), The Dark Knight series (Great movies, but no characters you fell in love with) and Man of Steel (Superman is always a bit drab though). Without characters that can resonate with younger audiences and that can attract the older audiences and also pull in a few laughs, D.C. will struggle to get off the ground.
Unless in these next few planned movies, D.C. can move away from it’s darker roots and develop their characters in a more child friendly way, I feel like The Justice League will fail and it’s looking like Marvel’s Avengers will remain kings of the comic book world.