DC’s Infinite Universe Films: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Warner Bros Movies and DC dropped some information recently that is sure to make DC Fans grind their teeth. A new movie is coming out that will focus on the Joker origin, with a new actor taking on the infamous character. While that’s already a big change, making Jared Leto a one and done Joker, according to a report from Deadline:
“This will be the first film under a new banner that has yet to be named in which WB can expand the cannon of DC properties and create unique storylines with different actors playing the iconic characters.”
What does this mean? Well for one it means that they aren’t going to try and copy the type of model that Marvel has done with its movies. They aren’t going to focus on making a shared universe anymore like they were at one point. This is after reports that Zack Synder’s involvement in the universe itself is going to become smaller and that possibly Joss Whedon will now oversee the entire universe.
What else though? This means that some of the most cherished stories that weren’t part of DC proper can now be seen on the big screen. Think about watching Kingdom Come on the big screen. Think about Tower of Babel, the fantastic JLA storyline, being its own one shot. How about Birthright, one of Superman’s continued revamped origin stories? Batman’s Year Zero? The Longbow Hunters with Green Arrow?
Yes, it is frustrating since WB has but forth so much effort into the properties that have already come onto the big screen and are about to launch. In doing this they are freeing their hands from some of the duds that they have already released. They can take time to properly try to cement a shared universe while still churning out good content.
Different actors giving their own interpretation of characters also allows for WB to make various films with the same characters at the same time. The Joker movie will most likely have a Batman in it, now it doesn’t have to be Ben Affleck. This is good and bad. DC movies already live under a microscope, giving several different actors the ability to portray one character at the same time is going to alienate some fans who enjoy one specific actor. Ben Affleck is the perfect example of that as when he was tapped to play the Dark Knight fans were in an uproar that he wasn’t Christian Bale.
This news is exciting and nerve wracking. While the Superhero bubble in film seems to be sturdy and strong it will only take a few bad movies to put superheroes back in the comics and away from the mainstream.